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Aleksandr Vlasov takes strong third place on the shortened queen stage of the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana

With five categorised climbs, the fourth stage of the five-day Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana (UCI 2.Pro) in eastern Spain was the queen stage of the race. Due to force majeure, the 175km stage was shortened by 15km and the new finish line was placed at the summit of the penultimate climb, the Alto del Miserat. After a perfect job and positioning by their teammates, on the final climb, Aleksandr Vlasov and Jai Hindley battled it out for the stage win and vital seconds in the overall. In 3rd place, Vlasov only admitted defeat to the stage winner B. McNulty and the second-placed S. Buitrago. Hindley crossed the finish line in 5th. Ahead of tomorrow’s final stage, Aleksandr Vlasov is sitting in 3rd overall. 


 

Result 

01 B. McNulty 4:08:28

02 S. Buitrago +0:08

03 A. Vlasov +0:08 

05 J. Hindley +0:23


 

From the Finish Line

 

“That final climb was super hard!  A shoutout to the boys, they rode very strong all day to deliver Jai and me in perfect position at the bottom of the final climb. Once again this season I came close to winning but in the end it wasn’t enough. Anyway I’m happy with my performance - let’s see what happens tomorrow!” Aleksandr Vlasov

 

“We marked this stage to set up the GC. Today we have seen an outstanding Patrick Gamper, he basically controlled the breakaway all by his own! On the final climb we had Jai Hindley and Aleks Vlasov in the mix. Both showed a very strong performance even though it wasn’t enough to take the win. Today was a good test for us and I think we can be happy with where our leaders are at the moment, but also how we worked as a team.” Patxi Vila