Race report

Strong 4th place for Nikias Arndt after hilly Guangxi finale

Gree-Tour of Guangxi

Stage three at the Tour of Guangxi saw the peloton face 143 kilometres of a testing circuit around the city of Nanning. The organisers changed the route from the 2018 edition of the race, with this year’s parcours including a tricky one and a half kilometre long climb that averaged just under six percent in gradient. Cresting with roughly five kilometres remaining, it would prove to be a stern test for the bunch and undoubtedly split the race up.

The day started in a familiar manner with a group of three escaping the bunch and building up a gap over the peloton. Things remained in a holding pattern until the penultimate lap of the race when the pace was significantly increased and the break was caught on the climb, with the team well positioned at the front as the peloton split. Proceedings once again slowed on the flat though and the dropped riders were able to return to the bunch.

Leading onto the ascent for the last time, the team worked well to position Martijn Tusveld, Nikias Arndt and Max Kanter as the gradient started to bite. An extremely fast pace saw the bunch split to pieces with Tusveld, Arndt and Kanter all riding well and making the front split. In the final kilometre Arndt moved his way through the peloton, delivering a trademark seated sprint finish, crossing the line for a strong fourth place. Behind, Tusveld finished in 11th and Kanter 16th, marking a good day for the team.

“It was a fast and short stage today, with loops around the city,” explained Arndt. “We worked really well as a team and stayed together throughout the stage. We managed to bring Martijn into a good position for the finish and he looked strong on the climb. In the sprint, Max and I missed each other in the lead out and around the last corner I saw he wasn’t in the wheel so I tried to go for the sprint myself. I think we made the best out of it and I was able to finish in fourth place after a good team display today. Now we’re looking forward to the uphill finish tomorrow.”

Team Sunweb coach Matt Winston continued: “The guys rode really well into the climb for the penultimate time where Astana went really hard and split the race. We were always in front and in control of our plan. Coming onto the last lap the guys did well to bring Nikias, Max and Martijn into the bottom of the climb in the front positions. They went and fought it out on the climb and a group of around 50 riders came together after the descent. At that moment Nikias tried to bring Max forward into the finish, but Max just missed the wheel a little so Nikias carried on in the final kilometre and ended with a good fourth place. Martijn, who we’re looking after for GC, was 11th and Max finished in 16th; so overall we’re really happy with the result there and having three guys in the top 20.”

Results

Pos. Rider Team Time Points
1 ACKERMANN Pascal BORA - hansgrohe 3:19:21 40
2 RIABUSHENKO Alexandr UAE-Team Emirates ,, 15
3 TRENTIN Matteo Mitchelton-Scott ,, 6
4 ARNDT Nikias Team Sunweb ,, -
11 TUSVELD Martijn Team Sunweb ,, -
16 KANTER Max Team Sunweb ,, -
84 FRÖHLINGER Johannes Team Sunweb 3:31 -
102 KRAGH ANDERSEN Asbjørn Team Sunweb 4:08 -
109 STORK Florian Team Sunweb 4:33 -
110 KÄMNA Lennard Team Sunweb ,, -