Hindley up to fifth on GC after two stages of the Tour of Fuzhou

Thu 9 Nov 2017

Giro d’Italia U23 stage winner Jai Hindley produced strong rides on stages one and two of the Tour of Fuzhou in China to move into fifth place on the general classification with three more days of racing to come.

Mitchelton-SCOTT started well and raced with intent on the opening day, keeping hindley up near the front of the race until the splits came on the climb up to the finish.

Hindley went clear with a select group of favourites to finish in sixth place on stage one before a flatter sprint stage unfolded on today’s second day of racing.

Chinese rider Fuwen Xue animated the breakaway with a strong ride on stage two for Mitchelton-SCOTT, leading the race solo into the closing kilometres before the being caught by a peloton intent on a bunch sprint finale.

Stage two was won by Maris Bogdanovics (Rietumu-Banka-Riga) with Hindley finishing alongside the other overall contenders and even managing to move up from sixth to fifth overall.

“The boys have started well and after Hainan last week, they are really motivated to get a result here,” said sport director Dave Sanders. “Jai looked good on stage one and it was shame that the final climb wasn’t a little bit steeper. That would have suited his characteristics better, but nonetheless we stayed in contact on GC and there will be more opportunities to come”

“Today’s stage was made up of four fast circuits and we had the opportunity to have a go on the last lap and tried to take it. Fuwen Xue has been trying to get up the road and we decided to take the chance when the race went through a quiet moment.

“He was out front alone for most of the final lap and it is good experience to be out there leading and also great exposure for the team. Tomorrow has a second category climb early on and then flat all the way to the finish.”

Tour of Fuzhou general classification after stage two:

1. Mykhaylo Kononenko (Kolss-Cycling-Team) 05:15:31

2. Stanislau Bazhkou (Minsk-Cycling-Club) +0:04

3. Andriy Vasylyuk (Kolss-Cycling-Team) +0:10

5. Jai Hindley (Mitchelton-SCOTT) +0:16

Photos courtesy of Wildto Media