Bunch sprint wraps up stage four of the Tour of ChinaFri 22 Sep 2017
Mitchelton-SCOTT finished in the main field on stage four of the Tour of China part two, with Chinese rider Sun Xiaolong the team’s best placed finisher.
A predictable short and flat stage saw the breakaway escape early with the peloton and race leaders happy for the move to push on.
Push on they did, holding an advantage until the closing circuit before the sprinters teams decided enough was enough and duly brought the race back together for the finale.
Marco Benfatto (Androni-Spidermec) won his second consecutive stage from the sprint with teammate Kevin Rivera holding onto the overall lead ahead of Sunday’s final stage.
“We anticipated the early break going clear today,” said Sport director Dave Sanders. “And our plan was to stage a late attack once things came back together, however the leaders stayed away until just before the finish and by that point the sprinters teams were in full control.”
“The boys did well and we had a few digs off the front on the last lap, but despite our efforts it still came down to the sprint and with the final stage on Sunday also short and predominantly flat, things will more than likely go the same way.
“Cameron Meyer is starting to feel better which is great news, he got himself into the breakaway on stage three and was unfortunate to be caught before the final. It’s good to see him getting up there again and it’s a shame he punctured a few kilometres from the finish today.”
Tour of China part two, stage four:
1. Marco Benfatto (Androni-Spidermec) 02:24:53
2. Matteo Malucelli (Androni-Spidermec) ST
3. Siarhei Papok (Minsk-Cycling-Club) ST
41. Sun Xiaolong (Mitchelton-SCOTT) ST
General Classification after stage four:
1. Kevin Rivera (Androni-Spidermec) 09:23:31
2. Mirko trosino (Willier-Selle-Italia) +0:22
3. Mauricio Ortega (RTS-Monton-Racing) +0:29
44. Cameron Meyer (Mitchelton-SCOTT) +10:33
Photo courtesy of the Tour of China.