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Golovash wins opening 5.9km time trial

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 Oleksandr Golovash won the 5.9km prologue time trial

Oleksandr Golovash won the 5.9km prologue time trial
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 Oleksandr Golovash in the leader's jersey

Oleksandr Golovash in the leader's jersey
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The four jerseys get the flowers

The four jerseys get the flowers
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The jersey wearers celebrate on the podium

The jersey wearers celebrate on the podium
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Oleksandr Golovash won the 5.9km prologue time trial stage of the Tour of Taihu Lake. The Ukrainian specialist was four seconds faster than Iran’s Karim Khorrami, while Australia’s Cameron Bayly had to settle for third place, also four seconds down.

“This is one of the biggest wins of my career, if not the biggest so far”, Golovash told Cyclingnews before climbing on stage for the impressive awards ceremony.

“I never performed at this category of racing (UCI 2.1) before. But I’m a time trial specialist; I was third in the under 23 European championship in 2012 and second in 2013. I’ve been under 23 Ukrainian national champion four times. I had good preparation for the Tour of Taihu Lake by riding the Abu Dhabi Tour along with the likes of Alberto Contador, Vincenzo Nibali and Mark Cavendish and the Tour of Sharjah where we won three stages as a team with the Minsk Cycling Club.”

The time gaps on stage one will set shape the coming stages of the Tour of Taihu Lake but the 25 year old from Kiev has no plan for the overall classification, being unsure how the weeklong race will unfold.

Last year Italian sprinter Jakub Mareczko (Wilier-Southeast) lost twenty seconds in the prologue but picked time bonus of ten seconds each day to secure overall victory. However the Tour of Taihu Lake may be a different race this year, with a 10km uphill finish on stage 3 in Anji.

“Because of this hilly stage, I hope to do better than usual on GC”, said best placed Chinese rider Zhao Joingbiao of Wisdom-Hengxiang who clocked the twelfth best time.

“I did my best but I’m a bit upset. I wanted to be the best young rider as well but Ukraine’s Timur Maleev rode one tenth of a second faster. I want to follow the path of my teammate Wang Meiyin who will join the WorldTour with Bahrain-Merida next year. If I get a chance, I’ll go as well. He’s a good example to follow.”

“I was a little bit surprised by my result”, commented Bayly who races for Taiwanese-based Attaque Gusto team.

“I thought I didn’t do very good so I’m happy I got third. I’m grateful this time trial was on road bikes because I never ride time trial bikes. There was no corner, nothing to brake for. I’m hoping for a good result overall since there’s a climb on the course this year. I’ll give it a crack.”

Stage one will be the traditional Wuxi Binhu Circuit on the banks of the Lake Taihu, east of Shanghai.

 

