Plucky ride from Richard Handley moves him up to 5th overall at the Tour de Korea with two stages remaining.
Richard Handley first featured in the break of nine that went from the gun on the 193km stage from Gangjin to Gunsan. However, the mix of riders in the break wasn’t approved by the peloton and it was soon chased down after 10km.
Richard saw his chance and attacked again, this time taking another rider with him to form a two man break.
The rider from Wigan, was allowed to go free by the bunch and the two riders rode out front for most of the day. Richard rode hard to ensure he won the time bonus at 142km then managed to stay in the bunch when the duo were reeled back in by the sprinters teams.
“The last 25km was tough with cross winds over a 33km causeway and the sea either side. He rode well and finished at the same time as the stage winner. We think he’s 5th or 6th overall now. Richard was a man on a mission today.” explained John Herety.
Richard Handley is 5th, at 38 seconds while young rider Tom Moses is currently 14th, at 41 seconds. The race leader is Caleb Ewan of Orica GreenEdge.
Racing continues tomorrow with a 146 km stage from Gunsan to Daejeon.
About the Tour de Korea UCI 2.1
A reliable, mainstay of the UCI AsiaTour since its inception in 2005. The challenging parcours of the last two editions of Tour de Korea don’t appear to be part of a general trend. This year’s course looks more familiar to that of 2012; sprint-focused, no arduous double-digit gradient climbs, a couple of short circuit races – in theory a gift to team, not individual, performances. With three strong sprint teams in attendance (Avanti Racing, Drapac and Orica GreenEdge) the 2015 edition has seen many of the breakaways controlled and stages ending is fast bunch sprints.
The last two editions of Tour de Korea have been won by British riders in JLT Condor colours – Hugh Carthy (2014) and Mike Cuming (2013).
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