Mitchelton-BikeExchange made it safely through the final stage before the rest day as the sprinters battled for the win at the Tour of Qinghai Lake.
The race did split apart over the categorised climbs on the 160-kilometre route, but it all came back together on the long downhill run towards the finish, with a host of sprinters making it to the finish to contest the win.
Colombian Brayan Chaves retained his top-20 placing on the general classification and squad maintained their advantage at the top of the best Asian team standings with four stages remaining.
Andrew Smith (Sports Director):
“The boys rode well again today and they all finished in the main group besides Jiang. The groups all came back together and we just rode to stay safe and protect our interests in a very, very fast final. It was always coming down to a sprint.”
“The next stages will be easier for sure. Both in terms of altitude, since we move from 3000-metres down to around 1500-metres, and the lack of any major climbs. I think barring accident or incident, we feel confident in our chances of securing the best Asian Team title.”
Tour of Qinghai Lake Stage 9 Results:
1. Siarhei Papok (Minsk Cycling Club) 3:44:42
2. Daniel López (Burgos-BH) ST
62. James Oram (Mitchelton-BikeExchange) S6
General Classification After Stage 9:
1, Robinson Sharap (Medllin) 26:47:40
2, Oscar Sevilla (Medllin) +1:44
3. Benjamin Dyball (Team Sapura Cycling) +2:37
20. Brayan Chaves (Mitchelton-BikeExchange) +8:33