2013 Tour of Qinghai Lake stage 11: Yinchuan

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.

IMAGES: Mokhriz Aziz (UCI AsiaTour photographer) + Tour of Qinghai Lake 2013

Though suffering a rare defeat at the hands of Kiwi Rico Rogers (Synergy Baku Cycling Project) in the only intermediate sprint he contested, Modolo was also able to further extend his lead over Lampre-Merida s Maximiliano Richeze in the points classification.

A tailwind-assisted peloton, led by La Pomme Marseille and Continental Team Astana with both teams trying to contain the field for their sprinters Luis Mas Bonet (LPM) and Marco Benfatto (AS2) covered 47 kilometres in the first hour of racing, with Francesco Chicchi (Vini Fantini Selle Italia) leading Joshua Prete (Australia National Team) and Feng Chun Kai (Champion System Pro Cycling) through the first intermediate sprint at 33.09km.

The jump for the intermediate sprint provided the perfect platform for a break, with Jure Bitenc (Sava) joining to form a small group of four leaders. The quartet yielded a maximum 33 advantage before the peloton, travelling at 60kph, swarmed around them ten kilometers out from the second intermediate (at 71.94km) which Rogers won.

The parcours, having been very much uniform in its profile, turned undulating almost immediately following Roger s small victory and, with a whopping tailwind behind it, the field made quick work of the run-in to Helanshan Stadium. United Healthcare Pro Cycling and Lampre-Merida with one and none stage wins in this race, respectively assumed position at the front of the bunch as it sped over the multi-laned city roads comprising the final kilometers. The US ProContinental team led through the last sweeping right-hander with 700 metres to go, but Bardiani Valvole CSF Inox s leadout men quickly moved alongside, with their Lampre-Merida counterparts latched on. Modolo, taking a direct line down the centre of a generous straightaway, gave every opportunity to be passed on either side, but he never was.

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Stage 12, a 120km circuit race in Zhongwei (Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region), starts 10:00 local time (02:00 GMT), Friday, 19 July 2013. All stage maps and profiles, together with a full race backgrounder can be found on the Cycling iQ 2013 Tour of Qinghai Lake race preview page.


Individual General Classification (Yellow jersey): Mirsamad Pourseyedi Golakhor (Tabriz Petrochemical Team) Points Classification (Green jersey): Sacha Modolo (Bardiani Valvole CSF Inox) Best Asian Rider Classification (Blue jersey): Mirsamad Pourseyedi Golakhor (Tabriz Petrochemical Team) King of the Mountains Classification (Polka Dot jersey): Mirsamad Pourseyedi Golakhor (Tabriz Petrochemical Team)

Teams General Classification: Tabriz Petrochemical Team




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