Short Hilly Stage 4 at Tour of China
11 September 2018
Race: 2018 Tour of China I, Stage 4
Location: Chongqing Liangping / Chongqing Liangping, China
Distance: 69.9 kilometers
CHONGQING LIANGPING, CHINA – Tuesday’s stage 4 at the Tour of China gave riders a short, sharp shock in the rolling countryside of the Chongqing municipality. Team Novo Nordisk riders took to the 70-km stage early in the morning and then packed up for a 500km transfer to continue the race on Wednesday.
With a stage duration of less than two hours, the peloton was active and aggressive all day in China. The world’s first all-diabetes professional cycling team put riders at the front of the group to patrol for breakaways, and held on for a series of short climbs at first before topping out with a 4km climb mid-stage.
Weather remained dry on Tuesday, a contrast to Monday’s three hours and forty five minutes of warm rain and wet roads.
On Wednesday the Tour of China I moves to nearby Chongqing for another hilly day in a unique and short 84km stage along a mountain ridge line.
“Today the stage was short and really fast with some hills. The hills were short and steep and we climbed for 4 kilometers. I’m feeling good after the 4th stage and I hope I can sprint again in stage 5 to do a good result.”
1st: Jacopo Mosca (Wilier Triestina – Selle Italia): 1:41:41
2nd: Sam Crome (Bennelong SwissWellness Cycling Team): ”
3rd: Damiano Cima (Nippo – Vini Fantini – Europa Ovini): ”
84th: Emanuel Mini: 6:14 behind Mosca
(Photos: ©Anne Wu)