- At first, it was not my plan to go again, but Laurens de Vreese brought me to the front of the peloton after fifteen kilometers of racing and I saw three riders taking off and then I decided to go with them. It was a very rainy day, I gave my best, but again in the intermediate sprints, it was hard to cross the line first. But after just two days I got some valuable seconds for the overall classification, a good position for the days to follow. – Andriy Grivko.
A rainy day in China, which made the race harder for the riders. A race from the coast of Beihai to the city of Qinzhou over 145.2 kilometers. During a fast start of the stage, nobody was able to create a breakaway. But when three riders took off at kilometer 15, it was Andriy Grivko who took this opportunity to join the break. After yesterday’s effort, Grivko was at the front again, this time with four other riders. They were able to create a gap of maximum two minutes before the pack started to chase.
With two third places and a second place at the intermediate sprints, Grivko was able to stay fifth in the general classification after stage 2. The breakaway got caught in today’s final, which was decided in a fast sprint in the streets of Qinzhou. Pascal Ackermann was the fastest man of the day, finishing just in front of Fabio Jakobsen and Dylan Groenewegen. Riccardo Minali finished fifteenth in the bunch sprint.
Tomorrow the riders face four local laps in the streets of Guangxi capital Nanning. A total of 125.4 kilometers, normally finishing in another bunch sprint.
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