Vlasov: It was great to compete with best climbers at Vuelta a España

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

Russian climber Aleksandr Vlasov (Astana) was thrilled to take 11th place overall at what was his first full Grand Tour at the Vuelta a España on Sunday, which went some way to making up for the disappointment he experienced after having to quit the Giro d'Italia early just a couple of weeks before with stomach problems.

"I'm grateful to the team for taking me to the Vuelta after my abandon at the Giro due to health problems," said Vlasov on his team's website. "I can say that I've now got some valuable experience from my first full Grand Tour, and I'm sure this will help me to keep on developing as a professional rider."

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