Tour of China part two opens with a tough stage one

Tue 19 Sep 2017

The second phase of the 2017 Tour of China began today with a challenging mountain stage from Hongjiang that included the races first Hors Category climb before dropping down for a fast run to the line.

Mitchelton-SCOTT set their stall out early and committed to controlling the early the breakaway with a view to keeping Australian Cameron Meyer in a good position for a tilt at the general classification.

The team’s Chinese contingent of Sun Xiaolong, Liu Jian Kun and Xue Fu Wen all rode strongly when keeping the break in check as Mitchelton-SCOTT held the group at around one minute for over 50kilometres.

The race came back together for the HC category final climb with Sam Jenner and Harry Sweeny taking charge to position Meyer with the leaders as the selection started to form.

Unfortunately illness blighted Meyer’s stage, suffering with fever he struggled to maintain contact on the climb, but finished the stage with the team now turning their attentions to stage results for the remainder of the race.

“Our plan was to try and limit any breakaways before the main climb,” said sport director Dave Sanders. “This was to ensure that Cameron was in a good position to go over the climb with the leaders to contest the finish.”

“Our guys did a great job of executing that plan, the Chinese boys rode well over the first part of the stage and Harry and Sam took it up onto the climb, getting Cameron into the selection on the climb.

“It’s a shame for Cameron, he is suffering from a fever and did well to finish the stage, we’ll see if he recovers in time for the next stage, but either way we will be targeting stage results from now on.”

The stage was won by Kevin Rivera (Androni-Spidermec) who also moves into the race leaders jersey going into the 97.6kilometres atge two in Lixian.

Tour of China part two, stage one results:

1. Kevin Rivera (Androni-Spidermec)

2. Mirko Trosino (Willier-Selle-Italia)

3. Muricio Ortega (Aguradiente-Antioqueno)