Metlushenko wins rain soaked stage five in Bird Island

Qinghai Lake showed one of her many moods today. After a beautiful picture postcard stage the day before, heavy rain and a drop in temperature made conditions miserable for the peloton.

In the race, Ukraine fast-man Yuriy Metlushenko (Amore & Vita-Conad) edged out Boris Shpilevskiy (Russian National Team) and Ruslan Tleubayev (Kazakhstan National Team).

Radoslav Rogina (Loborika) remains in the yellow jersey after finishing comfortably in the peloton. He holds a 41 second lead over American Kiel Reijnen (Jelly Belly) with a further three seconds back to Irishman David McCann (Giant Asia Racing Team).

122 riders left Qinghai Lake in terrible conditions, passing loyal locals scattered along the way, huddled beneath umbrellas, and whatever they could hold to keep dry. The rain was still belting down when the field filed its way through the township of Heimahe or “Black Horse River” in Chinese, after seventy kilometres. The race leader Radosalv Rogina had his charges from Loborika controlling the peloton and any attempts at a break were quickly extinguished.

Just after the KOM at the 101.9 kilometre mark the field split into two bunches when the sprinters jostled to the front. Iranian Mehdi Sohrabi (Tabriz Petrochemical) took the points at the KOM before the speed lifted on the run into Bird Island.

With no more than a couple of inches in the finish it was Metlushenko (33) who grabbed the win; Shpilevskiy again unlucky to miss out on a stage victory. The conditions don’t seem to worry the powerhouse sprinter from the Ukraine. “He likes the cold, so he doesn’t really mind” explained his Amore & Vita-Conad team manager Roberto Gaggioli. “He is used to this kind of weather; he races a lot in Belgium so this is a normal day in Belgium.”

“He is in really good shape now, he is getting stronger and stronger and offcourse the moral, the team is really behind him”, he said. “If we can get to the sprint we know we have a ninety percent chance for a win,” explained Gaggioli.

Although he was born in the Ukraine, he now calls Italy home. “You can say he is Italian,” laughed Gaggioli.

The tour continues tomorrow leaving Bird Island for Xihaizhen, a place where China first tested the atomic bomb. It could be a finish once again for the explosive sprinters of the peloton.

