Hayter finishes strong in Guangxi

17 Oct 2023

Hayter finishes strong in Guangxi

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Tour of Guangxi: Guilin › Guilin, 168.3km.

Ethan Hayter secured third overall at the Tour of Guangxi after a superb tactical performance from the INEOS Grenadiers. 

Hayter finished off a strong team move to claim three vital bonus seconds at the intermediate sprint before a long range sprint saw him finish third on the stage.

This result saw him earn four more bonus seconds to put him third overall and top the young rider's jersey classification to finish the season strongly.

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Hayter started the day seventh on GC, but only four seconds shy of the podium, knowing that the bonus seconds at the intermediate sprint would setup the chance of an overall podium. 

Coming up to the sprint in the final part of the race, Michael Leonard set a strong pace, with Luke Rowe, Luke Plapp, Leo Hayter, and finally Jhonatan Narvaez leading out Ethan Hayter to take three vital seconds. 

This meant a top three finish on the stage could see him move up to the overall podium.

In the finale, Ethan Hayter looked to be leading out Elia Viviani to sprint for the win, however as Hayter accelerated out of the final corner, Vivani allowed his wheel to go, giving the young Brit a small advantage on the sprint field. 

In the end, the Londoner was caught on the line by winner Olav Kooij (Jumbo Visma) but was still able to finish third and claim four bonus seconds which saw him take third overall and earn the best young rider jersey.