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Tour of Qinghai Lake 2010

Date range:
July 16-25, 2010

July 21, Stage 5: Qinghai Lake - BIrd Island 120.5km

Metlushenko wins rain soaked stage five in Bird Island

By:
Shane Goss
Published:
July 21, 2010, 10:01 BST,
Updated:
July 21, 2010, 15:42 BST

Rogina remains in yellow

Yuriy Metlushenko (Amore & Vita) celebrates his stage win.

Yuriy Metlushenko (Amore & Vita) celebrates his stage win.

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Qinghai Lake showed one of her many moods today. After a beautiful picture postcard stage the day before, heavy rain and a drop in temperature made conditions miserable for the peloton.

In the race, Ukraine fast-man Yuriy Metlushenko (Amore & Vita-Conad) edged out Boris Shpilevskiy (Russian National Team) and Ruslan Tleubayev (Kazakhstan National Team).

Radoslav Rogina (Loborika) remains in the yellow jersey after finishing comfortably in the peloton. He holds a 41 second lead over American Kiel Reijnen (Jelly Belly) with a further three seconds back to Irishman David McCann (Giant Asia Racing Team).

122 riders left Qinghai Lake in terrible conditions, passing loyal locals scattered along the way, huddled beneath umbrellas, and whatever they could hold to keep dry. The rain was still belting down when the field filed its way through the township of Heimahe or “Black Horse River” in Chinese, after seventy kilometres. The race leader Radosalv Rogina had his charges from Loborika controlling the peloton and any attempts at a break were quickly extinguished.

Just after the KOM at the 101.9 kilometre mark the field split into two bunches when the sprinters jostled to the front. Iranian Mehdi Sohrabi (Tabriz Petrochemical) took the points at the KOM before the speed lifted on the run into Bird Island.

With no more than a couple of inches in the finish it was Metlushenko (33) who grabbed the win; Shpilevskiy again unlucky to miss out on a stage victory. The conditions don’t seem to worry the powerhouse sprinter from the Ukraine. “He likes the cold, so he doesn’t really mind” explained his Amore & Vita-Conad team manager Roberto Gaggioli. “He is used to this kind of weather; he races a lot in Belgium so this is a normal day in Belgium.”

“He is in really good shape now, he is getting stronger and stronger and offcourse the moral, the team is really behind him”, he said. “If we can get to the sprint we know we have a ninety percent chance for a win,” explained Gaggioli.

Although he was born in the Ukraine, he now calls Italy home. “You can say he is Italian,” laughed Gaggioli.

The tour continues tomorrow leaving Bird Island for Xihaizhen, a place where China first tested the atomic bomb. It could be a finish once again for the explosive sprinters of the peloton.

