Metlushenko sprints to victory

De Negri, Shpilevskiy complete podium

Ukraine sprinter Yuriy Metlushenko (Amore & Vita-Conad) has taken out the Tour of Qinghai Lake preface criterium with a convincing charge to the line in Huzhu County. Metlushenko punched both fists into the air and screamed "Yeah!" in what could be a message to all others in the peloton that he is the man to watch in the points competition this year.

Metlushenko defeated Italy's Paolo De Negri (ISD-Neri) with Russia's Boris Shpilevskiy (Russian National Team) finishing third before an estimated crowd of 50,000. The criterium has no bearing on the tour’s GC but certainly gave the locals an opportunity to witness the speed that can be expected on the race.

Rain fell early in the twelve-lap race and although the peloton got through the 72 kilometres unscathed the riders would have been keen to get into a hot shower. Mud-splattered bodies and the grimaces on the riders’ faces told the story of day.

Breakaways were few and far between on a circuit with very long straights that made it difficult for any escapees to ride out of sight. There were some who tried but the best chance came in the second half of the race when Vitaliy Buts (Ukrainian National Team) and eventual third-place Boris Shpilevskiy (Russian National Team) got a gap of twenty seconds over the peloton.

The bunch was averaging around 7:50 per lap on the 6km circuit but when the pace picked up on the concluding laps, any chance of a break was gone. Metlushenko’s power on the pedals came to the fore and he added another win in China after claiming a stage in last year’s tour.

The Tour of Qinghai Lake proper gets underway tomorrow in Xining where riders face a 171km trek to Tongren. If conditions are anything like today the peloton is in for a tough day in the saddle. There is a category two climb of 3,038 metres at the 64km mark.

The sprinters will have two intermediate sprint sections along the way where Metlushenko is sure to figure again. A breakaway is highly likely given the stage profile and distance.

