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Tour of Fuzhou: Slik wins stage 3

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The podium

The podium (Image credit: Tour of Fuzhou)
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Slik wins it

Slik wins it (Image credit: Tour of Fuzhou)
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Charles Page

Charles Page (Image credit: Tour of Fuzhou)

Just like a year ago, stage 3 of the Tour of Fuzhou was won by Dutchman Ivar Slik (Monkey Town-A bloc), who made the most of a seven-man breakaway in the crosswinds to outclass Russian pursuiter Kirill Sveshnikov.

Charles Page (Canyon DHB) took third place for the second straight day ahead of Chinese revelation Miao Chengshuo, a time triallist in the making from Hengxiang.

"Our front group of seven was strong and the cooperation was excellent. We had a maximum lead of three minutes but we managed to keep it until the end," Slik explained. 

"The Russian rider [Sveshnikov] looked very strong during the ride but I also felt good and in the finale I had a lot of confidence in myself. Tactically, I did a good race. After a hard race like today, I normally can sprint well. I’m happy that I made it.

"It’s nice to come back here to Fuzhou and win again," Slik added. "I’m not a sprinter and I’m not a climber so there aren’t many opportunities for riders like me. This is my fourth win in a category-1 pro race this year. I’m very happy with that. China suits me well, I think."

The 26-year-old hails from Bergen in the outskirts of Alkmaar. His parents live on the same street as Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix winner Niki Terpstra, who’s trying to get Slik, his training partner, onto Total Direct Energie for next year.

Another rider who seems to have a good future is Briton Charles Pages, who moved into the lead of the points classification while Ilya Davidenok (Shenzhen XDS) retained the overall lead ahead of stage 4 in Lianjiang. The 20 year old from Amersham, Buckinghamshire, came third for the second straight day but in a very different way, as he broke away one day after using his sprinting skills. 

"I didn’t expect it today," Page told Cyclingnews at the finish. "Yesterday was nice because we got the first win [with Rory Townsend] as well. It was a great team ride yesterday but today it was just quite nice because I didn’t expect to go all the way to the line from the breakaway and to pick up some points from the intermediate sprints as well. 

"I just couldn’t go with him [Sveshnikov] when he went at the end because I had to go for the sprints earlier on. He was too strong. I would have liked to contest the win but that’s the way the race went and it’s still a nice day of racing for me."

Results
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Ivar Slik (Ned) Monkey Town - A Bloc 2:37:17
2Kirill Sveshnikov (Rus) Russia 0:00:02
3Charles Page (GBr) Canyon-DHB 0:00:10
4Chengshuo Miao (Chi) Hengxiang Cycling Team
5Przemyslaw Kasperkiewicz (Pol) Delko Marseille Provence 0:00:22
6Blake Quick (NZl) St George Continental
7Aleksandr Smirnov (Rus) Russia
8Gleb Syrica (Rus) Russia
9Andre Looij (Ned) Taiyuan Miogee
10Rory Townsend (Irl) Canyon-DHB

General Classification after stage 3
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Ilya Davidenok (Kaz) Shenzhen Zidesheng 7:55:29
2Artur Fedosseyev (Kaz) Shenzhen Zidesheng 0:00:04
3Lyu Ziangjing (Chi) Hengxiang Cycling Team 0:00:51
4Carlos Quintero (Col) Ningxia Sports Lottery-Livall 0:00:55
5Michael Vink (NZl) St George Continental 0:01:00
6Artem Ovechkin (Rus) Terrenganu 0:01:05
7Matthieu Jeannes (Fra) Team Illuminate 0:01:06
8Lev Gonov (Rus) Russia 0:01:15
9Julien El Fares (Delko Marseille Provence) 0:01:18
10Vasili Bialiauski (Bel) Minsk Cycling Club

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