Full Results
1 Yuriy Metlushenko (Ukr) Amore & Vita - Conad 2:52:36  
2 Boris Shpilevskiy (Rus) Russia    
3 Ruslan Tleubayev (Kaz) Kazakhstan    
4 Pier Paolo De Negri (Ita) ISD - Neri    
5 Matej Stare (Slo) Slovenia    
6 Dmytriy Krivtsov (Ukr) ISD - Neri    
7 Mehdi Sohrabi (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Cycling Team    
8 Mitja Mahoric (Slo) Slovenia    
9 David McCann (Irl) Giant Asia Racing Team    
10 Kiel Reijnen (USA) Jelly Belly Presented By Kenda    
11 Radoslav Rogina (Cro) Loborika    
12 Hossein Alizadeh (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Cycling Team    
13 Mykhaylo Kononenko (Ukr) Ukraine    
14 Denys Kostyuk (Ukr) ISD - Neri    
15 Andrey Mizurov (Kaz) Tabriz Petrochemical Cycling Team    
16 Jacob Nielsen (Den) Glud & Marstrand - LRO Radgivning    
17 Hrvoje Miholjevic (Cro) Loborika    
18 Tomislav Danculovic (Cro) Loborika    
19 Sergiy Grechyn (Ukr) Amore & Vita - Conad    
20 Emanuel Kiserlovski (Cro) Loborika    
21 Vladimir Kerkez (Slo) Slovenia    
22 Ghader Mizbani Iranagh (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Cycling Team    
23 Davide Frattini (Ita) Team Type 1    
24 Andrej Omulec (Slo) Slovenia    
25 Volodymyr Starchyk (Ukr) Amore & Vita - Conad    
26 Jure Golcer (Slo) Slovenia 0:00:08  
27 Tobias Erler (Ger) Tabriz Petrochemical Cycling Team 0:00:22  
28 Jure Zrimsek (Slo) Slovenia 0:00:33  
29 Jin Long (Chn) Skil - Shimano 0:00:49  
30 Maarten De Jonge (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo Piels    
31 Thierry Hupond (Fra) Skil - Shimano    
32 Vitaliy Buts (Ukr) Ukraine    
33 Jelle Posthuma (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo Piels    
34 William Dugan (USA) Team Type 1    
35 Eugen Wacker (Kgz) Giant Asia Racing Team    
36 Bradley Hall (Aus) Marco Polo Cycling Team    
37 Bert-Jan Lindeman (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo Piels    
38 Alexandr Shushemoin (Kaz) Kazakhstan    
39 Oleksandr Prevar (Ukr) Ukraine    
40 Hossein Askari (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Cycling Team    
41 Sergey Kuzmin (Kaz) Kazakhstan    
42 James Williamson (NZl) Subway - Avanti 0:00:53  
43 Valentin Iglinskiy (Kaz) Kazakhstan    
44 Kristjan Fajt (Slo) Slovenia 0:00:55  
45 Nikola Kozomara (Srb) Partizan Srbija 0:01:01  
46 Bo Liu (Chn) China 0:01:02  
47 King Lok Cheung (HKg) Hong Kong    
48 Han Feng (Chn) Skil - Shimano    
49 Shijie Yu (Chn) China    
50 Martijn Verschoor (Ned) Team Type 1    
51 Ting Dang (Chn) Qinghai Tianyoude Cycling Team 0:01:04  
52 Ian Smallman (NZl) Subway - Avanti    
53 Esad Hasanovic (Srb) Partizan Srbija    
54 Rahim Emami (IRI) Giant Asia Racing Team    
55 Pengda Jiao (Chn) China    
56 Ying Hon Yeung (HKg) Hong Kong    
57 Pim De Beer (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo Piels    
58 Yevgeniy Sladkov (Kaz) Kazakhstan    
59 Xiaoyong Dong (Chn) Qinghai Tianyoude Cycling Team    
60 Hossein Jahanbanian Kamnabi (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Cycling Team    
61 Volodymyr Bileka (Ukr) Amore & Vita - Conad    
