Stage 8: Xunhua - Linxia
Gavazzi outsprints Kump to claim a stormy stage 8 in Qinghai Lake
After a couple of near misses, Italian Mattia Gavazzi records a win over three-time stage winner and points leader Marko Kump…
Aaron S. Lee
Linxia, CHINA—Third time was the charm for Italian Mattia Gavazzi (Amore & Vita-Selle SMP) as he finally got the best of three-time stage winner and current points leader Mark Kump (Adria Mobil) with a bunch sprint victory over the Slovenian on a rain-soaked 126-kilometre ‘China Sports Lottery’ stage 8 in the 14th ‘Qinghai Rural Credit Cup’ Tour of Qinghai Lake (UCI 2.HC) on Sunday, July 12.
Stage 4 winner Ivan Savitsky (RusVelo) finished third with stage 6 runner up Liam Bertazzo (Southeast) in fourth on a day that was a complete turnaround from the hot, dry conditions on the 190km race the day before.
“The first stage I lose by a little bit,” said Gavazzi through one of his team’s sports directors Vladimir Starchyk. “The second stage was dangerous and I didn’t want to take a risk.
“But I am confident about my power on the straight finish, and I believe in my legs so it is nice for the team to finally get a victory.”
The 32-year-old sprint specialist took two stage wins at Qinghai Lake last year, as well as a stage win at both Tour of China I and II, but Starchyk believes Gavazzi is in better form this year and has targeted more stage wins before the race is done.
“It was not very good weather, but it was not cold and the team was very motivated win the stage,” explained Starchyk, who is on his eighth Tour of Qinghai Lake – six as a rider and two as team personnel. “The guys were perfect and they were working hard for Mattia, who is the best in the world.
“Even though he won two stages last year, he was not in his best form like he is this season,” he continued. “He feels much better and we have more opportunities ahead. I hope we can sprint all stages because we are racing every day for win.”
The race started cautiously under slippery conditions, with the peloton sticking close together until Matej Mugerli (Synergy Baku), Genki Yamamoto (Nippo-Vini Fantini) and Jiao Pengda (China Continental Team of Gansu Bank)) animated the race by taking out the first intermediate sprint at the 30km mark.
A breakaway soon followed, with Mirko Tedeschi (Southeast), Wesley Sulzberger (Navitas-Satalyst), Connor McCutcheon (AirGas-Safeway), Andriy Kulyk (Kolss-BDC) and Ioannis Tamouridis (Synergy Baku) joining the first sprint trio. The eight-man group opened up a 2-minute gap at 34.6km.
Italian Tedeschi, Ukrainian Kulyk and Japan’s Yamamoto went in order over the category 2 king of the mountain at an elevation of 2,326m at the 44.2km checkpoint.
Afterwards, only five riders remained, with Australian Sulzberger, American McCutcheon, China’s Jiao, Yamamoto and Tedeschi holding a 1 minute 55 second gap at 58.3km.
Tamouridis, Kulyk and Yamamato went one, two, three in the second intermediate sprint before the break was caught by the peloton with 25km remaining.
The 13-stage, 2,027-kilometre Asia Tour race continues on Monday with current race leader and best Asian rider Hossein Alizadeh (RTS-Santic) of Iran trying to defend his 3 second lead over Croatian Radoslav Rogina (Adria Mobil) on the 203km ‘China Sports Lottery’ stage 9 from Linxia to Dingxi.
“Today we have rain but not cold,” said 27-year-old Alizadeh, a 2012 stage and race winner. “It was a good day after very hard stage yesterday. Today was recovery for us.
“I think we have a very, very hard time keeping the leaders jersey,” the 16-time Qinghai Lake race leader concluded. “But if I can keep it tomorrow, we will for sure do our best to keep the yellow for the remainder of the race.”
Stage Results:
1. GAVAZZI Mattia (AMO)
2. KUMP Marko (ADR)
3. SAVITSKIY Ivan (RVL)
Jersey:
GC(Yellow):ALIZADEH Hossein (RTS)
Points(Green):KUMP Marko (ADR)
KOM(Polka dot): COLORADO HERNANDEZ FRANCISCO JARLEY (NFC)
Best Asia(Blue):ALIZADEH Hossein (RTS)

