Stage 2: Binjiang Binhai Rd - Qinjiang Manchu village
The 23-year-old Leon Rohde, who is part of the German national team mostly for track meets, imposed himself for the first time in an international road race as he outsprinted stage 2 favourite Kaden Groves (Mitchelton-BikeExchange) in Qinjiang Manchu Village.
Stage 1 winner Lyu Xianjing retained the overall lead after Hengxiang Cycling Team controlled the race all the way on the shores of the South China Sea.
“It’s perfect for me,” Rohde said. “I had a hard season. I changed team and now I prepare mostly for track cycling. I’m at the peak of my shape now in the middle of the track season. I’m super fit and my teammates are too. I got a very strong lead out.
“Because the roads were wide and the wind not too strong, we decided to wait as long as we could. A train of five guys was set in front of me with 2.5km to go. It worked well. We were so explosive that nobody could hold our wheels. At 200m to go, it was my time to open my sprint. I saw somebody coming on my right side but I got it just.”
Joey Van Rhee (Monkey Town) and Vasili Strokau (Minsk) rode away from the bunch in the first part of the race and passed the first intermediate sprint in that order, but the main breakaway of the day was by the lone Matic Groselj of Ljubljana-Gusto-Xaurum. The Slovenian built a gap of 2:35 but was kept under control by the Hengxiang team of race leader Lyu. The Chinese outfit remained at the helm of the peloton until eight kilometres to go. Only after that did the sprinters’ teams take over and reeled the escapee in.
It was all in place for a fast sprint in the historical and cultural village of Qinjiang Manchu. The German team pursuit squad showed their speed and depth.
“Hengxiang did a very good job in controlling the race early,” Groves said. “It came down to a pretty technical finish, I guess. The Germans took control very far from the finish. They were too quick for me today. I can’t thank my team enough. They gave me a good lead out in the final kilometres. I had the good legs but I didn’t have the room to come through and contend for the win but I’m happy with the second place.”
The other Australian young gun, Toby Orchard (Australian Cycling Academy), went down. Lyu discovered the life in yellow, sitting behind his team-mates at the head of the peloton for the whole stage. “It was a nice team effort,” he said. “We did our best to keep the jersey. I’m happy with that.”
|#||Rider Name (Country) Team||Result|
|1||Leon Rohde (Ger) Germany||2:37:27|
|2||Kaden Groves (Aus) Mitchelton - Bikeexchange|
|3||Joey Van Rhee (Ned) Monkey Town Continental Team|
|4||Dylan Kennett (NZl) St George Continental Cycling Team|
|5||Irwandie Lakasek (Mas) Terengganu Cycling Team|
|6||Natnael Ocbit (Eri) Eritrea|
|7||Andrii Kulyk (Ukr) Beijing XDS - Innova Cycing Team|
|8||Jayson Valade (Fra) H&R Block Pro Cycling Team|
|9||Jan Stöhr (Cze) Ac Sparta Praha|
|10||Hayato Okamoto (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team|
|#||Rider Name (Country) Team||Result|
|1||Xianjing Lyu (Chn) Hengxiang Cycling Team||5:08:48|
|2||Ilya Davidenok (Kaz) Beijing XDS - Innova Cycing Team||0:00:04|
|3||Hanibal Gebresilasie (Eri) Eritrea||0:00:06|
|4||Benjamin Dyball (Aus) St George Continental Cycling Team||0:00:13|
|5||Yakob Abreham (Eri) Eritrea||0:00:37|
|6||Marko Pavlič (Slo) H&R Block Pro Cycling Team||0:00:42|
|7||Natnael Mebrahtom (Eri) Eritrea||0:00:43|
|8||Vasili Strokau (Blr) Minsk Cycling Club||0:01:17|
|9||Maarten De Jonge (Ned) Monkey Town Continental Team||0:01:19|
|10||Amanuel Ghebreigzabhier Werkilul (Eri) Eritrea|
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