No sprint but competitive in the longest day in Guangxi
Guilin, Saturday 20th October – The longest stage in this Tour of Guangxi, last year we finished with a bunch sprint, and this year we have a similar scenario after 212km race. Team Bahrain Merida tried to launch the attack with Chun-Kai Feng and Mei-Yin Wang, but did not make it into the 4-man group, so we went for the final for Giovanni Visconti. It was Team Sky and Astana set the pace in front of the peloton. In the end, we have 3 riders who finished in the first group, including Hermann Pernsteiner, Manuele Boaro and Giovanni Visconti.
From Giovanni Visconti, leader of Team Bahrain Merida: “Hard day for this Tour of Guangxi because of the rain. Many kilometers. The final was a little bit dangerous. The group split into 2 parts in the final. We were in front with Boaro, Perny and me. We tried it, but it was impossible to try to sprint because many sprinters in the first group.”
Hermann Pernsteiner added: “Much more intensive today, more climbs. I feel completely different to yesterday. I have really good legs. And on the climbs, I had no problem to follow with the best guys. On the last climb when the peloton split, I was with the best 10 guys in the front, but in the flat there came more and more riders back. I was really disappointed after yesterday’s stage, but now I know that I still have my legs. Let’s try to make tomorrow a good last stage and go with a good feeling to the off-season and the preparation for next year.”
Rik Verbrugghe concluded: “Today we tried to put somebody in the breakaway, but actually it was strong guys went in the break and we were not able to go with them. In the final, we knew it would be tricky with some climbs and dangerous downhills. Due to the reason the road was wet with the rain, we knew that there was possibility that the group will split. We had 3 riders in the front. I asked Visconti to try to do the sprint, but he was not good enough to do it, and he is also not a real sprinter. But we were there, we were present, but not good enough to make a good result.”
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