The 104th edition
of the Giro d' Italia finished in the center of Milan at the footsteps of the iconic Duomo, on Sunday, May 30th. It was an amazing race with enough drama in the last week to make fans wonder if the Maglia Rosa was going to change hands on the final stage.
The race featured two "Sterrato" (Italian for Gravel) stages, plenty of summit finishes for the mountain climbers and brutal weather conditions that caused the Queen stage to be shortened. At the end of the three-week trek through Italy a worthy new champion was crowned.
For the team at Limar Italia, our hopes were pinned to the back of young Russian climber, Aleksandr Vlasov of Team Astana - Premier Tech. Mentioned in the press as one of the Pre-Race favorites and competing in only his second Grand Tour, his first as outright team captain, there was a lot of pressure on Vlasov to deliver. The Blue Train was fully committed and supported Vlasov brilliantly through the nervous first week that included the sketchy terrain of the famed Strade Biancha of Tuscany. Vlasov lived up to the Pre-Race hype and ended week one just 40 seconds out of Pink.
As the race headed into the big mountains, the gaps started to widen. Vlasov rode a mature race and managed his efforts when the pace got hot. He fought valiantly and yet never completely cracked as so many other contenders did. As the riders suited up for the final individual TT stage in Central Milan, Vlasov sat in 4th overall. He produced yet another solid performance in the race of truth and confirmed his status as one of the best young GC riders in the peloton today.
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