Consistency continues for Mitchelton-BikeExchange in Qinghai as Hennessy notches up another top ten

Wed 1 Aug 2018

British sprinter Jacob Hennessy continued Mitchelton-BikeExchange’s run of top ten results at the Tour of Qinghai Lake in China with ninth place in a hectic sprint on today’s stage ten.

A short and fast affair covering only 124kilometres from Minqin to the desert of Tengger was rife with crosswinds and nerves within the peloton.

Australian Harry Sweeny took the responsibility of looking after Hennessy and Kaden Groves, keeping them sheltered and trying to maintain a good position.

Crosswinds became a strong headwind on the approach to the final and it was Dusan Rajovic (Adria-Mobil-Cycling) who ran out the stage winner with Hennessy in ninth after a hectic bunch sprint.

Jacob Hennessy:

Thankfully I’ve recovered well after the crash the other day and it was good to get another go at the sprint today. We could have done better with our positioning, but it’s great experience for us and we won’t stop trying to go for that elusive stage win.”

“Harry did a good job keeping us sheltered as much as possible throughout the stage and early on I was circulating around the front praying for a split as I was feeling good and thought that we could maybe get away up the road ahead of the final.

“In the finish it was down to Kaden and I and we tried out best to get into a good position, but it was a hard task against some of the bigger trains.

“Nevertheless, Kaden did really good job again, but it was a sketchy finish with the headwind. I came from a long way back, surfing and coming off wheels and we’ll look ahead to tomorrow now.”

Tour of Qinghai Lake stage ten results:

1. Dusan Rajovic (Adria-Mobil-Cycling) 02:41:53

2. Siarhei Papok (Minsk-Cycling-Club) ST

3. Andre Looij (Monkey-Town-Continental-Team)

9. Jacob Hennessy (Mitchelton-BikeExchange) ST