2014 Tour of Beijing

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2014 Tour of Beijing
2014 UCI World Tour, race 29 of 29
Race details
Dates 10–14 October 2014
Stages 5
Results
Winner  Philippe Gilbert (Belgium) (BMC Racing Team)
  Second  Dan Martin (Republic of Ireland) (Garmin–Sharp)
  Third  Esteban Chaves (Colombia) (Orica–GreenEDGE)

Points  Tyler Farrar (United States) (Garmin–Sharp)
Mountains  Michał Gołaś (Poland) (Omega Pharma–Quick-Step)
Youth  Esteban Chaves (Colombia) (Orica–GreenEDGE)
  Team Orica–GreenEDGE
← 2013

The 2014 Tour of Beijing was the fourth and final running of the Tour of Beijing stage race. It started on 10 October in Hebei's Chongli County and ended on 14 October at the Bird’s Nest Piazza after five stages. It was the 29th and final race of the 2014 UCI World Tour season.

At the 2014 UCI Road World Championships in September, cycling's governing body, the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), decided that its race-organising subsidiary, Global Cycling Promotion, would not continue to organise the Tour of Beijing; the 2014 edition would be the final edition. UCI President Brian Cookson had criticised the subsidiary body during his election campaign,[1] and the Tour of Beijing was not seen as being well-liked by cyclists. According to Cycling Weekly, "Dull routes and an absence of roadside spectators meant the race failed to exhibit much of an atmosphere, and its position at the very end of the calendar made it even less appealing – a long flight eastwards after a whole season’s racing is a very tough sell to exhausted cyclists dreaming of the winter off."[2]

Some issues presented themselves before and during the race. On September 10 it emerged that Valentin Iglinsky of Astana Pro Team had returned a positive test for EPO [3] at the Eneco Tour. He confessed to doping to the team and was immediately sacked,[4] three weeks later Valentin's brother, Maxim Iglinsky was provisionally suspended by the UCI for an EPO positive on August 1.[5] It was later announced that Astana withdrew themselves from the Tour of Beijing in line with the Mouvement pour un cyclisme crédible rules, which state that a team with two positives in a short period of time must not participate in the next World Tour event.[6] There was also the prospect of two Grand Tour winners - Alberto Contador and Alejandro Valverde attending the race with serious winning intentions - with Contador bidding to overhaul his fellow Spaniard Valverde's lead at the top of the overall points standings of the World Tour. However, the combination of Valverde's success and Contador's injury at the Giro di Lombardia, the previous race on the calendar, meant that in the end neither cyclist attended the Tour of Beijing. During the race, Beijing was hit with particularly strong pollution problems,[7] and after complaints from cyclists, stage 2 of the Tour was shortened.

Schedule[edit]

Stage Date Course Distance Type Winner
1 10 October Chong Li to Zhangjiakou 167.0 km (103.8 mi) Plainstage.svg Flat stage  Luka Mezgec (SLO)
2 11 October Chong Li to Yanqing 111.0 km (69.0 mi) Flat stage  Philippe Gilbert (BEL)
3 12 October Yanqing to Qianjiandian 176.0 km (109.4 mi) Medium mountain stage  Tyler Farrar (USA)
4 13 October Yanqing to Mentougou Miaofeng Mountain 157.0 km (97.6 mi) Mountain stage  Dan Martin (IRL)
5 14 October Tiananmen Square to Bird’s Nest Piazza 117.0 km (73 mi) Plainstage.svg Flat stage  Sacha Modolo (ITA)

Participating teams[edit]

As the Tour of Beijing is a UCI World Tour event, all eighteen UCI ProTeams were invited automatically and obligated to send a squad. Because of Astana's self-suspension (see above), only seventeen teams were able to attend. With Astana's absence, Vacansoleil-DCM folding at the end of the previous season, and no wild-card team invited, this represented a big decrease from the 20 teams of the 2013 Tour of Beijing.

