Enric Mas won the Tour of Guangxi on Tuesday. His leading position was no longer endangered in the sixth and final stage, which was won by the German Pascal Ackermann. Antwan Tolhoek just missed the final podium in the last WorldTour race of the year.
The final stage of the Tour of Guangxi turned into a mass sprint after 168 kilometers of race, which was marred by a fall in the last corner. Among others, Matteo Trentin was therefore unable to compete for the victory.
Ackermann proved to be the strongest and kept the Colombian Sebastian Molano behind him, while Timo Roosen from Jumbo-Visma deservedly finished third. 25-year-old Ackermann had already won the third stage last week and also finished second in the first, second and fifth stage.
The final victory for Mas was no longer seriously threatened in the final stage. The Deceuninck-Quick-Step rider finished in 65th place on Tuesday at the same time as Ackermann and finishes the top ranking with a five-second lead over closest attacker Daniel Felipe Martínez.
Pascal Ackermann won the sixth stage. (Photo: Getty Images)
Tolhoek ends fourth
Mas thus booked his first success of the season. The 24-year-old Spaniard, who claimed second place in the Vuelta a España last year, already won the fourth stage in the Tour of Guangxi last week and that was his first victory of the year.
Antwan Tolhoek from Jumbo-Visma just failed to make it to the podium. The Dutch number four has to admit eight seconds in the final standings to the Italian Diego Rosa of Team INEOS. With Team Sunweb rider Martijn Tusveld (tenth place), another Dutchman finished in the top ten of the rankings.
The Tour of Guangxi was the last WorldTour race of the season. Last year the overall victory in the six-day cycling race went to the Italian Gianni Moscon.