By Kirill Pirogov
The sportsman skilfully used his good physical shape, gained during the multi-day Giro d’Italia race, to successfully perform on the French roads (cycling for the High Road USA team). The seven stage French event saw him 50 seconds behind the leader after first start but he improved after each stage, climbing from 161st to 8th overall. He was just 10 seconds behind the winner, Spanish Joaquin Rodriguez, cycling for Russian Katyusha, by the final seventh stage along the Pontcharra La Toussuire route. The overall winner was Bradley Wiggins of Great Britain, cycling for the Sky team.
Owing to his success in the Criterium du Dauphine Libere, which was first held from 1947 and has been around 1,065km long this year, the Belarusian cyclist now ranks 43rd in the International Cycling Union (previously, he was 59th in the world ratings).