However, it was a day of mixed feelings for local fans because fellow Frenchman Thibaut Pinot fell on the second climb of the day and finished over 25 minutes behind Peters, whose hopes of becoming the first home rider to win the Tour since 1985 have diminished, as he sits around 19 minutes behind on the overall standings.
"I began to run marathons when I was 68," said Gu. In 2013, he met Yin Jie, head of a running club in Ningxia, and they often exercised together. Also a runner, Yin encouraged Gu to try the marathon, which piqued his interest. At first, Gu didn't know much about marathons, but after training, he registered for the International Half Marathon in Hangzhou in 2013 and finished it in 1 hour, 58 minutes and 59 seconds. Since then, Gu has run several marathons across China, and began to take part in competitions abroad in 2017.
This Sunday, Germany crosses swords with Switzerland in Basel.
"I played pretty aggressively from the first ball, and that's pretty necessary against her because she's a great player who can hit a lot of great angles," Mertens said. "I tried to step into the court, and thankfully my first serve was working, so that was a big advantage."
On September 13, the team from Shaanxi will start its season campaign, facing Jiangxi. Enditem
The match looked like a one-side game in the first half as Evergrande firmly controled the initiative, but hardly could say they have real good chance under the tight defence of R&F.
There were also many hand sanitizing points and people were asked to keep two meters distance from one another.
SIPG remain unbeaten with six wins and two draws before the match. They kept offense flowing and had a point-blank chance on 34 minutes, while captain Hulk blasted a close-range shot that was saved by China Fortune keeper Bao Yaxiong.
Top-ranked Belgium secured a 2-0 win in Denmark, while Raheem Sterling converted a penalty in second-half stoppage time to give England a 1-0 victory in Iceland. Enditem
In the women's doubles, Xu Yifan from China and America's Nicole Melichar reached the second round after edging past their opponents in straight sets. Enditem
"As for the disqualification, I need to go back within and work on my disappointment and turn this all into a lesson for my growth and evolution as a player and human being."