Oss on the Attack on Day Five in China23. October 2017, Guilin (CHN) — Road Team
Daniel Oss continued BMC Racing Team’s run in the breakaways at the Tour of Guangxi by forming part of a three-man move that was eventually caught to make way for the expected bunch sprint in Guilin.
Unlike previous stages, it took more than 60km of the 212km stage for a breakaway to go clear, after multiples attacks featuring Silvan Dillier, Manuel Senni, Floris Gerts were pulled back.
Eventually, the peloton was happy to let Oss, William Clarke (Cannondale-Drapac Pro Cycling Team), and Fabricio Ferrari (Caja Rural) go clear.
Oss claimed the first King of the Mountain points and from there, the trio extended their advantage to more than six minutes halfway through the penultimate stage.
Oss again collected the maximum points at the second intermediate sprint, following which the peloton picked up their chase and brought the leading trio to within one minute.
With just over 25km to go, a group of 70 riders reeled in Oss’ breakaway by which stage Oss had overtaken teammate Nicolas Roche in the lead of the KOM classification.
From there, the sprinters’ teams formed their trains and battled it out on the flat finish in Guilin where Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNL Jumbo) claimed the victory.
Ahead of the final stage, Roche remains in third place overall, 11 seconds behind race leader Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal), Ben Hermans in fifth place at 18 seconds, and Silvan Dillier in eighth at 29 seconds, and BMC Racing Team lead the team classification.
Quotes from the Finish Line
“It was a good day in the breakaway. I only did two attacks to try and go in the breakaway. One at the start but then I waited because the pace was really high and it was pretty hard to go. Then when the road got smaller and rolling and it was harder, I went with the other two guys. So, I went in the break with more energy than the other two and I had more energy in the final so that’s why I could help Nico and Ben when the GC group caught us and then stay in front. At the beginning it wasn’t sure if they would catch us as the gap went out to over six minutes but then Quickstep-Floors and Team Movistar started pulling so we knew it was going to be hard to stay away. During the race, I committed to getting the green KOM jersey so I focused on that and I did the sprints.”
“I’m really enjoying the race here. The hotel is nice, the organization is amazing, and the people are kind and interested in the race. It’s a nice way to end the season.”
Tour of Guangxi
Stage 5 Liuzhou > Guilin (212km)
Top 3: 1. Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNL Jumbo), 2. Fernando Gaviria (Quickstep-Floors), 3. Magnus Cort Nielson (ORICA-Scott).
BMC Racing Team top 3: 17. Nicolas Roche, 33. Silvan Dillier, 45. Ben Hermans