The results of stage 2 of the Tour of the Alps didn’t highlight Pavel Sivakov’s strong ride out front in the break of the day but his smile as he warmed down at the Ineos Grenadiers team bus revealed a lot more.
“It’s a good sign after the problems I’ve had. I’m really happy to be back to my level,” Pavel Sivakov said, indicating his suffering and true talent in just a few words.
Sivakov won the 2019 Tour of the Alps and the Tour de Pologne and was ninth overall at the 2019 Giro d’Italia, confirming the talent he showed as an under-23 rider. However, he crashed on the rain-soaked opening stage of the 2020 Tour de France around Nice and his Grand Boucle debut became a battle of survival all the way to Paris.
He also crashed out the 2021 Giro d’Italia after just five stages, with the rest of the season spent working for his Ineos Grenadiers teammates and chasing his fitness. Illness forced him to quit the Volta a Catalunya in March and he had to expedite his change of nationality from Russian to French after the UCI reacted to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
However, a new focus on securing a place in the Ineos Grenadiers team for the Giro d’Italia rather than the Tour de France appears to have given him new focus and better fortune.
Sivakov made sure he was in the attack of the day as stage 2 of the Tour of the Alps head straight up […]