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Oleksandr Golovash (Ukr) Minsk Cycling Club0:07:12
2Karim Khorrami (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical CCN Team0:00:04
3Cameron Bayly (Aus) Attaque Team Gusto
4Riccardo Stacchiotti (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini0:00:05
5Yonder Godoy (Ven) Wilier Triestina-Southeast0:00:06
6Ilya* Davidenok (Kaz) RTS - Santic Racing Team0:00:07
7Peeter Pruus (Est) Rietumu-Delfin0:00:08
8Giuseppe Fonzi (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Southeast0:00:09
9Patrik Tybor (Svk) Dukla Banska Bystrica
10Christopher Williams (Aus) Team Novo Nordisk
11Timur Maleev (Ukr) ISD - Jorbi Continental Team0:00:10
12Zhao Jingbiao (Chn) Hengxiang Cycling Team
13Ben Hill (Aus) Attaque Team Gusto0:00:11
14Tino Thömel (Ger) RTS - Santic Racing Team
15Meiyin Wang (Chn) Hengxiang Cycling Team0:00:12
16Nicolas Marini (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini0:00:13
17Maris Bogdanovics (Lat) Rietumu-Delfin
18Thomas Vaubourzeix (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM
19Deins Kanepejs (Lat) Rietumu-Delfin
20Peter Schulting (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team
21Murilo Affonso (Bra) Funvic Soul Cycles - Carrefour0:00:14
22Mirko Tedeschi (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Southeast
23Vitalii Popkov (Rus) Team Lvshan Landscape0:00:15
24Enkhtaivan Bolor-Erdene (Mgl) NNing Xia SPorts Lottery Livall Cycling Team
25Leonardo Fabio Duque (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM0:00:16
26Siarhei Papok (Blr) Minsk Cycling Club0:00:18
27Andris Vosekalns (Lat) Rietumu-Delfin
28Zhang Zheng (Chn) Hengxiang Cycling Team0:00:19
29Altanzul Altansukh (Mgl) NNing Xia SPorts Lottery Livall Cycling Team
30Rafael Andriato (Bra) Wilier Triestina-Southeast
31Jakub Mareczko (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Southeast0:00:20
32Lucas De Rossi (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM
33Jan Kraus (Cze) Team Dukla Praha
34Armands Becis (Lat) Rietumu-Delfin0:00:21
35Eduard Michael Grosu (Rom) Nippo - Vini Fantini
36Volodymyr Gomenyuk (Ukr) Team Lvshan Landscape
37Benjamin Harvey (Aus) St George Merida Cycling Team
38Darcy Ellerm-Norton (NZl) St George Merida Cycling Team
39Roberto Pinheiro Da Silva (Bra) Funvic Soul Cycles - Carrefour
40Patrick Sharpe (Aus) St George Merida Cycling Team0:00:23
41Maksym Vasilyev (Ukr) Team Lvshan Landscape
42Yehor Dementyev (Ukr) ISD - Jorbi Continental Team
43Martijn Verschoor (Ned) Team Novo Nordisk
44Ondrej Vendolsy (Cze) Team Dukla Praha
45Muradjan Halmuratov (Uzb) Beijing XDS-Innova Cycling Team0:00:24
46Guy Kalma (Aus) Attaque Team Gusto
47Mauricio Ortega Ramirez (Col) RTS - Santic Racing Team0:00:25
48Mehdi Rajabi (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical CCN Team
49Brodie Talbot (Aus) St George Merida Cycling Team0:00:27
50Gabriel Machado Da Silva (Bra) Funvic Soul Cycles - Carrefour0:00:28
51Alex Diniz Correia (Bra) Funvic Soul Cycles - Carrefour
52Kanstantsin Klimiankou (Blr) Minsk Cycling Club
53Anton Ivashkin (Blr) Minsk Cycling Club0:00:29
54Michal Kohout (Cze) Team Dukla Praha
55Behnam Ariyan (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical CCN Team
56Jan Andrej Cully (Svk) Dukla Banska Bystrica
57Artem Tesler (Ukr) Team Lvshan Landscape
58Sven Van Luijk (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team0:00:30
59Abolfazl Nazari Daghalian (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical CCN Team
60Oleksii Kasianov (Ukr) Jilun - Shakeland Cycling Team
61Stanislau Bazhkou (Blr) Minsk Cycling Club
62Rene Corella (Mex) Start Vaxes - Partizan Cycling Team
63Thomas Rabou (Ned) Hengxiang Cycling Team
64Sergiy Grechyn (Ukr) Jilun - Shakeland Cycling Team0:00:31
65Emils Liepins (Lat) Rietumu-Delfin
