Wout wraps up seventh in Guangxi

24 Oct 2017

Wout wraps up seventh in Guangxi

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Wout Poels wrapped up seventh overall at the Tour of Guangxi as Team Sky’s 2017 season drew to a close in China.

The final stage in Guilin came down to a bunch finish and Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors) claimed his fourth win of the race, after a late crash inside the final five kilometres derailed Team Sky’s chances.

With Danny van Poppel not feeling on top form, the team switched their focus to Jon Dibben for the sprint, but the Brit went down on a tight right hander with 3km to go.

He was able to remount and finish but that left Lukasz Wisniowski to lead us home in 25th, while Poels finished comfortably to wrap up seventh. Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal) also finished safely to claim the overall title.

The stage had been fairly comfortable up until that point - just three men formed the day’s break on a 168km loop that started and finished in the city of Guilin.

There were two late categorised climbs to contend with but neither caused the sprinters too much trouble, and the breakaway trio were comfortably swept up inside the final 10km.

Then it was over to the quick men on a wide finishing straight and Gaviria came to the fore once again as the curtain came down on the 2017 UCI WorldTour and Team Sky's season.

Stage six result:

1. Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors) 3:46:30
2. Niccolo Bonifazio (Bahrain Merida) s.t.
3. Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNl-Jumbo)
4. Andrea Guardini (UAE Team Emirates)
5. Magnus Cort Nielsen (Orica-Scott)
25. Lukasz Wisniowski (Team Sky) 

General Classification:

1. Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal) 20:59:49
2. Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo) +4"
3. Nicolas Roche (BMC) +11"
4. Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors) +15"
5. Ben Hermans (BMC) +18"
7. Wout Poels (Team Sky) +24"