Jakob Fuglsang steps into Giro d'Italia GC fray on Mount Etna

Jakob Fugslang (Astana)
Jakob Fugslang (Astana) (Image credit: Getty Images)

After a week of team setbacks and despite the weather worsening notably on Mount Etna, Jakob Fugslang (Astana) was in a much-improved mood at stage 3 of the Giro d'Italia, telling reporters that he had a “good test and the team did well”.

Up to now, Astana’s Italian Grand Tour ride has been a tumultuous one for all the wrong reasons, with Yuriy Natarov and Vadim Pronskiy withdrawn after they came into contact with teammate Zhandos Bizhigitov, who tested positive for COVID-19, and Rodrigo Contreras and Jonas Gregaard Wilsl drafted in as last-minute replacements.

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Alasdair Fotheringham

Alasdair Fotheringham has been reporting on cycling since 1991. He has covered every Tour de France since 1992 bar one, as well as numerous other bike races of all shapes and sizes, ranging from the Olympic Games in 2008 to the now sadly defunct Subida a Urkiola hill climb in Spain. As well as working for Cyclingnews, he has also written for The IndependentThe GuardianProCycling, The Express and Reuters.