The sprinters had their day on stage five of the Tour of Fuzhou as Mitchelton-BikeExchange stayed safe ahead of the final two stage in China.
The circuit around Fuqing always looked destined to end a bunch sprint for the win and that proved to be the case as Lev Gonov (RUS) sprinted to victory, while Yikui Niu was the first rider home for Mitchelton-BikeExchange in 30th.
Attentions now turn to tomorrow’s potentially decisive stage that features two categorised climbs and an uphill drag towards the finish in Yun Ding.
Tour of Fuzhou Stage 5:
1. Lev Gonov (RUS) 2:53:27
2. Gleb Syrica (RUS) ST
3. Blake Quick (STG) ST
30. Yikui Niu (Mitchelton-BikeExchange) ST
Tour of Fuzhou GC:
1. Ilya Davidenok (XDS) 13:17:09
2. Artur Fedosseyev (XDS) +0:04
3. Carlos Quintero (NLC) +0:51
14. Jiankun Liu (Mitchelton-BikeExchange) +2:12