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October 9/12 9:13 am - Tour of Beijing: Stage 1 report and results


Posted by Editoress on 10/9/12
 

Italy's Elia Viviani (Liquigas-Cannondale) is the first to wear the red jersey of leader of the Tour of Beijing after he took victory on the opening stage in a bunch sprint on Tuesday.

Viviani is already a worthy ambassador for the race as his photo is on thousands of banners all over Beijing City to advertise the event, where his victory in stage four last year was his best success at 22 years-old. Viviani shares headlines with Novak Djokovic around Beijing, with banners also promoting the China Open tennis.

Andy Fenn (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) and Edvald Boasson Hagen (Team Sky) finished second and third  respectively in a sprint made very close and fast by the tailwind and the smooth road passing between the Olympic Stadium - the "Bird's Nest" - and the Water Cube.

 

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Riders in front of the Bird's Nest stadium - photo Garham Watson/Tour of Beijing

 

The criterium-like show was flat within the 117-kilometre journey which started from Tian An Men Square and included twelve laps in the Olympic Park. The wind played an important role in the speed and tactics, blowing so strongly that it swept away the gantry on the finish line as soon as it was erected.

Viviani explained Liquigas-Cannondale's tactic "was to ride near the front no matter what because on a circuit like this, you’d use up a lot less energy.”

"In the final, my teammates helped to get me into position. Then I took Boasson Hagen’s wheel in the last kilometre and I stayed cool on his wheel. I managed to go at the right time and shake him off well in the last 250 metres.”

 

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Elia Viviani (Liquigas-Cannondale) wins - photo Garham Watson/Tour of Beijing

 

“I needed to win today because I was not really happy with my latest results,” he said.

Viviani finished second on several occasions across both the Tour of Poland and Vuelta a Espana and his last victory was at the end of March at the Settimana Coppi e Bartali.

 

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Elia Viviani (Liquigas-Cannondale) - photo Garham Watson/Tour of Beijing

 

“I am happy about this,” Viviani smiled. “I now hope to win on another stage.”

Andy Schleck (RadioShack-Nissan), despite the high speed was happy for his second race back from a long layoff with injury, finishing at 21 seconds to Viviani.

“My day was better than expected,” he said. “I had no pain and I could stay on the saddle for most of the time.”

In the first kilometres of the stage Taylor Phinney (BMC Racing Team) was one of many who unsuccessfully tried to break away.

A five-man group took the lead eight kilometers after the start: Marco Bandiera (Omega Pharma-QuickStep), Matthieu Ladagnous (FDJ-BigMat), Bert-Jan Lindeman (Vacansoleil-CM), Craig Lewis (Champion System Pro Cycling) and Adriano Malori (Lampre-ISD).

Malori, who was award for his efforts with the most combative rider following the stage, said: "The wind was crazy and we couldn’t properly understand where it was coming from. So it was easy for the peloton to play with us.”

The breakaway's gap went up to two minutes forty but the peloton kept the situation under control through Orica-GreenEdge's strong tempo.

The American Lewis was the last rider to be caught, one and a half laps from the finish, doing justice to his Chinese-based team Champion System Pro Cycling’s call up to the tour. The Tour of Beijing is the first UCI WorldTour race for all but one of his teammates and his first one since the 2011 Giro d'Italia where he rode for HTC-Columbia.

Six seconds of time bonuses were picked up at the two intermediate sprints by France's Ladagnous, which gives him 3rd place overall behind Viviani and Fenn in the general classification.

The stage's start from Tian An Men Square was definitely the most emotional part of the day, as the largest square in the world (40 ha) was exclusively dedicated to the Tour of Beijing.

“It's a privilege the square is just for ourselves,” said France's Romain Bardet (AG2R-La Mondiale).

New Zealand's Jesse Sergent (RadioShack-Nissan) added: "It's a nice feeling to be in a place with a lot of history. We are lucky because the wind made the sky sunny.”

Stage two on Wednesday will lead the riders over 126 kilometres from the "Bird's Nest" to Mentougou, in the western hills of Beijing.

