After fighting his way through a hectic finale, Team Sunweb’s Max Walscheid sprinted to 2nd place at stage two of the Tour of Guangxi today.
Another day for the sprinters, stage two of the Tour of Guangxi saw riders contest a 156 kilometre stage between Qinzhou and Nanning. The attacks came in thick and fast from the gun, with various groups trying their luck including Team Sunweb’s Wilco Kelderman, who picked up three bonus seconds in the general classification before being reeled back in by the bunch. It was a three rider group that eventually managed to snap the elastic with the trio staying away until four kilometres from the finish, where the race came back together for a bunch sprint. Taking on board points from yesterday’s sprint finish, Team Sunweb’s lead-out train geared up to position German sprinter Max Walscheid for the finish. Prime positioning saw Max contest against the best to take a strong 2nd place.
After the stage Max commented: “Today was a really fast final. We were together with three kilometres to go and I still had Michael and Mike in front of me as we got closer to the finish. With two to go it got pretty messy and I became boxed in and wasn’t able to follow them but I stayed calm and managed to find a gap on the left side. I followed the right wheel and came really close coming side by side, when he accelerated I had nothing left and could only hold off for 2nd. Our communication was much better today and I am really pleased with the result after giving it everything. Tomorrow we will try again for a result.”
Team Sunweb coach Arthur van Dongen said: “The stage started really well with Wilco picking up three bonus seconds after being in an early break. His group was brought back and another break went clear taking a four minute advantage. Things came back together with four kilometres to go and the team were able to lead Max into the finale. 2nd is a strong result and we look forward to implementing more improvement points into tomorrow’s stage.”