Aleksandr Vlasov takes aim at the 2021 Giro d'Italia

Aleksandr Vlasov dominated the Giro dell'Emilia with a late attack
Aleksandr Vlasov celebrating his 2020 Giro dell'Emilia win (Image credit: Getty Images)

Aleksandr Vlasov is considered an outsider for this year’s Giro d’Italia but the 24-year-old Russian is definitely a podium contender and has a subtle but significant advantage that could be vital during three weeks of racing on Italian roads in May. 

Vlasov hails from Vyborg, north of Saint Petersburg, but raced in Italy throughout his under-23 years and early career with Gazprom, laying the solid foundations to his career in ‘il bel paese’.

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Stephen Farrand
Head of News

Stephen is the most experienced member of the Cyclingnews team, having reported on professional cycling since 1994. He has been Head of News at Cyclingnews since 2022, before which he held the position of European editor since 2012 and previously worked for Reuters, Shift Active Media, and CyclingWeekly, among other publications.