Vlasov looks to go the distance on return to Giro d'Italia

Aleksander Vlasov (Astana Premier Tech) at the 2021 Giro d'Italia
Aleksander Vlasov (Astana Premier Tech) at the 2021 Giro d'Italia (Image credit: Getty Images)

At least Aleksandr Vlasov didn’t have much time to dwell on the disappointment. Illness meant his 2020 Giro d’Italia debut lasted less than 100 kilometres, but last autumn’s condensed calendar ensured he was back in action at a Grand Tour before the corsa rosa had even reached Milan.

In the days immediately after returning home from Sicily, Vlasov watched on television as Deceuninck-QuickStep's João Almeida, the man he had beaten to the under-23 Giro in 2018, began his lengthy tenure in the pink jersey. Overall victory would be contested by men of Vlasov’s generation, but rather than ponder what might have been if he didn't have to pull out of stage 2 due to a stomach illness, the Russian was able to offset some of the frustration when he was drafted to ride the Vuelta a España at short notice.

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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.