The Inaugural UCI Tour of Beijing has found its first king in the shape of HTC-Highroad’s Tony Martin. The fifth and final stage of the brand new tour was a flat and fast 118km that naturally favored the sprinters and saw Team Katusha’s Russian star Denis Galimzyanov take the win, but Martin who has defended a lead for much of the race since winning the opening time trial was ultimately unbeatable in the overall rankings.
The Tour of Beijing has not been without incident and probably the most bizarre was the injury sustained by Yannick Eijssen of BMC who was forced to withdraw after what was described as a “freak accident” on Friday’s Stage Three. The accident, which happened on a descent in Yanqing county, north of the city centre, came about when a low flying television helicopter dislodged a signage board close to the course, which hit the 22-year-old rider, fracturing a small bone beneath his nose. A press motorcycle was also embroiled in the accident, but no other riders were involved.