Vlasov: “I discovered what it is to ride a Grand Tour"



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Vlasov: “I discovered what it is to ride a Grand Tour"

After not being able to take part in the Giro d'Italia, Alexander Vaslov had a race in Vuelta “I watched the Giro a little, and I thought about how well riders around my age were doing, but then I put it to one side and I went to the Vuelta.

I just thought about doing well there and I didn’t think about the Giro anymore,” Vlasov told Cyclingnews on the eve of his return to the Giro as the lone leader of Astana-Premier Tech. It was not easy to participate in the Grand Tour “I discovered what it is to ride a Grand Tour and I saw how my body reacted.

In the third week, I was still quite good and I was recovering well,” said Vlasov. “Everybody says that you’re stronger after doing your first Grand Tour, and that might be the case. It was my first time doing such a long effort, and I think I managed it well and then recovered.

Maybe now I’m stronger as a result, and I certainly know what it is to make an effort like that for three weeks”.

Italy

It seems that Vaslov is satisfied with his form and that he could finally show what he knows.

It seems we can expect his career to be more and more successful. Self-confidence seems to be what Vaslov has, which is a good indicator that he could achieve great success “Everything has gone like we had planned, so I’m happy.

My form is growing and I could see in the races that I was going better and better,” Vlasov said. “At Paris-Nice, I was a bit surprised that I was up there already with [Primož] Roglič, Schachmann and the best riders.

Then the Tour of the Alps gave me a bit of morale, because it confirmed to me that I was going well and that my form was almost perfect”. Although a Russian, Vaslov finished his education in Italy (Viris Vigevano) and learned the Italian language.

It was in Italy that he expanded his knowledge and gained some experience that will help him in his career “Renat Khamidulin, the general manager of Gazprom-RusVelo, placed me there. He had raced there as an amateur and he asked me if I wanted to go there and try,” said Vlasov.

“It was my first time living alone, there in Vigevano, and I had to learn Italian quickly to be able to communicate with the others on the team, but it was a beautiful experience”. “I learned about professionalism there, and I was able to develop steadily,” he said.

“I never made any big jumps, I was always going step by step and just improving a little bit every year”.