Full Results
1Yuriy Metlushenko (Ukr) Amore & Vita - Conad1:32:18 
2Pier Paolo De Negri (Ita) ISD - Neri  
3Boris Shpilevskiy (Rus) Russia  
4Jure Zrimsek (Slo) Slovenia  
5Tobias Erler (Ger) Tabriz Petrochemical Cycling Team  
6Robin Chaigneau (Ned) Skil - Shimano  
7Ruslan Tleubayev (Kaz) Kazakhstan  
8Davide Frattini (Ita) Team Type 1  
9Jin Long (Chn) Skil - Shimano  
10Dmytriy Krivtsov (Ukr) ISD - Neri  
11James Williamson (NZl) Subway - Avanti  
12Hossein Alizadeh (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Cycling Team  
13Emanuel Kiserlovski (Cro) Loborika  
14Vitaliy Buts (Ukr) Ukraine  
15Ho Ting Kwok (HKg) Hong Kong  
16Kiel Reijnen (USA) Jelly Belly Presented By Kenda  
17Pengda Jiao (Chn) China  
18Valentin Iglinskiy (Kaz) Kazakhstan  
19Darko Blaževic (Cro) Loborika  
20Hossein Jahanbanian Kamnabi (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Cycling Team  
21Sergiy Grechyn (Ukr) Amore & Vita - Conad  
22Bert-Jan Lindeman (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo Piels0:00:06 
23Andriy Vasylyuk (Ukr) Ukraine  
24Jelle Posthuma (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo Piels  
25Ying Hon Yeung (HKg) Hong Kong  
26William Dugan (USA) Team Type 1  
27Eugen Wacker (Kgz) Giant Asia Racing Team  
28Vladimir Likhachev (Rus) Russia  
29Chun Hing Chan (HKg) Hong Kong  
30Dmitry Puzanov (Rus) Russia  
31Bernard Van Ulden (USA) Jelly Belly Presented By Kenda  
32Ki Ho Choi (HKg) Hong Kong  
33Roman Zhiyentayev (Kaz) Kazakhstan0:00:10 
34Alexander Filippov (Rus) Russia  
35Thierry Hupond (Fra) Skil - Shimano  
36Anthony Colby (USA) Jelly Belly Presented By Kenda  
37Alexandre Geniez (Fra) Skil - Shimano  
38Martijn Verschoor (Ned) Team Type 10:00:12 
39Rahim Emami (IRI) Giant Asia Racing Team  
40Volodymyr Bileka (Ukr) Amore & Vita - Conad0:00:17 
41Esad Hasanovic (Srb) Partizan Srbija  
42Haijun Ma (Chn) Qinghai Tianyoude Cycling Team  
43Oleksandr Prevar (Ukr) Ukraine  
44Ryan Wills (NZl) Subway - Avanti  
45King Lok Cheung (HKg) Hong Kong0:00:21 
46Thomas Hasibeder (Aut) Arbö Ktm - Gebrüder Weiss0:00:23 
47Bo Liu (Chn) China  
48Christopher Juul-Jensen (Den) Glud & Marstrand - LRO Radgivning  
49Kam Po Wong (HKg) Hong Kong  
50Hossein Askari (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Cycling Team0:00:25 
51Andrey Mizurov (Kaz) Tabriz Petrochemical Cycling Team  
52Sergey Kuzmin (Kaz) Kazakhstan  
53Yoriy Leontenko (Ukr) Ukraine  
54Rasoul Barati (IRI) Giant Asia Racing Team  
55Kasper Linde Jorgensen (Den) Glud & Marstrand - LRO Radgivning  
56Pim De Beer (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo Piels  
57Hrvoje Miholjevic (Cro) Loborika  
58Jure Golcer (Slo) Slovenia  
59Anatoliy Sosnitskyy (Ukr) Ukraine  
60Ghader Mizbani Iranagh (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Cycling Team  
61Cheng Ji (Chn) Skil - Shimano  
62Evgeny Reshetko (Rus) Russia  
63Peng Liu (Chn) China  
64Volodymyr Gomenuk (Ukr) Ukraine  
65Nazar Jumabekov (Kaz) Kazakhstan  
66Stefan Poll (Aut) Arbö Ktm - Gebrüder Weiss  
67Gregor Gazvoda (Slo) Arbö Ktm - Gebrüder Weiss  
68Denys Kostyuk (Ukr) ISD - Neri  
69Han Feng (Chn) Skil - Shimano  
70Prajak Mahawong (Tha) Giant Asia Racing Team  
71Jaroslaw Dabrowski (Pol) Amore & Vita - Conad  
72Oleksandr Kvachuk (Ukr) ISD - Neri  
73Volodymyr Starchyk (Ukr) Amore & Vita - Conad  
74Jakub Kratochvila (Cze) Arbö Ktm - Gebrüder Weiss  
75Jacob Nielsen (Den) Glud & Marstrand - LRO Radgivning  
