Joseph Cooper's time trial prowess took him to his biggest career win in the final stage of the Tour of Hainan, photo Con Chronis

Elite road national champion Joseph Cooper of IsoWhey Sports SwissWellness has won stage 3 of Tour of China I.  Cooper took the win ahead of Siarhei Papok of Minsk Cycling Club and Liam Bertazzo of Willier Triestina – Selle Italia.

Heading into stage 3 of Tour of China I the IsoWhey Sports SwissWellness team had already taken a step onto the podium and were looking to build on that.  Cameron Bayly had taken third place in stage 2 from Xiyang to Yunzhuhu, moving himself up to 7th overall.  Heading into stage 3 of the race Joseph Cooper sat in 17th place overall, 28 seconds adrift of race leader Liam Bertazzo.

Stage 3 would take the field on a 140.6km trek starting and finishing in Pingchang, and taking in three categorised climbs en route to the finish.  Despite the difficulty of the finish a peloton was expected to arrive at the finish line together, until Joseph Cooper decided not to wait around for a bunch sprint.

With 1.5km remaining Cooper made a strong attack and timed his effort perfectly to cross the finish line 5 seconds ahead of his nearest rivals led home by Siarhei Papok.

Brief results:
Pos. Rider Nation Team

1

Joseph Cooper NZL IsoWhey Sports SwissWellness

2

Siarhei Papok BLR Minsk Cycling Club

3

Liam Bertazzo ITA Willier Triestina – Selle Italia

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