Aleksandr Vlasov started the day in third place in the overall classification, but managed to comfortably put time on Juan Ayuso and Rohan Dennis to conquer the GC of the Tour de Romandie with a storming time on the final time-trial.
The Russian climber had given a lot of reassurance over his climbing skills this season with several impressive results, and so it wasn't a surprise to see him climb to the top step of the ascent to Villars that concluded the Swiss race. "My goal today was to win the GC and I did my best and I am super happy with the outcome" he said.
After a set of strong performances throughout the race, Vlasov entered the final day only 18 seconds behind Rohan Dennis. The Australian didn't have the legs on the day to match the competition, loosing in the end 2:12. Vlasov won with 31 seconds advantage over an equally impressive Simon Geschke.
"Yesterday was a good day with my second place but it was sort of a warm up for today. I am already in good form and I was very concentrated on my goal in the time trial. Today’s stage was most important as my objective was of course to win the general classification. I was pretty confident and I just tried to deliver a good time and ride very strong in order to take the GC," he concluded.
This result comes as the cherry on top of the cake for the BORA rider, who won aswell a stage and overall classification at the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana, finished fourth at the UAE Tour, third at Itzulia Basque Country, second at GP Miguel Indurain, third at Flèche Wallone and finally a win - and stage win - at Romandie.