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Kankovsky breaks Metlushenko's hold on Tour of Taihu

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Alois Kankovsky won in a photo finish on stage 5 of Tour of Taihu

Alois Kankovsky won in a photo finish on stage 5 of Tour of Taihu
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Fierce competition for the intermediate sprint on stage 5

Fierce competition for the intermediate sprint on stage 5
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The peloton on stage 5

The peloton on stage 5
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The peloton on stage 5

The peloton on stage 5
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The peloton on stage 5

The peloton on stage 5
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Riders try everything to break up the bunch

Riders try everything to break up the bunch
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Attackers on stage 5

Attackers on stage 5
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The peloton on stage 5

The peloton on stage 5
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The Tour of Taihu heads off for stage 5

The Tour of Taihu heads off for stage 5
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An attack on stage 5 covered by Francisco Mancebo (5 Hour Energy)

An attack on stage 5 covered by Francisco Mancebo (5 Hour Energy)
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Yuriy Metlushenko in the green jersey after stage 5 of Tour of Taihu

Yuriy Metlushenko in the green jersey after stage 5 of Tour of Taihu
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Yat Wai Chan celebrates after stage 5

Yat Wai Chan celebrates after stage 5
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The podium on stage 5: Yuriy Metlushenko, Alois Kankovsky and Boris Shpilevsky

The podium on stage 5: Yuriy Metlushenko, Alois Kankovsky and Boris Shpilevsky
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Jesse Kerrison continued as best young rider

Jesse Kerrison continued as best young rider
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The jersey holders after stage 5

The jersey holders after stage 5
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Yat Wai Chan took over the red jersey of best Asian rider

Yat Wai Chan took over the red jersey of best Asian rider
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The stage 5 podium celebration

The stage 5 podium celebration
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Alois Kankovsky breaks Yuriy Metlushenko's winning streak in Tour of Taihu

Alois Kankovsky breaks Yuriy Metlushenko's winning streak in Tour of Taihu
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Alois Kankovsky, in green, won in a photo finish on stage 5 of Tour of Taihu

Alois Kankovsky, in green, won in a photo finish on stage 5 of Tour of Taihu
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Stage 5 of the Tour of Taihu Lake has seen a new winner after four consecutive victories by Yuriy Metlushenko as Alois Kankovsky of Dukla Praha was designated by the photo-finish at the end of a very tight sprint in Wuxing. The race was contested at an average speed of 48.212km/h.

"Finally I've won!," yelled the Czech track specialist. "Being beaten by Metlushenko four days in a row, I was disappointed, but he's in a really good shape. On the other hand, after I won four stages at the Tour of China, I think my form is going down. I feel a little bit tired. That's why I've had to wait till stage 5 to find the way to win. Yesterday I made the mistake to launch my sprint from too far out, 300 metres before the line, so today I did the opposite: I waited for the last 50 metres and it proved to be the right tactic."

But Metlushenko admitted that he could have avoided Kankovsky's final rush. "I've opened the door to Kankovsky on my left side," the race leader described. "I should have stayed near the barricades. The wind was blowing from the right. It's my fault if I've lost by so little. We're all on the same line."

50 metres before the line, it looked like it was in the pocket for eventual third placed Boris Shpilevskiy. "But the wind blocked me," the Russian lamented. "It was a fight against myself. It's a good day for me with the time bonus I've collected. It's a big job to stay in third place overall. I'd like to move up to second but it's difficult with the physical condition I have now."

Final general classification is in the mind of the sprinters as they have moved into the second half of the Tour of Taihu. "We've passed the equator!," smiled Metlushenko. "It's still an enormous satisfaction that I'm still in the lead at this point of the race."

The Torku Seker Spor rider has an advantage of 14 seconds with three stages to go. Runner up Kankovsky remained unclear about his ambitions. "I want to win one more stage," he said. "The difference between first and second place is not big and anything can happen on the last day, a breakaway might as well work after eight bunch sprint finishes."

Having won an intermediate sprint, best young rider Jesse Kerrison of Budget Forklifts entered the top 5 on GC. "I can't believe Alois won from so far left," commented the Australian who remains in a discovery mood during his first trip overseas. "We're happy though. Every day we're racing better and better. My legs blew up a bit in the last 50 metres but I'm still optimistic for winning a stage before the end."

Stage 6 from Changxing Longshan Xinqu to Taihu Tuying Circuit will develop 110.2km. It should be another fast one.

Brief Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Alois Kankovsky (Cze) ASC Dukla Praha2:32:57
2Yuriy Metlushenko (Ukr) Torku Sekerspor
3Boris Shpilevskiy (Rus) RTS-Santic Racing Team
4Jesse Kerrison (Aus) Team Budget Forklifts
5Kevin Peeters (Bel) Crelan-Euphony
6Jiri Hochmann (Cze) ASC Dukla Praha
7Vitaliy Buts (Ukr) Ukraine
8Juan Carlos Riutort Martinez (Spa) Burgos BH-Castilla y Leon
9Zhi Hui Jiang (Chn) Max Success Sport
10Robert Sweeting (USA) 5 Hour Energy p/b Kenda

General classification after stage 5
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Yuriy Metlushenko (Ukr) Torku Sekerspor11:52:32
2Alois Kankovsky (Cze) ASC Dukla Praha0:00:14
3Boris Shpilevskiy (Rus) RTS-Santic Racing Team0:00:33
4Jiri Hochmann (Cze) ASC Dukla Praha0:00:38
5Jesse Kerrison (Aus) Team Budget Forklifts0:00:40
6Vitaliy Buts (Ukr) Ukkraine0:00:41
7Yannick Martinez (Fra) La Pomme Marseille0:00:42
8Christophe Premont (Bel) Crelan-Euphony0:00:44
9Kevin Peeters (Bel) Crelan-Euphony
10Robert Sweeting (USA) 5 Hour Energy p/b Kenda0:00:45

 

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