62 Oleksandr Kvachuk (Ukr) ISD - Neri    
63 Cheng Ji (Chn) Skil - Shimano    
64 Vitaliy Kondrut (Ukr) ISD - Neri    
65 Jonathan Lovelock (Aus) Marco Polo Cycling Team    
66 Sean Mazich (USA) Jelly Belly Presented By Kenda    
67 Eric Drower (NZl) Subway - Avanti    
68 Gregor Gazvoda (Slo) Arbö Ktm - Gebrüder Weiss    
69 Sierk Jan De Haan (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo Piels    
70 Niki Ostergaard (Den) Glud & Marstrand - LRO Radgivning    
71 Shengjun Wu (Chn) Qinghai Tianyoude Cycling Team    
72 Ki Ho Choi (HKg) Hong Kong    
73 Volodymyr Gomenuk (Ukr) Ukraine    
74 Joseph Cooper (NZl) Subway - Avanti    
75 Zsolt Der (Srb) Partizan Srbija    
76 Valeriy Kobzarenko (Ukr) Team Type 1    
77 Rasoul Barati (IRI) Giant Asia Racing Team    
78 Christopher Juul-Jensen (Den) Glud & Marstrand - LRO Radgivning    
79 Kam Po Wong (HKg) Hong Kong    
80 Ho Ting Kwok (HKg) Hong Kong    
81 Roman Zhiyentayev (Kaz) Kazakhstan    
82 Salvatore Mancuso (Ita) ISD - Neri    
83 Chun Hing Chan (HKg) Hong Kong    
84 Bernardo Colex Tepoz (Mex) Amore & Vita - Conad    
85 Vladimir Likhachev (Rus) Russia    
86 Frederik Wilmann (Nor) Skil - Shimano    
87 Vladislav Borisov (Rus) Amore & Vita - Conad    
88 Jaroslaw Dabrowski (Pol) Amore & Vita - Conad    
89 Alexander Filippov (Rus) Russia    
90 Anthony Colby (USA) Jelly Belly Presented By Kenda    
91 Simon Clarke (Aus) ISD - Neri    
92 Alex Coutts (GBr) Giant Asia Racing Team    
93 Khalid Boulida (Ned) Marco Polo Cycling Team    
94 Evgeny Reshetko (Rus) Russia    
95 Kristijan Durasek (Cro) Loborika 0:01:12  
96 Massimo Demarin (Cro) Loborika    
97 Darko Blaževic (Cro) Loborika    
98 Samuel Horgan (NZl) Subway - Avanti    
99 Scott Stewart (USA) Team Type 1    
100 Thomas Rabou (Ned) Team Type 1    
101 Wu Chen (Chn) Qinghai Tianyoude Cycling Team 0:01:21  
102 Nazar Jumabekov (Kaz) Kazakhstan 0:01:23  
103 Danil Komkov (Rus) Russia 0:01:25  
104 Anatoliy Sosnitskyy (Ukr) Ukraine 0:01:30  
105 Jakub Kratochvila (Cze) Arbö Ktm - Gebrüder Weiss 0:01:48  
106 Kun Jiang (Chn) China 0:01:58  
107 Bernard Van Ulden (USA) Jelly Belly Presented By Kenda 0:02:19  
108 Prajak Mahawong (Tha) Giant Asia Racing Team 0:03:41  
109 King Wai Cheung (HKg) Hong Kong    
110 Stefan Van Winden (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo Piels    
111 Andriy Vasylyuk (Ukr) Ukraine 0:04:46  
112 Yue Tu (Chn) China    
113 Dmitry Puzanov (Rus) Russia    
114 Alexander Arekeev (Rus) Russia    
115 Peng Liu (Chn) China    
116 Peilun Wu (Chn) Qinghai Tianyoude Cycling Team    
117 Kasper Linde Jorgensen (Den) Glud & Marstrand - LRO Radgivning    
118 Gang Xu (Chn) China    
119 Haijun Ma (Chn) Qinghai Tianyoude Cycling Team    
120 Alexandre Geniez (Fra) Skil - Shimano 0:16:43  
DNF Thomas Hasibeder (Aut) Arbö Ktm - Gebrüder Weiss    
DNF Yoriy Leontenko (Ukr) Ukraine    
General classification after stage 5
1 Radoslav Rogina (Cro) Loborika 16:04:39  
2 Kiel Reijnen (USA) Jelly Belly Presented By Kenda 0:00:41  
3 David McCann (Irl) Giant Asia Racing Team 0:00:44  
4 Mitja Mahoric (Slo) Slovenia 0:00:45  
