Lotto Belisol: Review Tour of Beijing
With the Tour of Beijing the last WorldTour race of the season has finished. The final stage took place in the heart of Beijing with start on Tien an men Square and finish at the Olympic Bird’s Nest Piazza. The riders had to cover twelve local laps. Olivier Kaisen joined a long break for the second time. He was in the company of Manuele Boaro, Christian Meier, Juan Antonio Flecha and Marco Pinotti.
They never reached an advantage of two minutes on the peloton, but stayed ahead until less than five kilometers from the finish. There was an attack by Tony Martin, but a fourth bunch sprint couldn’t be avoided. Today’s victory was for the Slovenian rider Luka Mezgec. He beat Nacer Bouhanni and Moreno Hofland. Beñat Intxausti won the overall classification, he conquered the leader’s jersey yesterday in the stage to the Mentougou Miaofeng Mountain.
Lotto Belisol showed itself every day. In the opening stage Sander Cordeel joined a long breakaway, Saturday Olivier Kaisen did the same. Both got the prize of the most aggressive rider of the day. The next two stages it was Adam Hansen who attacked in the final and was awarded the most aggressive rider prize as well on Sunday. Three times a Lotto Belisol rider ended up in top ten. Jonas Van Genechten became ninth and seventh in the first and second stage respectively. Tosh Van der Sande was seventh on day three. Sports director Jean-Pierre Heynderickx looks back on the Tour of Beijing.
Jean-Pierre Heynderickx, sports director: “As a team we’ve shown ourselves a lot. In three of the five stages we were part of a long breakaway. Three times a rider of us ended up in top ten, but we definitely aimed for a top five place to get as much WorldTour points as possible. Adam Hansen could forget a good GC after losing 40” in a descent in stage three. We came to here with a team of six, so we couldn’t control the race, we had to attack.”