Tour of Qinghai Lake, 2012, Stage 3Stage three was 147km starting in Xining(2200m) and finishing at Qinghai Lake(3200m). At the start the temperature was a very nice 30degrees when arrived at the finish the temperature was a very chilly and wet 13degrees.
The race had the usual early attackers but with the general classification still very close, no one was allowed much of a gap. But a small group did manage to escape after around 30kms. After the sprint point at 50km the yellow jerseys team decided to close down the group. The climb of the day started at the sprint and climbed to 3400m at the 85km mark.
The climbers starting attacking with 10km to go to the summit. This split the bunch to pieces. Eddy, Dylan and Heksa found themselves in the groupetto of about 50 riders. From there it was just a matter of riding the last 60km to the finish line, as time limit was not an issue it wasn't important to kill ourselves to make the time cut.
I believe up front the cross winds over the top off the climb split the race even more, I have no idea at this point to what happened or even the results. We will have to wait and see what the results are latter on.
Eddys garmin stats, 147km, 3hr 49min, average speed 38.3km/h, total ascent 1502m. Remember I finished in the groupetto.