Hindley remains in fifth after the sprinters take charge on stage three in Fuzhou

Fri 10 Nov 2017

A short and fast third stage of the Tour of Fuzhou unfolded with no great surprises as the sprinters dominated proceedings and Mitchelton-SCOTT kept their eye on position.

Just over 100 mainly flat kilometres with a solitary category two climb right at the start was only ever going to end with one outcome, and after a tentative breakaway hung off the front for a while the sprinters teams took charge and set up another fast finale.

Australian Kaden Groves (St.George-Continental-Cycling-Team) ran out the eventual stage winner with Mitchelton-SCOTT keeping an eye on Jai Hindley throughout the stage and ensuring that the 21-year-old finished safely in the pack.

“It was actually tougher than it looked today, but it concluded in the anticipated fashion, with a bunch sprint,” said sport director Dave Sanders. “Our objective was to stay safe and keep Jai out of trouble and in good shape for tomorrow's summit finish.”

“It will be a solid stage tomorrow and we are focused on that final climb and the chance to jump up a few places overall ahead of the final day of racing.

“We have Jai in fifth place and only 20seconds down on the leader so it will be a big day, but our Chinese rider Liu Jiankun is also riding strongly and is currently the highest placed Chinese rider in the race in 25th overall.

“Liu has been doing a great job supporting the team so far and it will be fantastic if he can maintain his efforts and stay up there on the general classification.”

Tour of Fuzhou stage three results:

1. Kaden Groves (St.George-Continental-Cycling-Team) 02:52:21

2. Maris Bogdanovics (Rietumu-Banka-Riga) ST

3. Mykhaylo Knonenko (Kolss-Cycling-Team) ST

30. Jai Hindley (Mitchelton-SCOTT) ST

Tour of Fuzhou general classification after stage three:

1. Mykhaylo Knonenko (Kolss-Cycling-Team) 08:07:48

2. Stanislau Bazhkou (Minsk-Cycling-Club) +0:08

3. Andriy Vasylyuk (Kolss-Cycling-Team) +0:14

5. Jai Hindley (Mitchelton-SCOTT) +0:20