Super close sprint on stage two in Qinghai sees Hennessy take secondMon 23 Jul 2018
Mitchelton-BikeExchange came close to the win on stage two of theTour of Qinghai Lake in China today with Jacob Hennessy showing great from to take second place.
A short and fast second stage covered 115kilometres over ten circuits around Xining with light rain falling intermittently throughout and the main objective all about holding position ahead of the inevitable sprint finale.
Despite tentative attacks off the front throughout the flat, urban stage the big sprinters teams controlled proceedings and as the bunch reduced inside the final kilometres Mitchelton-BikeExchange took the initiative with Australian Kaden Groves powering up the middle with Hennessy on his wheel.
Groves maintained his speed and power up to the 300metres to go mark and dropped Hennessy off in a great position as the sprint exploded with the 21-year-old Briton looking set to claim his first victory for the team before the experienced Brenton Jones (Delko-Marseille) just passed him on the line to take the stage win.
“That was an unreal lead out from Kaden toady. Absolutely brilliant and I couldn’t have asked to be in a better position. I accidently hit my sprint shifter with 75metres to go and changed up to an easier gear which did me no favours, but I think Brenton had me fair and square and hats off to him.”
“It was a really fast stage and the wet conditions made it quite cagey in the bunch, but we rode well as a team and the support from the guys today was faultless. I am super happy, especially as this was only our second attempt and it’s given us a lot of confidence going into the next stages.”
Tour of Qinghai Lake stage two results:
1. Brenton Jones (Delko-Marseille) 02:32:51]
2. Jacob Hennessy (Mitchelton-BikeExchange) ST
3. Luca Pacioni (Willier-Triestina-Selle-Italia) ST
Photos courstey of the Tour of Qinghai Lake.