Race: Tour of China II, Stage 5
Start/Finish: Qingyuan/Qingyuan, China
Distance: 145 kilometers
Qingyuan, China — Team Novo Nordisk’s Stephen Clancy remains in the top 20 overall heading into Sunday’s final stage of the Tour of China II.
Stage 5 of the Tour of China II saw Clancy feature in an early 16-man breakaway on the 145-kilometer day. With the chasing peloton closing in, three escapees attacked and stayed away to collect all of the day’s intermediate sprint bonuses. With Clancy now back in the main group, the team switched to chasing down the trio of riders off the front and setting up sprinter James Glasspool for the finish. In the end, Mattia Gavazzi (Amore & Vita-Selle SMP) took his third win and remains the overall race leader. Clancy sits in 20th overall, 43 seconds behind Gavazzi.
“Our goal was to try to collect bonus seconds on the sprints, particularly for Stephen. Right from the gun, he made the right move and got into the first breakaway,” Team Novo Nordisk Sport Director Pavel Cherkasov said. “Unfortunately when the three riders went off, Stephen was unable to go with them. After that the whole team rode steadily for James and delivered him to the back of the Nippo-Vini Fantini train with 500 meters to go, but he got lost in the mix. Still there is one more day to race well for Stephen and hope for a good result.”
Results: Mattia Gavazzi (Amore & Vita-Selle SMP) sprinted to the win ahead of Nicolas Marini (Nippo-Vini Fantini) and Johim Ariesen (Netherlands National Team).
Team Novo Nordisk, the world’s first all-diabetes professional cycling team, finishes racing at the Tour of China II on Sunday with Stage 6. The 82.7-km race begins and ends in Zhu Hai. Also on Sunday, another squad races at the 144.2-km Japan Cup Road Race where the riders complete 14 laps around a 10.3-km course.