Zhi Hui Jiang made it into the break of the day on stage five of the Tour of Qinghai Lake as the sprinters took their chance into Chaka.
The 25-year-old attacked as soon as the flag dropped on the way out of Gongha and made it into a breakaway of six riders. Jiang took the maximum king of the mountains points over the only categorised climb of the day and later took points through two intermediate sprints.
The escapees opened up an advantage of over four minutes, but the teams with sprinters in their ranks were keen to set up for a bunch sprint. Jiang and his breakaway companions were eventually reeled in with 20-kilometres remaining, as Georgios Bouglas (Ningxia Sports Lottery – Livall Cycling team) took the victory in a bunch sprint.
General classification hopefuls James Oram and Brayan Chaves made it safely through the day, finishing in the peloton as their attention turns to tomorrow’s stage and the mountains ahead.
Zhi Hui Jiang:
“It was a flat stage, so it was an easier day for our GC riders. According to our team plan, I could try to go into the breakaway if there were more than five riders there, and that’s exactly how it was.”
“Right after the race start I attacked with another five riders and we easily went out from the peloton. We worked pretty well together in the breakaway, but the strong headwind was a big difficulty for us. I got some KOM points and sprint points during the stage and we were caught with about 20-kilometres to go.”
“I followed the bunch to the finish line and even tried to do a sprint, but I was too tired to keep my position after the final corner. However, it’s a good stage for me and for the whole team.”
Tour of Qinghai Lake Stage 4 Results:
1. Georgios Bouglas (Ningxia Sports Lottery – Livall Cycling team) 4:34:00
2. Bas van der Kooij (Monkey Town – à Bloc CT) ST
3. Luca Pacioni (Neri Sottoli – Selle Italia – KTM) ST
28. Zhi Hui Jiang (Mitchelton-BikeExchange) +1:37
Tour of Qinghai Lake General Classification:
1. Robinson Chalapud (Medellin) 14:09:51
2. Óscar Sevilla (Medellin) +0:32
3. Cristhian Montoya (Medellin) ST
19. Brayan Chaves (Mitchelton-BikeExchange) +4:03