"Finally I’ve won!," yelled the Czech track specialist. "Being beaten by Metlushenko four days in a row, I was disappointed, but he’s in a really good shape. On the other hand, after I won four stages at the Tour of China, I think my form is going down. I feel a little bit tired. That’s why I’ve had to wait till stage 5 to find the way to win. Yesterday I made the mistake to launch my sprint from too far out, 300 metres before the line, so today I did the opposite: I waited for the last 50 metres and it proved to be the right tactic."
Tomorrow, the Tour of Taihu moves into the second half, with a 110.2 kilometer circuit from Changxing Longshan Xinqu to Taihu Tuying.
"We’ve passed the equator!," smiled Metlushenko. "It’s still an enormous satisfaction that I’m still in the lead at this point of the race."
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