Groenewegen’s Guangxi gallop, Malseed’s Subaru NRS win: Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

October 24, 2017

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Dylan Groenewegen wins stage 5 of the Tour of Guangxi, Tim Wellens holds overall lead

by Matt de Neef

GUILIN, China (CT) – Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNL-Jumbo) has dashed to victory on stage 5 of the inaugural Tour of Guangxi, denying Fernando Gaviria a fourth stage win. Sprinting into a strong headwind, Groenewegen narrowly edged out the lunging Gaviria, while Magnus Cort (Orica-Scott) again finished the day in third. Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal) finished in the bunch in 16th place and holds on to his overall lead going into tomorrow’s final stage.

Will Clarke (Cannnodale-Drapac), Daniel Oss (BMC) and Fabricio Ferrari (Caja Rural-Seguros) formed the day’s main breakaway, getting up the road after 70km of the day’s 212km. The trio built a lead that peaked at nearly six minutes but they would be caught with roughly 25km remaining.

There were three categorised climbs in the closing kilometres, one of which forced a selection of the GC favourites under the impetus of Movistar. But eventually it all came back together on the flat run-in to Guilin.

“On the final climbs Movistar was attacking with the whole team and the speed was a little bit too hard,” Groenwegen said afterwards. “But the whole team was waiting for me to bring me back to the first 30 riders and then we [could] go for a sprint and we did it.

“The last k we had a headwind so I was thinking I can go a little bit later than normal so with 150 metres to go I was going and it was enough.”

Stage 5: Liuzhou > Guilin - Stage Result

Monday 23rd October 2017

1. nl
Team LottoNL-Jumbo
2. co
GAVIRIA Fernando
Quick-Step Floors
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