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Full Results
1Yuriy Metlushenko (Ukr) Amore & Vita - Conad2:52:36
2Boris Shpilevskiy (Rus) RussiaRow 1 - Cell 2
3Ruslan Tleubayev (Kaz) KazakhstanRow 2 - Cell 2
4Pier Paolo De Negri (Ita) ISD - NeriRow 3 - Cell 2
5Matej Stare (Slo) SloveniaRow 4 - Cell 2
6Dmytriy Krivtsov (Ukr) ISD - NeriRow 5 - Cell 2
7Mehdi Sohrabi (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Cycling TeamRow 6 - Cell 2
8Mitja Mahoric (Slo) SloveniaRow 7 - Cell 2
9David McCann (Irl) Giant Asia Racing TeamRow 8 - Cell 2
10Kiel Reijnen (USA) Jelly Belly Presented By KendaRow 9 - Cell 2
11Radoslav Rogina (Cro) LoborikaRow 10 - Cell 2
12Hossein Alizadeh (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Cycling TeamRow 11 - Cell 2
13Mykhaylo Kononenko (Ukr) UkraineRow 12 - Cell 2
14Denys Kostyuk (Ukr) ISD - NeriRow 13 - Cell 2
15Andrey Mizurov (Kaz) Tabriz Petrochemical Cycling TeamRow 14 - Cell 2
16Jacob Nielsen (Den) Glud & Marstrand - LRO RadgivningRow 15 - Cell 2
17Hrvoje Miholjevic (Cro) LoborikaRow 16 - Cell 2
18Tomislav Danculovic (Cro) LoborikaRow 17 - Cell 2
19Sergiy Grechyn (Ukr) Amore & Vita - ConadRow 18 - Cell 2
20Emanuel Kiserlovski (Cro) LoborikaRow 19 - Cell 2
21Vladimir Kerkez (Slo) SloveniaRow 20 - Cell 2
22Ghader Mizbani Iranagh (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Cycling TeamRow 21 - Cell 2
23Davide Frattini (Ita) Team Type 1Row 22 - Cell 2
24Andrej Omulec (Slo) SloveniaRow 23 - Cell 2
25Volodymyr Starchyk (Ukr) Amore & Vita - ConadRow 24 - Cell 2
26Jure Golcer (Slo) Slovenia0:00:08
27Tobias Erler (Ger) Tabriz Petrochemical Cycling Team0:00:22
28Jure Zrimsek (Slo) Slovenia0:00:33
29Jin Long (Chn) Skil - Shimano0:00:49
30Maarten De Jonge (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo PielsRow 29 - Cell 2
31Thierry Hupond (Fra) Skil - ShimanoRow 30 - Cell 2
32Vitaliy Buts (Ukr) UkraineRow 31 - Cell 2
33Jelle Posthuma (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo PielsRow 32 - Cell 2
34William Dugan (USA) Team Type 1Row 33 - Cell 2
35Eugen Wacker (Kgz) Giant Asia Racing TeamRow 34 - Cell 2
36Bradley Hall (Aus) Marco Polo Cycling TeamRow 35 - Cell 2
37Bert-Jan Lindeman (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo PielsRow 36 - Cell 2
38Alexandr Shushemoin (Kaz) KazakhstanRow 37 - Cell 2
39Oleksandr Prevar (Ukr) UkraineRow 38 - Cell 2
40Hossein Askari (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Cycling TeamRow 39 - Cell 2
41Sergey Kuzmin (Kaz) KazakhstanRow 40 - Cell 2
42James Williamson (NZl) Subway - Avanti0:00:53
43Valentin Iglinskiy (Kaz) KazakhstanRow 42 - Cell 2
44Kristjan Fajt (Slo) Slovenia0:00:55
45Nikola Kozomara (Srb) Partizan Srbija0:01:01
46Bo Liu (Chn) China0:01:02
47King Lok Cheung (HKg) Hong KongRow 46 - Cell 2
48Han Feng (Chn) Skil - ShimanoRow 47 - Cell 2
49Shijie Yu (Chn) ChinaRow 48 - Cell 2
50Martijn Verschoor (Ned) Team Type 1Row 49 - Cell 2
51Ting Dang (Chn) Qinghai Tianyoude Cycling Team0:01:04
52Ian Smallman (NZl) Subway - AvantiRow 51 - Cell 2
53Esad Hasanovic (Srb) Partizan SrbijaRow 52 - Cell 2
54Rahim Emami (IRI) Giant Asia Racing TeamRow 53 - Cell 2
55Pengda Jiao (Chn) ChinaRow 54 - Cell 2
56Ying Hon Yeung (HKg) Hong KongRow 55 - Cell 2
57Pim De Beer (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo PielsRow 56 - Cell 2
