Fast and hot stage five ends in another sprint

Wed 1 Nov 2017

Mitchelton-SCOTT rode attentively to maintain position on today’s fifth stage of the Tour of Hainan as the attacks flew in the hot conditions and a late catch brought about the sprint finale.

No early breakaway managed to forge clear on the 167kilometre stage despite repeated attacks throughout the opening half of racing. Sam Jenner was part of a 20+ rider move that started to gain time before the peloton ramped up the pace and reeled them in.

It wasn’t until the closing 35kilometres that a group finally managed to make it up the road, as a four-man move pushed on and started to look dangerous, before a universal effort from the peloton made contact with only 300metres remaining.

A crazy sprint unfolded as a large bunch accelerated towards the line with race leader Jakub Mareczko (Willier-Selle-Italia) taking his fourth straight stage win and Jenner the first over for Mitchelton-SCOTT in 37th.

“Today was a very fast start, it was on from the flag drop,” said sport director Dave Sanders. “The boys covered 51kilometres in the first hour of racing and that first hour was filled with attacks.”

“There was almost some major splits late on and we had to ride to stop a large group going out over a minute that had the potential to cause a real shake up.

“In the end it all came back together for the big sprint and the boys did well to stay up there and keep us within reach on the overall standings as we get closer to stage seven and the all important climbs.”

Tour of Hainan stage five results:

1. Jakub Mareczko (Willier-Selle-Italia) 03:35:07

2. Martin Laas (Delko-Marseille-Provence-KTM) ST

3. Andriy Kulyk (Kolss-Cycling-Team) ST

37. Sam Jenner (Mitchelton-SCOTT) ST

Tour of Hainan general classification after stage five:

1. Jakub Mareczko (Willier-Selle-Italia) 18:46:08

2. Martin Laas (Delko-Marseille-Provence-KTM) +0:24

3. Jon Aberasturi (Team-UKYO) +0:31

34. Robert Stannard (Mitchelton-SCOTT) +0:47

Photos of courtesy of Tour of Hainan