TEAM Collstrop's Jean-Pierre Heynderickx of Belgium narrowly avoided a crash in the final 30 metres to outsprint American Mike McCarthy by less than five millimetres in stage two of the inaugural Kent Tour of China cycling race in Guangzhou yesterday. All 104 riders clocked an identical two hours 51 minutes and 31 seconds as the pack swept across the line. Hong Kong's Wong Kam-po was involved in the six-rider fall but as it was within metres of the line he was credited with a finish. Wong was reported in good condition after receiving treatment from the local hospital. 'There are bruises on his left arm and his right arm was swollen a bit,' said Hong Kong national coach Shen Jinkang last night. 'He has also been X-rayed and none of his bones was damaged. He still feels painful on his left arm but luckily there is no race until Tuesday. So he can take a good rest.' American Steve Hegg retained his overall lead in the 500-kilometre race. Hegg, whose overall time is four hours 14 minutes and 55 seconds, retained his lead by three seconds from Italy's Daniele Nardello of the Mapei-GB team. 'I did not even know there was a crash because it was behind me,' said McCarthy who rose to third place from 11th after being given a six-second bonus for finishing second yesterday. In the crash at the finish, the most severely injured was Sascha Henrix of the German Die Continentale team, who received six stitches in his head. Yesterday's 145-kilometre race, which was routed throughout the Guangdong Province, was the longest of the 11-day, seven-stage event. Heynderickx added: 'It was a very fast finish, almost 75 kilometres an hour. That is very fast on a bike. You do not have much time to think. I just saw McCarthy on my left and the finish line.' The race will continue on Tuesday in Shanghai with a circuit race of 76 kilometres.