The minute gaps between classification leaders and competitors aspiring to succeed them can only ever endure in a flat stage race like Tour of Taihu Lake. However, unlike GC contenders, points jersey hopefuls don t have the luxury of finishing in the bunch to preserve their overall placings. La Pomme Marseille s Benjamin Giraud made the right moves today to move on up.
Images: Mike Murano
Before Giraud s runner-up finish in the bunch sprint, which ultimately netted him sufficient additional points to take the lead in the points classification, La Pomme Marseille had instead been banking on the success of a small breakaway, containing its best-placed rider Mathieu Delarozi re. Having split from the field halfway through the 114 kilometer stage, the eight-man group came within 500 meters of the finishing banner before the chasing peloton overwhelmed it.
Enroute to his green jersey podium presentation, Giraud made his best move in winning the first intermediate sprint, with Sebastian K rber placing second. Race leader Milan Kadlec (ASC Dukla Praha s) also picked up a bonus 1? for his third-placed effort, to move a clear 10? ahead of nearest GC contender Floris Goesinnen of Drapac Cycling. Choi Ki Ho (Hong Kong Cycling Team) also has the possibility to leave Taihu Lake after tomorrow s final stage with both the Young Rider and Best China Rider jerseys.
In the absence of a longer stage report, please visit the following team websites for inside race reports:
Team Type 1 Sanofi (English)
ASC Dukla Praha (Czech)
Champion System Pro Cycling Team (English)
ARB Gebr der WEISS-OBERNDORFER (Deutsch)
Nutrixxion Abus (Deutsch)
La Pomme Marseille (French)
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CLASSIFICATION LEADERS AFTER STAGE 7 Leaders (Orange) Jersey (?????? / ??): Milan Kadlec (ASC Dukla Praha) Points (Green) Jersey (???? / ??): Benjamin Giraud (La Pomme Marseille) Best Chinese Rider Jersey (????? / ??): Choi Ki Ho (Hong Kong National Team)
Best Young Rider (Blue) Jersey (???? / ??): Choi Ki Ho (Hong Kong National Team
STAGE 7 RESULTS
GENERAL CLASSIFICATION AFTER STAGE 7