2015 Tour of Qinghai Lake Stage1: Xining Circuit Race
Kump outsprints Gavazzi to claim opening stage at Qinghai Lake
Slovenian Marko Kump opens Tour of Qinghai Lake with a win over last year’s two-time stage winner Mattia Gavazzi…
 
By: Aaron S. Lee
 
Xining, CHINA—The 14th ‘Qinghai Rural Credit Cup’ Tour of Qinghai Lake (UCI 2.HC) opened with a thrilling bunch sprint as Slovenian Marko Kump (Adria Mobil) edged Italians Mattia Gavazzi (Amore & Vita-Selle SMP), who won two stages at the race last year, and Marco Zanotti (Parkhotel-Valkenburg) on Sunday, July 5.
The victory marks the 11th win of the season for the 26-year-old, who is fresh off a top 10 finish (eighth) at his national road race championships last week, including a GC win at the Tour of Malopolska (2.2) in June and a points title at the Tour of Azerbaïdjan (2.1) in May.
“Everything I try to do is to finish the job,” said Kump post race. “I am super happy and the team spirit is at the highest level.”
After several days of consistent rainfall, Xining turned on its charm with a stunningly sunny day over the seven-lap, 121-kilometre ‘Qinghai Rural Credit’ circuit race sitting at 2500 metres in elevation. The peloton was eager to get underway and opened the first 10km in aggressive style.
Three riders jumped early, including Ukrainian Sergiy Lagkuti (Kolss-BDC), Azerbaïdjani Elchin Asadov (Synergy Baku) and Mongolian Maral-Erdene Batmunkh, and led after 22km until being joined by reigning two-time Tawain road race champion Chun Kai Feng (Lampre-Merida).
The break eventually shrunk to Lagkuti before being joined by six, then five, for a total of 12 lead riders with a 44-second gap before being swallowed up by the surging peloton for the final bunch kick championed by Kump.
“It was a classic opening stage,” Kump told media afterwards. “It was a big breakaway, but for us it was okay. We had a rider in front, but still we were pulling behind to make sure there was a bunch sprint and in the end it was which was just perfect for us.
“My teammates did a nice job all day so yeah, I’m happy.”
As for the altitude, Kump admitted that he, like everyone, was feeling its effects on the day.
“It’s an altitude that is not so easy,” he explained. “We can feel a difference in our lungs and in our heart rate. Everything is just harder and there is also jetlag, but that is pretty much the same for all the riders.
“We should get more acclimatised over the next few days.”
With the win, Kump sits atop both the general classification and points lead over Gavazzi and Zanotti, while China’s Feng Qiao (Ningxia Sports Lottery-Focus) leads as the best Asian rider over Hong Kong’s Burr Ho (HKSI Pro Cycling) and Iran’s Hossein Alizadeh (RTS-Santic).
The 13-day UCI Asia Tour stage race continues on Monday with a second possible bunch sprint in the 188km ‘Jingdu Natural Water’ stage 2 from Duoba to Datong.
 
Stage Results:
1. KUMP Marko (ADR)
2. GAVAZZI Mattia (AMO)
3. ZANOTTI Marco (PVC)
 
Jersey:
GC(Yellow Jersey): KUMP Marko (ADR)
Points(Green Jersey): GAVAZZI Mattia (AMO)
Best Asia(Blue Jersey): QIAO Feng (FUS)

Stage1: Xining Circuit Race

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2015 環青海湖國際公路自行車賽第1賽段
馬科爾沖得首冠 率先披上黃衫
 
2015年7月5日,第十四屆“青海農信杯”環青海湖國際公路自行車賽再次從青海省的省會城市——西寧市拉開序幕。來自世界各地的22支車隊、150名車手參與了今天首個賽段:西寧繞圈賽的角逐。
 
最終的大團衝刺過後,來自斯洛文尼亞艾德里亞莫貝爾洲際隊的馬科爾(Kump Marko)力壓群雄斬獲本屆環湖賽首個單站冠軍;衝刺實力不俗的烏克蘭阿莫爾維塔洲際隊車手卡瓦次(Mattia Gavazzi)屈居第二;荷蘭帕克赫特爾洲際隊的紮諾蒂(Marco Zanotti)收穫第三。單站冠軍馬科爾同時收穫代表個人總成績第一的黃衫以及沖刺積分第一的綠衫;來自寧夏體彩福克斯洲際隊的喬峰憑藉今天出色的發揮在亞洲車手排行中位居首位,收穫代表亞洲最佳車手的藍衫!
 
