|Malaya van Ruitenbeek 3rd overall in Ordos Tour of Genghis Khan (China)|
|Tuesday, 18 October 2011|
With a good team performance of the Marco Polo Cycling Club, Malaya van Ruitenbeek finished 3rd overall in the first Ordos Tour of Genghis Khan in the Inner-Mongolia province in China. The 140 km stage in the new city of Kang Bangshi took the peloton on a 7 km course passing a spectaculair park and some modern architectural highlights. The strong wind made the cross-wind finish straight hard and only 50 of the 80 riders finished. The stage was won by Hong Kong's Kam Po Wong ahead of Chinese Peng Da Jiao. From the Marco Polo Cycling riders Koos Jeroen Kers finished 9th, Remko Kramer 14th and Lars van de Vall 21st. The 24th place of Malaya was enough to keep the 3rd place in the overall. In the team classification the Marco Polo Cycling Club was tied in the same time as 3rd, but due too better stage results it became the 4th place.
Malaya van Ruitenbeek on the podium next to stage winner David McCann with champagne, after stage 1 of the 1st Ordos Tour of Genghis Khan in Inner-Mongolia, China. (photo: Remko Kramer)
The race started with a break-away of the strong Estonian Champion Mart Ojavee which was soon covered. Later he got away with Kam Po Wong and a Chinese rider for several laps, but they never got much time ahead. The Champion Systems team chased them back.
Malaya van Ruitenbeek on the podium after the first stage of the 1st Ordos Tour of Genghis Khan in Inner-Mongolia, China. (photo: Remko Kramer)
The Marco Polo Cycling Club participated in the 1st Ordos Tour of Genghis Khan in the Inner-Mongolia province in China. The team named after the most famous traveler in history competed in the race named after the most famous conquerer. With a strong Dutch selection the team raced at October 15 the Dongsheng Circuit race and at 16 the Kang Bashe Circuit race in Ordos.
The team from the Marco Polo Cycling Club in the 1st Ordos Tour of Genghis Khan, Inner-Mongolia, China. From left to right, Koos Jeroen Kers, Peter van Agtmaal, Malaya van Ruitenbeek, Matthe Pronk, Remko Kramer and Lars van de Vall. (photo Tijl van der Steeg)
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