76Khalid Boulida (Ned) Marco Polo Cycling Team0:00:36 
77William Dickeson (Aus) Jelly Belly Presented By Kenda  
78Shijie Yu (Chn) China  
79Maarten De Jonge (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo Piels0:00:37 
80Xiaoyong Dong (Chn) Qinghai Tianyoude Cycling Team  
81Ian Smallman (NZl) Subway - Avanti  
82Javier Megias Leal (Spa) Team Type 1  
83Samuel Horgan (NZl) Subway - Avanti  
84Massimo Demarin (Cro) Loborika  
85Tomislav Danculovic (Cro) Loborika  
86Radoslav Rogina (Cro) Loborika  
87Vitaliy Kondrut (Ukr) ISD - Neri  
88Yue Tu (Chn) China  
89Wu Chen (Chn) Qinghai Tianyoude Cycling Team  
90Kristijan Durasek (Cro) Loborika  
91Biao Liu (Chn) Qinghai Tianyoude Cycling Team  
92Mitja Mahoric (Slo) Slovenia0:00:43 
93Matej Stare (Slo) Slovenia  
94Vladimir Kerkez (Slo) Slovenia  
95Lasse Bochman (Den) Glud & Marstrand - LRO Radgivning0:00:45 
96Jonathan Lovelock (Aus) Marco Polo Cycling Team  
97Ivan Stevic (Srb) Partizan Srbija  
98Yevgeniy Sladkov (Kaz) Kazakhstan  
99Stefan Van Winden (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo Piels  
100Niki Ostergaard (Den) Glud & Marstrand - LRO Radgivning  
101Bernardo Colex Tepoz (Mex) Amore & Vita - Conad  
102Gang Xu (Chn) China  
103Mads Christensen (Den) Glud & Marstrand - LRO Radgivning  
104Frederik Wilmann (Nor) Skil - Shimano  
105Mykhaylo Kononenko (Ukr) Ukraine0:00:49 
106Vladislav Borisov (Rus) Amore & Vita - Conad  
107David McCann (Irl) Giant Asia Racing Team0:00:55 
108Alex Coutts (GBr) Giant Asia Racing Team  
109Marc Goos (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo Piels0:00:56 
110Valeriy Kobzarenko (Ukr) Team Type 10:01:02 
111Salvatore Mancuso (Ita) ISD - Neri  
112Kun Jiang (Chn) China0:01:08 
113King Wai Cheung (HKg) Hong Kong0:01:10 
114Kristjan Fajt (Slo) Slovenia  
115Simon Clarke (Aus) ISD - Neri0:01:13 
116Nicholas Lovegrove (NZl) Subway - Avanti0:02:48 
117Joseph Cooper (NZl) Subway - Avanti0:02:50 
118Svetislav Blagojevic (Srb) Partizan Srbija0:03:12 
119Nikola Kozomara (Srb) Partizan Srbija  
120Ting Dang (Chn) Qinghai Tianyoude Cycling Team  
121Mathias Gade Jacobsen (Den) Glud & Marstrand - LRO Radgivning0:03:21 
122Shengjun Wu (Chn) Qinghai Tianyoude Cycling Team0:03:47 
123Peilun Wu (Chn) Qinghai Tianyoude Cycling Team0:03:52 
124Zsolt Der (Srb) Partizan Srbija0:05:38 
125Thomas Rabou (Ned) Team Type 1  
126Andrej Omulec (Slo) Slovenia0:07:56 
DNSSierk Jan De Haan (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo Piels  
DNSAlexander Arekeev (Rus) Russia  
DNFMehdi Sohrabi (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Cycling Team  
DNFBradley Hall (Aus) Marco Polo Cycling Team  
DNFLoh Sea Keong (Mas) Marco Polo Cycling Team  
DNFAhmad Haidar Anuawar (Mas) Marco Polo Cycling Team  
DNFLars Pria (Rom) Arbö Ktm - Gebrüder Weiss  
DNFMichael Singer (Aut) Arbö Ktm - Gebrüder Weiss  
DNFAlexandr Shushemoin (Kaz) Kazakhstan  
DNFEric Drower (NZl) Subway - Avanti  
DNFDanil Komkov (Rus) Russia  
DNFJonathan Chodroff (USA) Jelly Belly Presented By Kenda  
DNFSean Mazich (USA) Jelly Belly Presented By Kenda  
DNFScott Stewart (USA) Team Type 1  
Sprint 1
1Dmytriy Krivtsov (Ukr) ISD - Neri  
2Mykhaylo Kononenko (Ukr) Ukraine  
3Kun Jiang (Chn) China  
Sprint 2
1King Lok Cheung (HKg) Hong Kong  
2Ho Ting Kwok (HKg) Hong Kong  
3Kun Jiang (Chn) China  
Sprint 3
1King Lok Cheung (HKg) Hong Kong  
2Kun Jiang (Chn) China  
3Ruslan Tleubayev (Kaz) Kazakhstan  

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