Second podium of the race for Hennessy and Mitchelton-BikeExchange with third in QinghaiFri 3 Aug 2018
If a reward for consistent effort and perseverance was up for grabs at the Tour of Qinghai Lake, then Mitchelton-BikeExchange and Jacob Hennessy would be worthy winners with the British sprinter up there yet again in the final on stage 12, taking third place.
A full team effort from the Chinese outfit on the short 100kilometre penultimate stage, saw Drew Morey leading into the final 20kilometres before Harry Sweeny and Kaden Groves brought Hennessy into the last kilometre in a good position and carrying speed.
After hesitating slightly before starting his sprint, Hennessy made up ground to take third place and the team’s second podium of the race, with Daniel Lopez Parada (Burgos-BH) sealing the stage win in what was another closely fought sprint.
“I just got caught on the jump for the line today, but I am really stoked with how the whole team rode. Drew held us up at the front for the last 15kilometres before mixing it up with Australian Cycling Academy to get the best lead out possible.”
“Harry took over just after the two kilometres to go marker and then it was Kaden leading me into the final 500metres and I managed to hold on to the wheels of the front guys. I started my sprint after a slight hesitation when the Torku rider went and it ended up being a little too late.
“I am not in disappointed in anyway though. We rode the best that we have ridden leading into a sprint this race and I did the best I could. The course was surprisingly rolling today with a gradual uphill rising over the last 3km to the finish and it’s satisfying to get on the podium on a tough finish.”
Tour of Qinghai Lake stage twelve results:
1. Daniel Lopez Parada (Burgos-BH) 02:21:17
2. Onur Balkan (Torku-Sekerspor) ST
3. Jacob Hennessy (Mitchelton-BikeExchange) ST