A high-calibre addition to the team’s already impressive stage racing roster, Vasil Kiryienka is a star in his own right and an even more formidable team-mate. Solo stage wins at the 2008 and 2011 editions of the Giro d’Italia mark out a rider who rises to the occasion when the terrain is at its toughest.
The second Belarusian to join the team after Kanstantsin Siutsou, Kiryienka is best known for his power, consistency and machine-like riding style. With nine Grand Tour appearances to his name, Kiryienka’s all-round credentials were highlighted further when he wrapped up the 2012 season on the World Championship podium in Limburg having taken a bronze medal in the time trial.
Q & A
First bike:A very old green 'Sport', made in the Ukraine.
First cycling club:A sports school in my town.
Childhood hero:My childhood was spent in the Soviet Union and I do not remember if we had heroes, but as a child we liked positive people.
What do you love most about cycling?Meeting new people and trying new ways of working on the bike.
Previous teams:2007-08 Tinkoff Credit Systems; 2009-12: Caisse d'Epargne (Movistar)
If you weren't a rider, what would you be?Maybe a coach.
Interests away from cycling:I'd like to have a role in the development of my country. I am worried for the future of my children and my nation.
Favourite music:Singer Alexander Serov
Favourite food:A Russian dish "pelmeni" made by my wife.
Most famous person you've met:Miguel Indurain
Interesting fact:I have no special talents.
Best advice:Work with determination, self-confidence and maintain tranquillity.
National Time Trial Championships - 1st; World Track Championships - Bronze points race
Ster Elektrotoer - 1st stage three; Vuelta a Burgos - 1st stage five; Etoile de Bessages - 2nd overall
Giro d'Italia - 1st stage 19; Ster Elektrotoer - 2nd overall
Tour de France - 2nd stage 10
Giro d'Italia - 1st stage 20; Vuelta al Pais Vasco - 1st stage two; Criterium International - 2nd overall
World Time Trial Championships - Bronze