Breakaway foiled in the last metres on stage two in HainanWed 24 Oct 2018
A valiant effort from the remnants of the days breakaway saw them almost make it before being cruelly caught just before the line on stage two of the Tour of Hainan with Briton Jacob Hennessy the best finisher for Mitchelton-BikeExchange.
The opening kilometres of stage two were filled with repeated attacks, but it still took an hour for a breakaway to form. Twelve riders eventually went clear over the rolling terrain and gained one-minute 30secodns after 50kilometres.
Mitchelton-BikeExchange did not make the move and settled into the tempo of the bunch with two riders Niu Yikui and LiuJiankun contributing to the pace setting at the front.
The efforts of the of the peloton gradually started to pay dividends in the closing 50kilometres and combined with a dwindling level of collaboration among the leaders the gap fell below a minute with 20kilometres to go and only two riders left out front.
Those two riders didn’t make it easy for the peloton and came agonisingly close to staying away with the catch only coming in the last 150metres and Lucas Carstensen (Bike-Aid) taking the win by less than a tyre width and Hennessy first home for Mitchelton-BikeExchange in 23rd.
“It was a really hot and grippy start on some rolling climbs and after a lot of attacks big group went clear but everyone was always sure that it would be brought back for a sprint although it was close and subsequently became a nervous final when the two in front were holding a very good gap.”
“The peloton only caught them with around 200metres to go and it was a really messy sprint. I feel better after the two stages. With the heat and the high level of racing I think we will just have to work into the race and try to build up throughout.”
Tour of Hainan stage two results:
1. Lucas Carstensen (Bike-Aid) 03:05:51
2. Dylan Page (Team-Sapura-Cycling) ST
3. Raymond Kreder (Team-UKYO)
23. Jacob Hennessy (Mitchelton-BikeExchange) ST
Photos courstey of Twila Federica Muzzi.