Race report

Max Kanter finishes 11th in fast finale after second day of racing in Guangxi

Gree-Tour of Guangxi

The second day of racing at the Tour of Guangxi saw the peloton take on a predominantly flat parcours, with 152 kilometres from Beihai to Quinzhou on the menu. A break of three riders managed to establish itself at the head of the race early into the stage but the peloton didn’t allow their gap to grow too large, keeping it at under three minutes for throughout the race.

Coming towards the last 15 kilometres of the day, the break still held an advantage of over one minutes and 30 seconds, which resulted in a fast finale. The bunch ultimately caught the remnants of the breakaway within the closing kilometres and the team worked well to move young German sprinter Max Kanter towards the front of the peloton for the finish. Under the flamme rouge Nikias Arndt kept the pace high, delivering Kanter into a great position for the sprint. Opening up his kick to the line, Kanter produced a good turn of speed but faded a little just before the finish, crossing the line in a respectable 11th place.

“Like yesterday, today was another pretty flat stage with a really fast sprint,” explained Kanter. “The team did a great job again at positioning me during the stage. In the finale I had a good position for the sprint but unfortunately I just didn’t have enough to finish it off. We have a good group here and we are looking forward to the next days of racing.”

Team Sunweb coach Matt Winston added: “The guys came into position well at the finish, with everyone contributing to positioning and bringing the lead out train to the front. It was a good final lead out by Nikias and Max started the sprint in a nice forward position. He just lacked the punch on the run to the line, finishing just outside the top ten. We’re pleased with the progress though and how the team came together in the finale.”

Results

Pos. Rider Team Time Points
1 MCLAY Daniel EF Education First 3:45:04 40
2 ACKERMANN Pascal BORA - hansgrohe ,, 15
3 TRENTIN Matteo Mitchelton-Scott ,, 6
11 KANTER Max Team Sunweb ,, -
40 TUSVELD Martijn Team Sunweb ,, -
43 FRÖHLINGER Johannes Team Sunweb ,, -
59 ARNDT Nikias Team Sunweb ,, -
101 KÄMNA Lennard Team Sunweb ,, -
106 STORK Florian Team Sunweb ,, -
111 KRAGH ANDERSEN Asbjørn Team Sunweb 0:21 -