Canada’s Guillaume Boivin of Israel Cycling Academy leads the UCI 2.1-rated Tour of Taihu Lake in China after three stages, having won the opening 5.3-km prologue time trial in Wuxi on Tuesday. It was the second win of his career, having taken the national road championship in 2015.


Although he finished on the same time as Romainian Serghei Tvetkov of Jelly Belly, Boivin had the lead by a few hundreds of seconds.

On Wednesday, Boivin retained his blue leader’s jersey even after suffering a crash, finishing in the sprint pack. Italian Nicolas Marini of Nippo-Fantini was the day’s winner.


Thursday saw Boivin once more in the bunch, in sixth place as 2015 champion Jakub Mareczko (Italy/Wilier-Trestina) earned the flowers. Boivin now leads Tvetkov and Kiwi Morgan Smith by one-second in the GC.

Boivin was recently top Canadian in the world road championships road race in Bergen, Norway, at 35th. He has represented his country at the Worlds over the past three years.

There are five more stages of the Tour of Taihu Lake, and Tvetkov will be looking for satisfaction after this season’s runner-up spots in the Tour of the Gila and the Colorado Classic. He was also third to Rob Britton in the Tour of Utah.


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