Seventh place for Matteo Pelucchi in the very last race of the 2017 season.
The last stage of the inaugural Tour of Guangxi took place today around Guilin. The peloton had to cover 168 kilometers on a big loop around the city. Even though two KOM’s were on the menu, a bunch sprint was expected, as the last 40k led flat into the Guilin. Again, D. Oss jumped away with two companions early in the stage. The new BORA – hansgrohe signing for 2018 was already present three times in a break this week and also took the Mountains Classification of the tour. Today he came the win closest, being brought back from a flying bunch with just 4k to go. But once again Quickstep were desperately preparing a sprint for F. Gaviria, who took also today’s final stage of the Tour of Guangxi, while BORA – hansgrohe rode their lead-out for Matteo Pelucchi. The Italian sprinter waited long to launch his final move on the last 150m, but unfortunately was pushed to the right when reaching full speed. Matteo finished 7th in the end, just centimeters behind the stage winner in a very close final.
“We hoped for a podium finish today. The team worked well for Matteo (Pelucchi) and he was up there when he had to. Maybe he waited a little long and then was a little unlucky when he was blocked from Cort Nielsen on the last meters. Matteo had the speed for a top three result, but what can you do when there is no more space to go. In the end, we have to say that we expected a little more in this Tour of Guangxi, but it was a long and tiring season and most of our guys came directly from Turkey, which was also a little difficult because of the time difference.” – André Schulze, Sports Director