Giro d'Italia: Vlasov loses ground as Astana ambush peters out

MONTE ZONCOLAN ITALY MAY 22 Aleksander Vlasov of Russia and Team Astana Premier Tech White Best Young Rider Jersey at Monte Zoncolan 1730m during the 104th Giro dItalia 2021 Stage 14 a 205km stage from Cittadella to Monte Zoncolan 1730m UCIworldtour girodiitalia Giro on May 22 2021 in Monte Zoncolan Italy Photo by Stuart FranklinGetty Images
Aleksandr Vlasov (Astana-Premier Tech) battles up Monte Zoncolan (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

The Forcella di Monte Rest is an evocative place in Giro d’Italia lore, and Saturday marked the first time the race had descended its northern side since 1987. On that occasion, Stephen Roche slipped clear of his Carrera teammate and pink jersey Roberto Visentini to turn the event on its head and spark one of the Giro’s most enduring polemics. 

The rights and wrongs of that tumultuous stage – was it a betrayal or just business? – will be open to debate for as long as riders are still contesting a pink jersey in the month of May. But it is indisputable that the sinuous descent in the Carnic Alps offers fertile terrain for an ambush.

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Barry Ryan
Head of Features

Barry Ryan is Head of Features at Cyclingnews. He has covered professional cycling since 2010, reporting from the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and events from Argentina to Japan. His writing has appeared in The Independent, Procycling and Cycling Plus. He is the author of The Ascent: Sean Kelly, Stephen Roche and the Rise of Irish Cycling’s Golden Generation, published by Gill Books.