58Yevgeniy Sladkov (Kaz) KazakhstanRow 57 - Cell 2
59Xiaoyong Dong (Chn) Qinghai Tianyoude Cycling TeamRow 58 - Cell 2
60Hossein Jahanbanian Kamnabi (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Cycling TeamRow 59 - Cell 2
61Volodymyr Bileka (Ukr) Amore & Vita - ConadRow 60 - Cell 2
62Oleksandr Kvachuk (Ukr) ISD - NeriRow 61 - Cell 2
63Cheng Ji (Chn) Skil - ShimanoRow 62 - Cell 2
64Vitaliy Kondrut (Ukr) ISD - NeriRow 63 - Cell 2
65Jonathan Lovelock (Aus) Marco Polo Cycling TeamRow 64 - Cell 2
66Sean Mazich (USA) Jelly Belly Presented By KendaRow 65 - Cell 2
67Eric Drower (NZl) Subway - AvantiRow 66 - Cell 2
68Gregor Gazvoda (Slo) Arbö Ktm - Gebrüder WeissRow 67 - Cell 2
69Sierk Jan De Haan (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo PielsRow 68 - Cell 2
70Niki Ostergaard (Den) Glud & Marstrand - LRO RadgivningRow 69 - Cell 2
71Shengjun Wu (Chn) Qinghai Tianyoude Cycling TeamRow 70 - Cell 2
72Ki Ho Choi (HKg) Hong KongRow 71 - Cell 2
73Volodymyr Gomenuk (Ukr) UkraineRow 72 - Cell 2
74Joseph Cooper (NZl) Subway - AvantiRow 73 - Cell 2
75Zsolt Der (Srb) Partizan SrbijaRow 74 - Cell 2
76Valeriy Kobzarenko (Ukr) Team Type 1Row 75 - Cell 2
77Rasoul Barati (IRI) Giant Asia Racing TeamRow 76 - Cell 2
78Christopher Juul-Jensen (Den) Glud & Marstrand - LRO RadgivningRow 77 - Cell 2
79Kam Po Wong (HKg) Hong KongRow 78 - Cell 2
80Ho Ting Kwok (HKg) Hong KongRow 79 - Cell 2
81Roman Zhiyentayev (Kaz) KazakhstanRow 80 - Cell 2
82Salvatore Mancuso (Ita) ISD - NeriRow 81 - Cell 2
83Chun Hing Chan (HKg) Hong KongRow 82 - Cell 2
84Bernardo Colex Tepoz (Mex) Amore & Vita - ConadRow 83 - Cell 2
85Vladimir Likhachev (Rus) RussiaRow 84 - Cell 2
86Frederik Wilmann (Nor) Skil - ShimanoRow 85 - Cell 2
87Vladislav Borisov (Rus) Amore & Vita - ConadRow 86 - Cell 2
88Jaroslaw Dabrowski (Pol) Amore & Vita - ConadRow 87 - Cell 2
89Alexander Filippov (Rus) RussiaRow 88 - Cell 2
90Anthony Colby (USA) Jelly Belly Presented By KendaRow 89 - Cell 2
91Simon Clarke (Aus) ISD - NeriRow 90 - Cell 2
92Alex Coutts (GBr) Giant Asia Racing TeamRow 91 - Cell 2
93Khalid Boulida (Ned) Marco Polo Cycling TeamRow 92 - Cell 2
94Evgeny Reshetko (Rus) RussiaRow 93 - Cell 2
95Kristijan Durasek (Cro) Loborika0:01:12
96Massimo Demarin (Cro) LoborikaRow 95 - Cell 2
97Darko Blaževic (Cro) LoborikaRow 96 - Cell 2
98Samuel Horgan (NZl) Subway - AvantiRow 97 - Cell 2
99Scott Stewart (USA) Team Type 1Row 98 - Cell 2
100Thomas Rabou (Ned) Team Type 1Row 99 - Cell 2
101Wu Chen (Chn) Qinghai Tianyoude Cycling Team0:01:21
102Nazar Jumabekov (Kaz) Kazakhstan0:01:23
103Danil Komkov (Rus) Russia0:01:25
104Anatoliy Sosnitskyy (Ukr) Ukraine0:01:30
105Jakub Kratochvila (Cze) Arbö Ktm - Gebrüder Weiss0:01:48
106Kun Jiang (Chn) China0:01:58
107Bernard Van Ulden (USA) Jelly Belly Presented By Kenda0:02:19
108Prajak Mahawong (Tha) Giant Asia Racing Team0:03:41
109King Wai Cheung (HKg) Hong KongRow 108 - Cell 2
110Stefan Van Winden (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo PielsRow 109 - Cell 2
111Andriy Vasylyuk (Ukr) Ukraine0:04:46
112Yue Tu (Chn) ChinaRow 111 - Cell 2
113Dmitry Puzanov (Rus) RussiaRow 112 - Cell 2
114Alexander Arekeev (Rus) RussiaRow 113 - Cell 2
115Peng Liu (Chn) ChinaRow 114 - Cell 2
