Tour of Beijing – Stage 1 Preview

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The 5 day race opens with a nice day for the sprinters.

Screen Shot 2013-10-07 at 20.18.12The riders travel 190.5km from Shunyi to Huairou Studio City.

They tackle a small cat 3 climb and the road does have a small kick-up 20km from home.

I can’t see how this stage wouldn’t end in a bunch sprint though.The sprinters here are:

Hutarovich – AG2R

Gavazzi – Astana

Martens – Belkin

Viviani – Cannondale

Bouhanni – FDJ

Von Hoff – Garmin

Tsatevitch – Katusha

Matthews – Orica

Mezgec – Argos

Markus – Vacansoleil

Hushovd – BMC

Petacchi – OPQS

Ferrari – Lampre

Lobato – Euskaltel

This has to be a 3 way fight between Viviani,Bouhanni and Matthews.

Preparation could be the key and Matthews has been in China since Monday,so he should be very fresh for stage 1.Although,the other 2 are faster on a stage like this.

Viviani raced well in the Tour of Britain,winning 1 stage and having two 2nd places.He got close to Cavendish and I make him a slight favourite.

Bouhanni is good but doesn’t seem to travel well.He’s only won 1 race outside of France this year,stage 6 in Oman.

Matthews won two stages at the Vuelta,but wasn’t consistent enough for me.

I think this is going to be very close,but I’ll go for Viviani.

An outsider for the podium is Barry Markus.


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