Australia’s Kaden Groves of the Mitchelton-BikeExchange development team won the fifth and final stage of the Tour of Fuzhou in China as Ilya Davidenok of Beijing XDS-Innova secured overall success, 12 seconds ahead of Ben Dyball of St George, with Lyu Xianjing from the Hengxiang Cycling Team, who win stage 1, taking third overall at 21 seconds.
Groves beat China’s Zhang Zheng and Jasper Frahm of the German national squad in the expected sprint finish.
“I am very, very happy”, Davidenok said. “This is my second win of my career. My squad devoted their maximum today to save my jersey. For my team, winning the Tour of Fuzhou is the maximum.”
Davidenok and the Beijing XDS-Innova crew had to fight for succes on the final stage. Nine mortals smashed clear during the second of the six laps of 21.6 km: Henning Bommel( German national squad ), Vasili Byaliauski( Minsk ), Tilen Finkst and Tim Guy( Ljublana-Gusto ), Petr Fiala( Sparta Praha ), Debesay( Eritrea ), Kim Okcheol( Seoul ), Shi Hang( Giant) and Jiang Zhi Hui( Mitchelton-BikeExchange ).
Debesay, who was fourth on GC, with a shortfall of 52 seconds hadn’t given up on his ambitions to dethrone Davidenok but for the second day in a row, the Mongolian national crew be included with Beijing XDS-Innova at the head of the peloton and the peloton came back along with 10 km to turn. Touted for the win on the slightly downhill finish, Groves applied his strength to strike again, one year after his first win on stage 3 of the Tour of Fuzhou with St George.
“I was quite frustrated with second on stage 2”, said here 19 year old from Queensland.
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