5 Ghader Mizbani Iranagh (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Cycling Team 0:00:48  
6 Andrey Mizurov (Kaz) Tabriz Petrochemical Cycling Team 0:00:50  
7 Vladimir Kerkez (Slo) Slovenia 0:01:08  
8 Hossein Alizadeh (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Cycling Team 0:01:09  
9 Tomislav Danculovic (Cro) Loborika 0:01:10  
10 Gregor Gazvoda (Slo) Arbö Ktm - Gebrüder Weiss 0:01:38  
11 Hossein Askari (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Cycling Team 0:01:46  
12 Rahim Emami (IRI) Giant Asia Racing Team 0:02:13  
13 Volodymyr Starchyk (Ukr) Amore & Vita - Conad 0:02:36  
14 Vladimir Likhachev (Rus) Russia 0:04:42  
15 Oleksandr Kvachuk (Ukr) ISD - Neri 0:04:46  
16 Alexandr Shushemoin (Kaz) Kazakhstan 0:04:50  
17 Jure Golcer (Slo) Slovenia 0:06:04  
18 Alexander Filippov (Rus) Russia 0:06:15  
19 Shengjun Wu (Chn) Qinghai Tianyoude Cycling Team 0:07:22  
20 Vitaliy Buts (Ukr) Ukraine 0:07:31  
21 Vladislav Borisov (Rus) Amore & Vita - Conad 0:07:45  
22 Frederik Wilmann (Nor) Skil - Shimano 0:08:02  
23 Thierry Hupond (Fra) Skil - Shimano 0:08:53  
24 Rasoul Barati (IRI) Giant Asia Racing Team 0:09:15  
25 Ying Hon Yeung (HKg) Hong Kong 0:09:21  
26 Pengda Jiao (Chn) China 0:09:25  
27 Volodymyr Bileka (Ukr) Amore & Vita - Conad 0:09:39  
28 Jaroslaw Dabrowski (Pol) Amore & Vita - Conad 0:10:38  
29 Hrvoje Miholjevic (Cro) Loborika 0:11:25  
30 Han Feng (Chn) Skil - Shimano 0:11:27  
31 Dmitry Puzanov (Rus) Russia 0:12:26  
32 Ruslan Tleubayev (Kaz) Kazakhstan 0:13:04  
33 Alexandre Geniez (Fra) Skil - Shimano 0:17:46  
34 Evgeny Reshetko (Rus) Russia 0:19:25  
35 Danil Komkov (Rus) Russia 0:20:04  
36 Hossein Jahanbanian Kamnabi (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Cycling Team 0:20:23  
37 Kristijan Durasek (Cro) Loborika 0:20:49  
38 Yevgeniy Sladkov (Kaz) Kazakhstan 0:21:26  
39 Kun Jiang (Chn) China 0:26:28  
40 Simon Clarke (Aus) ISD - Neri 0:26:38  
41 Matej Stare (Slo) Slovenia 0:26:55  
42 Eugen Wacker (Kgz) Giant Asia Racing Team 0:27:04  
43 William Dugan (USA) Team Type 1    
44 Haijun Ma (Chn) Qinghai Tianyoude Cycling Team    
45 Denys Kostyuk (Ukr) ISD - Neri 0:27:26  
46 Chun Hing Chan (HKg) Hong Kong 0:28:25  
47 Zsolt Der (Srb) Partizan Srbija 0:28:32  
48 Anthony Colby (USA) Jelly Belly Presented By Kenda 0:28:34  
49 Roman Zhiyentayev (Kaz) Kazakhstan 0:28:50  
50 Emanuel Kiserlovski (Cro) Loborika 0:29:20  
51 Maarten De Jonge (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo Piels 0:29:56  
52 Pim De Beer (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo Piels 0:30:18  
53 Bernardo Colex Tepoz (Mex) Amore & Vita - Conad 0:30:24  
54 Peilun Wu (Chn) Qinghai Tianyoude Cycling Team 0:32:27  
55 Salvatore Mancuso (Ita) ISD - Neri 0:33:48  
56 Kristjan Fajt (Slo) Slovenia 0:34:29  
57 Ki Ho Choi (HKg) Hong Kong    
58 Sergey Kuzmin (Kaz) Kazakhstan 0:35:31  
59 Scott Stewart (USA) Team Type 1 0:36:24  
60 Alex Coutts (GBr) Giant Asia Racing Team 0:37:28  
61 Davide Frattini (Ita) Team Type 1 0:38:05  
62 Esad Hasanovic (Srb) Partizan Srbija 0:38:17  
63 Eric Drower (NZl) Subway - Avanti 0:38:20  
