Hennessy sprints to 12th on a wet stage three in China

Mon 10 Sep 2018

British sprinter Jacob Hennessy surfed wheels in the final of stage three of the Tour of China today with the Mitchelton-BikeExchange rider finshing in 12thplace.

A tough 158kilometre stage unfolded over narrow roads, packed full of short, steep climbs in wet conditions and raced at a fast pace with the Chinese outfit working hard to stay up near the front and well positioned.

Protecting the overall position of Niu Yikui and that of Hennessy for the sprint were the team’s objectives and despite having to go it alone in the final Hennessy still placed within the top fifteen behind stage winner Marco Benfatto (Androni-Giocattoli-Sidermec).

Niu Yikui remains in third place on the general classification going into tomorrow’s stage four, 12seconds behind race leader Juan Sebastian Molano (Manzana-Postobon).

Jacob Hennessy:

“It was really grippy out there today, very much like a northern European classic and I would've liked it to go a bit harder on the shorter climbs to really thin down the bunch, but it didn’t play out that way.”

“I am quite disappointed with the end result, because I was feeling good and it’s not a fair reflection of how well we rode. The finish was wet and sketchy and I had t surf the wheels a bit to get into position and ended up a little too far back.

“We don’t have an experienced lead out squad here, but we are improving all the time with tough stages like today providing some great experience for us.”

Tour of China stage three results:

1. Marco Benfatto (Androni-Giocattoli-Sidermec) 03:35:57

2. Juan Sebastian Molano (Manzana-Postobon) ST

3. Matteo Malucelli (Androni-Giocattoli-Sidermec) ST

12. Jacob Hennessy (Mitchelton-BkeExchange) ST

General classification after stage three:

1. Juan Sebastian Molano (Manzana-Postobon) 08:47:54

2. Chen Mingrun (Hengxiang-Cycling-Team) +0:12

3. Niu Yikui (Mitchelton-BkeExchange) ST