Mitchelton-BikeExchange come through stage eight in Qinghai looking ahead to next opportunitiesSun 29 Jul 2018
A long eighth stage of the Tour of Qinghai Lake in China covered 237kilometres and wrapped in a fast and hectic bunch sprint with Mitchelton-BikeExchange playing it safe and finishing within the bunch.
British sprinter Jacob Hennessy suffered an untimely crash going into the final of yesterday’s stage seven and despite escaping serious injury today’s arduous stage became more about getting through without issue for the Chinese Continental team.
Eduard Grosu (Nippo-Vini-Fantini-Selle-Italia) took his third stage win of the race from the resulting sprint with Australian Kaden Groves the first over the line for Mitchelton-BikeExchange in 33rdplace.
“It was a long and tough stage today and it was important for us to stay upright and stay together within the main bunch. Bi Wenhui fought hard to finish and he made it, he has been supporting us really well each day and today was the kind of day that really takes it out of you.”
“Kaden, Jacob and myself got squeezed in the final couple of kilometres and it was a pretty dangerous finish, but we all finished together in the bunch and are looking ahead to five more sprint stages and the opportunities they present for us.”
Tour of Qinghai Lake stage eight results:
1. Eduard Grosu (Nippo-Vini-Fantini-Selle-Italia) 04:49:45
2. Siarhei Papok (Minsk-Cycling-Club) ST
3. Tim Ariesen (Ningxia-Sports-Lottery-Livall) ST
33. Kaden Groves (Mitchelton-BikeExchange) ST