Nicolas Roche general classification hopes intact after Chinese opener

Posted on: October 19th, 2017

Nicolas Roche aims for general classification at Tour of Guangxi

Something you don’t see too often; the finish taken from the sidelines at the end of the first ever stage of the Tour of Guangxi which has taken place today.


Nicolas Roche aiming for GC at Tour of Guangxi


Ireland’s Nicolas Roche has come through the opening stage of the Tour of Guangxi unscathed in China.

Roche and Ben Hermans are BMC Racing’s two general classification options in the race, which is the last WorldTour event of the year.

And while their team mate Silvan Dillier went on the attack in the 107km circuit race in Beihai, Roche minded himself.

If he is to make an impression on the general standings it will some on Sunday’s stage 4 where there is an uphill finish.

Today Diller escaped in a four-man move with Andrei Grivko (Astana), Nicholas Dougall (Dimension Data) and Remi Cavagna (QuickStep).

They never gained more than half a minute, with Dillier taking the sprints jersey and Cavagna the climbers’ jersey.

The latter was the last man standing from the escape as it split and was reabsorbed incrementally in the closing stages.

He was joined for a time by Jonathan Lastra (Caja Rural). He caught the lone leader with 13km remaining after attacking the peloton.

However, they were caught with 4km remaining where the inevitable bunch sprint was taken by Fernando Gaviria (QuickStep).

Roche finished in 55th in the same time as the winner and first ever Tour of Guangxi race leader.




Stage 1: Beihai – Beihai (107.4km)

1 Fernando Gaviria (Col) Quick Step Floors 2:20:01
2 Dylan Groenewegen (Ned) Team Lotto.Nl – Jumbo
3 Pascal Ackermann (Ger) Bora – Hansgrohe
4 Maximilian Walscheid (Ger) Team Sunweb
5 Wouter Wippert (Ned) Cannondale – Drapac
6 Andrea Guardini (Ita) Uae Team Emirates
7 Danny Van Poppel (Ned) Team Sky
8 Dylan Page Caja Rural – Seguros Rga
9 Rick Zabel (Ger) Katusha – Alpecin
10 Moreno Hofland (Ned) Lotto – Soudal
55 Nicolas Roche (Irl)BMC Racing Team


General classification

1 Fernando Gaviria (Col) Quick Step Floors 2:19:51
2 Silvan Dillier (Swi) Bmc Racing Team 0:00:01
3 Dylan Groenewegen (Ned) Team Lotto.Nl – Jumbo 0:00:04
4 Pascal Ackermann (Ger) Bora – Hansgrohe 0:00:06
5 Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana
6 Rémy Cavagna (Fra) Quick Step Floors 0:00:07
7 Nicolas Dougall (RSA) Dimension Data 0:00:08
8 Maximilian Walscheid (Ger) Team Sunweb 0:00:10
9 Wouter Wippert (Ned) Cannondale – Drapac
10 Andrea Guardini (Ita) Uae Team Emirates
57 Nicolas Roche (Irl)BMC Racing Team all same time