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2013 Tour of Taihu Stage 3



 

Yesterday’s victory, increased Metlushenko’s lead in the general classification over the Kankovsky by sixteen seconds, while Shpilevskiy moved up to third overall.

“I’m amazed once again that I won,” Metlushenko said. “With four riders in the lead, we agreed in the bunch that we were racing for fifth place but Crelan-Euphony and Budget Forklifts closed the gap.”

“There are many good sprinters here,” noted Metlushenko. “I’m lucky that even though he had produced a strong effort in the breakaway, Grechyn was still able to lead me out in the last kilometer. I was in second position in the last curve. I started sprinting very early. Every victory is precious for me. I’ve had a season below my expectations and I’m still without a contract for next year.

“Today’s win is dedicated to my wife Natalia. Although she’s happy when I win, she has to wait for me at our house in Italy while I’m racing in China for one month. Everything I have, I owe it to cycling: my education that gave me two diplomas in jurisprudence and teaching sport, my military service, my discovery of the world, my practice of foreign languages… I even met my wife thanks to cycling. All my background in that sport makes happy winning at my age .”

Top 10 Finishers 

1 Yuriy Metlushenko (Ukr) Torku Sekerspor 2:02:12   2 Alois Kankovsky (Cze) ASC Dukla Praha     3 Boris Shpilevsky (Rus) RTS-Santic Racing Team     4 Alex Wohler (Aus) Team Budget Forklifts     5 Munkhtulga Erdenesuren (Mon) Malak Cycling Team     6 Ahmet Orken (Tur) Torku Sekerspo     7 Vitaly Buts (Ukr) Ukraine     8 Merk Pederson (Den) Blue Water Cycling     9 Yannick Martinez (Fra) La Pomme Marseille     10 Rasmus Guldhammer (Den) Blue Water Cycling    
 
General Classification After Stage 3    
 
1 Yuriy Metlushenko (Ukr) Torku Sekerspor 6:22:32   2 Alois Kankovsky (Cze) ASC Dukla Praha 0:00:16   3 Boris Shpilevsky (Rus) RTS-Santic Racing Team 0:00:24   4 Vitaly Buts (Ukr) Ukraine 0:00:25   5 Jiri Hochmann (Cze) ASC Dukla Praha 0:00:26   6 Yannick Martinez (Fra) La Pomme Marseille 0:00:27   7 Jesse Kerrison (Aus) Team Budget Forklifts     8 Christophe Premont (Bel) Crelan-Euphony 0:00:29   9 Juan Carlos Martinez (Spa) Burgos BH-Castilla y Leon 0:00:32   10 Kevin Peeters (Bel) Crelan-Euphony


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