Henderson edged in Tour of Beijing sprint

FRED WOODCOCK
Last updated 09:24 10/10/2012

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New Zealand cyclist Greg Henderson has been edged out in a bunch sprint finish on the opening stage of the Tour of Beijing in China.

The Lotto-Belisol rider, who represented New Zealand in the road race at the London Olympics, couldn't find a clear path in the final sprint and had to settle for fifth, at the same time as the winner, Italian Elia Viviani.

Britain's Andrew Fenn and Norway's Edvald Boasson Hagen were second and third, respectively, in the 117km stage from Tian An Men Square to the Bird's Nest Olympic Stadium.

''Got hung on barriers @ 150m to go couldn't get her cranked again. Lost a bit of speed,'' Henderson posted on his Twitter page.

Compatriots Clinton Avery (28th) and Jesse Sergent (40th) were also at the same time, while George Bennett (71st) and Hayden Roulston (125th) were just nine seconds back in a sprint made close and fast by a tailwind and a smooth road passing between the Bird's Nest and the Water Cube.

The second of five stages in the UCI World Tour race is later today, a 126km trek from the Bird's Nest to Men Tou Gou, in the hills west of the Chinese capital.

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