The Tour of China returned to action after the rest day with another bunch sprint finish on stage three in Huangshi.
The day always looked set for a sprint finale with the peloton tackling laps of a short and flat city circuit. That proved to be the case as the sprint teams controlled the day and teed it up for a bunch gallop with Kyoung Ho Park (KSPO Bianchi Asia Procycling) taking the win.
Nazaerbieke Bieken was the first across the line Mitchelton – BikeExchange as he rolled home in 33rd place, while Ran Hao retains his lead in the white jersey classification for the best Chinese rider on the general classification.
The rest of the squad made it safely through the stage and it’s more of the same tomorrow with another city circuit in Zhijiang.
“My legs were good today. I even tried to attack after the first intermediate sprint, but the breakaway group I joined was not working well and the second sprint was still far away, so I decided to come back to the peloton to save energy.”
“At the finish line I was unable to keep my position when the peloton was moving everywhere on the road. I know I’ve still got a lot to learn in a bunch sprint, but I’m happy that I can gain some experience day by day.”
Tour of China 1 Stage 2 Results:
1. Kyoung Ho Park (KSPO Bianchi Asia Procycling) 3:08:33
2. Marco Benfatto (Androni Giocattoli – Sidermec) ST
33. Nazaerbieke Bieken (Mitchelton-BikeExchange) +0:31
Tour of China 1 General Classification after Stage 3:
1. Mirco Maestri (Bardiani CSF) 5:24:11
2. Hayden Mccormick (Team BridgeLane) +0:07
28. Ran Hao (Mitchelton-BikeExchange) +0:31