Champion System's Manan Third On Tour of China II Stage 1
Champion System Pro Cycling Team's Anuar Manan finished third Tuesday on Stage 1 of the Tour of China II while teammate Cameron Wurf remained second overall.
Manan was out-sprinted to the line by Alexander Serebryakov (Team Type 1-Sanofi) and Ruslan Tleubayev (Continental Team Astana) at the end of the 127.8 kilometer race through the streets of Huainan in eastern China.
The third place finish matched Manan's best result of the season. The Malaysian was also third on Stage 3 of the Tour de Langkawi in February.
"As the field was moving from one side of the road to the other, I saw an opening and blasted up the right side," Manan said. "I had the legs and the speed to win, but some of the other sprinters were taking the same line and I got a bit boxed in the last 50 meters."
Earlier in the race that comprised eight laps of a 15.2-kilometer circuit, it looked like Champion System's Gang Xu and a breakaway of four others were going to survive to the finish. The five gained a maximum 1:39 lead before the chasing efforts of Team Type 1-Sanofi only brought them back in the final three kilometers.
"That played into our plan perfectly as we wanted to have Cameron protected from the other general classification riders taking the intermediate time bonuses," Champion System Assistant Director Chris Wherry said.
In the overall standings, Wurf stands four seconds behind Stefan Schumacher (Christina Watches-Onfone), the winner of Sunday's prologue.
Wednesday, the race makes its second transfer in three days before resuming Thursday with a 146.1 km circuit race in Jining.