Tim Wellens completes overall victory at Tour of Guangxi to bring curtain down on WorldTour season
Fernando Gaviria takes his fourth sprint stage of the race
- (opens in new tab)
- (opens in new tab)
- (opens in new tab)
- Sign up to our newsletter Newsletter
Tim Wellens (Lotto-Soudal) completed overall victory at the Tour of Guangxi as Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors) won the final stage of the season-ending WorldTour race.
Wellens had taken the overall lead on Sunday's summit finish to Mashan Nongla and never looked under threat as he safely navigated the final two stages, including Tuesday's stage six starting and finishing in Guilin.
>>> Watch: BMC Racing rider takes a tumble off side of Tour of Guangxi podium (video)
Trek-Segafredo's Bauke Mollema was Wellens's closest placed rival at the start of the day, just six seconds back, but wasn't tempted out of the pack in an attempt to gain bonus seconds.
That meant that the stage would be decided among the sprinters, and with Fernando Gaviria three of the race's four previous flat finishes, the Quick-Step Floors rider was always going to be the favourite.
Watch: Tour de France 2018 route guide
Daniel Oss (BMC Racing), Jon Irisarri (Caja Rural) and Wang Meiyin (Bahrain-Merida) were the day's three escapees, enjoying a maximum lead of four minutes that was steadily whittled down as Quick-Step Floors and Lotto-Soudal shared the work on the front of the peloton.
The catch was eventually made with four kilometres remaining, which left Quick-Step to put Fernando Gaviria in contention for victory, and the Colombian simply proving too good for the rest in the final 200 metres.
>>> How do professional riders spend the off-season?
Gaviria finished a bike length clear of Niccolo Bonifazio, who edged out Dylan Groenewegen for second, while Wellens finished safely in the peloton to complete overall victory.
Tour of Guangxi 2017, stage six: Guilin to Guilin, 168.1km
1. Fernando Gaviria Rendon (Col) Quick-Step Floors, in 3-46-30
2. Niccolo Bonifazio (Ita) Bahrain-Merida
3. Dylan Groenewegen (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
4. Andrea Guardini (Ita) UAE Team Emirates
5. Magnus Cort Nielsen (Den) Orica-Scott
6. Maximilian Richard Walscheid (Ger) Team Sunweb
7. Matteo Pelucchi (Ita) Bora-Hansgrohe
8. Maximiliano Ariel Richeze (Arg) Quick-Step Floors
9. Roger Kluge (Ger) Orica-Scott
10. Grega Bole (Slo) Bahrain-Merida, all at same time
Final general classification
1. Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Soudal, in 20-59-49
2. Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo, at 6 secs
3. Nicolas Roche (Irl) BMC Racing, at 11 secs
4. Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Quick-Step Floors,at 15 secs
5. Ben Hermans (Bel) BMC Racing, at 18 secs
6. Matej Mohoric (Slo) UAE Team Emirates, at 24 secs
7. Wout Poels (Ned) Team Sky, at 24 secs
8. Silvan Dillier (Sui) BMC Racing, at 29 secs
9. Rein Taaramäe (Est) Katusha-Alpecin, at 29 secs
10. Mekseb Debesay (Eri) Dimension Data, at 31 secs
Thank you for reading 10 articles this month* Join now for unlimited access
Enjoy your first month for just £1 / $1 / €1
*Read 5 free articles per month without a subscription
Join now for unlimited access
Try first month for just £1 / $1 / €1
Henry Robertshaw began his time at Cycling Weekly working with the tech team, writing reviews, buying guides and appearing in videos advising on how to dress for the seasons. He later moved over to the news team, where his work focused on the professional peloton as well as legislation and provision for cycling. He's since moved his career in a new direction, with a role at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
Coros Apex 2 Pro review - phenomenal battery life and finally a wrist-based HRM that works
An all-adventure Indiana Jones of a GPS watch with exceptional battery life and a host of features you may or may not find a use for in your daily regime
By David Bradford • Published
Faster and better wet weather grip: Goodyear launches second gen road tire range
Five years since launching its first generation road tire line, Ohio-based tire company, Goodyear, today unveiled its latest generation of road tires, said to be 35% fasters ad 19% grippier.
By Anne-Marije Rook • Published