Cycling: two in two days for Bouhanni at Tour of Beijing

Cycling: two in two days for Bouhanni at Tour of Beijing
Bouhanni Nacer of FDJ.FR team (C) celebrates after winning the third stage of the 2013 Tour of Beijing cycling race in Beijing on October 13, 2013. The 2013 Tour of Beijing kicked off from the suburbs of Shunyi on October 11 with five stages taking the 20 racing teams throughout the capital city and ending in the Bird's Nest Piazza on October 15.

BEIJING - France's Nacer Bouhanni took his second stage win in as many days on the Tour of Beijing on Sunday to extend his lead at the top of the general classification.

The Francaise des Jeux rider sprinted home in a bunch finish at the end of the 176 kilometre stage from Yanqing to Qiandiajian, even though the climbers had been expected to dominate with seven ascents on the route.

World champion Rui Costa's Movistar team attacked on the final climb before London Olympics silver medallist and defending Tour of Beijing champion Tony Martin of Germany - who is hoping to make it three wins in a row - took the lead.

But the Frenchman's riders reeled him and the 23-year-old shot down the outside on the finishing straight to come home ahead of Australia's Michael Matthews (Orica GreenEdge) and Russia's Aleksei Tsatevich (Katusha).

"I went on the left and I didn't hesitate," Bouhanni said, according to a report released by the organisers.

"It was hard but I had a super team to support me and I didn't want to disappoint them and I went for it."

The win stretched Bouhanni's lead in the battle for the red jersey from one second to 11, ahead of Matthews and fellow Frenchman Maxime Bouet, with Tsatevich and Belgium's Nikolas Maes five seconds further back.

Rui Costa is seventh overall, 19 seconds from the leader, and Martin is 21st, one more second behind.

Norway's Thor Hushovd, who won the first stage, had to abandon the race on Saturday to fly home after his daughter was taken to hospital.

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