本賽段從位於西寧市海湖新區內的海湖體育中心發車,全長121公里,車手們將在單圈17.24公里的賽道上繞行7圈,隨後在起點迎來最後衝刺,其中第3 、第5圈衝刺圈的爭奪將異常激烈。
 
作為青藏高原上的一顆璀璨明珠以及青海省省會,西寧市以其地處黃土高原與青藏高原、農業區與牧業區、漢文化與藏文化的三大結合部的地理優勢,成為全省政治、經濟、文化、教育、科教、交通和通訊的中心,是青藏高原上第一大城市,也是世界最高海拔城市之一。
 
上午11點比賽準時發槍,賽前雖然經歷了連日的陰雨,但隨著揭幕站序幕的拉開,天氣終於放晴,氣溫也回升至20度以上,車手們在今天的賽段中將會以調整狀態及適應氣候為主。
 
比賽開始後,各支車隊的車手們拼搶異常積極,大團前方的突圍與追擊集團不斷相互拉扯,美國盧普斯車隊的凱爾(Murphy Kyle)、馬修(Jeannes Matthieu)、青海天佑德隊的吳生君、阿塞拜疆希耐基巴庫隊的艾欣(Elchin Asadov)等等車手都曾有過突圍的表現,可惜均未對大團能造成威脅。第二圈過後大團形成新的格局,7名突圍車手成功形成領先突圍集團,其中包括來自意大利尼波-維尼凡蒂尼洲際職業隊的波佐(Mattia Pozzo)、美國艾爾蓋斯賽福威洲際隊的康納(Mccutcheon Connor)、寧夏體彩福克斯洲際隊的科羅拉多(Colorado Hernandez Francisco Jarley)等車手。
 
第一沖刺點過後來自意大利東南洲際職業隊的盧卡(Wackermann Luka)率先通過計時點,美國盧普斯隊的尼古拉斯(Jowsey Nicholas)和烏克蘭科爾斯隊的瓦西里克(Vasylyuk Andriy)緊隨其後。大團隨後開始發力追趕,美國盧普斯車隊的托馬斯(Vaubourzeix Thomas)再次突圍之後成功搶奪第二衝刺點。
 
比賽進入最後一圈後,所有車手被大團追回,最哎後三公里的直路較量中,各支車隊的副將開始為主將爭奪有利位置,大團前方的車手不斷交替,最終來自斯洛文尼亞艾德里亞莫貝爾洲際隊的馬科爾在眾多衝刺好手的圍堵中率先沖線,贏得本屆環湖賽首個賽段的冠軍,並成功收穫黃、綠兩衫!
 
環湖賽賽前車手採訪——
 
2014環湖賽第一賽段冠軍,烏克蘭科爾斯隊波利佛大(Polivoda Oleksandr ):
 
去年對於我們車隊來說獲得首個賽段冠軍是個非常意外的驚喜。但對我們來說要在最後的大團的衝刺中取得勝利是有難度的。今年是比較不一樣的賽程,有更多的平路賽段,我希望我和隊友們能夠盡力獲得1或2個賽段冠軍。
 
青海本土車手,青海天佑德隊張金德:
 
今天我的主要任務就是盡力去突圍,在第3和第5衝刺圈拿到衝刺點減秒。本次來參加環湖賽我的主要目標是亞洲最佳,希望我能夠做到。
 
第一賽段冠軍採訪——
 
斯洛文尼亞艾德里亞莫貝爾洲際隊馬科爾(Kump Marko):
 
Q:作為2015環青海湖賽首個賽段的冠軍,你之前有預想到嗎?
 
馬科爾:這是一個典型的多日賽首個比賽日的平路賽段,前方的突圍集團很成功,對於我們而言,我們要做的就是保持在大團的最前方直到最後的大團衝刺,那樣就會對我們非常有利。今天的結果也確實如此,這真的非常棒!我的隊友表現十分出色,整場比賽中一直給予我幫助,我們對今天的結果非常滿意。
 
Q:來到青海湖所有人都有的最大的問題就是高海拔,你們隊是如何解決的呢?
 
馬科爾:這是個很大的問題,不是那麼容易解決。我們都來自不同海拔的城市,而且還有不同的時差,但這對於​​每個參賽車手而言都是一樣的。我們正在嘗試去適應,每天的比賽都是適應的過程,希望過幾天我們能更好的適應高海拔。
 
Q:這賽季你表現的非常不錯,整個隊伍都在幫助你,對你的衝刺十分有信心,你覺得怎麼樣呢?
 
馬科爾:對,沒錯!他們的付出是全力及無私的,所以如果最後我失敗了,我很難回到隊車裡去面對他們。我的工作就是去回報他們付出,那樣我們都會感到高興,整個隊伍的士氣也會因此有所提高。
 
 
明天將進行的是2015環青海湖國際公路自行車賽第二賽段:多巴—大通,賽道全長188公里,共設有三個途中衝刺點,賽段平均海拔維持在2400米左右。
 
賽段成績:
1、KUMP Marko (ADR)
2、GAVAZZI Mattia (AMO)
3、ZANOTTI Marco (PVC)
 
各色領騎衫:
總成績黃衫:KUMP Marko (ADR)
衝刺王綠衫:KUMP Marko (ADR)
亞洲最佳藍衫:喬峰 (NFC)
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