Breakaway steals a march on stage one in Quanzhou

Sat 2 Dec 2017

A five-man breakaway stayed away to contest the victory on today’s opening stage of the Tour of Quanzhou Bay in China as Mitchelton-SCOTT led the chase behind.

A short and fast first day of racing was on from the flag drop with numerous attacks trying to break clear before what turned out to be a significant group of attackers started to develop an advantage.

Mitchelton-SCOTT were not part of the attack and took up the chase at the head of the peloton, but despite their efforts the leaders worked well together and a quintet held one minute going into the final.

Harry Tanfield (BikeChannel-Canyon) took the stage victory and moved into the race lead by over one minute with Cameron Meyer the best placed for Mitchelton-SCOTT in 63rd.

“We weren’t part of the early breakaway,” said sport director Neil Stephens. “And that move ended up reducing into the five riders that went on to contest the stage win. We chased unassisted for around half of the stage, but the group held on.”

“There wasn’t as much wind as expected today considering the coastal position and what wind there was constantly changed direction. In general the boys have travelled well, but we have an uphill task ahead of us now.

“A lead of over a minute is significant in a race made up of short stages like this one, tomorrow's second stage is longer than today at 111.4kilometres with a slight ramp to the finish and we will try to get up there for a result.”

Tour of Quanzhou Bay stage one results:

1. Harry Tanfield (BikeChannel-Canyon) 01:38:47

2. Rory Townsend (BikeChannel-Canyon) +0:10

3. Ben Hamilton (Team-Skoda-Racing) ST

63. Cameron Meyer (Mitchelton-SCOTT) +1:03

General Classification after stage one:

1. Harry Tanfield (BikeChannel-Canyon) 01:38:47

2. Rory Townsend (BikeChannel-Canyon) +0:11

3. Ben Hamilton (Team-Skoda-Racing) +0:18

63. Cameron Meyer (Mitchelton-SCOTT) +1:16