Team Sunweb’s Max Walscheid continued his strong form into the Tour of Guangxi’s third stage today, as he took 2nd place in another close finish.
The third stage of the Tour of Guangxi saw another circuit race around the city of Nanning. Riders contested a 125.4 kilometre route, made up of four times around a 31.4 kilometre route.
After various groups tried their luck, it was an eventual group of three that managed to snap the elastic to form the day’s breakaway. After the group extended their lead out to two minutes, Team Sunweb posted Lennard Hofstede to the front of the peloton to assist with the chase. The trio up the road were brought back within the peloton’s reach and their lead continued to hover around the one minute mark until an injection of pace in the bunch saw their reign come to an end with 50 kilometres to go.
As the catch was made numerous groups tried their luck once again, with two riders able to take a 50 second lead. Lennard once again headed back up to the front of the pack to assist with the race, seeing the two riders brought back with 5 kilometres to go. As sprint trains began to form Team Sunweb were there with Max Walscheid, positioning him for the finish. In another intense finale, Max sprinted to 2nd place.
After the race Max commented: “The team effort today was really nice, we had Lennard pulling all day at the front and up into the final we had everything correct. We were all in one perfect formation and each guy did everything as we had discussed in the team meeting. In the end I wasn’t confident enough to kick 50 metres earlier and even though I was picking up speed towards the line I was too late.”
Team Sunweb coach Arthur van Dongen added: “The team work today was perfect and the lead out was really strong. In the end Max opened out his sprint just a little too late and couldn’t pass. The team can be proud of how they rode today.”