Another rainy day at Tour of Guangxi. Another sprint stage. Fabio Jakobsen (QuickStep-Floors) who came out on top in Nanning. The Dutchman assumed the race lead from compatriot Dylan Groenewegen (Lotto-Jumbo).
Dan McLay sat on the back of the EF Education First – Drapac p/b Cannondale sprint train, but, despite the learnings from the previous two stages, was unable to contest the final, coming in 18th place.
“What we did to support Dan didn’t work,” said sport director Ken Vanmarkce. “Dan and I had a good talk and we are going to try it a different way on stages five and six.
#PinkArgyle enjoyed the support of the EF Kids and Teens school in Nanning with 60 staff, teachers, parents and students cheering for the riders roadside. Post-race Will Clarke, Julius van den Berg, Kim Magnusson along with Vanmarcke and EF Pro Cycling CEO Jonathan Vaughters visited the school .
“The EF event was really nice organized and a lot of fun – like always,” said Vanmarcke. “The people at the school are so friendly and happy to see the riders! The riders made a lantern, and honestly, I am happy that they became cyclists and not carpenters. The five-year-old children were quicker at the project than the riders.”
Racing continues on Friday with a stage that is set to decide the general classification. EF Education First – Drapac p/b Cannondale will look to support 2017 Tour de France runner-up Rigoberto Uran in the uphill finale.
“It’s a big day tomorrow,” said Vanmarcke. “Everyone is full in for Rigo. He’s ready for it.”