Powerful sprint by Gaviria leaves rivals fighting for the lower steps of the podium. Fernando Gaviria has left his mark on the 5th stage of the Tour of Guangxi, Guilin-Liuzhou over 212.2 kilometers, in a bunch sprint ahead of Pascal Ackermann (Bora-hansgrohe) and Matteo Trentin (Mitchelton-Scott) who both rounded out the podium.
The riders had four classified climbs to deal with, the last of which (1st category, 3.1 km at 5.5% average) came 38 km from the finish. Four escapees launched a long-range attack before being taken back by the group at the foot of the last ascent. Despite some attacks on the uphill finish, the peloton managed to regroup in the remaining kilometers to the finish line. In view of the sprint, Gaviria was brought up to the head of the group thanks to the work of his teammates with an excellent finishing lead-out by Oliviero Troia. At 150 meters from the finish, the Colombian from UAE Team Emirates made his move, storming up the left side of the road and pressing on to bring his win tally up to six this season (photo Bettini).
For UAE Team Emirates it marks the 29th victory of the season.