Stage 10 of the Tour of Qinghai Lake belonged to the sprinters as Mitchelton-BikeExchange ticked off another day.
The squad had hoped for crosswinds to cause disruption in the bunch on the 116-kilomere route to Wuwei, but with no wind blowing the day ended in the predicted sprint with Zhi Hui Jiang the highest finisher for the team in 22nd place.
The result means that Brayan Chaves retains his top-20 place on the general classification heading into the final three stages, while the team continue to lead the best Asian team classification.
Zhi Hui Jiang:
“After all the mountain stages in this year’s Tour of Qinghai Lake, the general classification is unlikely to change in the final stages, and with lower altitude there are more teams and riders trying to contend the final sprint.”
“I tried my legs in the sprint but I don’t want to take any risks. Our team’s priority is the team classification and to make sure all of us can finish the race safely. Among all our riders only Liu Jiankun has done this race before, so if we can all finish the race it will be quite an achievement.”
Andrew Smith (Sports Director):
“As expected, the day ended in a bunch sprint, so it was an easy day for us. We were hoping for some crosswinds and to be able to capitalise on it, but in the end the weather remained stable and the wind wasn’t a factor.”
Tour of Qinghai Lake Stage 10 Results:
1. Andrea Guardini (Bardiani – CSF) 2:28:33
2. Bas van der Kooij (Monkey Town – à Bloc CT) ST
3. Imerio Cima (Nippo Vini Fantini Faizanè) ST
22. Zhi Hiu Jiang (Mitchelton-BikeExchange) ST
General Classification After Stage 10:
1. Robinson Sharap (Medllin) 29:16:13
2. Oscar Sevilla (Medllin) +1:44
3. Benjamin Dyball (Team Sapura Cycling) +2:37
20. Brayan Chaves (Mitchelton-BikeExchange) +8:33