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Tour of Qinghai Lake - 2.5

China, July 27 - August 3, 2002

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Stage 8 - August 2: GuiDe - Xining, 101 km

Australian team report

By Brian Stephens, AIS U23 coach

This stage was always going to be the Queen stage, starting at 2,100 meters and climbing to 3,800 meters before descending back to about 2,400 meters before an uphill finish. It certainly didn't disappoint with the GC changing and riders being scattered all over the road. American Tom Danielson took the stage and the leaders jersey with Aussie Glen Chadwick running 2nd and taking 2nd on the GC. Our best was Adrian Laidler who ran 15th after having a quiet tour until now. The crowd at the finish was unbelievable, almost mobbing the riders.


1 Tom Danielson (USA) USA                   3.07.42
2 Glen Chadwick (Aus) Marco Polo               1.49
3 Michael Carter (USA) USA                 
4 Kam Po Wong (HKG) Hong Kong                  3.42
5 Gouzang Wang (Chi) China                 
15 Adrian Laidler (Aus) AIS Australia          8.18
28 Ben Johnson (Aus) AIS Australia            11.27
29 Dave McPartland (Aus) AIS Australia        
31 David Pell (Aus) AIS Australia             15.46
36 Gene Bates (Aus) AIS Australia             15.56
65 Simon Gerrans (Aus) AIS Australia          22.51

General classification after stage 8

1 Tom Danielson (USA) USA                  
2 Glen Chadwick (Aus) Marco Polo               2.10