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by Shane Stokes

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Wellens wins the Tour of Guangxi, Gaviria takes four of six stages

by Matt de Neef

GUILIN, China (CT) – Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal) has won the inaugural Tour of Guangxi after moving into the overall lead with victory on stage 4. Fernando Gaviria (QuickStep Floors) finished the tour with four victories from the race’s six stages, including victory on Tuesday’s final stage.

Gaviria again proved strongest in the bunch sprint that decided stage 6, ousting Niccolo Bonifazio (Bahrain-Merida) and stage 5 winner Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNL-Jumbo) in Guilin. Wellens finished comfortably in the peloton, in 23rd position, to ensure he was crowned overall winner, six seconds ahead of Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo) and a further five seconds clear of Nicolas Roche (BMC).

The stage 6 breakaway formed early in proceedings with the only Chinese rider in the race, Wang Meiyin (Bahrain-Merida), being joined out front by king of the mountains leader Daniel Oss (BMC) and Jon Irisarri (Caja Rural-Seguros). Irisarri was dropped in the closing kilometres as Oss and Meiyin attacked one another, but the race was all back together with a touch over 7km to go.

“On Sunday I had conquered the leader’s jersey, but the gaps were small so the support of my team in the last two stages was crucial,” said Wellens. “Yesterday, it took a long time before a breakaway was established and my teammates controlled the race very well — they were all really strong. Thanks to them I was able to win this WorldTour race. And this means a lot to me.

“I’m very happy with my season. I have seven wins, a lot of WorldTour wins also. Every year I’m growing and growing in wins and I’m proud of this victory.”

Final Classification: > - Stage Result

Tuesday 24th October 2017

1. be
WELLENS Tim
Lotto Soudal
20:59:49
2. nl
MOLLEMA Bauke
Trek - Segafredo
0:06
3. ie
ROCHE Nicolas
BMC Racing Team
0:11
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