Moscon retains Guangxi lead

20 Oct 2018

Moscon retains Guangxi lead

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Gianni Moscon retained the overall lead at the Tour of Guangxi after ticking off a tricky penultimate stage.

At 212.3 kilometres stage five was the longest of the race and featured a sting in the tail, with a sequence of climbs ahead of the run into Guilin.
With the help of his teammates Moscon was able to position himself well as the peloton split following the day’s final categorised climb, finishing in the bunch as the day came down to a crash-marred sprint, won by Matteo Trentin (Mitchelton-Scott).
Moscon was able to avoid the carnage to finish seventh, ensuring the Italian takes a nine-second advantage into Sunday’s finale, with a WorldTour stage race victory within his grasp. He also holds the white young rider jersey.
A compact general classification ensured that Team Sky had the tricky job of controlling the stage and making sure the day’s four-man break were not allowed to gain more than five minutes. The team proved equal to the task, working hard on the front with Jon Dibben among those putting in a big shift, before Moscon positioned himself well late on as the race split.

After the stage Sport Director Brett Lancaster was happy with how the team performed on a gruelling day out.

He told "It was a really long day today and the boys rode on the front pretty much the whole way until the final climb. There we saw a bit of a select group of 15 riders form which Gianni was in. Eddie (Dunbar) was in there too but I think he had a bit of a scare on the descent and he ended up in the group just behind. In the end the groups came back together anyway for a bunch of about 70.

"The boys worked super hard all day. There were four really strong guys in the break with the likes of Tony Martin and (Silvan) Dillier. The team did well and Jon stepped up well too and did a lot of work on the front. It was a really good show of teamwork."

The action concludes on Sunday with another stage finish in Giulin. On the challenge ahead Lancaster added: "The climb is not as tough as today's stage. We can probably expect a few attacks but it's too far from the finish, so I'd expect the sprint teams to take control normally."

Stage five result:

1. Matteo Trentin (Mitchelton-Scott) 4:54:34
2. Pascal Ackermann (Bora-Hansgrohe) s.t.
3. Jasper Stuyven (Trek-Segafredo)
4. Carlos Barbero (Movistar)
5. Lawrence Naesen (Lotto Soudal)
7. Gianni Moscon (Team Sky)

Overall standings:

1. Gianni Moscon (Team Sky) 16:57:03
2. Felix Grossschartner (Bora-Hansgrohe) +9"
3. Sergei Chernetski (Astana) +14"
4. Remi Cavagna (Quick-Step Floors) +17"
5. Carlos Verona (Mitchelton-Scott) +21"
12. Eddie Dunbar (Team Sky) +28"