Vlasov moves to third on GC at Giro d'Italia after challenge of gravel finish

Giro d'Italia 2021 - 104th Edition - 9th stage Castel di Sangro - Campo Felice (Rocca di Cambio) 158 km - 16/05/2021 - Aleksandr Vlasov (RUS - Astana - Premier Tech) - photo Dario Belingheri/BettiniPhoto©2021
Aleksandr Vlasov (Astana-Premier Tech) grimaces at finish on Campo Felice for stage 9 of Giro d'Italia (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

Aleksandr Vlasov’s steady progress upwards in the general classification of the Giro d’Italia showed no sign of letting up on Sunday as the Russian moved onto the provisional podium for the first time since the race left Turin nine days ago.

Placing 11th in Turin’s opening time trial, the 25-year-old Astana-Premier Tech rider progressed to seventh on the Giro’s first real climbing stage on Tuesday, then advanced to fourth on Thursday at San Giacamo’s second summit finish.

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