116Peilun Wu (Chn) Qinghai Tianyoude Cycling TeamRow 115 - Cell 2
117Kasper Linde Jorgensen (Den) Glud & Marstrand - LRO RadgivningRow 116 - Cell 2
118Gang Xu (Chn) ChinaRow 117 - Cell 2
119Haijun Ma (Chn) Qinghai Tianyoude Cycling TeamRow 118 - Cell 2
120Alexandre Geniez (Fra) Skil - Shimano0:16:43
DNFThomas Hasibeder (Aut) Arbö Ktm - Gebrüder WeissRow 120 - Cell 2
DNFYoriy Leontenko (Ukr) UkraineRow 121 - Cell 2
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General classification after stage 5
1Radoslav Rogina (Cro) Loborika16:04:39
2Kiel Reijnen (USA) Jelly Belly Presented By Kenda0:00:41
3David McCann (Irl) Giant Asia Racing Team0:00:44
4Mitja Mahoric (Slo) Slovenia0:00:45
5Ghader Mizbani Iranagh (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Cycling Team0:00:48
6Andrey Mizurov (Kaz) Tabriz Petrochemical Cycling Team0:00:50
7Vladimir Kerkez (Slo) Slovenia0:01:08
8Hossein Alizadeh (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Cycling Team0:01:09
9Tomislav Danculovic (Cro) Loborika0:01:10
10Gregor Gazvoda (Slo) Arbö Ktm - Gebrüder Weiss0:01:38
11Hossein Askari (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Cycling Team0:01:46
12Rahim Emami (IRI) Giant Asia Racing Team0:02:13
13Volodymyr Starchyk (Ukr) Amore & Vita - Conad0:02:36
14Vladimir Likhachev (Rus) Russia0:04:42
15Oleksandr Kvachuk (Ukr) ISD - Neri0:04:46
16Alexandr Shushemoin (Kaz) Kazakhstan0:04:50
17Jure Golcer (Slo) Slovenia0:06:04
18Alexander Filippov (Rus) Russia0:06:15
19Shengjun Wu (Chn) Qinghai Tianyoude Cycling Team0:07:22
20Vitaliy Buts (Ukr) Ukraine0:07:31
21Vladislav Borisov (Rus) Amore & Vita - Conad0:07:45
22Frederik Wilmann (Nor) Skil - Shimano0:08:02
23Thierry Hupond (Fra) Skil - Shimano0:08:53
24Rasoul Barati (IRI) Giant Asia Racing Team0:09:15
25Ying Hon Yeung (HKg) Hong Kong0:09:21
26Pengda Jiao (Chn) China0:09:25
27Volodymyr Bileka (Ukr) Amore & Vita - Conad0:09:39
28Jaroslaw Dabrowski (Pol) Amore & Vita - Conad0:10:38
29Hrvoje Miholjevic (Cro) Loborika0:11:25
30Han Feng (Chn) Skil - Shimano0:11:27
31Dmitry Puzanov (Rus) Russia0:12:26
32Ruslan Tleubayev (Kaz) Kazakhstan0:13:04
33Alexandre Geniez (Fra) Skil - Shimano0:17:46
34Evgeny Reshetko (Rus) Russia0:19:25
35Danil Komkov (Rus) Russia0:20:04
36Hossein Jahanbanian Kamnabi (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Cycling Team0:20:23
37Kristijan Durasek (Cro) Loborika0:20:49
38Yevgeniy Sladkov (Kaz) Kazakhstan0:21:26
39Kun Jiang (Chn) China0:26:28
40Simon Clarke (Aus) ISD - Neri0:26:38
41Matej Stare (Slo) Slovenia0:26:55
42Eugen Wacker (Kgz) Giant Asia Racing Team0:27:04
43William Dugan (USA) Team Type 1Row 42 - Cell 2
44Haijun Ma (Chn) Qinghai Tianyoude Cycling TeamRow 43 - Cell 2
45Denys Kostyuk (Ukr) ISD - Neri0:27:26
46Chun Hing Chan (HKg) Hong Kong0:28:25
47Zsolt Der (Srb) Partizan Srbija0:28:32
48Anthony Colby (USA) Jelly Belly Presented By Kenda0:28:34
49Roman Zhiyentayev (Kaz) Kazakhstan0:28:50
50Emanuel Kiserlovski (Cro) Loborika0:29:20
51Maarten De Jonge (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo Piels0:29:56
52Pim De Beer (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo Piels0:30:18
53Bernardo Colex Tepoz (Mex) Amore & Vita - Conad0:30:24
54Peilun Wu (Chn) Qinghai Tianyoude Cycling Team0:32:27
55Salvatore Mancuso (Ita) ISD - Neri0:33:48
