Champion System's Wurf Stays Third Overall
Champion System Pro Cycling Team's Cameron Wurf remained third in the general classification after Tuesday’s 11th stage of the Tour of Qinghai Lake.
Champion System General Manager Ed Beamon said the 107 kilometer circuit race around Zhongwei featured two main breakaways that altered the team’s plan for Wurf to pick up any time bonuses. Wurf, though, wasn't discouraged.
“We would have liked to have had a shot at one of the sprints today, but Wednesday is a long day and probably my best chance to try to move up," Wurf said.
Luka Mezgec (Sava) took his fourth stage win as Champion System’s Aaron Kemp finished eighth. Hossein Alizadeh (Tabriz Petrochemical Team) held onto the overall lead for a ninth straight day.
With only two days remaining, Beamon confirmed the goal for Asia's first pro continental team is to ensure a podium spot for Wurf.
“Our focus now is really trying to move Cameron up and anything else is a bonus,” Beamon said.
Wednesday’s stage is 220 km running from Zhongwei to Baiyin and features two intermediate sprints and one category three climb.