Tour of Taihu wrap
By Steve Thomas/www.bikenewsasia.com
Double ending things in fine style Russian sprinter Boris Shpilevsly of the Iranian based TPT team took out the final stage of the Tour of Taihu in China yesterday, following up on his opening stage win of 5 days earlier, and underlining his total dominance of the race by taking the race leaders yellow jersey back to his native Moscow for the winter – a jersey he strutted his stuff in right through the race, and never seemed in doubt of losing.
It was a race of very few surprises, with short flat stages meaning that it was something of a season end party for the sprinters in the pack, who carved up the scraps between them, leaving little in the way of crumbs for the rest of the riders.
Unfortunately CS were lacking the sting of a sprinter for the race, and despite their best daily efforts to escape the pack they were unable to further polish the high achieved with last weeks Tour of Hainan stage victory.
Although there are still a couple more races still to run in 2011 on the UCI Asia Tour calendar this race marks the end of a long and tough season of racing for most of the major Asian based teams, who will be taking a very brief rest before commencing battle again early in 2012.
The race also marked the end of the road for the Team Champion System Continental team, who bow out following a highly successful debut season, but will re-emerge as the all-new Champion System Pro Continental Team in 2012.
Final stage and overall winner Boris Shpilevsky of TPT
Overall Team Champion System riders
14 Wu Kin San, 18 Mart Ojavee, 23 Holger Burkhardt, 32 Simon Chau, 63 Chris Williams.