Russian champion Aleksandr Vlasov takes stage victory and GC lead in Tour de la Provence
Feb 15 2020 08:22 am CET

Russian champion Aleksandr Vlasov takes stage victory and GC lead in Tour de la Provence
Russian champion Aleksandr Vlasov takes stage victory and GC lead in Tour de la Provence
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Russian national champion Aleksandr Vlasov (Astana) has taken the victory of the second stage of the Tour de la Provence.

The demanding stage was 175 kilometres long between Aubagne and La Ciotat over a profile that included several climbs, including a mountain finish. The stage came down to the last climb, where several riders tried their luck and Vlasov took the victory after a late attack.

"I am so happy with this stage win," said Vlasov. "It is my first season with Astana and therefore the win now is something really special for me. We were together on the climb to protect Lutsenko, and as the two guys attacked I bridge across to close the gap and then, as I saw I had a gap I just went full gas.

"To now be wearing the leader's jersey is really great, I am so happy. I also want to say thank you to my team for the trust they gave me. Of course, we will try to do our best in the upcoming days to keep the jersey."

With the stage win, the Russian champion also took the lead of the general classification of the race. "It was a really good day for us," said sports director Dmitriy Fofonov. "What we planned worked out, the guys followed our instructions. They worked very well at the front of the peloton, put in a strong effort the whole day. Today the teamwork was on point. Also, the attack with Vlasov at the end and the control in the back with Lutsenko and Aranburu worked out perfectly.

"For the first race with young and new riders, I think we are really on a good way. Tomorrow the Mont Ventoux is waiting and Vlasov is a good climber, so we will give our best. I am really happy with the victory and congrats to the whole team for today's effort."









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