Not to be for Van Poppel

20 Oct 2017

Not to be for Van Poppel

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Danny van Poppel finished outside the top 10 on stage two of Tour of Guangxi as Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors) sprinted to victory and extended his overall lead.

Van Poppel finished 13th on the 156.7km stage from Qinzhou to Nanning as Gaviria sealed successive victories in the opening two stages of the Chinese stage race.

The bunch finish meant Team Sky’s main GC hopes Wout Poels and Mikel Landa finished in the same time, but unfortunately Benat Inxtausti was unable to finish and has abandoned. 

Earlier, a three-man breakaway containing Wang Meiyin (Bahrain Merida), Silvan Dillier (BMC Racing) and Jonathan Lastra (Caja Rural–Seguros) led for the majority of the stage, before being briefly joined by Thomas de Gendt in the closing 10 kilometres.

However, the sprinters’ teams were able to bring them to heel with 4km remaining to set up the bunch sprint.  
Sport Director Brett Lancaster rued a missed opportunity, but was upbeat about Team Sky’s hopes for the coming days.

He said: “Our plan was to come to the sprint a little later than yesterday, but unfortunately a tricky run into the finish meant that Danny was separated from his lead out so they were unable to help him out at the finish.

“We’re back out there tomorrow and we’ll go again.”

Stage two result

1. Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors) 3:43:54 
2. Max Walscheid (Team Sunweb) s.t.
3. Wouter Wippert (Cannondale-Drapac)
4. Matteo Pelucchi (BORA-Hansgrohe)
5. Mekseb Debesay (Team Dimension Data)
13. Danny van Poppel (Team Sky)

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