Morey makes sure he’s on the right side of the split on stage three in Qinghai

Tue 24 Jul 2018

Stage three wrapped in a reduced bunch sprint at the Tour of Qinghai Lake in China with Australian GC contender Drew Morey first over the line for Mitchelton-BikeExchange.

A lumpier third stage saw a breakaway form early and develop a four minute-lead over the peloton after 60kilometres of racing, but their lead was not destined to last long.

As the bunch raced towards the days climb right in the middle of the stage at the 75kilometre mark, splits duly occurred with around 40riders off the front, including Morey and leading on to a fast descent towards a flat run to the finish.

Some of the sprinters managed to make it back into the leading group ahead of the finish and it was Eduard Grosu (Nippo-Vini-Fantini-Europa-Ovini) who ran out the stage winner in a reduced bunch sprint for the line.

Drew Morey:

“There were lots of attacks going early on the climb today and that subsequently broke the bunch up over and over again until it settled down and a large group of us went over the top together.”

“On the descent there was a bit of a regrouping with around 20riders getting back on and that included some of the sprinters who were always going to be favourites for the final. I am feeling pretty good and am excited to see how the rest of the race goes.”

Sport director Dave Sanders:

“We expected the race to split apart on the climb today and they went over the top in four groups, but we achieved our main objective which was to make sure that Drew was up there in the front group.”

“The guys looked after him well going onto the climb and from there he made sure that he stayed up at the pointy end and when the two front groups merged it was a fast run to the finish. The rest of our guys came in as part of the second half of the peloton, everyone made in through without issue and we’re looking forward to tomorrow’s fourth stage.”

Tour of Qinghai Lake stage three results:

1. Eduard Grosu (Nippo-Vini-Fantini-Europa-Ovini) 03:15:33

2. Luca Pacioni (Willier-Triestina-Selle-Italia) ST

3. Meron Abraham (Bike-Aid-Cycling-Team) ST

56. Drew Morey (Mitchelton-BikeExchange) ST