66Konrad Tomasiak (Pol) Start Vaxes - Partizan Cycling Team0:00:32
67Matteo Draperi (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Southeast
68Ma Guangtong (Chn) Hengxiang Cycling Team
69Marco Zanotti (Ita) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team
70Francisco Chamorro (Arg) Funvic Soul Cycles - Carrefour
71Yauhen Sobal (Blr) Minsk Cycling Club
72Vladyslav Kreminskyi (Ukr) ISD - Jorbi Continental Team0:00:33
73Wen Chung Huang (Tpe) Attaque Team Gusto
74Milan Veltman (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team
75Matyáš Strupek (Cze) Team Dukla Praha0:00:34
76Ying Hon Yeung (HKg) Hengxiang Cycling Team0:00:35
77Victor Nino Corredor (Col) RTS - Santic Racing Team
78Jozef Palcak (Svk) Dukla Banska Bystrica0:00:36
79Francisco Jarley Colorado Hernandez (Col) RTS - Santic Racing Team
80Jay Dutton (Aus) St George Merida Cycling Team0:00:37
81Michal Kesl (Cze) Team Dukla Praha
82Chunlong Zhang (Chn) NNing Xia SPorts Lottery Livall Cycling Team
83Manabu Ishibashi (Jpn) Nippo - Vini Fantini
84Cristopher Mansilla Almonacid (Chi) Start Vaxes - Partizan Cycling Team0:00:38
85Carlos Alexandre Manarelli (Bra) Funvic Soul Cycles - Carrefour
86Jefferson Rueda Tobon (Col) Jilun - Shakeland Cycling Team
87Erdenesuren Munkhtulga (Mgl) NNing Xia SPorts Lottery Livall Cycling Team
88Luke Parker (Aus) Attaque Team Gusto
89Yuriy Metlushenko (Ukr) Jilun - Shakeland Cycling Team0:00:39
90Gerd De Keijzer (Ned) Team Novo Nordisk
91Ka Hoo Fung (HKg) HKSI Pro Cycling Team
92Sergey Medvedev (Uzb) Beijing XDS-Innova Cycling Team
93Martz Alder (USA) Attaque Team Gusto0:00:40
94Rik Van Ijzendoorn (Ned) Team Novo Nordisk
95Artur Tsvetkov (Ukr) Team Lvshan Landscape
96Genki Yamamoto (Jpn) Nippo - Vini Fantini0:00:41
97Burr Ho (HKg) HKSI Pro Cycling Team0:00:42
98Nicholas Woods (Aus) St George Merida Cycling Team0:00:43
99Quentin Valognes (Fra) Team Novo Nordisk
100Dilmurdjon Siddikov (Uzb) Beijing XDS-Innova Cycling Team
101Simin Adamek (Cze) Team Dukla Praha0:00:47
102Wan Yau Lau (HKg) HKSI Pro Cycling Team
103Massimo Graziato (Ita) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team
104Akramjon Sunnatov (Uzb) Beijing XDS-Innova Cycling Team
105Rinat Udod (Ukr) ISD - Jorbi Continental Team0:00:48
106Vladimir Lopez (Col) NNing Xia SPorts Lottery Livall Cycling Team
107Daniele Colli (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini0:00:50
108Ali Khademi (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical CCN Team
109Juntao Meng (Chn) Team Lvshan Landscape
110Dusan Kalaba (Srb) Start Vaxes - Partizan Cycling Team0:00:51
111Adne Van Engelen (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team
112Kristian Zimany (Svk) Dukla Banska Bystrica
113Cristobal Olavarria (Chi) Jilun - Shakeland Cycling Team0:00:52
114Hiu Fung Choy (HKg) HKSI Pro Cycling Team
115Alireza Asgharzadeh (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical CCN Team
116Sofiane Merignat (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM
117Yong Jian Wu (Chn) Jilun - Shakeland Cycling Team0:00:53
118Juraj Lajcha (Svk) Dukla Banska Bystrica0:00:56
119Roman Seliversov (Ukr) ISD - Jorbi Continental Team
120Matthias Van Aken (Bel) Start Vaxes - Partizan Cycling Team0:00:57
121Jos Koop (Ned) Start Vaxes - Partizan Cycling Team
122Tomas Harag (Svk) Dukla Banska Bystrica0:00:58
123Dostonbek Ollamov (Uzb) Beijing XDS-Innova Cycling Team0:00:59
124Abdullojon Akparov (Uzb) Beijing XDS-Innova Cycling Team0:01:00
125Ruslan Karimov (Uzb) RTS - Santic Racing Team0:01:01
126Corentin Cherhal (Fra) Team Novo Nordisk0:01:03
127Ho San Chiu (HKg) HKSI Pro Cycling Team0:01:06
128Feng Qiao (Chn) NNing Xia SPorts Lottery Livall Cycling Team0:01:12
129Valerii Taradai (Ukr) ISD - Jorbi Continental Team0:01:27
130Kwun Wa Law (HKg) HKSI Pro Cycling Team0:01:34
131Fredrik Strand Galta (Nor) Delko Marseille Provence KTM0:02:41

