Tour of Beijing

Edvald bags third in Beijing finale

Martin hangs on to claim overall

Last updated: 22nd October 2012

Edvald Boasson Hagen put in a spirited fight to move up to third overall at the Tour of Beijing on the final stage while Tony Martin wrapped up victory.

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The Team Sky rider was alert in the early going to take two valuable seconds at the intermediate sprint in Bohai, the Norwegian going level in the standings with Dan Martin (Garmin-Sharp) before moving clear in the final sprint.

Boasson Hagen won the bunch kick for third, further securing his overall placing and wrapping up victory in the points classification after a strong team performance during the final stage.

Up ahead Brit Steve Cummings put in a strong ride to take the final stage at the Tour of Beijing as a breakaway held out.

The peloton were forced to push hard in the closing stages but were unable to ride down a spirited move from Cummings (BMC Racing) and Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Sharp), the pair having linked up on the final climb of the day to stay clear.

Cummings had enough in the tank to out-sprint the Giro d’Italia winner on the line in Pinggu, with Boasson Hagen leading home a reduced peloton 17 seconds later.

Season finale

Comfortably among that group was Martin, the Omega Pharma – Quick-Step rider holding on to take a second consecutive win in the event by 40 seconds over stage three winner Francesco Gavazzi (Astana).

Salvatore Puccio had chased hard for the cause in the closing stages in a bid to set up his team-mate for a potential stage win, but with only a few riders willing to contribute the duo remained clear.

Earlier the final WorldTour race of the season got off to a rapid start as the riders tackled the 182.5-kilometre test, a sizeable nine-man breakaway allowed little over 1:30 by the chasing pack.

There were numerous attacks on the final climb of the race - the Si Zuo Lou summit - with Hesjedal jumping clear and linking up with Cummings, the sole survivor from the original break.

The pace picked up behind as attacks fired off, leader Martin and team-mate Dario Cataldo covering off the moves but there was no catching the lead pair at the finish.

Team result

After the stage Sports Director Marcus Ljungqvist was more than happy with the way the team executed and stuck to the plan to bump Boasson Hagen up onto the podium.

“It was a really nice way to end the season," he said. "The way the guys rode as a team was really nice to see and they are really happy with that.

“We knew that the bonus seconds were the only real chance to move Edvald up so we went after them and it worked out well. The team did a really good job ahead of the intermediate sprint.

“At the end it was a bit surprising to see it not come back with quite a few teams not opting to chase. We’d used up everyone at that point with every drop of energy but chapeau to Steve and Hesjedal for staying away.

“Coming away with the points jersey, third place and some good racing is a good result here.”

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