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Tim Wellens wins queen stage to claim overall lead in Tour of Guangxi

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Tim Wellens stage 4 tour of guangxi

Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal) claimed stage 4 and the overall lead at the Tour of Guangxi after a well timed attack on the final climb.

All GC eyes have been fixed on the finale to stage four since the race route was announced and as predicted the three kilometre climb was hard enough to cause several splits in the bunch and create a clear hierarchy on the leaderboard.

Tim Wellens (Lotto-Soudal) escaped on the explosive climb to Mashan Nongla to take the win and race lead. Bauke Mollema (TreK-Segafredo) finished second on the same time, with Nicolas Roche (BMC) third at 4 seconds.

“Of course I am super happy. I was very good in front thanks to my teammates at the bottom of the climb and then I had a lot of power in the legs and I attacked together with Bauke Mollema,” Wellens said. “We stayed in front with three and then it was just in the final that I attacked one final time.”

Tour of Guangxi 2017 – stage 4 results (Nanning – Mashan Nongla Scenic Spot):

1Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal)

3:23:18

2Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo)

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3Nicolas Roche (BMC)

+04”

4Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors)

+06”

5Ben Hermans (BMC)

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6Wout Poels (Team Sky)

+12”

7Matej Mohoric (UAE Team Emirates)

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8Rein Taaramäe (Katusha-Alpecin)

+17”

9Mekseb Debesay (Dimension Data)

+20”

10Rémy Cavagna (Quick-Step Floors)

+22”

 

General classification after stage 4:

1Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal)

12:09:00

2Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo)

+04”

3Nicolas Roche (BMC)

+09”

4Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors)

+13”

5Ben Hermans (BMC)

+16”

6Wout Poels (Team Sky)

+22”

7Matej Mohoric (UAE Team Emirates)

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8Silvan Dillier (BMC)

+27”

9Rein Taaramäe (Katusha-Alpecin)

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10Rémy Cavagna (Quick-Step Floors)

+29”

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