56Kristjan Fajt (Slo) Slovenia0:34:29
57Ki Ho Choi (HKg) Hong KongRow 56 - Cell 2
58Sergey Kuzmin (Kaz) Kazakhstan0:35:31
59Scott Stewart (USA) Team Type 10:36:24
60Alex Coutts (GBr) Giant Asia Racing Team0:37:28
61Davide Frattini (Ita) Team Type 10:38:05
62Esad Hasanovic (Srb) Partizan Srbija0:38:17
63Eric Drower (NZl) Subway - Avanti0:38:20
64Jakub Kratochvila (Cze) Arbö Ktm - Gebrüder Weiss0:38:21
65Darko Blaževic (Cro) Loborika0:38:30
66Tobias Erler (Ger) Tabriz Petrochemical Cycling Team0:38:39
67Jure Zrimsek (Slo) Slovenia0:39:08
68King Lok Cheung (HKg) Hong Kong0:39:13
69Mykhaylo Kononenko (Ukr) Ukraine0:39:14
70Cheng Ji (Chn) Skil - Shimano0:39:18
71Thomas Rabou (Ned) Team Type 10:40:02
72Kam Po Wong (HKg) Hong Kong0:40:18
73Nazar Jumabekov (Kaz) Kazakhstan0:41:12
74Alexander Arekeev (Rus) Russia0:41:59
75Peng Liu (Chn) China0:42:57
76Jelle Posthuma (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo Piels0:43:06
77Mehdi Sohrabi (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Cycling Team0:43:38
78Andrej Omulec (Slo) Slovenia0:44:23
79Sean Mazich (USA) Jelly Belly Presented By Kenda0:44:41
80Valeriy Kobzarenko (Ukr) Team Type 10:44:43
81Joseph Cooper (NZl) Subway - Avanti0:44:46
82Massimo Demarin (Cro) Loborika0:45:01
83Dmytriy Krivtsov (Ukr) ISD - Neri0:45:20
84Boris Shpilevskiy (Rus) Russia0:45:47
85Wu Chen (Chn) Qinghai Tianyoude Cycling Team0:46:07
86Sergiy Grechyn (Ukr) Amore & Vita - Conad0:46:22
87Prajak Mahawong (Tha) Giant Asia Racing Team0:47:20
88Andriy Vasylyuk (Ukr) Ukraine0:48:25
89Valentin Iglinskiy (Kaz) Kazakhstan0:49:42
90Niki Ostergaard (Den) Glud & Marstrand - LRO Radgivning0:49:54
91Bernard Van Ulden (USA) Jelly Belly Presented By Kenda0:50:36
92Ho Ting Kwok (HKg) Hong Kong0:51:11
93Pier Paolo De Negri (Ita) ISD - Neri0:51:32
94Yuriy Metlushenko (Ukr) Amore & Vita - Conad0:51:38
95Shijie Yu (Chn) China0:51:53
96Nikola Kozomara (Srb) Partizan Srbija0:52:01
97Stefan Van Winden (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo Piels0:53:08
98Gang Xu (Chn) China0:54:34
99Xiaoyong Dong (Chn) Qinghai Tianyoude Cycling Team0:55:21
100Bert-Jan Lindeman (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo Piels0:55:53
101Christopher Juul-Jensen (Den) Glud & Marstrand - LRO Radgivning0:56:06
102Yue Tu (Chn) China0:57:33
103Ting Dang (Chn) Qinghai Tianyoude Cycling Team0:57:35
104Volodymyr Gomenuk (Ukr) Ukraine0:57:49
105Ian Smallman (NZl) Subway - Avanti0:58:49
106Sierk Jan De Haan (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo PielsRow 105 - Cell 2
107Jin Long (Chn) Skil - Shimano1:03:43
108Jonathan Lovelock (Aus) Marco Polo Cycling Team1:05:07
109Bradley Hall (Aus) Marco Polo Cycling Team1:05:33
110Vitaliy Kondrut (Ukr) ISD - Neri1:06:41
111Kasper Linde Jorgensen (Den) Glud & Marstrand - LRO Radgivning1:06:43
112Khalid Boulida (Ned) Marco Polo Cycling Team1:08:16
113Jacob Nielsen (Den) Glud & Marstrand - LRO Radgivning1:08:46
114Oleksandr Prevar (Ukr) Ukraine1:08:47
115Anatoliy Sosnitskyy (Ukr) Ukraine1:09:28
116Samuel Horgan (NZl) Subway - Avanti1:09:41
117King Wai Cheung (HKg) Hong Kong1:13:38
118Bo Liu (Chn) China1:16:50
119Martijn Verschoor (Ned) Team Type 11:18:52
120James Williamson (NZl) Subway - Avanti1:34:12

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