Jeroen Meijers launched his final assault with 250m remaining, dropping his breakaway companion who seemed exhausted from the long day in the saddle, and claimed the stage victory
11th September, 2019 – Zhijiang, Hubei, China: Into the second day in Hubei province, today’s stage was a circuit race in Zhijiang municipal of Yichang city. Three days of hard racing has reduced the peloton to 124 riders. On the menu was 156.5 km of racing around Zhijiang and Donghu lake. Three intermediate sprints were offered, the first one came at only 13km into the stage, and the other two set on the Lake circuit, around which the riders would travel 10 laps.
It wasn’t long before Memil Pro Cycling, Novo Nordisk and KSPO Bianchi Asia came to the front to set the pace. Roy Eefting (Memil Pro Cycling) found his legs again and claimed the first intermediate sprint, followed by Andrea Guardini (Bardiani CSF), who seems to have shifted his attention to sprint points collecting.
After entering the curvy Lakeshore circuit, breakaway specialists sniffed out the opportunity and ran with it, 4 riders stretched their advantage to over 5 minutes at one point, much to Jeroen Meijers’ benefit (Taiyuan Miogee Cycling Team), picking up the remaining intermediate sprints along the way.
From left: Yauhen Sobal, Jeroen Meijers and Roy Eefting
Into the final lap, peloton decided to bring back break of the day, ending a relatively laid back stage for those in the bunch. Androni Giocattoli – Sidermec sent 2 riders up the road along with Alastair Christie-Johnston (Team Bridgelane) and Hannes Bergstrom Frisk (Memil Pro Cycling) in an attempt to bridge over, the effort was in vain as Jeroen Meijers and Yauhen Sobal (Minsk Cycling Club) held onto a healthy gap ahead of the peloton into the flamme rouge. Jeroen Meijers launched his final assault with 250m remaining, dropping his breakaway companion who seemed exhausted from the long day in the saddle, and claimed the stage victory. Rounding out the podium was Roy Eefting who won the bunch sprint behind breakaway.
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