General classification after prologue
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Oleksandr Golovash (Ukr) Minsk Cycling Club0:07:12
2Karim Khorrami (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical CCN Team0:00:04
3Cameron Bayly (Aus) Attaque Team Gusto
4Riccardo Stacchiotti (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini0:00:05
5Yonder Godoy (Ven) Wilier Triestina-Southeast0:00:06
6Ilya* Davidenok (Kaz) RTS - Santic Racing Team0:00:07
7Peeter Pruus (Est) Rietumu-Delfin0:00:08
8Giuseppe Fonzi (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Southeast0:00:09
9Patrik Tybor (Svk) Dukla Banska Bystrica
10Christopher Williams (Aus) Team Novo Nordisk
11Timur Maleev (Ukr) ISD - Jorbi Continental Team0:00:10
12Zhao Jingbiao (Chn) Hengxiang Cycling Team
13Ben Hill (Aus) Attaque Team Gusto0:00:11
14Tino Thömel (Ger) RTS - Santic Racing Team
15Meiyin Wang (Chn) Hengxiang Cycling Team0:00:12
16Nicolas Marini (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini0:00:13
17Maris Bogdanovics (Lat) Rietumu-Delfin
18Thomas Vaubourzeix (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM
19Deins Kanepejs (Lat) Rietumu-Delfin
20Peter Schulting (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team
21Murilo Affonso (Bra) Funvic Soul Cycles - Carrefour0:00:14
22Mirko Tedeschi (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Southeast
23Vitalii Popkov (Rus) Team Lvshan Landscape0:00:15
24Enkhtaivan Bolor-Erdene (Mgl) NNing Xia SPorts Lottery Livall Cycling Team
25Leonardo Fabio Duque (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM0:00:16
26Siarhei Papok (Blr) Minsk Cycling Club0:00:18
27Andris Vosekalns (Lat) Rietumu-Delfin
28Zhang Zheng (Chn) Hengxiang Cycling Team0:00:19
29Altanzul Altansukh (Mgl) NNing Xia SPorts Lottery Livall Cycling Team
30Rafael Andriato (Bra) Wilier Triestina-Southeast
31Jakub Mareczko (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Southeast0:00:20
32Lucas De Rossi (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM
33Jan Kraus (Cze) Team Dukla Praha
34Armands Becis (Lat) Rietumu-Delfin0:00:21
35Eduard Michael Grosu (Rom) Nippo - Vini Fantini
36Volodymyr Gomenyuk (Ukr) Team Lvshan Landscape
37Benjamin Harvey (Aus) St George Merida Cycling Team
38Darcy Ellerm-Norton (NZl) St George Merida Cycling Team
39Roberto Pinheiro Da Silva (Bra) Funvic Soul Cycles - Carrefour
40Patrick Sharpe (Aus) St George Merida Cycling Team0:00:23
41Maksym Vasilyev (Ukr) Team Lvshan Landscape
42Yehor Dementyev (Ukr) ISD - Jorbi Continental Team
43Martijn Verschoor (Ned) Team Novo Nordisk
44Ondrej Vendolsy (Cze) Team Dukla Praha
45Muradjan Halmuratov (Uzb) Beijing XDS-Innova Cycling Team0:00:24
46Guy Kalma (Aus) Attaque Team Gusto
47Mauricio Ortega Ramirez (Col) RTS - Santic Racing Team0:00:25
48Mehdi Rajabi (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical CCN Team
49Brodie Talbot (Aus) St George Merida Cycling Team0:00:27
50Gabriel Machado Da Silva (Bra) Funvic Soul Cycles - Carrefour0:00:28
51Alex Diniz Correia (Bra) Funvic Soul Cycles - Carrefour
52Kanstantsin Klimiankou (Blr) Minsk Cycling Club
53Anton Ivashkin (Blr) Minsk Cycling Club0:00:29
54Michal Kohout (Cze) Team Dukla Praha
55Behnam Ariyan (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical CCN Team
56Jan Andrej Cully (Svk) Dukla Banska Bystrica
57Artem Tesler (Ukr) Team Lvshan Landscape
58Sven Van Luijk (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team0:00:30
59Abolfazl Nazari Daghalian (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical CCN Team
60Oleksii Kasianov (Ukr) Jilun - Shakeland Cycling Team
61Stanislau Bazhkou (Blr) Minsk Cycling Club
62Rene Corella (Mex) Start Vaxes - Partizan Cycling Team
63Thomas Rabou (Ned) Hengxiang Cycling Team
64Sergiy Grechyn (Ukr) Jilun - Shakeland Cycling Team0:00:31
65Emils Liepins (Lat) Rietumu-Delfin
66Konrad Tomasiak (Pol) Start Vaxes - Partizan Cycling Team0:00:32
