Tour of Qinghai Lake concludes

CNC report from Qinghai
Added On July 22, 2013

Tour of Qinghai Lake ends the last stage competition in northwest China's Gansu Province on Saturday.

LIFESTYLES brings you the latest and final results.

The last stage took place in Lanzhou, capital city of Gansu Province.

The five-lap circuit race covered a total distance of 96 kilometers.

Jacob Keough from U.S. United Health Care Cycling Team came first in the last stage, while Pourseyedigolakhour Mirsamad of Iran's Tabriz Petrochemical Team (TPT) won the grand champion of this year's competition.

After the last stage of the 12th Tour of Qinghai Lake, a closing ceremony was held on Saturday evening in Lanzhou, capital city of northwest China's Gansu Province.


With the conclusion of the competition, awards were presented to teams and riders from all over the world.

Alexander Donike, the 12th Tour of Qinghai Lake's referee chief from Germany, announced the prizes.

SOUNDBITE(ENGLISH):ALEXANDER DONKIKE, Referee Chief
"The last official job I have to do in this race is to announce the best Asian team and winning that classification is Tabriz Petrochemical Team. The best Asian rider is Pourseyedigolakhour Mirsamad. In the overall team classification, we have the first place Tabriz Petrochemical Team, on the second place Kazakhstan Continental Team Astana, and on the third place RTS racing team."

Iran's Tabriz Petrochemical Team is no doubt this year's biggest winner.
Coming in the first place in both the best and overall team classification, it has the most eye-catching rider Pourseyedigolakhour Mirsamad with the Number of 67.

Mirsamad kept the yellow, blue and polka-dot jersey, representing the leader of general individual classification, the best Asian rider and best climber respectively.

Italian rider Sacha Modolo kept the green jersey representing the best sprinter till the last stage. He also won six out of the total 13 stages.

The closing ceremony also featured shows demonstrating provincial cultures.

Tour of Qinghai Lake has been held annually since 2002.

The 2013 Tour of Qinghai Lake covered 3,057 kilometers.

It features the highest altitude among international stage bicycle races.

Its average altitude reached 2,700 meters above sea level with the maximum standing at 4,120 meters.

It has become a top-level race in Asia, and is only followed to Tour de France, Tour of Italy and Tour of Spain.