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Fernando Gaviria wins Tour of Guangxi opener

by Matt de Neef

BEIHAI, China (CT) – Fernando Gaviria (QuickStep Floors) has taken opening-day honours at the inaugural Tour of Guangxi, sprinting to victory in Beihai ahead of Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNL-Jumbo) and Pascal Akermann (Bora-Hansgrohe).

Stage 1 of the new WorldTour race comprised two laps of a 53.7km circuit around Beihai, a city in the southern Chinese province of Guangxi. A break of four — Andrei Grivko (Astana), Silvan Dillier (BMC), Nick Dougall (Dimension Data) and Remi Cavagna (QuickStep Floors) — got up the road early and built a lead of roughly a minute over the peloton. Cavagna went solo after the final intermediate sprint with roughly 30km to go, before being joined by Jonathan Lastra (Caja Rural).

The pair was caught with three kilometres to go as the sprint trains lined out on the smooth, wide roads, readying themselves for the predicted bunch sprint. Gaviria took the win while fellow pre-stage favourite Caleb Ewan (Orica-Scott) was caught out of position in the finale and finished 52nd.

“The win looked easy only on television; it’s been a hard race instead — a short stage, fast and at the end one of the craziest sprints,” Gaviria said. “It’s one of the fastest sprints I’ve ever done. I’m delighted to take a win in the last race of the year.

After this victory, my first goal will be to recover from the heat and the traveling. I’m not the only good sprinter here. There’s [Caleb] Ewan and more of them, so it’ll be difficult for me to win another stage.”

Stage 1: Beihai > Beihai - Stage Result

Thursday 19th October 2017

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GAVIRIA Fernando
Quick-Step Floors
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Team LottoNL-Jumbo
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BORA - hansgrohe