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Vasili Vasilyevich Kiryienka (Belarusian: Васіль Васілевіч Кірыенка; Łacinka: Vasil Vasilevič Kiryjenka) (born 28 June 1981) is a Belarusian racing cyclist, racing for UCI ProTeam Team Sky.[2]

Vasil Kiryienka
Vasil Kiryienka Giro 2011.jpg
Kiryienka at the 2011 Giro d'Italia
Personal information
Full name Vasili Vasilyevich Kiryienka
Nickname Robocop[1]
Born (1981-06-28) 28 June 1981 (age 36)
Rečyca,
Byelorussian SSR, Soviet Union
Height 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 75 kg (165 lb; 11.8 st)
Team information
Current team Team Sky
Discipline Road and Track
Role Rider
Rider type Time trialist/ Domestique
Professional team(s)
2006 OTC Doors (May–)
2006 Rietumu-Riga (–June)
2007–2008 Tinkoff Credit Systems
2009–2012 Caisse d'Epargne
2013– Team Sky
Major wins

Grand Tours

Giro d'Italia
3 individual stages (2008, 2011, 2015)
Vuelta a España
1 individual stage (2013)

Stage races

Route du Sud (2011)

One-day races and Classics

World Time Trial Championships (2015)
National Time Trial Championships
(2002, 2005, 2006, 2015)
European Games Time Trial (2015)

Contents

CareerEdit

Early yearsEdit

Born in Rečyca in the Belorussian S.S.R. in 1981, Kiryienka won his first national time trial championship in 2002. His early career focused mainly on the track, where he won the Points Race at the 2008 UCI Track Cycling World Championships. Later that season Kiryienka won Stage 19 of the 2008 Giro d'Italia, a mountainous affair leading to Presolana, after spending the day on the attack and registering more than 6 hours and a half in the saddle. He attacked his six breakaway companions at the foot of the Monte Para climb and soloed to the finish for the win, by a margin of over four minutes.[3]

Caisse d'Epargne (2009-2012)Edit

 
Kiryienka competing in the time trial at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London

Kiryienka moved to the Spanish Caisse d'Epargne squad for the 2009 season.

In 2010 he finished second in the tenth stage of the 2010 Tour de France after he was outsprinted at the line in Gap by Sérgio Paulinho (Radioshack) after the pair's decisive attack with 14 km remaining.[4]

On 23 May 2011, during the 2011 Giro d'Italia, Kiryienka's Movistar Team team mate Xabier Tondo was killed in a freak accident at home while preparing to train with teammates. He was reportedly crushed between his car and a garage door.[5] Five days later, Kiryienka rode to victory in a solo effort on Stage 20, a mountain top finish at Sestriere, and he dedicated the stage victory to Tondó, pointing skyward as he crossed the finish line.[6] The team had met to consider withdrawing from the race after Tondó's death, but instead the riders unanimously voted to ride on.[7] Kiryienka commented that the squad at the Giro hoped to get a further stage win (as Francisco Ventoso's win had come before Tondó's death) to honor him, while other members of the team grieved with Tondó's family.[8]

In September 2012, Kiryienka finished third in the individual time trial at the road world championships.[9]

Team Sky (2013-)Edit

 
Kiryienka at the 2014 Tour de France

Kiryienka left Movistar Team at the end of the 2012 season, and joined Team Sky on a three-year contract from the 2013 season onwards.[2]

In May 2015, Kiryienka won the individual time trial of the Giro d'Italia, which was 59.5-km long and relatively rolling.[10] In June 2015, he won the individual time trial at the inaugural European Games in Baku, Azerbaijan.[11] On 23 September 2015, Kiryienka won the individual time trial at the road world championships in Richmond, Virginia, United States.[12]

