"I feel very satisfied with winning today after what happened yesterday," Kankovsky said. "This is the demonstration that I’m the fastest sprinter here. We’re in the sport of cycling, not in figure skating! Yesterday, five riders ranked in the top 10 told me that my sprint was regular but the judges saw it otherwise."
Today’s stage saw a breakaway group consisting of Vitaly Buts, Gleb Gorbachev and Reinier Honig form early on in the race. However, the trio was caught by the lead group in the final 10 kilometers.
Yuriy Metlushenko finished in third place behind Boris Shpilevskiy – who sprinted with a broken shoe after being involved in a crash with Jesse Kerrison earlier on in the race.
"Shall the last two stages end in a bunch sprint again, I need to come third twice to win the Tour of Taihu," Metlushenko calculated. "I keep my fingers crossed."
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