Race: 2018 Tour of China I, Stage 4
Location: Chongqing Liangping / Chongqing Liangping, China
Distance: 69.9 kilometers
CHONGQING LIANGPING, CHINA – Tuesday’s stage 4 at the Tour of China gave riders a short, sharp shock in the rolling countryside of the Chongqing municipality. Team Novo Nordisk riders took to the 70-km stage early in the morning and then packed up for a 500km transfer to continue the race on Wednesday.
With a stage duration of less than two hours, the peloton was active and aggressive all day in China. The world’s first all-diabetes professional cycling team put riders at the front of the group to patrol for breakaways, and held on for a series of short climbs at first before topping out with a 4km climb mid-stage.
Weather remained dry on Tuesday, a contrast to Monday’s three hours and forty five minutes of warm rain and wet roads.
On Wednesday the Tour of China I moves to nearby Chongqing for another hilly day in a unique and short 84km stage along a mountain ridge line.