Race report

Martijn Tusveld 9th on punchy finish climb and moves into GC top 10 in Guangxi

Gree-Tour of Guangxi

Today saw the queen stage of the Tour of Guangxi with an uphill finish to Nongla. It was the same finish climb that proved decisive in the 2018 edition of the race. However, this year the organisers extended the climb by another kilometre, ensuring for an even tougher finale.

In another case of déjà-vu, the stage started in familiar fashion with a breakaway of three riders establishing itself at the head of the race on the flat roads. The break worked well together and extended their gap before splitting up in the final 50 kilometres of action. With the time gap at over five minutes, it resulted in a fast finale with the peloton catching the remnants of the breakaway with 15 kilometres remaining.

On the flat run in to the climb there was a big fight within the peloton for position and the team rode well as a unit to move protected rider Martijn Tusveld up the bunch. Coming onto the climb the team led through the first corner, delivering Tusveld in a great position. Attacks flew from the bottom of the ascent but proceedings settled down and a strong pace was set as the bunch crossed what was last year’s finish line, with Tusveld still present in the reduced group. As the gradient increased in the final kilometre, the attacks started once again and Tusveld rode at his own rhythm, ending the day with a strong ninth place on the stage. It is a result that sees him move up to tenth on GC with two stages remaining.

“Today was the main deciding day for the GC with a hard uphill finish,” explained Tusveld after the stage. “I was protected by the team the whole day and they delivered me in a perfect position going onto the final climb. From there on it was a full gas effort and I am happy to have finished in ninth place; that was the best I could do today. Also I am really happy that the team gave me a chance to go for a good result and it was great to get the confidence from the whole team today.”

Team Sunweb coach Matt Winston added: “The team goal today was to bring Martijn into a good position for the climb. The guys did a good job at that and delivered him in a great position. It was all down to power and strength from that moment on and I think Martijn battled really well; managing to finish ninth on the stage. It’s nice to see him also to move up into the top ten on GC after today. Overall it was a good stage for the team.”

Results

Pos. Rider Team Time Points
1 MAS Enric Deceuninck - Quick Step 3:52:53 40
2 MARTÍNEZ Daniel Felipe EF Education First 0:01 15
3 ROSA Diego Team INEOS 0:08 6
9 TUSVELD Martijn Team Sunweb 0:28 -
40 STORK Florian Team Sunweb 2:19 -
59 FRÖHLINGER Johannes Team Sunweb 4:36 -
60 ARNDT Nikias Team Sunweb 5:21 -
62 KRAGH ANDERSEN Asbjørn Team Sunweb 5:38 -
81 KÄMNA Lennard Team Sunweb 6:32 -
89 KANTER Max Team Sunweb 7:42 -