The route suits the sprinters and strong "finisseurs" again, although a category one climb is positioned at halfway, 10.8 kilometres long with an average gradient of 6.4%. The two intermediate sprints, set in the first part of the stage, might inspire the escape artists.

 

Tour of Beijing



Results

Stage One: Tian An Men Square to Bird’s Nest Olympic Stadium, 117km
1 Elia Viviani (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale 2:37:49
2 Andrew Fenn (GBr) Omega Pharma-Quickstep
3 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Procycling
4 Kenny Robert van Hummel (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling
5 Greg Henderson (NZl) Lotto Belisol
6 Theo Bos (Ned) Rabobank
7 Enrique Sanz (Esp) Movistar
8 Aidis Kruopis (Ltu) Orica GreenEDGE
9 Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Lampre - ISD
10 Klaas Lodewyck (Bel) BMC Racing
11 Barry Markus (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling
12 Lloyd Mondory (Fra) Ag2r la Mondiale
13 Alexey Tsatevitch (Rus) Katusha
14 Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Belisol
15 Heinrich Haussler (Aus) Garmin-Sharp
16 Lucas Sebastian Haedo (Arg) Team Saxo Bank -Tinkoff Bank
17 Rui Alberto Faria da Costa (Por) Movistar
18 Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) Ag2r la Mondiale
19 Jesus Herrada Lopez (Esp) Movistar
20 Valentin Iglinskiy (Kaz) Astana
21 Steve Houanard (Fra) Ag2r la Mondiale
22 Daniele Pietropolli (Ita) Lampre - ISD
23 Aaron Kemps (Aus) Champion System Pro Cycling Team
24 Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre - ISD
25 Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) Ag2r la Mondiale
26 Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) BMC Racing
27 Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana
28 Clinton Avery (NZl) Champion System Pro Cycling Team
29 Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin-Sharp
30 Ivan Velasco Murillo (Esp) Euskaltel - Euskadi
31 Tony Martin (Ger) Omega Pharma-Quickstep
32 Romain Bardet (Fra) Ag2r la Mondiale
33 Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat
34 Tomasz Marczynski (Pol) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling
35 Vladimir Gusev (Rus) Katusha
36 Christopher Sutton (Aus) Sky Procycling
37 Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Rabobank
38 Allan Davis (Aus) Orica GreenEDGE
39 Timofey Kritskiy (Rus) Katusha
40 Jesse Sergent (NZl) Radioshack-Nissan
41 Gert Dockx (Bel) Lotto Belisol
42 Rafal Majka (Pol) Team Saxo Bank -Tinkoff Bank
43 Tiziano Dall'antonia (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale
44 Joost van Leijen (Ned) Lotto Belisol
45 Mikael Cherel (Fra) Ag2r la Mondiale
46 Eros Capecchi (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale
47 Francesco Chicchi (Ita) Omega Pharma-Quickstep
48 Dominique Rollin (Can) FDJ-Big Mat
49 Jan Bakelants (Bel) Radioshack-Nissan
50 Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana
51 Davide Vigano (Ita) Lampre - ISD
52 Benjamin King (USA) Radioshack-Nissan
53 Marco Haller (Aut) Katusha
54 Rudiger Selig (Ger) Katusha
55 Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Esp) Euskaltel - Euskadi
56 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin-Sharp
57 Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Astana
58 Anthony Roux (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat all s.t.
59 Maarten Neyens (Bel) Lotto Belisol 0:09
60 Jos van Emden (Ned) Rabobank
61 Mathias Frank (Sui) BMC Racing
62 Mikel Nieve Ituralde (Esp) Euskaltel - Euskadi
63 Jiao Pengda (Chn) Champion System Pro Cycling Team
64 Daniele Bennati (Ita) Radioshack-Nissan
65 Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Rabobank
66 Igor Anton Hernandez (Esp) Euskaltel - Euskadi
67 Gorka Verdugo Marcotegui (Esp) Euskaltel - Euskadi
68 David Tanner (Aus) Team Saxo Bank -Tinkoff Bank
69 Maarten Wynants (Bel) Rabobank