The seventeen teams that competed in the race were:[8]

Stages[edit]

Stage 1[edit]

10 October 2014 — Chong Li to Zhangjiakou, 167 km (103.8 mi)
Stage 1 Result
Rider Team Time
1  Luka Mezgec (SLO) Giant–Shimano 4h 22' 58"
2  Caleb Ewan (AUS) Orica–GreenEDGE s.t.
3  Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin–Sharp s.t.
4  Sacha Modolo (ITA) Lampre–Merida s.t.
5  Nikolas Maes (BEL) Omega Pharma–Quick-Step s.t.
6  Moreno Hofland (NED) Belkin Pro Cycling s.t.
7  Steele Von Hoff (AUS) Garmin–Sharp s.t.
8  Boy van Poppel (NED) Trek Factory Racing s.t.
9  Davide Appollonio (ITA) Ag2r–La Mondiale s.t.
10  Olivier Le Gac (FRA) FDJ.fr s.t.
General Classification after Stage 1
Rider Team Time
1  Luka Mezgec (SLO) Jersey red.svgJersey green.svg Giant–Shimano 4h 22' 48"
2  Caleb Ewan (AUS) Jersey white.svg Orica–GreenEDGE + 4"
3  Julian Kern (GER) Ag2r–La Mondiale + 5"
4  Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin–Sharp + 6"
5  Jérémy Roy (FRA) FDJ.fr + 6"
6  Tosh Van der Sande (BEL) Jersey polkadot.svg Lotto–Belisol + 8"
7  Philippe Gilbert (BEL) BMC Racing Team + 9"
8  Sacha Modolo (ITA) Lampre–Merida + 10"
9  Nikolas Maes (BEL) Omega Pharma–Quick-Step + 10"
10  Moreno Hofland (NED) Belkin Pro Cycling + 10"

Stage 2[edit]

11 October 2014 — Chong Li to Yanqing, 111 km (69.0 mi)
Stage 2 Result
Rider Team Time
1  Philippe Gilbert (BEL) BMC Racing Team 2h 29' 02"
2  Reinardt Janse van Rensburg (RSA) Giant–Shimano s.t.
3  Rui Costa (POR) Lampre–Merida s.t.
4  Sergey Chernetskiy (RUS) Team Katusha s.t.
5  Dan Martin (IRL) Garmin–Sharp s.t.
6  Pieter Serry (BEL) Omega Pharma–Quick-Step s.t.
7  Jesús Herrada (ESP) Movistar Team s.t.
8  Esteban Chaves (COL) Orica–GreenEDGE s.t.
9  Daryl Impey (RSA) Orica–GreenEDGE s.t.
10  Mikaël Cherel (FRA) Ag2r–La Mondiale s.t.
General Classification after Stage 2
Rider Team Time
1  Philippe Gilbert (BEL) Jersey red.svgJersey green.svg BMC Racing Team 6h 51' 49"
2  Reinardt Janse van Rensburg (RSA) Giant–Shimano + 5"
3  Rui Costa (POR) Lampre–Merida + 7"
4  Jesús Herrada (ESP) Jersey white.svg Movistar Team + 11"
5  Pieter Serry (BEL) Omega Pharma–Quick-Step + 11"
6  Mikaël Cherel (FRA) Ag2r–La Mondiale + 11"
7  Sergey Chernetskiy (RUS) Team Katusha + 11"
8  Rigoberto Urán (COL) Omega Pharma–Quick-Step + 11"
9  Warren Barguil (FRA) Giant–Shimano + 11"
10  Julián Arredondo (COL) Trek Factory Racing + 11"

Stage 3[edit]

12 October 2014 — Yanqing to Qianjiandian, 176.0 km (109.4 mi)
Stage 3 Result
Rider Team Time
1  Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin–Sharp 4h 15' 46"
2  Luka Mezgec (SLO) Giant–Shimano s.t.
3  Nikolas Maes (BEL) Omega Pharma–Quick-Step s.t.
4  Moreno Hofland (NED) Belkin Pro Cycling s.t.
5  Maximiliano Richeze (ARG) Lampre–Merida s.t.
6  Edvald Boasson Hagen (NOR) Team Sky s.t.
7  Danny van Poppel (NED) Trek Factory Racing s.t.
8  Boy van Poppel (NED) Trek Factory Racing s.t.
9  Davide Appollonio (ITA) Ag2r–La Mondiale s.t.
10  Caleb Ewan (AUS) Orica–GreenEDGE s.t.
General Classification after Stage 3
Rider Team Time
1  Philippe Gilbert (BEL) Jersey red.svg BMC Racing Team 11h 07' 35"
2  Reinardt Janse van Rensburg (RSA) Giant–Shimano + 5"
3  Rui Costa (POR) Lampre–Merida + 7"
4  Daryl Impey (RSA) Orica–GreenEDGE + 9"
5  Jesús Herrada (ESP) Movistar Team + 10"
6  Luka Mezgec (SLO) Giant–Shimano + 11"
7  Pieter Serry (BEL) Omega Pharma–Quick-Step + 11"
8  Sergey Chernetskiy (RUS) Team Katusha + 11"
9  Mikaël Cherel (FRA) Ag2r–La Mondiale + 11"
10  Warren Barguil (FRA) Giant–Shimano + 11"

