Coach Boštjan Mervar described the last stage and the race: »16th Tour of Qinghai Lake finished with the 111km long flat stage, and sprinters again played the main role. Race was again very fast, with lots of attacks, but on the end the whole group came together to the finish. Yevgeniy Godich was fastest. Jon Božič was 11th in the sprint, team put him in the good position for the final sprint.
I have mixed feeling about the race overall. We had a fantastic start, we won the stage and took the yellow jersey. Radoslav Rogina wasn't attacking enough in the third stage, that later proved to be decisive for the overall standings. We lost Dušan Rajovič in the fourth stage, mostly because we play fair in Adria Mobil Cycling. We missed him in the second part of the race, this is why we changed our tactics and attacked a lot, and riders got exhausted. We didn't shine in the sprint finishes. We also expected a more fierce battle for the yellow jersey from the other teams, something we could use to our advantage. Radoslav Rogina was second in the mountains classifications and sixth overall. As a team we took fourth place among 22 teams.«
Results – Stage XIII
Photo: Adria Hoe