A massive sprint at the end of the 1st stage of Tour of Beijing, 167 km from Chong Li to Zhangjiakou.
The fastest cyclist on Chinese road was the Slovenian athlete Luka Mezgec, who won the stage, but Sacha Modolo too realized a good sprint, obtaining the 4th place.
The first part of the course was not completely easy, considering that the bunch covered three Kom (one of 2nd category and 2 of 3rd category); on the contrary the final sector had no difficulties and the most of the sprinters could reach Zhangjiakou in order to take part in the sprint.
thanks to the support by the team and the precious help by Pozzato in the final kilometers, Modolo was on the wheel of the fastest rider, Mezgec, but he could not overtook the Slovenian athlete, who obtained the victory. Modolo was 4th, despite his speed was not so bad.
Unlucky stage for Nelson Oliveira, who was forced to quit the race because of an infection in the respiratory system.
“Our aim was to give to Modolo the opportunity to battle against the fastest sprinters - sport director Matxin explained - We succeeded in giving him the best possible support and Sacha was skilful in following Mezgec.
Today, he was not powerfull as Mezgez was, but I’m sure in the next stages he can only do better, because his fit will go better and better“.
In photo (Bettini), LAMPRE-MERIDA attending the teams presentation.
1- Mezgec 4h22’58″
2- Ewan s.t.
3- Farrar s.t.
4- Modolo s.t.
5- Maes s.t.
48- Rui Costa s.t., 50- Pozzato s.t., 67- Valls s.t., 80- Xu s.t., 109- Polanc 18’04″, 124- Richeze s.t., Oliveira dnf.
1- Mezgec 4h22’48″
2- Ewan 4″
3- Kern 5″
4- Farrar 6″
8- Modolo 10″