Belgian cyclist Jesper Philipsen from the UAE-Team Emirates team won the first stage of the multi-day race BinckBank Tour, which is part of the World tour calendar and runs on the roads of Belgium and the Netherlands.
Philipsen completed the 132.1 km stage in 2 hours, 59 minutes, and 26 seconds. Second place was taken by Dane Mads Pedersen from Trek-Segafredo, German Pascal Ackermann (Bora-Hansgrohe) closed the top three.
The second stage of the BinckBank Tour will be held on Wednesday, and the bike race will end on Saturday.
Alexander Vlasov joined Astana at the Giro d’italia
Russian cyclist Alexander Vlasov joined Astana at the Giro d’italia, the team’s press service reports on its official website.
The Giro starts on October 3 in Sicily.
The full squad for the second Grand tour of the season is as follows: Jacob Fulsan, Alexander Vlasov, Miguel Angel Lopez, Manuele Boaro, Fabio Felline, Yuri Natarov, Vadim Pronsky, Oscar Rodriguez.
Zakarin and Kochetkov joined the CCC team at the Giro d’italia
Russian cyclists of the CCC team Ilnur Zakarin and Pavel Kochetkov will perform at the Giro d’italia.
Zakarin broke a rib at the recently completed Tour de France and had to finish the race ahead of schedule.
“I am happy to participate in the Giro this year, because this race really started my professional career. During the tour, I broke a rib and it will be difficult to start (after this injury – ed.) “Giro”. I need to get back into the racing rhythm and see how it goes. By the second week, I hope to be in good shape and try to win the stage,” Zakarin was quoted as saying on the team’s official website.
The CCC at the Giro d’italia also included Josef Cerny, Kamil gradek, Kamil Malecki, Victor de La Parte, Joy Rosskopf, and Attila Walter.
Just before the world Cup, the Tour de France ended. Two leaders of the Russian national team Pavel Sivakov and Ilnur Zakarin were injured on the” Big loop ” – both were forced to abandon the trip to Imola. Another leader of the Russian team, Alexander Vlasov, is preparing to compete at the Giro d’italia, and the world Cup did not fit into his plan to prepare for the Grand tour.
“In these conditions, of course, it was difficult for us to fight for high places, because only Sivakov, Zakarin and Vlasov were able to stay in the top ten, which was fighting for medals. But I believe that this start was necessary for the team – both in the group race and in the individual race, for which we announced young drivers. Artem Ovechkin couldn’t come to the “cutting” because of all the restrictions on the pandemic-we decided to give the young guys a chance. To refuse to start for the national team – there was no such thought, the youth needs it as an experience, and even in such a difficult season,” said Abrahamyan.