Astana-Premier Tech wary of Bernal and Alaphilippe threat on Mont Ventoux

Aleksandr Vlasov (Astana) at the 2020 Vuelta a España
(Image credit: Bettini Photo)

Astana-Premier Tech pair Aleksandr Vlasov and Alexey Lutsenko head into the key stage at the Tour de la Provence hoping to repeat their performance from last year’s corresponding stage when they both finished inside the top four and eventually finished second and third overall.

Like last year, the Queen stage at the Tour de la Provence sees riders tackle a large portion of Mont Ventoux, with the finish at the well-known Chalet Reynard ski station. The peloton will climb a shade under 10km, with an average gradient of over 9 per cent and commentators seeing this as the first true mountain finish of the 2021 season.

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Daniel Benson

Daniel Benson was the Editor in Chief at between 2008 and 2022. Based in the UK, he joined the Cyclingnews team in 2008 as the site's first UK-based Managing Editor. In that time, he reported on over a dozen editions of the Tour de France, several World Championships, the Tour Down Under, Spring Classics, and the London 2012 Olympic Games. With the help of the excellent editorial team, he ran the coverage on Cyclingnews and has interviewed leading figures in the sport including UCI Presidents and Tour de France winners.