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 Delarozière. 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 Körber 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)
ARBÖ Gebrüder WEISS-OBERNDORFER (Deutsch)
Nutrixxion Abus (Deutsch)
CLASSIFICATION LEADERS AFTER STAGE 7
Leaders (Orange) Jersey (累计个人成绩 / 橙衫): Milan Kadlec (ASC Dukla Praha)
Points (Green) Jersey (抢分排名 / 绿衫): Benjamin Giraud (La Pomme Marseille)
Best Chinese Rider Jersey (大中华个人 / 红衫): Choi Ki Ho (Hong Kong National Team)
Best Young Rider (Blue) Jersey (青年个人 / 蓝衫): Choi Ki Ho (Hong Kong National Team
STAGE 7 RESULTS
GENERAL CLASSIFICATION AFTER STAGE 7