- The plan was to make it a hard race to drop the best sprinters, so Davide Ballerini could go for a sprint in a reduced peloton. We did a good job as we started to pull on the penultimate climb, but on the final climb we found out that Ballerini didn’t have the legs to follow, so then I decided to follow the first group as good as possible. It was good to finish at the front, especially because of the important stage tomorrow. I think we have several strong riders that could do well on this final climb, but we will have to see tomorrow how it goes, - said Merhawi Kudus.
Tomorrow’s Queen Stage will start in Nanning and will finish after 161,4 kilometers at the Nongla Scenic Area after a short but hard climb, which decided the overall classification in the past two years.
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