© / Alexey FilippovAlexander Vlasov
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MOSCOW, 24 July – Russian cyclist of the Bora-Hansgrohe team Alexander Vlasov said he was pleased with the fifth place in the general classification of the stage race “Tour de France”.
The 109th Tour de France ended on Sunday. The victory was won by the Dane Jonas Wingegaard from the Jumbo-Visma team. Vlasov finished fifth, 15 minutes 46 seconds behind the leader. At the sixth stage, the Russian had an accident, but returned to the peloton.
“I really got hurt. But I think the morale and teammates who were always there for me kept us in the race. After the fall, I had doubts that I was able to perform at my true level. I had good and bad days but I’ve never really been at the level that I was earlier this season.That can’t be changed now.But fifth place is still a good result and I’m a bit surprised that under such circumstances managed to get so high place in the overall standings I am happy with the result, I think we can be proud of it as a team, especially how we fought for this result If I come back here next year, I know what to expect and it will certainly make a difference “, – quotes the words of 26-year-old Vlasov, the team’s website.
For the first time in 14 years, the Russian was in the top five in the overall standings of the Tour de France. In 2008, Denis Menshov became fourth. After the Austrian Bernard Kohl was disqualified for doping, the representative of Russia rose to third place.