Alois Kankovsky wins fourth stage as Shpilevskiy retain overall lead in Tour of Taihu

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Alois Kankovsky wins fourth stage as Shpilevskiy retains overall lead in Tour of Taihu 2011

ASC Dukla Praha Team’s Alois Kankovsky powered to beat the other cyclists in the last kilometres and crossed the finish line first to win the fourth stage of the Tour of Taihu 2011 on Friday, November 4.

The race started in Jiangyin and finished in Changzhou. The 28-year-old Czech professional track cyclist set the fastest time of 2 hours, 12 minutes and 13 seconds to cover a distance of 98.7 kilometres.

ASC Dukla’s Team Manager, Jan Kopac, said, "Today's victory was a question of positioning. Too often, Alois makes mistakes because he's nervous. We have to keep him quiet all the time. But today it went all right. He also doesn't want to take any risk because of the track season and the next world cup events".

The Ukrainian national team worked hard with Tabriz to bring back the four breakaway cyclists. Wu Kin San (Champion System), Liu Biao (Qinghai-Tianyoude), Li Wei (Holy Brother) and Liu Yilin (Hengxiang) could not gain a lead of more than one minute.

In the first intermediate sprint, the three cyclists made their breakaway lead, Boris Shpilevskiy (Tabriz Petrochemical Team), Alois Kankovsky (ASC Dukla Praha) and Grischa Janorschke (Nutrixxion Sparkasse). Boris showed brilliant sprinting ability and took the first place.

In the second sprint Kin San Wu tried his best to catch up with Yilin but Liu was in a good form and snatched the first place.

However, in the final kilometres, Kankovsky, although quiet nervous, continued his effort and with the help of his team he crossed the finish-line first to claim the stage victory.

Boris was in the second place with the same finishing time as Alois. Kenneth A Hanson (Jelly Belly p/b Kenda) finished third, ahead of Aaron Kemps.

The Australian, Kemps, said, "He got a good run. I'm disappointed. I led out a bit too early. The other two came past me. It was a strange sprint with a lot of guys fighting at the front".

Kemps was hopeful that in the next day’s competition, there will be another tough race that will suit him.

Boris took the overall standing with a timing of 10 hours, 9 minutes and 58 seconds while Alois was in second place, 11 seconds adrift. Kemps finished third with a difference of 21 seconds. It will be interesting to see, who will win the final stage of Tour of Taihu 2011.