The Qinghai Lake Tour arrived in Qilian – dubbed as East Switzerland by the Chinese and it was easy to see why. It was a stunning contrast to the wide open green grasslands, endless rolling hills devoid of trees. Now there was trees everywhere and beautiful valleys surrounded by imposing rocky mountains. For Stage Eight, I traveled with the Slovenian Team car. Enjoy the pictures below.
This penultimate stage going into Qingshizui was won by Russian National Team rider Boris Shpilevskiy after the hors catagorie climb up to 3,850m failed to crack Shpilevskiy’s legs. The Iranian TPT Team have virtually secured the Yellow jersey for the Tour and the final stage on the streets of Xining will be just a formality.