Frustrations on stage 11 in Qinghai as crash holds up HennessyThu 2 Aug 2018
After a string of consistent displays in the sprints at the Tour of Qinghai Lake in China Mitchelton-BikeExchange were on course for another podium on stage 11 before a late crash threw Jacob Hennessy off course with the Briton pushed back into 17thplace.
Short and punchy at only 110kilometres around Zhongwei, stage 11 was another sprint stage and played out as expected with all actions pointing towards a fast finale.
Hennessy had been held in a good position throughout the stage by Harry Sweeny and Kaden Groves and was all set to take on the bunch kick from the front.
As the head of the peloton exploded with a few hundred metres to go Hennessy was still well placed and accelerated into what looked like a clear space up the finishing straight and didn’t look back – that is until 150metres to go.
The 21-year-old was hit from the side by a movement in the sprint and ended up in the barriers, somehow managing to stay upright as riders scattered all around him.
It was a bad crash and we hope all involved make a swift recovery. In the end Hennessy managed to clip back in and cross the line in 17thplace with Jacob Tipper (Memmil-CCNM-Pro-Cycling) taking the stage win.
“It was a disappointing day really. We did a good job throughout the stage holding position for the sprint and it was looking good on the approach into the final.”
“Unfortunately, I got pushed into the barriers by a movement in the sprint and luckily I managed to hold it on two wheels when it seemed everyone around me fell off.
“I ended up with both feet unclipped with 150metres to go and managed to get back moving to roll across the line with the main field. It was a heavy crash and I'd like to wish Tim Ariesen, the Dutch sprinter a quick recovery who was involved in the crash, our thoughts are with him.”
Tour of Qinghai Lake stage eleven results:
1. Jacob Tipper (Memmil-CCNM-Pro-Cycling) 02:14:26
2. Daniel Lopez Parada (Burgos-BH)
3. Andre Looij (Monkey-Town-Continental-Team) ST
17. Jacob Hennessy (Mitchelton-BikeExchange) ST