Hindley wins stage four and moves into the race lead at the Tour of Fuzhou
Giro d’Italia U23 stage winner Jai Hindley got everything right on stage four of the Tour of Fuzhou in China, taking the Queen stage win and moving into the race leaders yellow jersey with one more day of racing to come.
The hardest day of this year’s race covered130kilometres with a first and second category climb forming the ascent to the finish line and also the platform for a GC battle.
Mitchelton-SCOTT were prepared for the splits and with Hindley in fifth overall at the start of the day the Chinese/Australian outfit kept their leader well positioned as the race hit the climbs.
As the selection formed with seven kilometres to go and on his preferred terrain Hindley looked strong and as the group whittled down to three it was Hindley who convincingly came out on top.
“It was super nice to win today,” said Hindley. “It feels good to be able to give something back to the team that has given me so much support over the past couple of years.”
“On tomorrow’s final stage we will do everything we can as a team to defend the jersey and the race lead.”
Not only did Hindley move into the race lead, but Liu Jiankun also climbed the overall ranking into 16th place and maintains his position as the highest placed Chinese rider in the race.
“I am really happy for the guys to get this result today,” said sport director Dave Sanders. “We have had some bad luck with crashes and sickness throughout the Asia Tour and it has cost us some potential results, but the guys have not stopped trying and they deserved to be up there today.”
“The field kept splitting as they went up the final climb, it was pretty steep in places and over a tough road and that suited us. Jai rode really well and as it got down to first three riders, then two he looked confident and took the sprint convincingly.
“It won't be easy tomorrow, it will be a challenging race around Yong Tai over some fast circuits, but we will do our best to defend the jersey and we are motivated for the challenge.”
Tour of Fuzhou stage four results:
1. Jai Hindley (Mitchelton-SCOTT) 03:26:25
2. Fung Ka Hoo (Hong-Kong) ST
3. Stanislau Bazhkou (Minsk-Cycling-Club) +0:21
General classification after stage four:
1. Jai Hindley (Mitchelton-SCOTT) 11:34:23
2. Fung Ka Hoo (Hong-Kong) +0:04
3. Stanislau Bazhkou (Minsk-Cycling-Club) +0.15