The sixteen-day Tour of China 2018 is concluded in Anshun, Guizhou Province on 23rd September, as the 13th stage witnesses the victory of Jakub Mareczko from Wilier Triestina – Selle Italia.
The last stage in Anshun is a circuit race of 127.8 kilometers with two sprints and one KOM of Category 4.
The stage remained exciting and unpredictable due to little difference between riders’ results after the 12th stage. No rabbit group was formed even after 40 kilometers, though riders had never stopped breaking out from the peleton since race started.
As the peleton kept its pace, Luke Mudgway from H&R Block Pro Cycling Team led the rabbit group of four who worked together quite well, with the gap of 1 minute 50 seconds. The gap narrowed, however, as the peleton started to chase with 30 kilometers to go, and finally caught up with the rabbit group, with 2 kilometers away from the finish.
Mareczko first crossed the finishing line in the group rush, ending up with the final result of 2h 38m 50s. Kaden Groves from Mitchelton-Bikeexchange and Andrii Kulyk from Beijing XDS-Innova Cycling Team earned second and third place respectively.
TOC II was wrapped up with great attention. In terms of the Individual Classification, the Yellow Jersey goes to Alejandro Marque from Sporting/Tavira, the Blue Jersey to Kaden Groves from Mitchelton-Bikeexchange, and the Polka-dot Jersey to Christofer Jurado Lopez from Trevigiani Phonix Hemus 1896. Jiang Zhihui, also from MBE, managed to keep his White Jersey, representing the highest honor of the riders from the Greater China Area. As to the Team Classification, Bennelong Swisswellness, an Australian team won the first place, while MBE grabbing the titles of both Best Chinese Team and Best Asian Team.
The 9th Edition of Tour of China (I&II) 2018 is hosted by Chinese Cycling Association, authorized by State General Sports Administration(China), organized by China Olympic Sports Industry Co.Ltd., has left its footprints in five provinces and one municipality in southern China. With Zhong Tianshi, the Olympic champion of track cycling, as the ambassador, it has gained strong support from local governments and Partner Buick.