Stage 4[edit]

13 October 2014 — Yanqing to Mentougou Miaofeng Mountain, 157.0 km (97.6 mi)
Stage 4 Result
Rider Team Time
1  Dan Martin (IRL) Garmin–Sharp 4h 12' 14"
2  Esteban Chaves (COL) Orica–GreenEDGE + 2"
3  Philippe Gilbert (BEL) Jersey red.svg BMC Racing Team + 2"
4  Rui Costa (POR) Lampre–Merida + 2"
5  Julián Arredondo (COL) Trek Factory Racing + 10"
6  Rinaldo Nocentini (ITA) Ag2r–La Mondiale + 10"
7  Warren Barguil (FRA) Giant–Shimano + 10"
8  Rigoberto Urán (COL) Omega Pharma–Quick-Step + 10"
9  Sergey Chernetskiy (RUS) Team Katusha + 10"
10  David López (ESP) Team Sky + 13"
General Classification after Stage 4
Rider Team Time
1  Philippe Gilbert (BEL) Jersey red.svg BMC Racing Team 15h 19' 47"
2  Dan Martin (IRL) Garmin–Sharp + 3"
3  Esteban Chaves (COL) Jersey white.svg Orica–GreenEDGE + 9"
4  Rui Costa (POR) Lampre–Merida + 11"
5  Sergey Chernetskiy (RUS) Team Katusha + 23"
6  Warren Barguil (FRA) Giant–Shimano + 23"
7  Julián Arredondo (COL) Trek Factory Racing + 23"
8  Rinaldo Nocentini (ITA) Ag2r–La Mondiale + 23"
9  Rigoberto Urán (COL) Omega Pharma–Quick-Step + 23"
10  Pieter Serry (BEL) Omega Pharma–Quick-Step + 26"

Stage 5[edit]

14 October 2014 — Tiananmen Square to Bird’s Nest Piazza, 117 km (72.7 mi)
Stage 5 Result
Rider Team Time
1  Sacha Modolo (ITA) Ag2r–La Mondiale 2h 40' 10"
2  Greg Henderson (NZL) Lotto–Belisol s.t.
3  Edvald Boasson Hagen (NOR) Team Sky s.t.
4  Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin–Sharp s.t.
5  Moreno Hofland (NED) Belkin Pro Cycling s.t.
6  Luka Mezgec (SLO) Jersey green.svg Giant–Shimano s.t.
7  Davide Appollonio (ITA) Ag2r–La Mondiale s.t.
8  Ben Swift (GBR) Team Sky s.t.
9  Caleb Ewan (AUS) Orica–GreenEDGE s.t.
10  Enrique Sanz (ESP) Movistar Team s.t.
General Classification after Stage 5
Rider Team Time
1  Philippe Gilbert (BEL) Jersey red.svg BMC Racing Team 17h 59' 57"
2  Dan Martin (IRL) Garmin–Sharp + 3"
3  Esteban Chaves (COL) Jersey white.svg Orica–GreenEDGE + 9"
4  Rui Costa (POR) Lampre–Merida + 11"
5  Sergey Chernetskiy (RUS) Team Katusha + 23"
6  Warren Barguil (FRA) Giant–Shimano + 23"
7  Julián Arredondo (COL) Trek Factory Racing + 23"
8  Rinaldo Nocentini (ITA) Ag2r–La Mondiale + 23"
9  Rigoberto Urán (COL) Omega Pharma–Quick-Step + 23"
10  Mikaël Cherel (FRA) Ag2r–La Mondiale + 26"

Classification leadership table[edit]

Stage Winner General classification
Jersey red.svg
Points classification
Jersey green.svg
Mountains classification
Jersey polkadot.svg
Young rider classification
Jersey white.svg
Team Classification
1 Luka Mezgec Luka Mezgec Luka Mezgec Tosh Van der Sande Caleb Ewan Giant–Shimano
2 Philippe Gilbert Philippe Gilbert Philippe Gilbert Jesús Herrada Omega Pharma–Quick-Step
3 Tyler Farrar Tyler Farrar Michał Gołaś Moreno Hofland Giant–Shimano
4 Dan Martin Luka Mezgec Esteban Chaves Orica–GreenEDGE
5 Sacha Modolo Tyler Farrar Ag2r–La Mondiale
Final Philippe Gilbert Tyler Farrar Michał Gołaś Esteban Chaves Orica–GreenEDGE

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