Cameron Wurf of the Champion System Pro Cycling Team remains third in the general classification after Tuesday’s fifth stage of the Tour of Qinghai Lake.
The 205 kilometer stage was relatively flat except for a category three climb 42 km from the finish. Wurf’s teammate, Pengda Jiao, launched an attack near the summit of the climb and took the only King of the Mountain points on the day. Wurf finished 17th as Juan Jose Lobato (Andalucia) took the win. Hossein Alizadeh (Tabriz Petrochemical Team) held onto the overall lead for a third day.
Wurf continues to be tied on time with Hossein Askari (Tabriz Petrochemical Team) and Giovanny Manuel Baez (EPM-UNE). The trio are 12 seconds behind Alizadeh.
"The guys were really fantastic today,” Wurf said. “We had to take some responsibility today and the boys really had everything under control.”
As the team’s main aim is to protect Wurf in the overall standings, Champion System General Manager Ed Beamon said he was pleased with how the day unfolded for Asia's first pro continental team.
“The guys generally rode well together,” he said. “They pretty much stayed together all day and did a good job of controlling situations when needed.”
Wednesday’s 123 km stage features a "hors categorie climb that ends 16 km from the finish in Mole.