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Tour of Qinghai Lake 2010

Date range:
July 16-25, 2010

July 23, Stage 7: Xihaizhen - Mole (Qilian) 123km

Shpilevskiy in a hurry for stage win

Shane Goss
July 23, 2010, 16:21 BST,
July 23, 2010, 18:45 BST

Askari remains in yellow

Boris Shpilevskiy (Russia) gets his long awaited win.

Boris Shpilevskiy (Russia) gets his long awaited win.

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Russian National Team rider Boris Shpilevskiy has put the sprinters back in the spotlight winning stage six of the tour into Mole in the Qilian County. Shpilevskiy outlasted Matej Stare (Slovenian National Team) and Simon Clarke (ISD-Neri) from Australia; the win puts Shpilevskiy into the green jersey leader of the point's competition with two stages remaining.

Iranian Hossein Askari (Tabriz Petrochemical) remains in the tour lead holding a 44 second advantage over Croatian Radoslav Rogina (Loborika) with American Kiel Reijnen (Jelly Belly) a further 41.seconds back in third place.

Shpilevskiy has already appeared on the podium four times including the tour preface, but never as the winner. With the race heading over the summit of the hors categorie climb fifteen kilometres from the finish, it looked like his chances may have passed him by again.

He was at the back of a lead group that had assembled high on the climb and was struggling to stay in touch. "I was last position on the climb" he said gasping for air in Mole. "It was very difficult, i was very fatigued". "My team work very well on the last fifteen kilometres on the downhill and i am very happy to win at last", he added.

Earlier in the day the field, now reduced to 119 riders, left Xihaizhen beneath clear blue skies with the temperature in the low twenties. The pace was on early with several breakaway attempts that failed. Ukrainian rider Oleksandr Kvachuk (ISD-Neri) took the points at the first King of the Mountain mark at twenty-four kilometres. Shpilevskiy showed a sign of things to come when he won the first intermediate sprint of the day at forty-six kilometres.

It was after this point that two riders broke free. Ying Hon Yeung (Hong Kong) and Shengjun Wu (Qinghai Tianyoude Cycling Team) snuck out to a lead of over two minutes by the time they sped through the coal mining township of Reshui (Chinese for Hot Water Town).

They were eventually joined by a chasing pair nearing thirty-five kilometres from the finish. Jakub Kratochvila (Arbo-KTM-Gebruder Weiss) and Peng Liu (China National Team) had been chasing the leading pair across the plateau, watched by road workers who had put their tools down to cheer on the tour.

Kratochvila is one of only two riders left on his Austrian registered team and could have been excused for just sitting back in the peloton. His teammate and already a stage winner here, Gregor Gazvoda, was sitting eleventh overall 2:22 behind Askari. "I just wanted to make up some time on the GC and do everything for my leader", he said afterwards.

The quartet's lead of fifty seconds nearing the 25 kilometres mark quickly evaporated and the big guns of the race took over on the climb. A group of nine riders formed on the lower slopes before that was reduced to seven nearing the top. The peloton meanwhile began to disintegrate behind.

The group of seven, including tour leader Hossein Askari, had a break of fifteen seconds approaching the summit. Former tour leader Rogina showed he is not done with yet when he led the race over the top. They were joined by a chasing pack and descended towards the finish, speeding past local Mongolians dressed in their colourful costumes and waving flags.

On the fast and smooth run into Mole, teams began to organise their sprinters. Waiting at the finish was a mixture of Chinese culture with Muslims, Tibetans and Mongolians lining the main street awaiting the tour's arrival.

They watched on as a Russian outlasted a Slovenian and an Australian to win the stage. Clarke was delighted with his place on the podium after being in a hospital earlier on the tour having blood tests. "After the way i have been feeling this week i didn't even think a top ten in a stage would be within my reach" he said. "Today I crashed and changed bikes twice; I just thought this run's not going to end".

"I just tried to hold on in that last climb today and have a crack" he added. "It was a really hard finish with an uphill drag and a headwind, i didn't hit out until 150 to go, i'm stoked to make the podium under the circumstances", Clarke said.

Tour leader Askari is prepared for a hard day in the saddle on the penultimate stage tomorrow which features another hors categorie climb at 3,869 metres above sea level. "I think today is better than tomorrow", he said. "Tomorrow is a hard day". "We know the roads and the hors categorie are not so strong but it is the altitude". "Maybe the gods help my team", he said with a smile.

Tomorrow the eighth stage leaves Mole bound for Qingshizui, a 150 kilometre journey featuring the aforementioned climb. If the gods are smiling on Askari and his team from Tabriz Petrochemical, he will take the yellow jersey to Xining for the final stage criterium on Sunday.

Brief Results

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