2015 環青海湖國際公路自行車賽第8賽段:循化-臨夏
卡瓦次終獲單站 阿里扎德黃衫依舊
 
2015年7月12日,循化縣積石大街將迎來第十四屆“青海農信杯”環青海湖國際公路自行車賽第八賽段:“中國體育彩票”循化-臨夏賽段的較量。同時本賽段也將正式跨越青海省,最終抵達甘肅省境內的臨夏市濱河東路體育場。
 
最後的大團衝刺中,擁有超強衝刺實力的烏克蘭阿莫爾維塔洲際隊車手卡瓦次(GAVAZZI Mattia)沒有選擇多數衝刺手所在的集團左側路線,而是跟隨著綠衫擁有者、斯洛文尼亞艾德里亞莫貝爾洲際隊的馬科爾(Kump Marko)從右後方的空隙處高速插上,並成功完成超越,一舉沖得該賽段的最后冠軍;馬科爾緊隨其後收穫第二;俄羅斯洛斯維羅隊的百利金(BALYKIN Ivan)得到賽段第三。各總成績榜首今天依舊沒有變化,中華台北RTS森地客車隊的阿里扎德(Alizadeh Hossein)繼續以3秒的領先優勢保有黃衫、並在亞洲最佳車手榜上獨占鰲頭;綠衫擁有者斯洛文尼亞艾德里亞莫貝爾隊的馬科爾由於沖得本賽段第二,因此在衝刺積分榜上已經獲得了驚人的90個積分;而寧夏體彩福克斯車隊的科羅拉多(Colorado Hernandez Francisco Jarley)在本賽段過後依舊保有爬坡王圓點衫。
 
第八賽段全長126公里,共設有兩個途中衝刺點,分別位於第30.8公里的大河家,以及第62.6公里處的積石山,積石山主峰海拔6282米,藏名叫阿尼瑪卿山,意為黃河之祖,相傳為女媧補天后用剩下的大石頭堆成,山上積石與天穹顏色一樣青藍,而且隨著日出日落,會不斷地變化著深淺不同的色彩。而本賽段唯一的2級爬坡點位於第44.2公里處,海拔2326米。
 
賽段起點青海省循化撒拉族自治縣地處黃河上游大陸腹地、青藏高原與黃土高原的接壤處,平均海拔2300米,自古是“蔽障河蘭牽制鄯廓”的西陲要地。是一片一片山水靈秀、氣候宜人、自然風光奇麗、人文民俗奇特的聖潔熱土。
 
循化縣四面群山護衛,黃河流貫其中、川道平坦、森林茂密,素有“高原江南”的美譽:這裡是中國撒拉族的發祥地,是全國惟一的撒拉族自治縣,享有“撒拉之鄉”的盛名。據卡約文化遺址考古發掘證明,早在至今5000年前的新石器時代,就有先民繁衍生息在這裡。清雍正九年,世宗皇帝賜名循化,意為“遵循王化”,循化由此而得名。
 
而作為賽段終點,設立於1956年11月的臨夏回族自治州(簡稱臨夏州)是中國兩大回族自治州之一,位於黃河上游,是甘肅省西南地區重要的商品集散地和漢藏貿易樞紐。兩千年前秦漢王朝就設縣、置州、建郡。是歷代兵家必爭之地、古絲綢之路南道之要衝、唐番古道之重鎮、茶馬互市之中心。是明代著名的四大茶馬司之一,有“河湟雄鎮”之稱,名列“隴上八州”之首。
 
今天的比賽在濛濛細雨中迎來發車,而在車手出發之後雨勢開始逐漸加大,使得原本正常的賽道瞬間變得異常艱難。意圖突圍車手的車手們遲遲沒能組織起有效的攻勢,整個大團在並不寬闊的山路間小心翼翼的騎行。第一沖刺點前,8名車手從大團前方成功突圍,其中包括意大利東南隊米爾科(TEDESCHI MIRKO)、甘肅銀行洲際隊的焦鵬達、美國艾爾蓋斯賽福威隊康納(MCCUTCHEON Connor)等車手,而在他們後方,北京延慶伊諾華洲際隊丹尼斯(HAYMANOV Denis)也在獨自一人發力向他們追趕。阿塞拜疆希耐基巴庫隊的穆格里(MUGERLI Matej)在率先通過第一沖刺點後回到大團之中,意大利尼波-維尼凡蒂尼隊山本元喜(GENKI YAMAMOTO)以及本土車手焦鵬達分別以第二和第三的成績過線。
 