64 Jakub Kratochvila (Cze) Arbö Ktm - Gebrüder Weiss 0:38:21  
65 Darko Blaževic (Cro) Loborika 0:38:30  
66 Tobias Erler (Ger) Tabriz Petrochemical Cycling Team 0:38:39  
67 Jure Zrimsek (Slo) Slovenia 0:39:08  
68 King Lok Cheung (HKg) Hong Kong 0:39:13  
69 Mykhaylo Kononenko (Ukr) Ukraine 0:39:14  
70 Cheng Ji (Chn) Skil - Shimano 0:39:18  
71 Thomas Rabou (Ned) Team Type 1 0:40:02  
72 Kam Po Wong (HKg) Hong Kong 0:40:18  
73 Nazar Jumabekov (Kaz) Kazakhstan 0:41:12  
74 Alexander Arekeev (Rus) Russia 0:41:59  
75 Peng Liu (Chn) China 0:42:57  
76 Jelle Posthuma (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo Piels 0:43:06  
77 Mehdi Sohrabi (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Cycling Team 0:43:38  
78 Andrej Omulec (Slo) Slovenia 0:44:23  
79 Sean Mazich (USA) Jelly Belly Presented By Kenda 0:44:41  
80 Valeriy Kobzarenko (Ukr) Team Type 1 0:44:43  
81 Joseph Cooper (NZl) Subway - Avanti 0:44:46  
82 Massimo Demarin (Cro) Loborika 0:45:01  
83 Dmytriy Krivtsov (Ukr) ISD - Neri 0:45:20  
84 Boris Shpilevskiy (Rus) Russia 0:45:47  
85 Wu Chen (Chn) Qinghai Tianyoude Cycling Team 0:46:07  
86 Sergiy Grechyn (Ukr) Amore & Vita - Conad 0:46:22  
87 Prajak Mahawong (Tha) Giant Asia Racing Team 0:47:20  
88 Andriy Vasylyuk (Ukr) Ukraine 0:48:25  
89 Valentin Iglinskiy (Kaz) Kazakhstan 0:49:42  
90 Niki Ostergaard (Den) Glud & Marstrand - LRO Radgivning 0:49:54  
91 Bernard Van Ulden (USA) Jelly Belly Presented By Kenda 0:50:36  
92 Ho Ting Kwok (HKg) Hong Kong 0:51:11  
93 Pier Paolo De Negri (Ita) ISD - Neri 0:51:32  
94 Yuriy Metlushenko (Ukr) Amore & Vita - Conad 0:51:38  
95 Shijie Yu (Chn) China 0:51:53  
96 Nikola Kozomara (Srb) Partizan Srbija 0:52:01  
97 Stefan Van Winden (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo Piels 0:53:08  
98 Gang Xu (Chn) China 0:54:34  
99 Xiaoyong Dong (Chn) Qinghai Tianyoude Cycling Team 0:55:21  
100 Bert-Jan Lindeman (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo Piels 0:55:53  
101 Christopher Juul-Jensen (Den) Glud & Marstrand - LRO Radgivning 0:56:06  
102 Yue Tu (Chn) China 0:57:33  
103 Ting Dang (Chn) Qinghai Tianyoude Cycling Team 0:57:35  
104 Volodymyr Gomenuk (Ukr) Ukraine 0:57:49  
105 Ian Smallman (NZl) Subway - Avanti 0:58:49  
106 Sierk Jan De Haan (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo Piels    
107 Jin Long (Chn) Skil - Shimano 1:03:43  
108 Jonathan Lovelock (Aus) Marco Polo Cycling Team 1:05:07  
109 Bradley Hall (Aus) Marco Polo Cycling Team 1:05:33  
110 Vitaliy Kondrut (Ukr) ISD - Neri 1:06:41  
111 Kasper Linde Jorgensen (Den) Glud & Marstrand - LRO Radgivning 1:06:43  
112 Khalid Boulida (Ned) Marco Polo Cycling Team 1:08:16  
113 Jacob Nielsen (Den) Glud & Marstrand - LRO Radgivning 1:08:46  
114 Oleksandr Prevar (Ukr) Ukraine 1:08:47  
115 Anatoliy Sosnitskyy (Ukr) Ukraine 1:09:28  
116 Samuel Horgan (NZl) Subway - Avanti 1:09:41  
117 King Wai Cheung (HKg) Hong Kong 1:13:38  
118 Bo Liu (Chn) China 1:16:50  
119 Martijn Verschoor (Ned) Team Type 1 1:18:52  
120 James Williamson (NZl) Subway - Avanti 1:34:12