Italy's Elia Viviani (Liquigas-Cannondale) is the first to wear the red jersey of leader of the Tour of Beijing after he took victory on the opening stage in a bunch sprint on Tuesday.
Viviani is already a worthy ambassador for the race as his photo is on thousands of banners all over Beijing City to advertise the event, where his victory in stage four last year was his best success at 22 years-old. Viviani shares headlines with Novak Djokovic around Beijing, with banners also promoting the China Open tennis.
Andy Fenn (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) and Edvald Boasson Hagen (Team Sky) finished second and third respectively in a sprint made very close and fast by the tailwind and the smooth road passing between the Olympic Stadium - the "Bird's Nest" - and the Water Cube.
The criterium-like show was flat within the 117-kilometer journey which started from Tian An Men Square and included twelve laps in the Olympic Park.