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
In May 2011, Mirsamad Pourseyedi Golakhor was handed a 2 year suspension after testing positive for EPO. Today in Qinghai Province, China, the Tabriz Petrochemical Team rider made a triumphant return to the peloton, following the type of gruelling breakaway Iranian riders are famous for. But, in a new era where every achievement is subjected to higher … Continue reading
Breaking free from a five-man break that refused to yield to the urgency of a closing peloton, an animated David De La Fuente (Torku Sekerspor) secured his first Tour of Qinghai Lake stage win and added to a palmarès that has been sans victory since 2009. The 32-year old Spaniard had also done enough to … Continue reading
If rain dampened spirits within the peloton, it didn’t show on the faces of Bardiani Valvole – CSF Inox riders, as they led out Sacha Modolo to perfection in today’s inaugural stage of the 12th Tour of Qinghai Lake. Taking place at an introductory elevation of 2’100 metres – half that of the highest point … Continue reading
It was his stage for the taking and Taiji Nishitani nailed it. Nippo – De Rosa’s Fortunato Baliani clinched his second Tour of Japan title, while the race’s sole ProTeam, Lampre-Merida, will leave Tokyo almost empty-handed.
Stage wins in the OceaniaTour and AsiaTour have already been tucked away in Nathan Earle’s pocket for 2013, but the Tasmanian can now add a Tour of Japan stage to his palmarès, which gets more impressive, and international in its scope, with every year.
“Improve my time trialling”. Blended inconspicuously into the profile page of Huon Genesys’ Ben Dyball, this simple statement, summarising Dyball’s overarching 2013 objective, today manifested in the 24 year old’s biggest win in his relatively short cycling career. A record fell, and the unexpected way in which the stage unfolded seemed to shock everyone, including … Continue reading