Eligible to race again following a two-year suspension for EPO use, Iran’s Mirsamad Pourseyedi Golakhor returned to the peloton in time to participate in arguably the hardest event on the UCI AsiaTour. His star-studded Tabriz Petrochemical Team took control of the 2’002km race from the third stage, which he won, opening a lead which would … Continue reading
When Sacha Modolo today won his sixth stage in this year’s Tour of Qinghai Lake, he joined an exclusive club of riders who have achieved the same feat in a single race. With a final stage remaining, he could become the first rider to ever win seven stages in one edition of an AsiaTour stage … Continue reading
In winning today’s 123 kilometre stage, Sacha Modolo joined Australian Allan Davis (2007) and Slovenian Luka Mezgec (2012) with five stage wins in a single edition of Tour of Qinghai Lake. Bardiani Valvole – CSF Inox’s unstoppable sprinter also took his home country’s total stage wins to 19, since the race was inaugurated in 2002.
With appearances in Tour of Qinghai Lake, Tour of Hainan and Tour of Taihu ticked off in the second-half of his 2012 season, Benjamin Giraud was in China a lot last year; the 27-year old Frenchman graced the podium seven times, but always with another rider standing taller beside him. Today, he finally made the … Continue reading
The worrying thing for Sacha Modolo’s rivals in this year’s Tour of Qinghai Lake is not the fact he won his fourth stage today, it’s the fact there are still four remaining. Does anyone else have a chance?
Points classification leader Sacha Modolo elevated the coveted green jersey further from the reach of his rivals, completing a hat-trick of victories in this year’s race so far and continuing to frustrate ProTeam squad Lampre-Merida’s search for its elusive first stage win in China.
By way of a monstrous 34.8km climb from 2’739m to 4’117m, Continental Team Astana’s Yevgeniy Nepomnyachshiy realized his first stage win in a UCI professional event and catapulted up into 2nd on GC behind Mirsamad Pourseyedi Golakhour, in the biggest shakeup of the general classification all week.
Under normal circumstances, individuals engaged in sporting activities above 4’000 metres are usually tethered to a safety apparatus of some sort. At 4’120 metres though – about the altitude a flight attendant offers passengers a hot towel – the only thing Tour of Qinghai Lake riders were clutching onto were a pair of handlebars; aluminium … Continue reading
Ignorance is bliss, or so the saying goes. As four early attackers in today’s 203km fifth stage pushed ahead of the peloton in 55kph headwinds, little did they know that, behind them, an innocent natural break had descended into farce for the rest of the field. The by-product? An unlikely winner in the form of … Continue reading
If victory in Xining last Sunday didn’t sufficiently inform his rivals, Sacha Modolo again demonstrated he is the man to beat should a bunch sprint materialise. Having earlier clinched the first intermediate sprint of today’s Tour of Qinghai Lake fourth stage – the race’s longest – the Italian repeated on arrival into Tianjun County, bringing his … Continue reading