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Metlushenko wins two stages in a row at Tour of Taihu Lake

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Ukraine's Yuriy Metlushenko wins stage 2

Ukraine's Yuriy Metlushenko wins stage 2
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Metlushenko celebrates.

Metlushenko celebrates.
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The peloton cornering.

The peloton cornering.
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Rider's scattered as they cross the line.

Rider's scattered as they cross the line.
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Jake Kauffmann pushes the pace for Budget Forklifts.

Jake Kauffmann pushes the pace for Budget Forklifts.
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The peloton in the final circuits.

The peloton in the final circuits.
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Rider's from the Budget Forklifts team in the peloton.

Rider's from the Budget Forklifts team in the peloton.
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Rider's crossing the line.

Rider's crossing the line.
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Jesse Kerrison (Budget Forklifts) in the best young rider's jersey.

Jesse Kerrison (Budget Forklifts) in the best young rider's jersey.
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The peloton cornering.

The peloton cornering.
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Jake Kauffmann is tailed by Francisco Mancebo.

Jake Kauffmann is tailed by Francisco Mancebo.
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Racing is fast and furious around Taihu lake.

Racing is fast and furious around Taihu lake.
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The early break.

The early break.
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Riders roll out on stage 2.

Riders roll out on stage 2.
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Riders at the start line.

Riders at the start line.
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The Torku team at the stage opening.

The Torku team at the stage opening.
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Zhi Hui Jiang (Max Success Sports) on the podium

Zhi Hui Jiang (Max Success Sports) on the podium
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Jesse Kerrison (Team Budget Forklifts) on the podium

Jesse Kerrison (Team Budget Forklifts) on the podium
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Top three podium

Top three podium
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Yuriy Metlushenko (Torku Sekerspor) on the podium

Yuriy Metlushenko (Torku Sekerspor) on the podium
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Ukraine's Yuriy Metlushenko of Torku Seker Spor made it two in a row as he won stage 2, which consisted in eight laps around the dead flat Shuangshanandao Island on the Yangtze river. In a tight sprint finish, he beat Czech track specialist Alois Kankovsky, who is no stranger to Chinese races as he recently won the Tour of China II, and Frenchman Yannick Martinez of La Pomme Marseille.

"I thought I'd lost the jersey and the race when eight riders were still away at bell lap," Metlushenko told Cyclingnews. "It's unbelievable that the bunch came back together but other teams closed the gap: Burgos-BH, Blue water and the Portuguese [Banco Bic-Carmim]. I was left with only two teammates, Ahmet Örken and Sergey Grechyn, who led me out and yelled at the last kilometer mark.

"You can't fail!' I can't ask too much to my other teammates who are suffering the jet lag. At the start, we planned to let a breakaway of three or four riders go and collect the time bonus. We wanted a quiet day but it didn't happen like that," he said.

Christophe Prémont (Crelan-Eupony), Robert Sweeting (5 Hour Energy), Frantisek Sisr (Dukla Praha), Jacob Hauffman (Budget Forklifts), Rasmus Guldhammer (Blue water), Clément Saint-Martin (La Pomme Marseille), Vitaly Buts (Ukraine) and Ruslan Karimov (Uzbekistan) had an advantage of 1:20 with 20km to go but the wind hadn't created enough damage yet. The average speed in stage 2 was 47.277km/h.

"It was another fast running at a crazy speed, and Yuriy got it again, but I'll beat him before the end of this race," promised best young rider Jesse Kerrison of Budget Forklifts, who finished fourth after losing the slipstream of his lead-out man with 1.5km to go.

"In the echelons, it was a good day for us, we showed the peloton that we can be respected," the Queenslander said. "For me, this is a great learning experience."

Third placed Martinez was initially working for his teammate Justin Jules but realized with 300 metres to go that he'd better sprint for himself. "I want to ride for the GC here after I grabbed a time bonus yesterday in the intermediate sprint and today at the finish," said the Frenchman, who moved up to fourth overall with the same time as Kerrison.

With seven stages to go, Metlushenko might already have overcome the hardest part of the Tour of Taihu Lake. "Now I can think of the general classification," he said ahead of the 98km stage 3 from Nantong in the outskirts of Shanghai to the Su-Tong science and technology park of Qidong.

Results

Stage 2
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Yuriy Metlushenko (Ukr) Torku Sekerspor2:43:43
2Alois Kankovsky (Cze) ASC Dukla Praha
3Yannick Martinez (Fra) La Pomme Marseille
4Jesse Kerrison (Aus) Team Budget Forklifts
5Justin Jules (Fra) La Pomme Marseille
6Xiaoyong Dong (Chn) Qinghai Tianyoude Cycling Team
7Jiri Hochmann (Cze) ASC Dukla Praha
8Kevin Peeters (Bel) Crelan-Euphony
9Zhi Hui Jiang (Chn) Max Success Sports
10Alex Wohler (Aus) Team Budget Forklifts

General classification after stage 2
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Yuriy Metlushenko (Ukr) Torku Sekerspor4:20:30
2Alois Kankovsky (Cze) ASC Dukla Praha0:00:14
3Jesse Kerrison (Aus) Team Budget Forklifts0:00:17
4Yannick Martinez (Fra) La Pomme Marseille
5Jiri Hochmann (Cze) ASC Dukla Praha0:00:19
6Vitaliy Buts (Ukr) Ukraine0:00:20
7Boris Shpilevsky (Rus) RTS-Santic Racing Team0:00:21
8Christophe Premont (Bel) Crelan-Euphony0:00:22
9Justin Jules (Fra) La Pomme Marseille0:00:23
10Kevin Peeters (Bel) Crelan-Euphony

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