Zoncolan marks new phase of Giro d’Italia for quiet challenger Vlasov

Giro d'Italia 2021 - 104th Edition - 12th stage Siena - Bagno di Romagna 212 km - 20/05/2021 - Aleksandr Vlasov (RUS - Astana - Premier Tech) - photo Dario Belingheri/BettiniPhoto©2021
Aleksandr Vlasov of Astana-Premier Tech is second overall after stage 13 of the 2021 Giro d'Italia (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

Aleksandr Vlasov is a man of few words. That much was already apparent from his smiling but succinct responses in the mixed zone on this Giro d’Italia, and it was confirmed by his Astana-Premier Tech directeur sportif Giuseppe Martinelli earlier this week.

“If I go in his room and ask him something, he’ll speak. But if I didn’t say anything, we could sit there in silence for a quarter of an hour staring at one another,” Martinelli told La Gazzetta dello Sport.

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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.