Zakarin sees his way clear to first Tour de France stage win

Ilnur Zakarin's victory at Finhaut-Emosson on stage 17 of the Tour de France posed something of a logistical problem for the race organisation. With no interpreter on hand to translate Zakarin's remarks in the winner's press conference from his native Russian into English and French, Katusha team manager Viacheslav Ekimov was drafted in to perform the task.

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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.