隨後的比賽中領先集團逐漸將與大團間的差距拉​​開至2分40秒。爬坡點過後,意大利東南隊的米爾科第一個通過計時線,烏克蘭科爾斯隊的庫里克(KULYK ANDRIY)第二,而意大利尼波-維尼凡蒂尼隊的山本元喜繼第一沖刺點拿到第二後,再次奪得這個2級爬坡點的第三。之後的比賽領先集團持續保持優勢,大團則是在中華台北RTS森地客車隊的領騎下將與突圍集團的差距控制在2分鐘左右。此時天空中的雨雲似乎終於打算就此罷休,雨勢漸停之後,來自阿塞拜疆希耐基巴庫隊的伊沃阿尼斯(TAMOURIDIS Ioannis)當仁不讓的拿下第二衝刺點,可以說阿塞拜疆希耐基巴庫隊在今天的途中衝刺積分爭奪中收穫頗豐。
 
而隨著終點的臨近,大團逐漸開始發力追趕,並拉近與領先集團的時差。比賽在進行至最後25公里後,所有突圍車手被大團追回,雖然最後階段仍有車手嘗試突圍,並意圖再次創造單飛奪冠的壯舉,但“此一時彼一時”今天的大團並不打算在平路上放過任何一人。最後的衝刺中,烏克蘭阿莫爾維塔洲際隊的衝刺好手卡瓦次在沉寂了7個賽段之後終於爆發,憑藉無人能及的勢頭從集團左側突圍而出,並力壓所有其他對手,迎來自己在本屆環湖賽上的首個賽段冠軍!
 
 
賽前車手採訪——
 
珂塞沃伊(KOSHEVOY Ilia),美利達-藍波車隊車手,第七賽段冠軍
 
Q:昨天的賽段冠軍讓你感到非常興奮,這場胜利對於你有怎樣重大的意義?
 
珂塞沃伊:我來自白俄羅斯,我的父母都是自行車運動員,所以我從小就接觸自行車,跟隨他們的腳步成為一名職業自行車運動員。昨天的勝利是我首個UCI職業賽單站冠軍,這對我非常地重要,所以我很開心!
 
Q:這場胜利之後,你和車隊對接下來的比賽有什麼進一步的計劃?
 
珂塞沃伊:之後的比賽還有1-2個難度比較高的賽段,我和隊友們會盡力去幫助隊友盧克(PBERINK Luca),使他在最後衝刺中取得靠前的成績。
 
 
焦鵬達,甘肅本土車手,甘肅銀行洲際隊車手兼教練
 
Q:環青海湖賽接下去的比賽將從青海省去到甘肅省。作為一名甘肅籍的車手,回到家鄉作戰,較之前的會有些什麼不同?
 
焦鵬達:回到甘肅除了那裡的海拔沒有青海高,有些路段比較熟悉之外,並沒有太大的不同。作為一名車手,我要做的就是一如既往認真對待每一場比賽,盡量取得好的成績。
 
Q:進入甘肅之後,肯定會有很多甘肅的車迷來為你們加油助威。作為一支甘肅的本土車手,你們希望能有怎樣的表現來回報車迷的熱情?
 
焦鵬達:本屆環青海湖賽,我們車隊最大的期望就是能上一次領獎台。其實從一開始比賽到現在,這一直是車隊的參賽目標。很遺憾現在賽程過半,我們沒有還沒有實現這個目標,後面還有幾個賽段,希望我們可以把握好機會就行!
 
 
賽后車手採訪——
 
卡瓦次(GAVAZZI Mattia),烏克蘭阿莫爾維塔洲際隊沖刺手,本賽段冠軍
 
“我很高興,我們終於贏了!今天在比賽一開始我的狀態就很好,感覺不錯。我的隊友們在比賽中不斷地幫助我,他們做得非常好,都很棒!車隊非常重視環青海湖的比賽,我們在之前的比賽中錯失了很多機會,今天就是要利用我最後衝刺的優勢來奪取一場胜利,我們竭力想贏下今天的比賽,這個冠軍讓我和車隊終於可以如釋重負,讓我們可以更淡定地面對之後的比賽。”

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