Baku, July 31, AZERTAC
Matej Mugerli of Baku Cycling Project has finished the Tour of Qinghai Lake as second overall. He and Samir Jabrayilov were the only two Synergy Baku Cycling Project riders left in the race after a series of crashes and other misfortunes decimated the team.
The final stage of the race in China finished in a bunch sprint, and both riders finished in the same time as the winner. Mugerli was second in the final ranking, only 37 seconds down. Jabrayilov finished 64th overall.
“I am very happy with this fine result in a difficult stage race,” Mugerli said. He first moved in to the top ten in GC on the fifth stage, working his way up to fourth place. His good performance in the 12th stage time trial put him into second, where he stayed after the final stage.
“The spirit that these two riders showed is spectacular, and we are very proud of them and our staff, but with Mugerli we are not surprised, as Matej has that winning attitude. For him, the glass is never half empty,” said team manager David McQuaid. “The riders who had to leave the race are all doing well, and will return to action again this season. Finally, thank you to the event organizers for the invitation again and for their help during the race.”