A hard fighting Shane Archbold takes 13th place in Guilin for BORA – hansgrohe.
The 5th stage of the Tour of Guangxi was the longest and most undulated one of this year’s first edition of the race. From Liuzhou to Guilin, over 212.2 kilometers, the riders had to cover four climbs, the last with about 35k to go. Again, a leading trio went clear from the bunch early to take all KOM’s of the day. But with different teams organizing the chase, the breakaway was caught from a reduced peloton on the last decent of the day. Even some attempts were launched in the final, a sprint had to decide the race in the end. Unfortunately, both BORA – hansgrohe sprinters, Matteo Pelucchi and Pascal Ackermann, were dropped on the last climb of the day. Therefore, it was Shane Archbold who tried to put himself in position for the sprint. Shane finished the stage in respectable 13th place, while D. Groenewegen was able to beat F. Gaviria this time to the line.
“Well, we hoped that one of our sprinters would survive the last climb, but the pace was high in the bunch as the chase was still full on. Shane (Archbold) showed fighting spirit today to hang on to the front group. He was ill the last two days, but he recovered and managed today to stay in front. In the final it was hard for him, having just our climbers on his side to help. But I think Shane did a good job to finish 13th, it is a respectable result taking in account his problems the last days. Tomorrow should be another chance for Matteo (Pelucchi) and Pascal (Ackermann), both have the speed to fight for the win I am sure.” – Jens Zemke, Sports Director