Chinese road cyclist Jianpeng Liu wins the fourth stage of Tour de Flores 2016 on Sunday with 82 racers remaining on the race as fatigue started to kicks in. (SP Photo/Joanito de Saojoao)
China's Liu Grabs Tour de Flores's 4th Stage, As Steep Climbs Take Its Toll
BY :DION BISARA
MAY 22, 2016
Ruteng, Flores. Chinese road cyclist Jianpeng Liu won the fourth stage of Tour de Flores 2016 on Sunday with 82 racers remaining in the race as fatigue starts to kick in.
Today's (22/05) stage features 311 sharp inside the first 34-kilometer long descend into the stage turns and two hors categorie climbs.
Liu, who race with Wisdom Henxiang Cycling Team, advanced forward as the race entered first climb and maintained his lead throughout the 136.6 kilometer race to Ruteng. Spaniard Benjamin Prades of Team Ukyo, finished second and Australian Jai Crawford of Kinan Cycling Team came third.
New Zealander Daniel Whitehouse of Terengganu Cycling Team finished seventh place, preserving his position in overall classification. Indonesian Robin Manullang was ninth in the stage to place second in the overall classification.
Flores steep climbs took to their toll with fatigue preventing 13 riders to participate in the Sunday’s race, leaving only 82 riders to start stage 4 of Tour de Flores 2016.
Racers went very fast immediately after the start along a 34-kilometer descend to Aimere that features 311 sharp corners.
Four riders broke away from peloton in the last kilometers of the descend, including the stage 2 and 3 runner-up Benjamin Prades of Japan’s Team Ukyo. The Spaniard was joined by Indonesian Bambang Suryadi of Black Ink Cycling Team and two South Koreans Sunjae Jang of LX-IIBS Cycling Team and Jinmin Jung of Geunsam Insam Cello.
But, Jianpeng Liu of Wisdom Hengxiang Cycling Team and seven others riders broke up to overtake the leading group, as the track ascending inside the last 50 kilometers to Ruteng.
Jianpeng won three King of Mountain including two hors categorie climbs with Hyeongmin Choe of Geunsam Insam Cello, Prades and Jai Crawford of Kinan Cycling Team came close behind.
Prades and Crawford attacked inside the last five kilometer to finish, but Liu preserved to be the fastest crossing the finish line.
Flores steep climbs took their toll with fatigue preventing 13 riders from participating in the Sunday’s race, leaving only 82 riders to start stage 4 of Tour de Flores 2016.
Gerrard Wild, a racer from Swiss Welness Cycling who dropped out the race on Saturday, said: "My body finally give up yesterday after very challenging stages. I raced in Bayuwangi as well before coming here, so it may be a factor."
The 100 racers who compete in Tour de Flores raced in Tour de Ijen from May 11 to 14.
The final stage of Tour de Flores 2016 will start at 09:00 a.m. in Ruteng, covering 121.5 kilometer road to Labuan Bajo.