Aleksandr Vlasov once again showed his great climbing talent on Thursday by winning the French one-day race Mont Ventoux Dénivelé Challenge. The 24-year-old Russian came alone on top of the iconic ‘Bald Mountain’.
After a race of 179 kilometers, Vlasov had an eighteen second lead over Australian Richie Porte, who finished second at the 1,909 meter high Mont Ventoux. Frenchman Guillaume Martin finished third at 59 seconds. Jetse Bol was the best Dutchman in 32nd place.
Jesús Herrada won the first edition of the Mont Ventoux Dénivelé Challenge last year. Cofidis’ Spaniard finished ninth on Thursday.
In the top fifteen were quite a few top climbers, with Pierre Latour (fourth), Fabio Aru (fifth), Nairo Quintana (eighth) and Miguel Ángel López (twelfth).
Astana rider Vlasov is in his first season in a WorldTour team. The reigning Russian champion impressed last year in the service of the continental Gazprom-RusVelo with quite a few top ten prizes in difficult stage races, such as the Tour of Austria (fifth) and the Ruta Del Sol (eighth).
Last week, Vlasov finished third in the French stage race Route d’Occitanie, behind Egan Bernal and fellow countryman Pavel Sivakov.