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Tour of Qinghai Lake 2010

Date range:
July 16-25, 2010

July 22, Stage 6: Bird Island - Xihaizhen 152.4km

Iranians power to stage win and tour lead in Xihaizhen

By:
Shane Goss
Published:
July 22, 2010, 10:50 BST,
Updated:
July 22, 2010, 22:48 BST

Askari in command overall as Sohrabi takes stage

Hossein Askari (Tabriz) now leads the race by 44 seconds.

Hossein Askari (Tabriz) now leads the race by 44 seconds.

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Iranian Hossein Askari (Tabriz Petrochemical) has sensationally ridden into the overall lead at the Tour of Qinghai Lake after stage six in Xihaizhen. Teammate Mehdi Sohrabi took out the stage ahead of Nikola Kozomara (Partizan SRBIJA) with Askari back in third place. Askari now leads the tour by 44 seconds over previous leader Radoslav Rogina (Loborika) and Kiel Reijnen (Jelly Belly) who is a further 41 seconds behind.

Rogina was in disbelief after the stage. He sat alone in the team van pondering how the trio could stay away from a rampaging peloton. “I cannot believe what’s happened,” he said. “It's unbelievable how they rode in front.”

“We worked very hard, not just my team but all the teams,” Rogina added. It will take a massive effort for the Loboriak team to reclaim the yellow jersey now. ”We are very tired, we worked hard every day,” the Croatian explained. ”We will not surrender, for sure.”

Meanwhile new leader Askari was delighted with his team’s efforts on the day. ”We rode very hard to the finish and I am very happy for my team,” he said. After finishing 49 seconds down the day before in terrible conditions he was glad of the warmer weather. “Yesterday was very bad day for me because I don’t like cold weather,” he said. “Every time there's cold weather I have problems, today I hoped for good weather.”

The trio broke free from the peloton just before the first intermediate sprint in Quanji at 37.9kms. From there they powered towards the finish, taking all the other sprint and king of the mountain competition points on offer en route. At one stage they stretched their margin out to a little over six minutes over the peloton which contained tour leader Rogina.

In between them were two riders caught in no-man’s land, Kun Jiang (China National Team), and Shengjun Wu (Qinghai Tianyoude Cycling Team). The pair were eventually reeled in by an elite group of around 25 riders which included all of the jersey competition leaders. That bunch had formed after the main peloton splintered near the second intermediate sprint at 65kms. The margin between the chasing peloton and the three leaders began to drop nearing the King of the Mountain climb at 115kms. With various teams in the peloton working to bring the trio back it was expected that the timing of domestiques would be impeccable once more.

The margin was reduced to 3:42 near the top of the climb with 37kms to the finish. The peloton may have underestimated the willingness and strength of the trio however, and in particular Askari (35) and Sohrabi (28). The pair virtually dragged the Serbian teenager Nikola Kozomara (Partizan Srbija) all the way and he had to work hard just to hold the wheel of the pair. In the end he simply glad to make the podium, especially given the hardship that his team has endured in this race. The Serbian outfit are down to three riders due to illness and their sprinter Stevic being disqualified.

Team manager Dusan Banovic explained that his 18-year-old charge ”is very happy because he is the youngest rider in this race."

"This is the biggest stage race for him because he is a first year under 23. It is his best result,” Banovic said.

With twenty kilometres remaining the deficit was down to 3:30 but with the fast roads winding down into Xihazhen the chances of a bunch finish were rapidly dwindling.

The peloton crossed the line 2:20 behind Sohrabi and the Iranian was ecstatic at his win. “I'm on cloud nine,” he explained. “The most important thing for us is teamwork. We obtained everything we wanted from this stage.”

It was expected that no major shake up of the general classification would occur until the race reached the serious slopes of stages seven and eight but Tabriz Petrochemical decided otherwise. “We showed our abilities today, they (other teams) did not consider our abilities, because of that we broke away," said Sohrabi.

There was a confrontation between riders from the chasing peloton and tour officials after the stage. The big sprinters may well have been frustrated by the way in which the Iranians held their time gap during the stage. Many of the riders from other teams argued that the leading break had been drafted and sheltered at certain sections of the stage.

Tabriz Petrochemical team manager, Khatoun Abadi Azar Kazem begged to differ. “Every day we push,” he said. “The peloton does not think we have the ability to go forward, but we proved this with our ability on this stage."

The team is now leading in all jersey competition categories. Along with the yellow jersey, Askari also leads the sprint points and best placed Asian rider categories. Ghader Mizbani leads the King of the Mountains competition by one point from Russian National Team rider Alexander Filippov, and the team itself head both the overall team classification and classification for the highest-placed Asian team.

The tour continues tomorrow when stage seven takes the peloton from Xihaizhen to Qilian. It's a 123km trek featuring two KOM climbs including an hors categorie climb to 3,869 metres just fifteen kilometres from the finish.

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