Spaniard (10th) shines again in China’s stage 2 final gallop, attacks in final climb alongside Nuyens (SBS) and fights into final sprint together with Sanz. Haussler (GRM) takes day’s win
The youngsters from Movistar Team took charge of protagonism in the finale of Tour of Beijing’s stage 2, the first point-to-point stage over 138 kilómetros from the Olympic Stadium in the region’s capital to the town of Men Tou Gou, where Aussie Heinrich Haussler (GRM) took the sprint win with a narrow margin ahead of Russian Denis Galimzyanov (KAT). Spaniard Ángel Madrazo was the most active from the lads directed by Yvon Ledanois, leading the last important move of the day after attacking with Belgian Nick Nuyens (SBS) in the last pass through the only climb of the day, less than 15k from the finish.
After getting caught some kilometers later, the “Sparrow” could still get together with young team-mate Enrique Sanz into the ending sprint where they eventually got boxed in, Madrazo signing the telephone squad’s best day performance in 10th place, closing another one from his uncountable attacking days in a breakthough 2011 confirming him as one of cycling’s biggest hopefuls. The day of truth for GC riders -the overall still led by German Tony Martin (THR)- will come on Friday, over 162k and four categorized ascents, the last one located just 12 kilometers from Yong Ning’s arrivée.