Giro d'Italia: Vlasov moves up the billing at Montalcino

Aleksandr Vlasov (Astana-Premier Tech) rides to the finish on stage 11 of the 2021 Giro d'Italia in Montalcino
Aleksandr Vlasov (Astana-Premier Tech) rides to the finish on stage 11 of the 2021 Giro d'Italia in Montalcino (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

During Tuesday's rest day, La Gazzetta dello Sport touted Aleksandr Vlasov (Astana-Premier Tech) as the Giro d'Italia's third man. The Russian will have to be bumped up the billing after stage 11 to Montalcino, where he came closer than anyone to resisting maglia rosa Egan Bernal's overwhelming attack on the final haul up the Passo del Lume Spento.

Vlasov was ultimately unable to match Bernal's fearsome pace at the end of a tumultuous stage but did succeed in limiting his losses better than fellow contenders like Simon Yates, Hugh Carthy and, of course, Remco Evenepoel, reaching Montalcino 23 seconds down on the pink jersey.

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