Vlasov: I can't put into words how disappointed I am to abandon Giro d'Italia

AGRIGENTO, ITALY - OCTOBER 04: Start / Manuele Boaro of Italy, Fabio Felline of Italy, Jakob Fuglsang of Denmark, Miguel Angel Lopez Moreno of Colombia, Rodrigo Contreras of Colombia, Oscar Rodriguez Garaikoetxea of Spain, Jonas Gregaard of Denmark, Aleksander Vlasov of Russia and Astana Pro Team / Trofeo Senza Fine / Trophy / Team Presentation / during the 103rd Giro d'Italia 2020, Stage 2 a 149km stage from Alcamo to Agrigento 243m / @girodiitalia / #Giro / on October 04, 2020 in Agrigento, Italy. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images,)
Astana Pro Team is down to five riders after stage 2 of the Giro d'Italia (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

Non c'è mai due senza tre, says the Italian proverb. Two pieces of bad luck are usually followed by a third. Astana discovered as much on stage 2 of the Giro d'Italia from Alcoma to Agrigento, where Aleksandr Vlasov abandoned the race citing stomach problems.

The team had already had to alter their Giro line-up as a precaution late last week after Kazakhstani riders Yuriy Natarov and Vadim Pronskiy had close contact with a teammate who tested positive for COVID-19 coronavirus. Then on Saturday, Miguel Ángel López, who had been drafted late as a most deluxe gregario, crashed heavily into the barriers – and out of the Giro – after he appeared to hit a bump in the road during the opening time trial in Palermo.

Thank you for reading 5 articles in the past 30 days*

Join now for unlimited access

Enjoy your first month for just £1 / $1 / €1

*Read any 5 articles for free in each 30-day period, this automatically resets

After your trial you will be billed £4.99 $7.99 €5.99 per month, cancel anytime. Or sign up for one year for just £49 $79 €59

Join now for unlimited access

Try your first month for just £1 / $1 / €1

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.