Jenner tries his luck in the breakaway on stage two in ChinaWed 20 Sep 2017
Australian U23 champion Sam Jenner infiltrated a solid ten-rider breakaway on the second stage of the Tour of China part two today, working hard to push the move forward before being painfully caught in the closing kilometres.
By getting Jenner involved in the move Mitchelton-SCOTT were seeking to make good on the objective of stage success after suffering a GC setback on yesterday’s opening stage.
The predominantly flat and short stage two started quickly with many attacks springing out of the peloton before Jenner, and nine others went clear.
Stretching their advantage out past one minute the group looked to be working well together until the closing kilometres when a united and cohesive peloton brought the race back together for a bunch sprint finale.
Scott Sunderland (IsoWhey-Sports) took the stage win by a clear wheel length with Mitchelton-SCOTT all finishing in main field.
“The boy’s rode well again today,” said sport director Dave Sanders. “We managed to get Sam in the break and that group pushed hard to go clear, on another parcours it may have had a chance of staying away.”
“The rest of the coming stages are very similar to today, fast and mainly flat. I think we have seen the pattern for how the rest of the week will unfold, there are no challenging climbs ahead and it will probably come down to sprint finishes.
“Our objective is still to go for stage success and we will continue to try for that by racing on the front foot and doing our best to get involved in the key attacks.”
Tour of China part two, stage two results:
1. Scott Sunderland (IsoWhey-Sports) 02:02:08
2. Jon Aberasturi (Team-Ukyo) ST
3. Marco Benfatto (Androni-Spidermec) ST
65. Harry Sweeny (Mitchelton-SCOTT) ST