"Holding the Expo in the Olympic city of Beijing sends a strong signal of confidence. The world of sport is ready to contribute to the recovery from the crisis and to rebuilding a more human-centered and inclusive society."
"It was a good day for the team as some favourites from the GC lost time too," said Van Aert.
In the men's One Hour event, Britain's and Olympic champion Mo Farah held off the challenge of his training partner, home athlete Bashir Abdi, to set a new mark of 21,330m - eclipsing the 2007 mark of 21,285m set by Haile Gebrselassie. Abdi finished eight meters behind. Enditem
There was no shower on site, and people were asked to leave the scene as soon as possible after reaching the finish line.
World champion Daniel Stahl took his 13th consecutive victory in the men's discus, with the Swede throwing 67.28m.
In earlier matches, sixth seed Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic and eighth seed Petra Martic from Croatia also advanced into women's last 16. Enditem
"With brighter color and more dynamic shapes, the new emblem now looks more vigorous," said Lin Cunzhen, designer of the Beijing 2022 emblems.
Barcelona, who have been supported by the Spanish football league (La Liga), took a different viewpoint, insisting that if he wanted to join a different club he would have to pay the 700 million euro release clause in his contract.
The home side almost grabbed a winner in the dying seconds, only to see Zahavi's last-ditch effort cannon off the post.
"This victory is very important to me - I've worked so hard to get this win," said the 27-year-old Kazakh.
Both sides have won their past two matches, and were eager to continue the run of good form. Venezuelan striker Salomon Rondon caught a long pass from Zhang Chong and made a quick shot in the 23rd minute, helping Dalian take the lead for the first half.