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Marczynski wins Tour of Qinghai Lake stage 2

07-04-2011 14:06 BJT

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China's premier cycling event has brought the race a new leader, as Tomasz Marczynski of Poland has taken the leaders yellow jersey.

Stage two started at Xining city, with the stage running a total of 146.4 kilometres, ending at Qinghai Lake. The first half of the stage was fairly flat, but the end was a grueling climb up Riyueshan Mountain, ending at an altitude of around 3400 meters above sea level.

Early on, several riders from team 361 of China tried to break away in the flatter stage, but they didn't have the stamina to stay in front.

As the tough uphill section began, the uphill sprint specialists of the Loborika Favorit Team of Croatia were in the front pack as the mountain section began, in all the lead pack consisted of about 20 riders.

As the race continued, mother nature opened up the skies...and the riders were forced to contend with rainy conditions. The lead group, after initially opening up a 2-3 minute lead, were reeled in.

With about three kilometres left in the stage, it was Tomasz Marczynski of the CCC Polsat Polkowice team from Poland who made his move. He reached the line first, and takes the leader's yellow jersey into Stage three.



Editor:Liu Fang |Source: CNTV.CN

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