Shpilevskiy in a hurry for stage win

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

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Boris Shpilevskiy (Rus) Russian Federation3:02:01
2Matej Stare (Slo) SloveniaRow 1 - Cell 2
3Simon Clarke (Aus) ISD - NeriRow 2 - Cell 2
4Ruslan Tleubayev (Kaz) KazakhstanRow 3 - Cell 2
5Thierry Hupond (Fra) Skil - ShimanoRow 4 - Cell 2
6Volodymyr Bileka (Ukr) Amore & Vita - ConadRow 5 - Cell 2
7Maarten De Jonge (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo PielsRow 6 - Cell 2
8Volodymyr Starchyk (Ukr) Amore & Vita - ConadRow 7 - Cell 2
9Hossein Alieadeh (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Cycling TeamRow 8 - Cell 2
10Radoslav Rogina (Cro) LoborikaRow 9 - Cell 2
11Denys Kostyuk (Ukr) ISD - NeriRow 10 - Cell 2
12Mykhaylo Kononenko (Ukr) UkraineRow 11 - Cell 2
13Dong Xiaoyong (Chn) Qinghai Tianyoude Cycling TeamRow 12 - Cell 2
14Kiel Reijnen (USA) Jelly Belly p/b KendaRow 13 - Cell 2
15Thomas Rabou (Ned) Team Type 1Row 14 - Cell 2
16Davide Frattini (Ita) Team Type 1Row 15 - Cell 2
17Evgeny Reshetko (Rus) Russian FederationRow 16 - Cell 2
18Jiao Pengda (Chn) People's Republic of ChinaRow 17 - Cell 2
19Pim De Beer (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo PielsRow 18 - Cell 2
20Oleksandr Prevar (Ukr) UkraineRow 19 - Cell 2
21Alexandr Shushemoin (Kaz) KazakhstanRow 20 - Cell 2
22David McCann (Irl) Giant Asia Racing TeamRow 21 - Cell 2
23Mitja Mahoric (Slo) SloveniaRow 22 - Cell 2
24Dmytriy Krivtsov (Ukr) ISD - NeriRow 23 - Cell 2
25Tomislav Danculovic (Cro) LoborikaRow 24 - Cell 2
26William Dugan (USA) Team Type 1Row 25 - Cell 2
27Frederik Wilmann (Nor) Skil - ShimanoRow 26 - Cell 2
28Jaroslaw Dabrowski (Pol) Amore & Vita - ConadRow 27 - Cell 2
29Oleksandr Kvachuk (Ukr) ISD - NeriRow 28 - Cell 2
30Hossein Askari (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Cycling TeamRow 29 - Cell 2
31Jure Golcer (Slo) SloveniaRow 30 - Cell 2
32Vitaliy Buts (Ukr) UkraineRow 31 - Cell 2
33Vladimir Kerkez (Slo) SloveniaRow 32 - Cell 2
34Andrey Mizorov (Kaz) Tabriz Petrochemical Cycling TeamRow 33 - Cell 2
35Valeriy Kobzarenko (Ukr) Team Type 1Row 34 - Cell 2
36Joseph Cooper (NZl) Subway - AvantiRow 35 - Cell 2
37Ghader Mizbani Iranagh (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Cycling TeamRow 36 - Cell 2
38Jiang Kun (Chn) People's Republic of ChinaRow 37 - Cell 2
39Rahim Emami (IRI) Giant Asia Racing TeamRow 38 - Cell 2
40Andriy Vasylyuk (Ukr) UkraineRow 39 - Cell 2
41Rasoul Barati (IRI) Giant Asia Racing Team0:00:10
42Dmitry Puzanov (Rus) Russian Federation0:00:11
43Emanuel Kiserlovski (Cro) Loborika0:00:15
44Nazar Jumabekov (Kaz) KazakhstanRow 43 - Cell 2
45Vitaliy Kondrut (Ukr) ISD - NeriRow 44 - Cell 2
46Scott Stewart (USA) Team Type 10:00:20
47Yevgeniy Sladkov (Kaz) Kazakhstan0:00:28
48Eugen Wacker (Kgz) Giant Asia Racing Team0:00:55
49Ma Haijun (Chn) Qinghai Tianyoude Cycling TeamRow 48 - Cell 2
50Valentin Iglinskiy (Kaz) KazakhstanRow 49 - Cell 2
51Zsolt Der (Srb) Partizan SrbijaRow 50 - Cell 2
52Chun Hing Chan (HKg) Hong Kong, ChinaRow 51 - Cell 2
53Vladislav Borisov (Rus) Amore & Vita - ConadRow 52 - Cell 2
54Volodymyr Gomenuk (Ukr) UkraineRow 53 - Cell 2
55Kristjan Fajt (Slo) SloveniaRow 54 - Cell 2
56Jelle Posthuma (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo PielsRow 55 - Cell 2
57Alexander Filippov (Rus) Russian FederationRow 56 - Cell 2
58Gregor Gazvoda (Slo) Arbö Ktm - Gebrüder WeissRow 57 - Cell 2
59Bernardo Colex Tepox (Mex) Amore & Vita - ConadRow 58 - Cell 2
60Alexander Arekeev (Rus) Russian Federation0:01:07
