Tour of Beijing (st. 2)
Martin (OPQ) seizes leader jersey after solo win in demanding stage two, with Gutiérrez -part of the day’s break- and Costa -now 10th overall- fought to stay at the front
Iván Gutiérrez were Movistar Team’s two main references in a surprising stage two in the 2012 Tour of Beijing, over 126 kilometers from the capital to Men Tou Gou in which the world time trial champion Tony Martin (OPQ) profited from his strength in the flat to attack from an elite group and reach the finish with almost 50 seconds over the pursuit, featuring the two riders from the telephone squad.
Gutiérrez had previously entered the day’s early breakaway, a five-man attempt caught just before the only Cat. 1 climb of the day by a selected bunch including Costa, whose long season made not to enter the eight-rider move that would launch Martin into the win. Eventually, the riders behind the German and the second chase group got together just at the finish, what allows Rui entering the GC top ten before the most favourable day for the Blues, the Queen stage with 162km between Men Tou Gou and adaling, at the feet of the Big Wall, with a final kilometer at 7% gradient.