BEIJING, Oct. 9 (Xinhua) -- Italy's young rider Elia Viviani from team Liquigas-Cannondale won the first stage of the Tour of Beijing to hold three jerseys at the same time on Tuesday.
In a windy weather, Viviani won the first stage in a tight sprint final after an 117-kilometer route from the iconic Tiananmen Square to the foot of the Bird's Nest, the 2008 Olympic Stadium.
The 23-year-old Viviani, the fourth stage winner in the inaugural edition last year, outclassed the peloton by just one bike's length in the final sprint, taking the leader's red jersey, the white jersey for the best young rider and the green jersey for the points competition, in two hours 37 minutes and 39 seconds.
British Andrew Fenn from team Omega Pharma-QuickStep ranked the second, while Hagen Edvaid Boasson from team Sky Procycling took the third place.
Wednesday's second stage will start from the Bird's Nest to Yongdinghe Culture Plaza in Mentougou district.
This year's Tour of Beijing runs from Oct. 9 to 13, and it is the last event on the International Cycling Union WorldTour calendar.
Starting from the Tiananmen Square, the five-day Tour will also feature some of China's top tourist attractions including the Great Wall.