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Guangxi (1) - Dupont : "In the front too early"

Guangxi (1) - Dupont : "In the front too early"

The first stage of the Tour of Guangxi (2.WT, 17-22/10) was opened in the heat of Beihai. The coastal city in the south of the country offered a course without almost any difficulty, to be repeated three times, resulting in a total of 135.6 kilometer. A three man breakaway rode in the front until they were caught during the last lap. Guillaume Martin took advantage of this to win mountain points, but the French climber didn't take the mountain's jersey. Pieter Vanspeybrouck finished 15th in the sprint, followed by Timothy Dupont (19th) and Guillaume Martin (20th). This Friday, the second stage will bring the peloton from Beihai to Quinzhou, following a 152.3 kilometer course suited for sprinters.
 
Timothy Dupont :
 
« Despite the travel and my crash at Paris-Tours, I felt good on the bike. On the climb in the last lap I was in the main peloton behind the leading group of 30 riders. Tom Devriendt and Odd Eiking assisted me to reappear in the front. »
 
« When Campenaerts and Van den Bergh attacked in the final 10 kilometer, there was a moment of doubt. Loïc Vliegen rode in the front, but we were too early. Thus, I was already pumped before the final kilometer. It's a pity that I was in the front too early and not able to sprint. But two more nice opportunities are awaiting us. » 
 
Stage 1 :
 
1. Fernando Gaviria
2. Pascal Ackermann
3. Matteo Trentin
15. Pieter Vanspeybrouck
19. Timothy Dupont
20. Guillaume Martin
42. Loïc Vliegen
80. Odd Eiking
104. Kevin Van Melsen
117. Tom Devriendt + 2:49