Mitchelton-BikeExchange return to the Tour of Hainan looking for stage successMon 22 Oct 2018
Chinese UCI Continental team Mitchelton-BikeExchange return to home soil competition at The Tour of Hainan this week with a team aiming for stage results and a high overall placing.
Chinese road champion Niu Yikui lines up with compatriots Nazaerbieke Bieken, Liu Jiankun and Zhi Hui Jiang after racing last at the Tour of China where Mitchelton-BikeExchange topped the best Asian rider and team classification in both editions.
The Chinese contingent will be joined by British sprinter Jacob Hennessy and Australian Harry Sweeny with Colombian climber Brayan Chaves completing the line-up fresh from racing as a stagiaire with Mitchelton-SCOTT at the Japan Cup.
Nazaerbieke Bieken (CN, 24)
Brayan Chaves (COL, 21)
Jacob Hennessy (GBR, 22)
Zhi Hui Jiang (CN, 24)
Liu Jiankun (CN, 23)
Harry Sweeny (AUS, 20)
Niu Yikui (CN, 24)
The prestigious race is in its 13thyear and covers a total of 1481,4kilometres over nine stages with two clear climbing days for the GC contenders and the rest providing opportunities for sprinters on the hunt for stage results.
A challenging event that consistently attracts big teams and provides strong competition 2017 was the team’s first appearance with Jai Hindley placing 13thoverall.
Sport director James Victor:
“This race will be the highest level of competition that the team has raced at since the Dubai Tour at the beginning of the year and we are looking forward to what will be a busy few weeks of racing in Asia.”
“As with the Tours of China I and II it will be important for us to do well in the Asian rider category, we have the Chinese national champion with Niu Yikui and both he and Zhi Hui Jiang achieved that objective in September.
“We’re not going into the race with an out and out GC contender and we will need to make the most out of the opportunities that the sprint stages throw up, so that will be seven potential chances for us to get a result out of nine days of racing.
“The competition is always strong here with seven Pro-Continental teams taking part, but the team is in good shape, motivated and full of good spirit after a productive few days of recon for the race and a solid team camp earlier in October.”
Tour of Hainan stages:
Tuesday 23rdOctober, Stage 1: Danzhou, 90km
Wednesday 24thOctober, Stage 2: Danzhou to Chengmai, 139.6km
Thursday 25thOctober, Stage 3: Chengmai, 231.8km
Friday 26thOctober, Stage 4: Qionghai to Wanning, 142km
Saturday 27thOctober, Stage 5: Wanninig to Lingshui, 178.4km
Sunday 28thOctober, Stage 6: Lingshui to Wuzhishan, 193.2km
Monday 29thOctober, Stage7: Wuzhishan to Sanya, 127.3km
Tuesday 30thOctober, Stage 8: Longmuwan to Changjiang, 197.2km
Wednesday 31stOctober, Stage 9: Chiangjiang to Danzhou, 181.9km