Benhamouda Sprints to 5th on Stage 3 of Tour of China I

By teamnovonordisk

Race: Tour of China I – Stage 3

Start/Finish: Huangshi/Huangshi

Distance: 138.6 kilometers

Huangshi, China — Team Novo Nordisk was in the mix for the win on Stage 3 of Tour of China I with Mehdi Benhamouda achieving a top 5 placing after a powerful bunch sprint.

After a transfer day Tour of China resumed this Tuesday with an essentially flat 138.6 km stage in Huangshi. With only two cat-4 climbs on the menu and a pan-flat finish it was no surprise that it was a day for the fast men to shine.

A seven-rider breakaway went clear early in the stage but were never allowed more than a minute advantage. Unsurprisingly the last escapee was caught with 10 km and thereafter several riders attacked trying to surprise the bunch.

Team Novo Nordisk had a strong card to play with Mehdi Benhamouda and worked diligently all day to protect the young Frenchman covering all key moves and late attacks in the final kilometers.

The expected bunch sprint was made challenging by strong headwind but thanks to great teamwork Benhamouda was placed in great position heading into the final kilometer. Unfortunately in the fight for positioning the 24-year-old momentarily lost is speed when he touched shoulders with another …read more

Via:: Team Novo Nordisk