Kankovsky sprints to victory in Gaoxin

Shpilevskiy retains overall lead

2007 omnium world champion Alois Kankovsky from Dukla Praha used his skills as a track rider to overtake sprint favourite Boris Shpilevski (Tabriz Petrochemical) and Aaron Kemps (V-Australia) at the end of stage 2 of the Tour of Taihu in Gaoxin, Suzhou. As expected at the start on the beautiful island of Wuzhong in the middle of the Taihu lake, it was another bunch gallop just over two hours later.

“Everyone knew the race would be fast again,” said Shpilevski’s lead-out man Tobias Erler. “Normally I would have waited until the very end to help Boris but I had to take part in the chase earlier on. Normally we would have also let the breakaway one minute ahead but in these conditions, I told my teammates that 40 seconds was the maximum.”

The offensive quartet made up of Vojtech Hacecky (ASC Dukla Praha), Murajan Khalmuratov (Giant-Kenda), Wu Shengjun (Qinghai-Tianyoude) and Han Xuxiang (Hengxiang) didn’t get more than 46 seconds lead. “Tabriz paced for the whole race,” Giant-Kenda’s David McCann pointed out.

Shpilevski was on the right path to win again but some hiccups in the final sprint forced him and some other riders to change their lane. “I had the win in the bag,” thought Australia’s Aaron Kemps. “I’m not totally satisfied with coming second but it’s not bad after all as I increase my lead on GC,” Shpilevski commented.

Kankovsky was delighted. “I came here in the middle of my track season with the idea to fight against the sprinters and win a stage,” said the Czech rider, who was eleventh at the European championship in the omnium one week prior to flying to China. He has chosen the Tour of Taihu over the opening leg of the World Cup in Astana, Kazakhstan, and he hopes to come out of the five-day Chinese race stronger for the next World Cup in Cali, Colombia.

“It’s complicated to meet the criteria to qualify for the London Olympics but that’s my goal,” added the 28-year-old who rides with rainbow stripes on his short and jersey to remind everyone of his world champion standard.

Stage 3 of the Tour of Taihu sees the criterium of Kunchenghu Lake on a circuit of 17km to be covered eight times. With a total of 136km, it’ll be the longest stage of the event, but it should also be fast and well-suited to sprinters and track riders.
 

Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Alois Kankovsky (Cze) ASC Dukla Praha2:14:02 
2Boris Shpilevskiy (Rus) Tabriz Petrochemical  
3Aaron Kemps (Aus) V Australia  
4Charles Bradley Huff (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Kenda  
5Grischa Janorschke (Ger) Nutrixxion Sparkasse  
6Mathias Belka (Ger) TT Raiko Argon 18  
7Sebastien Körber (Ger) Nutrixxion Sparkasse  
8Benjamin Sydlik (Ger) Nutrixxion Sparkasse  
9Douglas Repacholi (Aus) China Jilun Cycling Team  
10Meiyin Wang (Chn) Hengxiang Cycling Team  
11Yuriy Metlushenko (Ukr) Ukraine  
12Holger Burkhardt (Ger) Champion System  
13Mart Ojavee (Est) Champion System  
14Jan Van Puyvelde (Ger) TT Raiko Argon 18  
15Milan Kadlec (Cze) ASC Dukla Praha  
16Haijun Ma (Chn) People's Republic of China  
17Yat Wai Chan (HKg) Hong Kong, China  
18Wenlong Zhang (Chn) People's Republic of China  
19Johnnie Walker (Aus) V Australia  
20David Brown (RSA) TT Raiko Argon 18  
21Artem Tesler (Ukr) Ukraine  
22Dirk Müller (Ger) Nutrixxion Sparkasse  
23Volodymyr Zagorodniy (Ukr) Ukraine  
24Kuei Hsiang Peng (Tpe) Giant Kenda Cycling Team  
25Xitao Ji (Chn) People's Republic of China  
26En Huang (Chn) Max Success Sports  
27Kenneth A Hanson (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Kenda  
28Thomas Hasibeder (Aut) ARBÖ Gebrüder Weiss - Oberndorfer  
29Jan Kadúch (Cze) ASC Dukla Praha  
30Kam Po Wong (HKg) Hong Kong, China  
31Nikita Abramov (Uzb) Uzbekistan  
32Jiri Bares (Cze) ASC Dukla Praha  
33Tobias Erler (Gre) Tabriz Petrochemical  
34Yannick Bok (Ger) TT Raiko Argon 18  
35Zhi An Chen (Chn) China 361° Cycling Team  
36Eugen Wacker (Kgz) Giant Kenda Cycling Team  
37Nic Hamilton (Can) Jelly Belly p/b Kenda  
38Alexander Dürager (Aut) ARBÖ Gebrüder Weiss - Oberndorfer  
39Lars Pria (Rom) ARBÖ Gebrüder Weiss - Oberndorfer  
40Hassink Arne (Ned) TT Raiko Argon 18  
41Christian Pavitschitz (Aut) ARBÖ Gebrüder Weiss - Oberndorfer  
42Cameron Peterson (Aus) V Australia  
43Konstantin Volik (Uzb) Uzbekistan  
44Wai Man Chau (HKg) Champion System  
45Gleb Gorbachev (Uzb) Uzbekistan  
46Xiaoyong Dong (Chn) Qinghai Tianyoude Cycling Team  
47Chun Hing Chan (HKg) Hong Kong, China  
48Kin San Wu (HKg) Champion System  
49Xiaohang Wang (Chn) Holy Brother Cycling Team  
50David McCann (Irl) Giant Kenda Cycling Team  
51Bradeley Hall (Aus) China Jilun Cycling Team  
52Cheng Xue (Chn) China 361° Cycling Team  
53Volodymyr Starchyk (Ukr) Ukraine  
54Yilin Liu (Chn) Hengxiang Cycling Team  
55Heng Liu (Chn) China Jilun Cycling Team  
56Xing Fu (Chn) Hengxiang Cycling Team  
57Vojtech Hacecky (Cze) ASC Dukla Praha  
58Siu Wai Ko (HKg) Hong Kong, China  
59Davis Sam (Aus) China Jilun Cycling Team0:00:10 
60Xuanfu Wu (Chn) China 361° Cycling Team  
61Marten Klöpping (Ger) TT Raiko Argon 18  
62Hossein Askari (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical  
63Ting Deng (Chn) Max Success Sports  
64Guibao Zhao (Chn) Hengxiang Cycling Team  
65Guibao Mizbani Iranaghghader (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical  
66Muradjan Halmuratov (Uzb) Giant Kenda Cycling Team  
67Wei Kei Chang (Tpe) Giant Kenda Cycling Team  
68Alexander Schrangl (Aut) ARBÖ Gebrüder Weiss - Oberndorfer  
69Yuanxin Zhang (Chn) China Jilun Cycling Team  
70Yusup Abrekov (Uzb) Uzbekistan  
71Wei Li (Chn) Max Success Sports  
72Christopher Williams (Aus) Champion System  
73Ruslan Pidgornyy (Ukr) Ukraine  
74Xuxiang Han (Chn) Hengxiang Cycling Team  
75Hossein Alizadeh (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical  
76Jie Ding (Chn)  
77Jiong Wang (Chn) Max Success Sports0:00:16 
78Guanqun Cao (Chn) Holy Brother Cycling Team  
79Marek Mixa (Cze) ASC Dukla Praha  
80Shengjun Wu (Chn) Qinghai Tianyoude Cycling Team  
81Dmitriy Lozovoy (Uzb) Uzbekistan  
82Xiaogang Li (Chn) China 361° Cycling Team  
83Biao Liu (Chn) Qinghai Tianyoude Cycling Team  
84Yuanjun Chen (Chn) China 361° Cycling Team0:00:19 
85Yongsheng Yan (Chn) Max Success Sports  
86William Dickeson (Aus) Jelly Belly p/b Kenda  
87Chao Li (Chn) Holy Brother Cycling Team0:00:23 
88Guangyuan Qiu (Chn) Holy Brother Cycling Team0:00:24 
89Bernard Van Ulden (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Kenda0:00:26 
90Behnam Khalili Khosroshahi (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical0:01:36 
91Chi Ho Yuen (HKg) Hong Kong, China0:01:40 
92Ying Hon Yeung (HKg) Hong Kong, China0:02:54 
93Jiakang Yan (Chn)0:03:06 
DNFZhen Wang (Chn) China 361° Cycling Team  
DNFSong Wu (Chn)  
General classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Boris Shpilevskiy (Rus) Tabriz Petrochemical4:55:30 
2Alois Kankovsky (Cze) ASC Dukla Praha0:00:05 
3Aaron Kemps (Aus) V Australia0:00:09 
4Sebastien Körber (Ger) Nutrixxion Sparkasse0:00:12 
5Vojtech Hacecky (Cze) ASC Dukla Praha0:00:15 
6Milan Kadlec (Cze) ASC Dukla Praha0:00:16 
7Meiyin Wang (Chn) Hengxiang Cycling Team  
8Kam Po Wong (HKg) Hong Kong, China0:00:17 
9Grischa Janorschke (Ger) Nutrixxion Sparkasse0:00:18 
10Yuriy Metlushenko (Ukr) Ukraine  
11En Huang (Chn) Max Success Sports  
12Mart Ojavee (Est) Champion System0:00:19 
13Holger Burkhardt (Ger) Champion System  
14Charles Bradley Huff (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Kenda  
15Xitao Ji (Chn) People's Republic of China  
16Douglas Repacholi (Aus) China Jilun Cycling Team  
17Wenlong Zhang (Chn) People's Republic of China  
18Thomas Hasibeder (Aut) ARBÖ Gebrüder Weiss - Oberndorfer  
19Yat Wai Chan (HKg) Hong Kong, China  
20David Brown (RSA) TT Raiko Argon 18  
21Benjamin Sydlik (Ger) Nutrixxion Sparkasse  
22Haijun Ma (Chn) People's Republic of China  
23Jan Van Puyvelde (Ger) TT Raiko Argon 18  
24Lars Pria (Rom) ARBÖ Gebrüder Weiss - Oberndorfer  
25Tobias Erler (Gre) Tabriz Petrochemical  
26Gleb Gorbachev (Uzb) Uzbekistan  
27Kenneth A Hanson (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Kenda  
28Cheng Xue (Chn) China 361° Cycling Team  
29Artem Tesler (Ukr) Ukraine  
30Xiaoyong Dong (Chn) Qinghai Tianyoude Cycling Team  
31Kuei Hsiang Peng (Tpe) Giant Kenda Cycling Team  
32Johnnie Walker (Aus) V Australia  
33Wai Man Chau (HKg) Champion System  
34Mathias Belka (Ger) TT Raiko Argon 18  
35Konstantin Volik (Uzb) Uzbekistan  
36Volodymyr Zagorodniy (Ukr) Ukraine  
37Nic Hamilton (Can) Jelly Belly p/b Kenda  
38Kin San Wu (HKg) Champion System  
39Cameron Peterson (Aus) V Australia  
40Volodymyr Starchyk (Ukr) Ukraine  
41Hassink Arne (Ned) TT Raiko Argon 18  
42Jan Kadúch (Cze) ASC Dukla Praha  
43David McCann (Irl) Giant Kenda Cycling Team  
44Dirk Müller (Ger) Nutrixxion Sparkasse  
45Christian Pavitschitz (Aut) ARBÖ Gebrüder Weiss - Oberndorfer  
46Chun Hing Chan (HKg) Hong Kong, China  
47Yilin Liu (Chn) Hengxiang Cycling Team  
48Nikita Abramov (Uzb) Uzbekistan  
49Xing Fu (Chn) Hengxiang Cycling Team  
50Yannick Bok (Ger) TT Raiko Argon 18  
51Jiri Bares (Cze) ASC Dukla Praha  
52Zhi An Chen (Chn) China 361° Cycling Team  
53Siu Wai Ko (HKg) Hong Kong, China  
54Heng Liu (Chn) China Jilun Cycling Team  
55Bradeley Hall (Aus) China Jilun Cycling Team  
56Eugen Wacker (Kgz) Giant Kenda Cycling Team  
57Alexander Dürager (Aut) ARBÖ Gebrüder Weiss - Oberndorfer  
58Xiaohang Wang (Chn) Holy Brother Cycling Team  
59Muradjan Halmuratov (Uzb) Giant Kenda Cycling Team0:00:27 
60Yusup Abrekov (Uzb) Uzbekistan0:00:29 
61Marten Klöpping (Ger) TT Raiko Argon 18  
62Hossein Alizadeh (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical  
63Guibao Zhao (Chn) Hengxiang Cycling Team  
64Wei Li (Chn) Max Success Sports  
65Hossein Askari (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical  
66Wei Kei Chang (Tpe) Giant Kenda Cycling Team  
67Xuxiang Han (Chn) Hengxiang Cycling Team  
68Xuanfu Wu (Chn) China 361° Cycling Team  
69Guibao Mizbani Iranaghghader (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical  
70Ruslan Pidgornyy (Ukr) Ukraine  
71Davis Sam (Aus) China Jilun Cycling Team  
72Ting Deng (Chn) Max Success Sports  
73Jie Ding (Chn)  
74Alexander Schrangl (Aut) ARBÖ Gebrüder Weiss - Oberndorfer  
75Christopher Williams (Aus) Champion System  
76Shengjun Wu (Chn) Qinghai Tianyoude Cycling Team0:00:32 
77Guanqun Cao (Chn) Holy Brother Cycling Team0:00:35 
78Biao Liu (Chn) Qinghai Tianyoude Cycling Team  
79Xiaogang Li (Chn) China 361° Cycling Team  
80Marek Mixa (Cze) ASC Dukla Praha  
81Dmitriy Lozovoy (Uzb) Uzbekistan  
82Jiong Wang (Chn) Max Success Sports  
83Yuanjun Chen (Chn) China 361° Cycling Team0:00:38 
84Yongsheng Yan (Chn) Max Success Sports  
85William Dickeson (Aus) Jelly Belly p/b Kenda  
86Guangyuan Qiu (Chn) Holy Brother Cycling Team0:00:43 
87Bernard Van Ulden (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Kenda0:00:45 
88Yuanxin Zhang (Chn) China Jilun Cycling Team0:01:54 
89Behnam Khalili Khosroshahi (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical0:01:55 
90Chi Ho Yuen (HKg) Hong Kong, China0:01:59 
91Ying Hon Yeung (HKg) Hong Kong, China0:03:13 
92Jiakang Yan (Chn)0:03:25 
93Chao Li (Chn) Holy Brother Cycling Team0:09:24 

 

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