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Juan Sebastian Molano threaded his way through the pack on the left hand side of the road, squeezing through on the barriers, to claim victory in the sprint on stage 5 of the Tour of Guangxi.
The UAE Team Emirates rider shot up ahead of runner-up Olav Kooij (Jumbo-Visma) and Tobias Lund Andresen (dsm-firmenich) in third, while Jonathan Milan (Bahrain Victorious) took fourth place after being swamped after launching the sprint early.
The 209.6km stage from Liuzhou included three categorised climbs, the hardest peaking a little over 30km from the finish line in Guilin but the break of four, again including Dries De Bondt (Alpecin-Deceuninck), was swept up seven kilometres from the line to make it another day for the sprinters.
Milan Vader (Jumbo-Visma), who had claimed the leader’s jersey from Dries De Bondt (Alpecin-Deceuninck) on Sunday’s summit finish, held firm in red with just one stage of the final WorldTour race of the season remaining.
How it unfolded
Milan Vader’s triumph in the uphill finale at Nongla the previous afternoon put the Dutchman into the red jersey and on the cusp of overall victory, but with Remy Rochas (Cofidis) a mere six seconds down in the standings, Jumbo-Visma would doubtless have been…