Race: Tour of China II, stage 3
Start/Finish: Liling / Liling, China
Distance: 116 kilometers
Liling, China – Thursday’s stage 3 of Tour of China II featured a 166-km circuit through Liling in China’s Hunan province, comprised of four, 29-km loops with a slight uphill at the finish.
After a break of ten riders pulled away following the race’s first few laps, the four Team Novo Nordisk riders remained with the main group, which was led by Nippo – Vini Fantini and Androni Giocattoli – Sidermec.
The escapees were reeled in with two laps to go, and once it was all back together, several teams went on the attack. At 1.5 laps to go, a group of approximately 30 riders, which included Team Novo Nordisk riders Gerd de Keijzer, Corentin Cherhal and Quentin Valognes, broke free and gained just over 0:25 on the main field.
“Coco did great work pulling for Gerd and Quentin,” said Team Novo Nordisk Sport Director Pavel Cherkasov. “There was a little confusion between Gerd and Quentin with about 500m to go, but our guys are still learning racing together. I think they got a lot from the experience of being in the break together today.”
Stagiaire Quentin Valognes once again finished …read more
Via:: Team Novo Nordisk