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‘It doesn’t make sense’ – Aleksandr Vlasov laments downhill finale at Challenge Mallorca

'It doesn't make sense' - Aleksandr Vlasov laments downhill finale at Challenge Mallorca

Aleksandr Vlasov (Image credit: Getty Images) Aleksandr Vlasov (Bora-Hansgrohe) has expressed his frustration with the finale to the Trofeo Serra Tramuntana , maintaining that the…

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Aleksandr Vlasov (Image credit: Getty Images) Aleksandr Vlasov (Bora-Hansgrohe) has expressed his frustration with the finale to the Trofeo Serra Tramuntana , maintaining that the final descent into Lluc was an unnecessary and risky addition to the course.

The Russian was speaking after his second near miss in as many attempts at the Challenge Mallorca. After being outsprinted by James Shaw at the Trofeo Calvià on Wednesday, he had to settle for second behind Lennert Van Eetvelt (Lotto-Dstny) in a three-up sprint here.

“I would like to say that it’s a shit finish. Why do you do it on a downhill? It’s just for nothing,” Vlasov told Eurosport afterwards. “We went the last 5km without pedalling, and what race is it? Make it in the climb, no?”

Vlasov had sparked the winning move with a fierce acceleration on the climb of Puig Major, bringing Van Eetvelt and Brandon McNulty (UAE Team Emirates) with him, and that trio built a lead of almost a minute on the initial drop to El Gorg Blau.

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