61Jakub Kratochvila (Cze) Arbö Ktm - Gebrüder Weiss0:01:10
62Pier Paolo De Negri (Ita) ISD - Neri0:01:35
63Sergey Kuzmin (Kaz) Kazakhstan0:02:31
64Niki Ostergaard (Den) Glud & Marstrand - LRO RadgivningRow 63 - Cell 2
65Dang Ting (Chn) Qinghai Tianyoude Cycling Team0:02:34
66Chen Wu (Chn) Qinghai Tianyoude Cycling TeamRow 65 - Cell 2
67Kasper Linde Jorgensen (Den) Glud & Marstrand - LRO RadgivningRow 66 - Cell 2
68Sean Mazich (USA) Jelly Belly p/b KendaRow 67 - Cell 2
69Samuel Horgan (NZl) Subway - AvantiRow 68 - Cell 2
70Feng Han (Chn) Skil - ShimanoRow 69 - Cell 2
71Bert-Jan Lindeman (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo PielsRow 70 - Cell 2
72Stefan Van Winden (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo PielsRow 71 - Cell 2
73Wu Peilun (Chn) Qinghai Tianyoude Cycling TeamRow 72 - Cell 2
74Hossein Jahanbanian Kamnabi (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Cycling TeamRow 73 - Cell 2
75Yu Shijie (Chn) People's Republic of ChinaRow 74 - Cell 2
76Prajak Mahawong (Tha) Giant Asia Racing TeamRow 75 - Cell 2
77Cheng Ji (Chn) Skil - ShimanoRow 76 - Cell 2
78Anthony Colby (USA) Jelly Belly p/b KendaRow 77 - Cell 2
79Mehdi Sohrabi (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Cycling TeamRow 78 - Cell 2
80Nikola Kozomara (Srb) Partizan SrbijaRow 79 - Cell 2
81Wu Shengjun (Chn) Qinghai Tianyoude Cycling TeamRow 80 - Cell 2
82Eric Drower (NZl) Subway - AvantiRow 81 - Cell 2
83Hrvoje Miholjevic (Cro) LoborikaRow 82 - Cell 2
84Khalid Bounida (Ned) Marco Polo Cycling TeamRow 83 - Cell 2
85Kristijan Durasek (Cro) LoborikaRow 84 - Cell 2
86Danil Komkov (Rus) Russian FederationRow 85 - Cell 2
87Roman Zhiyentayev (Kaz) KazakhstanRow 86 - Cell 2
88Ying Hon Yeung (HKg) Hong Kong, ChinaRow 87 - Cell 2
89Christopher Juul-Jensen (Den) Glud & Marstrand - LRO RadgivningRow 88 - Cell 2
90Tu Yue (Chn) People's Republic of ChinaRow 89 - Cell 2
91Alex Coutts (GBr) Giant Asia Racing TeamRow 90 - Cell 2
92Long Jin (Chn) Skil - Shimano0:04:44
93Liu Bo (Chn) People's Republic of ChinaRow 92 - Cell 2
94Liu Peng (Chn) People's Republic of ChinaRow 93 - Cell 2
95Anatoliy Sosnitskyy (Ukr) UkraineRow 94 - Cell 2
96Esad Hasanovic (Srb) Partizan SrbijaRow 95 - Cell 2
97Xu Gang (Chn) People's Republic of China0:06:13
98Ian Smallman (NZl) Subway - Avanti0:06:25
99Massimo Demarin (Cro) LoborikaRow 98 - Cell 2
100Jacob Nielsen (Den) Glud & Marstrand - LRO RadgivningRow 99 - Cell 2
101Darko Blaževic (Cro) LoborikaRow 100 - Cell 2
102Kam Po Wong (HKg) Hong Kong, ChinaRow 101 - Cell 2
103Sierk Jan De Haan (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo PielsRow 102 - Cell 2
104Jonathan Lovelock (Aus) Marco Polo Cycling Team0:07:10
105Bernard Van Ulden (USA) Jelly Belly p/b KendaRow 104 - Cell 2
106Jure Zrimsek (Slo) SloveniaRow 105 - Cell 2
107Andrej Omulec (Slo) SloveniaRow 106 - Cell 2
108Salvatore Mancuso (Ita) ISD - Neri0:08:05
109Sergiy Grechyn (Ukr) Amore & Vita - ConadRow 108 - Cell 2
110James Williamson (NZl) Subway - AvantiRow 109 - Cell 2
111King Wai Cheung (HKg) Hong Kong, ChinaRow 110 - Cell 2
112Yuriy Metlushenko (Ukr) Amore & Vita - ConadRow 111 - Cell 2
113Martijn Verschoor (Ned) Team Type 1Row 112 - Cell 2
114Erler Tobias (Ger) Tabriz Petrochemical Cycling TeamRow 113 - Cell 2
115Ki Ho Choi (HKg) Hong Kong, ChinaRow 114 - Cell 2
116Ho Ting Kwok (HKg) Hong Kong, China0:09:07
117Alexandre Geniez (Fra) Skil - ShimanoRow 116 - Cell 2
DNSVladimir Likhachev (Rus) Russian FederationRow 117 - Cell 2
DNFBradeley Hall (Aus) Marco Polo Cycling TeamRow 118 - Cell 2


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