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by Shane Stokes

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Cooper wins stage 3 of the Tour of China I

by Shane Stokes

Kiwi rider Joe Cooper (IsoWhey Sports SwissWellness) was best on Thursday’s third stage of the Tour of China I, winning a reduced bunch sprint to the line in Pingchang. He beat Siarhei Papok (Minsk Cycling Club), Liam Bertazzo (Willier Triestina-Selle Italia) and Australian Cameron Meyer (Mitchelton-Scott) in the gallop to the line.

The Mitchelton-Scott team tried to break things up on the hilly stage, sending Jai Hindley clear in a move which began on the day’s penultimate climb. In all ten riders got clear and built an advantage of more than a minute, but these were eventually hauled back. Cooper then played his card, taking the win.

Mitchelton-Scott directeur sportif Dave Sanders explained the team tactics. “We wanted to try and take the race to the competition over the climbs and it almost worked for us. Cameron went first and then Jai went over the top of him and that succeeded in causing the split with around 30 kilometres to go.

“Cameron was being marked tightly by the other race favourites and everyone who could chased him down and that allowed Jai’s move to gain some ground. It’s unfortunate that it came back together before the final, but Cameron ended up with another decent finish after a strong sprint.”

He added that Friday’s fast, flat 3.3 kilometre time trial should suit his riders. Bertazzo continues to lead overall, six seconds ahead of Papok and ten up on Luca Pacioni (Androni-Sidermec Bottecchia). Cooper is fourth, 22 seconds back, with Australians Cameron Bayly (IsoWhey Sports SwissWellness) and Meyer eighth and 11th overall.

Stage 3: Pingchang > Pingchang - Stage Result

Thursday 14th September 2017

1. nz
COOPER Joseph
IsoWhey Sports SwissWellness team
03:18:47
2. by
PAPOK Siarhei
Minsk Cycling Club
0:05
3. it
BERTAZZO Liam
Wilier Triestina - Selle Italia
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