Tour of China part two ends with fast & flat stage five

Sun 24 Sep 2017

The staggered two-week stage race the Tour of China concluded today with a flat 92kilometre stage in Zuhuhai Hengqin and Mitchelton-SCOTT again active in the breakaway.

A difficult second week of racing for the Chinese/Australian outfit kicked off with misfortune as the team saw their GC aspirations take a hit with road captain Cameron Meyer suffering from illness for the first three days of racing.

The team rallied and shifted their objective to the search for stage success with Harry Sweeny and Australian U23 champion Sam Jenner both active in numerous breakaways right up until the final day of racing.

The short and predominantly flat stages did not lend themselves well to long attacks and the last four days of racing all concluded with the anticipated bunch sprint.

On today’s stage it was Sweeny again who infiltrated the main move of the stage, but despite repeated efforts they could not escape the close attentions of the peloton.

Once the initial move came back together it was a rejuvenated Meyer who tried his luck, pushing on in a five-rider move that was unfortunate to be caught only 800metres from the line.

Kevin Rivera (Androni-Spidermec) sealed the overall race victory with Meyer in 45th on the general classification and Sun Xiaolong 53rd on the day.

“After the travails of the opening stage the race unfolded much as anticipated,” said sport director Dave Sanders. “The overall lead was relatively simple to protect over the flat final stages that favoured the sprinters teams and it made it difficult to get things going in the breakaway.”

“The guys rode well everyday and performed consistently, Wenhui Bi suffered a crash today on the final stage and we hope that he makes a speedy recovery.

“Cameron got over his sickness by the end of the race and we tried our best to get things going over the last couple of stages with some late attacks and we came close to making them stick on more than one occasion.”

Tour of China part two, stage five results:

1. Maris Bogdanovics (Rietumu-Banka-Riga) 01:53:23

2. Rafael Andriato (Willier-Selle-Italia) ST

3. Siarhei Papok (Minsk-Cycling-Club) ST

53. Sun Xiaolong (Mitchelton-SCOTT) ST

Final general classification:

1. Kevin Rivera (Androni-Spidermec) 11:16:54

2. Mirko Trosino (Willier-Selle-Italia) +0:22

3. Mauricio Ortega (RTS-Monton-racing) +0:29

45. Cameron Meyer (Mitchelton-SCOTT) +11:13