With the Tour of Beijing the WorldTour cycling year has come to an end. Also for the Lotto Belisol riders a long season has finished. In China youngster Tim Wellens could take his chance and five days long he proved he's cut out for it. Wellens finished on the 14th, 16th, 17th, 22nd place respectively in the first four stages and in the final one he sprinted - in the group of 25 favourites - to the fifth place, so he's taken his first WorldTour point.
Steve Cummings won the fifth stage, before his companion Ryder Hesjedal; Tony Martin has won the Tour of Beijing for the second time in a row. The tenth place of Tim Wellens in the GC has yielded four more WT points. In the youth classification he finishes second, behind the Polish rider Majka.
Tim Wellens: "It feels really good to finish the Tour of Beijing and the season this way. Before the start I told I wanted to take some WorldTour points and it is really nice this has worked out. It wasn't a dream to grab points, it wasn't an expectation, but something in between, let's call it hope. The points itself don't mean that much to me, but they are important for the team and it is a beautiful symbolic step that I take."
"In the final stage I sprinted at full for a good place, because we were with a few riders that had the same time in the GC. I could become ninth, but I could drop out of the top ten as well, that's why I did everything I could to sprint. Now the season is over, I'm going the put my bike aside for two or three weeks, that will be enough. Afterwards I'll start building up for next season, first I'll work on my basic condition by practicing other sports like swimming, running and mountain bike."