As the third stage of the Tour of Guangxi concluded with another bunch sprint in Nanning, Team Sunweb’s Max Walscheid secured himself another top 3 placing after another rainy run into the finish.
Four riders went on the attack in the opening kilometres of the stage, only able to open up a two minute advantage after a 20 kilometre fight with the chasing peloton. With another day for the fast men on the cards, sprinter’s teams once again took control at the front of the bunch, keeping their advantage in check between one and two minutes throughout the stage.
As the peloton entered the bell lap they upped their pace and the advantage to the four riders quickly dropped down to just 30 seconds. With sprint ambitions in mind for Max Walscheid, Team Sunweb sent men to the front of the pack to help with the chase and the catch was eventually made with four kilometres to go. Team Sunweb brought Max into position for the sprint, with him finishing the day in 3rd place.
Max said: “The guys did a good job today and brought me into a good position. I came to the sprint with good legs but I tried to overtake on the wrong side and got boxed in on the barriers, so third was all that was possible today.”
Team Sunweb coach Aike Visbeek said: “Today our plan was to go full gas for Max, which worked out pretty well. I think this was our best sprint prep so far this week. Max was a bit blocked in during the final 200 metres, otherwise we think that more would have been possible. Once again he shows a good and consistent level and we continue to aim for more this week.”