Having a good time in China

The Belgian cyclist Philippe Gilbert won the second stage in the Tour of Beijing, snatching the leader's jersey from Slovenia's Luka Mezgec. Gilbert, a former World Champion, won an uphill final sprint, in a stage that was shortened due to air pollution.

Philippe Gilbert (BMC) just managed to outsprint South-Africa's Reinhardt Janse Van Rensburg (Giant) on a 3rd-category climb. Gilbert was among the riders to take the initiative to have the race shortened due to the smog and the poor air quality. A delegation of the riders negotiated with the UCI and local organisers and their demands were met.

The finish was moved to the Yan Jia Ping mountain, where Van Rensburg looked set to take the victory, but it was Gilbert who eventually beat him in the final meters. "I was a bit lucky," Gilbert admitted. The peloton next continued to the place that should have been welcoming the finish, where Gilbert imitated his stage victory. Gilbert is enjoying himself in China, despite the air pollution, and promptly tweeted a picture of his leader's jersey that he is apparently coveting.