70 José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Esp) Movistar
71 George Bennet (NZl) Radioshack-Nissan
72 Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling
73 Martin Kohler (Sui) BMC Racing
74 Petr Ignatenko (Rus) Katusha
75 Simon Clarke (Aus) Orica GreenEDGE
76 Luke Rowe (GBr) Sky Procycling
77 Pablo Lastras Garcia (Esp) Movistar
78 Johan van Summeren (Bel) Garmin-Sharp
79 Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Garmin-Sharp
80 Jussi Veikkanen (Fin) FDJ-Big Mat
81 Christian Meier (Can) Orica GreenEDGE
82 Mikhail Ignatiev (Rus) Katusha
83 Frederik Veuchelen (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling
84 Pim Ligthart (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling
85 José Cobo (Esp) Movistar
86 Anthony Geslin (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat
87 Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) Orica GreenEDGE
88 Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto Belisol
89 Jaroslaw Marycz (Pol) Team Saxo Bank -Tinkoff Bank
90 Leigh Howard (Aus) Orica GreenEDGE
91 Mauro Da Dalto (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale
92 Kun Jiang (Chn) Champion System Pro Cycling Team
93 Manuele Boaro (Ita) Team Saxo Bank -Tinkoff Bank
94 Danilo Wyss (Sui) BMC Racing
95 Dario Cataldo (Ita) Omega Pharma-Quickstep
96 Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (Esp) Radioshack-Nissan
97 Mehdi Sohrabi (IRI) Lotto Belisol
98 Grega Bole (Slo) Lampre - ISD
99 Jetse Bol (Ned) Rabobank
100 Julien Vermote (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quickstep
101 Maxim Belkov (Rus) Katusha
102 Peio Bilbao (Esp) Euskaltel - Euskadi
103 Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Garmin-Sharp
104 Davide Cimolai (Ita) Lampre - ISD
105 Javier Iriarte (Esp) Movistar
106 Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Sky Procycling
107 Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) Movistar
108 Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) Orica GreenEDGE
109 Jérémy Roy (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat
110 Frantisek Rabon (Cze) Omega Pharma-Quickstep
111 Moreno Moser (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale
112 Mads Christensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank -Tinkoff Bank
113 Chris Butler (USA) Champion System Pro Cycling Team
114 Thomas Dekker (Ned) Garmin-Sharp
115 Taylor Phinney (USA) BMC Racing
116 Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Astana
117 Bertjan Lindeman (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling
118 Morris Possoni (Ita) Lampre - ISD
119 Maxim Iglinskiy (Kaz) Astana
120 Anders Lund (Den) Team Saxo Bank -Tinkoff Bank
121 Alex Howes (USA) Garmin-Sharp
122 Stephen Cummings (GBr) BMC Racing
123 Alex Dowsett (GBr) Sky Procycling
124 Xu Gang (Chn) Champion System Pro Cycling Team
125 Hayden Roulston (NZl) Radioshack-Nissan all s.t.
126 Maciej Paterski (Pol) Liquigas-Cannondale 0:21
127 Cristiano Salerno (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale
128 Andy Schleck (Lux) Radioshack-Nissan both s.t.
129 Craig Lewis (USA) Champion System Pro Cycling Team 0:37
130 Mitchell Docker (Aus) Orica GreenEDGE 0:45
131 Daniele Ratto (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale 0:47
132 Mikel Landa Meana (Esp) Euskaltel - Euskadi 0:57
133 Dmitriy Gruzdev (Kaz) Astana 1:03
134 Iljo Keisse (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quickstep 1:06
135 Kenny De Haes (Bel) Lotto Belisol s.t.
136 Sylvain Georges (Fra) Ag2r la Mondiale 1:11
137 Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Rabobank 1:33
138 Juan Manuel Garate (Esp) Rabobank s.t.
139 Biao Liu (Chn) Champion System Pro Cycling Team 1:35
140 Marco Bandiera (Ita) Omega Pharma-Quickstep 1:44
141 Adriano Malori (Ita) Lampre - ISD  
142 Miguel Minguez Ayala (Esp) Euskaltel - Euskadi both s.t.
DNF David Boucher (Fra) FDJ-Bigmat

 


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