Career achievementsEdit

Major resultsEdit

2002
1st   Time trial, National Road Championships
2003
UCI Track World Cup
1st   Individual pursuit (Aguascalientes)
3rd   Team pursuit (Aguascalientes)
UEC European Under–23 Track Championships
3rd   Individual pursuit
3rd   Team pursuit
2004
3rd   Individual pursuit (Aguascalientes), UCI Track World Cup
6th Overall Tour of Turkey
2005
1st   Time trial, National Road Championships
1st   Points race (Manchester), UCI Track World Cup
1st Coppa della Pace
1st Giro del Casentino
1st Coppa Comune Castelfranco di Sopra
1st Stage 3 Giro della Toscana Under–23
1st Coppa Mobilio Ponsacco – Cronometro
2006
1st   Time trial, National Road Championships
UCI Track World Cup
1st   Scratch race (Sydney)
2nd   Points race (Moscow)
3rd   Points race (Sydney)
2nd Overall Scandinavian Week
1st Stage 3
2nd Scandinavian Open
3rd   Points race, UCI Track World Championships
3rd Riga Grand Prix
4th Tallinn–Tartu GP
4th Szlakiem Walk Majora Hubala
5th Overall Five Rings of Moscow
8th Overall Course de la Solidarité Olympique
1st Stage 6
2007
1st Stage 3 Ster Elektrotoer
1st Stage 5 Vuelta a Burgos
2nd Overall Étoile de Bessèges
2nd Eindhoven Team Time Trial
7th Overall Tirreno–Adriatico
8th Overall Tour of Austria
9th Tour du Haut Var
9th Grand Prix de Fourmies
2008
1st   Points race, UCI Track World Championships
1st Stage 19 Giro d'Italia
1st Stage 1 (TTT) Settimana Ciclistica Lombarda
2nd Overall Ster Elektrotoer
2nd GP di Camaiore
7th Overall Vuelta a Murcia
2011
1st   Overall Route du Sud
1st Stage 20 Giro d'Italia
2nd Overall Critérium International
1st   Points classification
9th Overall Vuelta a Murcia
10th Overall Tour of the Basque Country
1st Stage 2
2012
3rd   Time trial, UCI Road World Championships
6th Overall Critérium du Dauphiné
2013
1st Stage 18 Vuelta a España
UCI World Road Championships
3rd   Team time trial
4th Time trial
2014
1st Stage 1b (TTT) Settimana Internazionale di Coppi e Bartali
3rd Overall Bayern–Rundfahrt
4th Time trial, UCI Road World Championships
  Combativity award Stage 11 Vuelta a España
2015
1st   Time trial, UCI Road World Championships
1st   Time trial, National Road Championships
1st   Time trial, European Games
1st Stage 14 (ITT) Giro d'Italia
1st Chrono des Nations
2016
1st Chrono des Nations
2nd   Time trial, UCI World Road Championships
2017
UCI Road World Championships
3rd   Team time trial
5th Time trial
6th GP Miguel Indurain

Grand Tour general classification results timelineEdit

Grand Tour 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
  Giro d'Italia 35 73 37 25  —  —  — 84  — 102
  Tour de France  —  — 60 DNF 77 DNF 86  — 103 112
  Vuelta a España 34 16  —  —  — 73 110 83  —
Legend
Did not compete
DNF Did not finish

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Mills, Benjamin. "Team Sky Photo Gallery". Team Sky. BSkyB. Retrieved 11 July 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Kiryienka to Sky for three years". Cycling News. Future Publishing Limited. 18 August 2012. Retrieved 20 August 2012. 
  3. ^ Gregor Brown (2008-05-30). "Contador proves tough under Di Luca's pressure". Cycling News. Retrieved 2009-11-28. 
  4. ^ "Sergio Paulinho snatches Tour de France stage win". BBC Sport. BBC. 14 July 2010. Retrieved 23 September 2015. 
  5. ^ "Xavier Tondo dies in domestic accident". Cyclingnews.com. Future plc. 23 May 2011. Archived from the original on 25 June 2014. Retrieved 17 August 2011. 
  6. ^ Felix Lowe (28 May 2011). "Kiryienka remembers Tondo with win". Eurosport. Yahoo! News Network. Archived from the original on 25 June 2014. Retrieved 17 August 2011. 
  7. ^ "Movistar to continue in Giro in the wake of Tondo's death". Cyclingnews.com. Future plc. 23 May 2011. Archived from the original on 25 June 2014. Retrieved 24 May 2011. 
  8. ^ Jean-François Quénet (28 May 2011). "Kiryienka paid tribute to Xavier Tondo". Cyclingnews.com. Future plc. Archived from the original on 5 June 2013. Retrieved 31 May 2011. 
  9. ^ "Road World Championships: Tony Martin retains time trial title". BBC Sport. BBC. 19 September 2012. Retrieved 23 September 2015. 
  10. ^ "Contador powers back into Giro lead in stage 14 ITT won by Kiryienka". VeloNews. Competitor Group, Inc. 23 May 2015. Retrieved 1 June 2015. 
  11. ^ "Kiryienka, Van Dijk win European Games time trials". Cyclingnews.com. Immediate Media Company. 18 June 2015. Retrieved 23 September 2015. 
  12. ^ "Kiryienka wins time-trial gold at World Championships". BBC Sport. BBC. 23 September 2015. Retrieved 23 September 2015. 

External linksEdit

Olympic Games
Preceded by
Max Mirnyi
Flagbearer for   Belarus
Rio de Janeiro 2016
Succeeded by
Incumbent