Race: 2018 Tour of China II, Stage 5
Location: Anshun / Anshun, China
Distance: 127.8 kilometers
ANSHUN, CHN – Mehdi Benhamouda came back after a late crash on Sunday to finish 8th in stage five at the Tour of China II. With help from his teammates to avoid the pile of riders in front him, Benhamouda found his way back to the front on the final day of racing.
Organizers moved the start time up to an early morning departure from Anshun for 127km on a rolling loop south of the city. High speeds marked the first 90 minutes of racing until a small breakaway achieved just a handful of seconds advantage on the peloton.
Expecting a sprint, teams closed down the escapees’ chances and began to maneuver for the final kilometers. A crash at 5k to go took down several riders, including Team Novo Nordisk’s own Declan Irvine. Benhamouda waited as his teammates reorganized and brought him back up to speed, then watched as the French rider worked up to his second Top 10 finish this week. Irvine finished the race with no injuries.
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Via:: Team Novo Nordisk