Doull making the most of Guangxi

18 Oct 2018

Doull making the most of Guangxi

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Owain Doull was rewarded for making the break on day three at the Tour of Guangxi with the most active rider of the day award.

The Welshman followed an early move in the opening exchanges of the 125-kilometre stage three and quickly found himself in a three-man group off the front.

Doull grasped the opportunity to race hard with both hands, but the strong sprint teams out in China brought the escapees to heel inside the final 10km, with Fabio Jakobsen (Quick-Step Floors) taking the day's honours.

"It wasn’t really the plan to get someone in the break today but I followed an early move and before I knew it we were away," explained the Welshman. "I committed to it then and thought, why not? It’s always good to give it a try and it was nice to be out front, making the most of racing at this time of the year.

"It’s late in the season but if I’m here I’m going to commit to it, make the most of it and race as hard as possible."

The race is likely to be decided on tomorrow’s summit finish and the team are all in for Gianni Moscon, who arrived in China off the back of some of the most impressive performances of his career.

The Italian added Coppa Agostini and Giro della Toscana to his palmares before retaining his Italian national time trial title in early October. It could have been more too: fifth in the thrilling Worlds road race and third at Coppa Sabatini showed a man in top form.
Owain Doull

Owain Doull

We’re all really motivated - it’s great to have a rider like Gianni here. We’re here for a purpose and we’ve got a genuine chance of winning the race.
"Tomorrow we’re all in for Gianni," continued Doull. "He’s in good shape off the back of the Worlds and on the first day he went off the front here, so he was straight over the jet lag. We’re all really motivated - it’s great to have a rider like Gianni here. We’re here for a purpose and we’ve got a genuine chance of winning the race."

Alongside Doull, Eddie Dunbar will be crucial for Moscon tomorrow, and Owain praised the way he’s settled in to the team, following his mid-season transfer.

"It’s nice to be racing with him before next year kicks off. He’s a really good guy and in Hammer Hong Kong he showed he’s going really well. He’s really brought into how we ride and the ethos of the team, which is good to see."

Doull is back in Guangxi for the second year running after tackling the inaugural edition in 2017 and he’s enjoying the experience.

"It’s very similar to last year. All the stages are the same apart from one, it’s really well organised - there’s nothing to complain about. And with the roads being so big it’s a really safe race - although we’ve had two days of rain, which is a little different to last year! Overall it’s been good so far."
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