The 123 kilometer stage opened with a category two climb that set the stage for a challenging day that took the riders to the race’s highest elevation (nearly 3,900 meters) and featuring a “hors category” climb of 16 km from the finish. Wurf finished 22nd as Luka Mezgec (Sava) took his third stage win and Hossein Alizadeh (Tabriz Petrochemical Team) held onto the overall lead for the third consecutive day.
Wurf continues to be tied on time with Hossein Askari (Tabriz Petrochemical Team) and Giovanny Manuel Baez (EPM-UNE). The trio are 12 seconds behind Alizadeh.
As the race unfolds for Asia's first pro continental team, Champion System General Manager Ed Beamon confirmed that the team’s aim continues to be protecting Wurf’s overall standing.
“It was a really good effort by the guys and we took control of our destiny today,” said Beamon. “Aaron Kemps and (William) Clarke did a great job and kept the pace just high enough to make sure everyone in the field was a little uncomfortable.”
Thursday’s 104 km stage is a circuit race through Qilian.
Photo: Courtesy Champion System Pro Cycling