Team Specialized Concept Store’s Fabian Schnaidt bagged his third win of 2012 in yesterday’s opening stage, a 96.8km criterium in the Qinghai capital city of Xining. In doing so, the 2011 German U23 road cycling champion also claimed his first victory on Asian soil.
Aah, the benefits of 2.HC status! Local media was all over the first stage of Tour of Qinghai Lake, and we have QQride.com to thank for a video highlights (6:15 in length) package. Rather than bang on about what happened in the stage, click on the below screenshot to see some great footage.
More of Mike’s images can be found at the Official Tour of Qinghai Lake photo gallery.
Fabian Schnaidt, (Team Specialized Concept Stores), 1st in stage 1, leader on GC
“I must thank to Alex (team mate Olexsandr Surutkovych) who does everytime a good job for me. We will see (what the next stage brings). There’s a little climb in the final and I think the good climbers will do a hard pace. For me, a sprinter, maybe it could get hard but I will try everything to stay in the jersey tomorrow. It’s really hard, I never thought I could go so fast in the high (altitude)…I was never at this height before. It’s a new experience.”
CLASSIFICATION LEADERS AFTER STAGE ONE
Leaders (Yellow) Jersey (黄衫): Fabian Schnaidt (Team Specialized Concept Store)
Points (Green) Jersey (绿衫): Luka Mezgec (SAVA)
Best Asian Rider (Blue) Jersey (蓝衫): Wu Shengjun (Qinghai Tianyoude Cycling Team)
GENERAL CLASSIFICATION AFTER STAGE 1