The Dutchman crossed the line 11th on the Nanning Circuit stage, after a number of attacks ensured the day was completed at a quick pace.
Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors) made it three wins from three as the stage came down to another bunch sprint. The Colombian held off Max Walscheid (Team Sunweb) and Magnus Cort (Orica-Scott) at the line, extending his overall advantage to 13 seconds.
With the race’s queen stage coming up on Sunday, Wout Poels crossed the line safely to maintain his position, with the majority of the GC contenders now 30 seconds back on a dominant Gaviria.
Early on in the 125.4km test a trio of riders pushed clear up the road, but with another sprint in the offing their gap only went out as far as 2:10.
After 70km it was all back together, and despite a fresh set of attacks there was no preventing the inevitable bunch kick.