Jumbo Team's Van Aert produced a powerful sprint in the slight uphill finish to win by half a wheel ahead of Cees Bol and Sam Bennett.
"TCL is honored to enter into this new cooperation with FIBA for the next four years," Wei Yuki, vice president of TCL said. "Working together again with FIBA, TCL will continue to accelerate their international presence and contribute to the development and progress of global basketball." Enditem
"These are needless deaths. Needless. We should be similar to most countries on the planet, and yet, we are an embarrassment, and a tragic embarrassment," Lurie added.
The 33-year-old striker, who came on after the interval, latched onto a through pass from teammate Wu Xi before sending it into the net in the 65th minute.
Garcia looked untouchable in the first set and for much of the second, blasting 30 winners and breaking Pliskova's serve three times en route to the 6-1, 7-6 (2) victory.
Chinese fans are fond of the football played by German clubs, he said. "The Bundesliga is big in China," Klein commented.
In the other two clashes of the day, Hunan Hualai beat Zhejiang Energy to remain in third place, while Shenzhen Nankeda whitewashed Jiangsu in 5-0 to clinch their second win of the season. Enditem
"It's top players, so if you wait for the mistake it's never going to happen," Garcia said. "If you let Pliskova breeze and take your serve, you're never going to make a return, and then it's 6-4, 6-4 and you're done in one hour."
Qingdao stormed to a 4-0 lead after they took victories in mixed doubles, men's singles, women's doubles and women's singles. However, men's doubles young pair Guo Ruohan and Shang Yichen defended some honor for Xiamen as they overcame a one game deficit to beat world champion Liu Yuchen and his partner Guo Junhao 9-11, 11-8, 11-9, 11-9 in the final dual.
On October 12, Dragan Skocic's men will host Tajikistan in the Iranian capital Tehran.
"My team was fantastic during the whole race. Today I felt very good, my legs were really good, until the attack I could ride easily. Also, I was very motivated. Many people supported me along the roads, and I want to thank everyone," Valter said after the race.