67Matteo Draperi (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Southeast
68Ma Guangtong (Chn) Hengxiang Cycling Team
69Marco Zanotti (Ita) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team
70Francisco Chamorro (Arg) Funvic Soul Cycles - Carrefour
71Yauhen Sobal (Blr) Minsk Cycling Club
72Vladyslav Kreminskyi (Ukr) ISD - Jorbi Continental Team0:00:33
73Wen Chung Huang (Tpe) Attaque Team Gusto
74Milan Veltman (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team
75Matyáš Strupek (Cze) Team Dukla Praha0:00:34
76Ying Hon Yeung (HKg) Hengxiang Cycling Team0:00:35
77Victor Nino Corredor (Col) RTS - Santic Racing Team
78Jozef Palcak (Svk) Dukla Banska Bystrica0:00:36
79Francisco Jarley Colorado Hernandez (Col) RTS - Santic Racing Team
80Jay Dutton (Aus) St George Merida Cycling Team0:00:37
81Michal Kesl (Cze) Team Dukla Praha
82Chunlong Zhang (Chn) NNing Xia SPorts Lottery Livall Cycling Team
83Manabu Ishibashi (Jpn) Nippo - Vini Fantini
84Cristopher Mansilla Almonacid (Chi) Start Vaxes - Partizan Cycling Team0:00:38
85Carlos Alexandre Manarelli (Bra) Funvic Soul Cycles - Carrefour
86Jefferson Rueda Tobon (Col) Jilun - Shakeland Cycling Team
87Erdenesuren Munkhtulga (Mgl) NNing Xia SPorts Lottery Livall Cycling Team
88Luke Parker (Aus) Attaque Team Gusto
89Yuriy Metlushenko (Ukr) Jilun - Shakeland Cycling Team0:00:39
90Gerd De Keijzer (Ned) Team Novo Nordisk
91Ka Hoo Fung (HKg) HKSI Pro Cycling Team
92Sergey Medvedev (Uzb) Beijing XDS-Innova Cycling Team
93Martz Alder (USA) Attaque Team Gusto0:00:40
94Rik Van Ijzendoorn (Ned) Team Novo Nordisk
95Artur Tsvetkov (Ukr) Team Lvshan Landscape
96Genki Yamamoto (Jpn) Nippo - Vini Fantini0:00:41
97Burr Ho (HKg) HKSI Pro Cycling Team0:00:42
98Nicholas Woods (Aus) St George Merida Cycling Team0:00:43
99Quentin Valognes (Fra) Team Novo Nordisk
100Dilmurdjon Siddikov (Uzb) Beijing XDS-Innova Cycling Team
101Simin Adamek (Cze) Team Dukla Praha0:00:47
102Wan Yau Lau (HKg) HKSI Pro Cycling Team
103Massimo Graziato (Ita) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team
104Akramjon Sunnatov (Uzb) Beijing XDS-Innova Cycling Team
105Rinat Udod (Ukr) ISD - Jorbi Continental Team0:00:48
106Vladimir Lopez (Col) NNing Xia SPorts Lottery Livall Cycling Team
107Daniele Colli (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini0:00:50
108Ali Khademi (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical CCN Team
109Juntao Meng (Chn) Team Lvshan Landscape
110Dusan Kalaba (Srb) Start Vaxes - Partizan Cycling Team0:00:51
111Adne Van Engelen (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team
112Kristian Zimany (Svk) Dukla Banska Bystrica
113Cristobal Olavarria (Chi) Jilun - Shakeland Cycling Team0:00:52
114Hiu Fung Choy (HKg) HKSI Pro Cycling Team
115Alireza Asgharzadeh (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical CCN Team
116Sofiane Merignat (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM
117Yong Jian Wu (Chn) Jilun - Shakeland Cycling Team0:00:53
118Juraj Lajcha (Svk) Dukla Banska Bystrica0:00:56
119Roman Seliversov (Ukr) ISD - Jorbi Continental Team
120Matthias Van Aken (Bel) Start Vaxes - Partizan Cycling Team0:00:57
121Jos Koop (Ned) Start Vaxes - Partizan Cycling Team
122Tomas Harag (Svk) Dukla Banska Bystrica0:00:58
123Dostonbek Ollamov (Uzb) Beijing Beijing XDS-Innova Cycling Team-Innova Cycling Team0:00:59
124Abdullojon Akparov (Uzb) Beijing XDS-Innova Cycling Team0:01:00
125Ruslan Karimov (Uzb) RTS - Santic Racing Team0:01:01
126Corentin Cherhal (Fra) Team Novo Nordisk0:01:03
127Ho San Chiu (HKg) HKSI Pro Cycling Team0:01:06
128Feng Qiao (Chn) NNing Xia SPorts Lottery Livall Cycling Team0:01:12
129Valerii Taradai (Ukr) ISD - Jorbi Continental Team0:01:27
130Kwun Wa Law (HKg) HKSI Pro Cycling Team0:01:34
131Fredrik Strand Galta (Nor) Delko Marseille Provence KTM0:02:41

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