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Vlasov ‘happy to compete’ at La Flèche Wallonne as UCI’s Russia ban remains

Vlasov 'happy to compete' at La Flèche Wallonne as UCI's Russia ban remains

Almost two months on from the UCI’s ban on Russian and Belarusian teams, members of the Gazprom-RusVelo team have in recent days appealed to the…

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Almost two months on from the UCI’s ban on Russian and Belarusian teams, members of the Gazprom-RusVelo team have in recent days appealed to the sport’s governing body to find a way to help them back to racing.

In the meantime, Russian riders on foreign teams have been able to race all along, a result of a muddled UCI policy which has seen rides from Italy, Spain and the Czech Republic among those prevented from racing.

Bora-Hansgrohe leader Aleksandr Vlasov has been among the Russians able to continue racing, with the 25-year-old able to enjoy a career-best start to his season at Bora-Hansgrohe. So far, Vlasov has won the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana and placed on the podium at the Trofeo Pollença, the GP Indurain, and Itzulia Basque Country.

Following his latest podium spot, third place at Wednesday’s La Flèche Wallonne , Vlasov was asked about the plight of his fellow Russian racers, contrasting his situation with the likes of Ilnur Zakarin, a leader at Vlasov’s former team, Gazprom-RusVelo.

"Of course, I’m happy that I can compete now," Vlasov said in the post-race press conference. "You know, I’m just a bike rider so I want to race, I want to train. It’s my job and I want to continue to do it."

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