Tour of Guangxi Stage 3: Oss in the Breakaway, Dillier Maintains GC Position21. October 2017, Nanning (CHN) — Road Team
Tour of Guangxi stage 3 saw Daniel Oss riding as part of the day’s early breakaway before Silvan Dillier finished safely in the main bunch to maintain second overall on the General Classification.
The attacks began as soon as the flag dropped on the first of four laps of a 31.4km circuit around Nanning, with rider after rider trying their luck at the front of the race over the opening kilometers before Oss was part of a three-rider group which began to distance itself from the rest of the field.
After just 15km of racing, and with another bunch sprint up for grabs on stage 3, the advantage of the Oss-led breakaway peaked at around the two-minute mark with race leader Fernando Gaviria’s Quick-Step Floor Cycling Team teammates setting the pace at the front of the main bunch behind.
Heading into the second half of the 125.3km course, the peloton had pulled Oss and the rest of his breakaway companions back to within 1’20” before, the chase quickly heated up, and the catch was made with 55km of racing still to come.
Despite a late two-rider attack extending a lead of almost one minute, the race was eventually brought back together again with just 5km to go, and the stage was quickly set for another fast and furious run into the line with Gaviria taking the win to retain the overall lead.
After gaining two more bonus seconds at the second intermediate sprint, Dillier crossed the line safely in the main bunch to retain the KOM jersey and second overall on the General Classification, 13 seconds behind Gaviria heading into stage 4.
Quotes From the Finish Line
“Today, I was able to gain two more bonus seconds, and I am well-positioned on the General Classification at the moment, but I don’t know what it will look like after tomorrow. I will try to stay with the best, but while I can’t guarantee anything, I will give it everything. The most important thing for me here is to enjoy the race, and so far it’s been great. My shape is good, and it is always more fun to race when you are feeling strong. I always like to be active during a race, and I have been able to do that in China so far which has been nice.”
“I felt good today, and it was nice to be in the breakaway and also be recognized as the day’s most aggressive rider. I’m enjoying racing here, it’s a nice race, and as a team, we will see what happens over the next few days.”
Tour of Guangxi
One-day race: Nanning > Nanning, 125.3km
Top 3: 1. Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors Cycling Team) 2. Mac Walscheid (Team Swunweb) 3. Magnus Cort (ORICA-Scott)
BMC Racing Team Top 3: 16. Floris Gerts 34. Silvan Dillier 39. Nicolas Roche