The 161.4 kilometer queen stage at the Tour of Guangxi (2.WT, 17-22/10) brought the riders from Nanning, the capital of the Guangxi region, to the steep slopes of Nongla Scenic Area. Despite the decisive character of the 4.5 kilometer climb, three riders tried to escape the peloton in the beginning of the stage. Wanty-Gobert assisted the teams of the favorites to approach the bottom of the climb with a grouped peloton. A long effort from Loïc Vliegen led to mountain points gain for Guillaume Martin 1.2 kilometer before the finishline. The French climber reconquered the polkadot jersey but wasn't able to maintain his effort until the finish and ended at 17th place, 43 seconds after winner and new race leader Enric Mas. Following in the forefront of the reduced peloton on the slopes of Nongla Scenic Area, Odd Eiking took 6th place. The Norwegian rider is 7th in the provisional general classification with two stages to go. The longest stage of 212.2 kilometer between Liuzhou and Guilin is scheduled on Monday.
« I felt good today, and didn't expect to be able to finish in the top 6. Expecting several riders te start their effort too early, I chose to climb at my own pace. I managed my effort well and even found extra strength to pass some riders in the final 300 meter. I gave everything I had and can be satisfied with my performance. »