CYCLING: Mas wins Tour of Guangxi; Hosking wins women’s race as UCI World Tour ends

Spaniard Enric Mas's win in the crucial fourth stage was the key to victory in the Gree-Tour of Guangxi! (Photo: Tour of Guangxi)

The final races of the 2019 UCI World Tour for men and women came in China as the Gree-Tour of Guangxi finished for the men and the one-day women’s Tour of Guangxi was held on Tuesday (22nd).

The third men’s Tour of Guangxi was mostly for sprinters, with five of the six stages ending in mass finishes. Two of those were won by Colombia’s Fernando Gaviria (one and five) and two by Pascal Ackermann of Germany (three and six). The one stage that ended with racers in single file to the finish made the difference and that race belonged to Spain’s Enric Mas.

That was stage four, with an uphill finish to the Nongla Scenic Area and Mas got there first, ahead of Daniel Martinez (COL: +0:01), Diego Rosa (ITA: +0:08) and Dutch rider Antwan Tolhoek (+0:12). Adding in the time bonuses and that was the winning margin – five seconds across six stages – for Mas, with Martinez five seconds back and Rosa eight seconds behind. At 24 years old, this is the first multi-stage race win for Mas and could be the first of many more.

The women’s race was fairly flat except for one ascent in mid-race and had Australian star Chloe Hosking winning in the final sprint over Canada’s Alison Jackson and Dutch star Marianne Vos. It was Hosking’s first medal of the World Tour season … in the final race! Summaries:

UCI World Tour/GREE-Tour of Guangxi
China ~ 17-22 October 2019
(Full results here)

Final Standings: 1. Enric Mas (ESP), 22:42:42; 2. Daniel Felipe Martinez (COL), +0:05; 3. Diego Rosa (ITA), +0:14; 4. Antwan Tolhoek (NED), +0:22; 5. Felix Grosschartner (AUT), +0:29. Also in the top 25: 15. Peter Stetina (USA), +0:46.

Stage winners: Stage 1 (135.6 km): Fernando Gaviria (COL), 2:53:42; Stage 2 (152.3 km): Daniel McLay (GBR), 3:45.04; Stage 3 (143.0 km): Pascal Ackermann (GER), 3:19:21; Stage 4 (161.4 km): Enric Mas (ESP), 3:52:53; Stage 5 (212.4 km): Gaviria (COL), 5:13:42. Stage 6 (168.3 km): Ackermann (GER), 3:38:10.

UCI Women’s World Tour/Tour of Guangxi
China ~ 22 October 2019
(Full results here)

Final Standings (145.8 km): 1. Chloe Hosking (AUS), 3:58:46; 2. Alison Jackson (CAN), 3:58:46; 3. Marianne Vos (NED), 3:58:46; 4. Arlenis Sierra (CUB), 3:58:46; 5. Chiara Consonni (ITA), 3:58:46. Also in the top 25: 10. Lauren Stephens (USA), 3:58:46; 11. Coryn Rivera (USA), 3:58:46.

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