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2013 Tour of Taihu Stage 5



 

"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."

 
However, Metlushenko admitted that he could have avoided Kankovsky’s final rush. 
 
"I’ve opened the door to Kankovsky on my left side," the race leader described. "I should have stayed near the barricades. The wind was blowing from the right. It’s my fault if I’ve lost by so little. We’re all on the same line."
 
The outcome of today’s stage was not always a given however. At one point, it appeared that Boris Shpilevskiy was going to take the victory, as the Russian rider had created a slight gap in the final 50 meters. 
 
 "But the wind blocked me," the Russian stated. "It was a fight against myself. It’s a good day for me with the time bonus I’ve collected. It’s a big job to stay in third place overall. I’d like to move up to second but it’s difficult with the physical condition I have now."

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."

 
 
Top 10 Finishers 
 
1 Alois Kankovsky (Cze) ASC Dukla Praha 2:32:57   2 Yuriy Metlushenko (Ukr) Torku Sekerspor     3 Boris Shpilevskiy (Rus) RTS-Santic Racing Team 4 Jesse Kerrison (Aus) Team Budget Forklifts     5 Kevin Peeters (Bel) Crelan-Euphony 6 Jiri Hochmann (Cze) ASC Dukla Praha  7 Vitaliy Buts (Ukr) Ukraine  8 Juan Carlos Riutort Martinez (Spa) Burgos BH-Castilla y Leon 9 Zhi Hui Jiang (Chn) Max Success Sport 10 Robert Sweeting (USA) 5 Hour Energy p/b Kenda    
 
General classification after stage 5    
 
1 Yuriy Metlushenko (Ukr) Torku Sekerspor 11:52:32   2 Alois Kankovsky (Cze) ASC Dukla Praha 0:00:14 3 Boris Shpilevskiy (Rus) RTS-Santic Racing Team 0:00:33  4 Jiri Hochmann (Cze) ASC Dukla Praha 0:00:38 5 Jesse Kerrison (Aus) Team Budget Forklifts 0:00:40   6 Vitaliy Buts (Ukr) Ukkraine 0:00:41   7 Yannick Martinez (Fra) La Pomme Marseille 0:00:42   8 Christophe Premont (Bel) Crelan-Euphony 0:00:44 9 Kevin Peeters (Bel) Crelan-Euphony10 Robert Sweeting (USA) 5 Hour Energy p/b Kenda 0:00:45  

 


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