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Gree-Tour of Guangxi. Stage 1. Andriy Grivko looking strong in the break, Riccardo Minali takes top 15 in the bunch sprint

At the first stage of the second Gree-Tour of Guangxi, Riccardo Minali finished eleventh in the bunch sprint, while Andriy Grivko made it in the day’s breakaway. Because of the seconds won at the intermediate sprints, Grivko is now fifth in the overall classification. Dylan Groenewegen was the fastest sprinter of the day.

- It was a good day for me, as I felt good and was able to take some seconds that could be important at the end of the week. In the end, I missed the punch to play a role in the intermediate sprints, but it was good to be up there. The legs are good and I’m looking forward to the days to come. – Andriy Grivko.

- Luis Leon Sanchez, Davide Villela, and Sergei Chernetskii put me in a good position, but it was still far to the finish line and I got boxed in before I could really launch my sprint. So I ended up behind the group that could sprint for the victory. My legs are good and I’m ready to fight for a podium and even for a victory in this race, so we will focus on the days to come as there will be more opportunities for a bunch sprint. – Riccardo Minali.

It was a short opening stage at the Gree-Tour of Guangxi, as the peloton took off from Beihai for two local laps for a total of 107 kilometers. After fifteen kilometers of racing, a group of six riders got clear from the peloton, including Andriy Grivko. But this group got caught eventually, but Grivko launched another attack with two other riders and they were able to stay away from the peloton until the day’s final. 

When everything was back together, it all came down to a sprint in the streets of Beihai. The Astana sprinter Riccardo Minali got boxed in behind the other sprinters, finishing eleventh, as Dylan Groenewegen took the victory at stage 1. 

Tomorrow will be another opportunity for the sprinters, as the peloton will be heading towards Qinzhou. Starting in Beihai, the riders will finish after an almost completely flat race of 145.2 kilometers.

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