Welsh youngster, Ed Laverack moves into the top ten in Tour de Korea with two stages remaining, whilst Conor Dunne survives a tumble down the mountain side.
Overnight, JLT Condor p/b Mavic completed stage six of eight in the 2016 Tour de Korea. The 195km stage crossed the Asan mountain range and was billed as a tough day and the queen stage of the race.
“Today was really hot. We’ve worked together well as a unit, we looked after each other and we had a strategy with lads getting bottles from the car every 30 minutes.”
“As we got towards the finish, we knew there were two little drags. This was where I decided to go and three others came with me. We worked really hard to ride to the breakaway and I am really happy with my result.” explained the former U23 National Champion, Ed Laverack
After five days racing across the South Korean countryside, JLT Condor p/b Mavic’s team leader, Russell Downing had taken three consecutive 5th places in bunch sprints. On day five, One Pro Cycling’s Karol Dromagalski jumped away and the peloton’s hesitation allowed him to snatch the yellow jersey going into day 6, only to give it away the next day to new leader Grega Bole (Nippo).
How the race unfolded
On day 6 a large six man break escaped early and maintained their lead as the race crossed the first major climb after 30km. One Pro Cycling, with the yellow leaders jersey, took up the pacemaking as the race tackled three more classified climbs. The eight rider breakawy group worked well together and despite One Pro Cycling’s chase, their lead continued to increase.
JLT Condor’s Ed Laverack attacked with 30km to go and was joined by experienced Australian Pat Shaw and two other Astana U23 / Vino riders. Laverack’s group worked hard to establish a lead. One Pro Cycling were unable to limit the gap to the leaders, and their riders began to be dropped from the peloton from the effort. With 20km to go the yellow jersey was isolated and had no team mates left to chase the two breakaway groups.
Ed Laverack sprinted home for 10th on the stage. The result also moves the young Welshman into second in the best young rider classification (white jersey) just 14 seconds away from the top spot.
Zhandos Bizhigtov (Astana U23 / Vino) took the stage win. The peloton containing the yellow jersey rolled in seven minutes adrift. The yellow jersey moves to Slovenian Grega Bole (Nippo).
Conor Dunne was involved in a incident on a mountain descent. The rider was involved in a crash which saw him leave the road and fall down the cliff side. He was helped back up and resumed the race he finished the stage 13 minutes down but not last.
Two stages of the race remain. Tomorrow is a shorter 142km stage from Chungju to Seoul. Racing will begin at 1am GMT or 9.30am in Korea
General Classification after stage 6
1. G Bole (Nippo-Vini Fantini)
2. J Megias (Team Novo-Nordisk) +13 sec
3. Hyo Suk Gong (KSPO) +13 sec
4. Giacomo Berlato (Nippo-Vini Fantini) +36 sec
5. Alexandr Shushemoin (Astana) +54 sec
6. Zhandos Bzhigitov (Astana) +1min 10sec
7. Gavin Mannion (Drapac) +2min 8 sec
8. Yevgeniy Gidich (Astana) +2min 41sec
9. Pat Sahw (Avanti Whey) +2min 55sec
10. Ed Laverack (JLT Condor p/b Mavic) + 2:55 sec
Young Rider Classification
1. Yevgeniy Gidich (Astana U23)
2. Ed Laverack (JLT Condor p/b Mavic) + 13second
3. Alexey Voloshin (Astan U23) + 18 seconds
All images: Angus Sung