Morey climbs well on stage six of the Tour of Qinghai Lake

Fri 27 Jul 2018

Australian climber Drew Morey produced a strong ride on the Queen Stage of the Tour of Qinghai Lake in China today to finish in the top 20 for Mitchelton-BikeExchange as the Chinese team tried their luck in the breakaway.

The sixth stage was billed as the ‘climbing stage’, covering only 66kilometres and rising to over 4,000metres and for Mitchelton-BikeExchange it represented a good opportunity to try and set up Morey for a crack at the stage.

Morey and compatriot Harry Sweeny were part of a five-man group over the eerily kilometres and Sweeny drove the pace from the front over the flat roads towards the main climb of the day and succeeded in creating close to a two-minute buffer over the peloton.

Topping out at over 4,000 altitude metres, the conditions were difficult, and Morey launched himself onto the final climb to the finish with the Colombian team Manzana-Postobon leading the chase for race leader, Hernan Aguirre.

Despite giving it everything Morey was caught on the climb and put in a brave effort to stay with the leading group up to the finish, eventually crossing the line in 19thplace.

Aguirre took his second stage win with the Colombian team dominating the general classification and finishing with three riders in the top four on the stage.

Drew Morey:

It was a super hard day today, riding at over 4,000 altitude metres was very tough. We had a plan to attack from the very start with me and Harry, in the hopes of getting a head start on the bunch before the serious climbing began.”

“We executed it perfectly, Harry drove the five-man group super hard for me and we got close to a two-minute gap by the bottom of the main climb. From there I just rode it as best I could, trying to hold on to the leaders for as long as possible once they caught me, and I ended up a couple of minute down in 19thplace.”

Tour of Qinghai Lake stage six results:

1. Hernan Aguirre (Manzana-Postobon) 01:47:39

2. Antonio Santoro (Monkeytown-CT) +0:28

3. Hernando Bohorquez (Manzana-Postobon) +0:52

19. Drew Morey (Mitchelton-BikeExchange) +1:52