Sprinters prevail on windy stage three in China

Mon 30 Oct 2017

Today’s stage three of the Tour of Hainan boasted a lumpier parcours than the previous day’s, but that did not stop the sprinters teams holding sway as Mitchelton-SCOTT continue to look ahead to the coming mountain stages.

The inclusion of a slight uphill stretch within the last three kilometres did not hinder the big sprinters teams on today’s third stage as we witnessed another early breakaway go clear, a regrouping and further attacks before a compact group went on to contest the sprint.

Race leader Jakub Marezcko (Willier-Selle-Italia) took his second stage victory ahead of riders from Team-UKYO and IsoWhey-Sports with Robert Stannard further back in 37th.

“It was a very fast and windy stage today,” said sport director Dave Sanders. “The wind was constantly changing direction and the race blew apart a couple of times, but ended up coming back together for the sprint.”

“We were hoping for some elevation in the finale as it showed in the race profile, but in fact it was a long and fast downhill with a minor kick up in the last few metres.

“That didn’t really suit our characteristics, but we all came through safely and continue to look ahead to the more mountainous stages of the race, our day will come.”

Tour of Hainan stage three results:

1. Jakub Marezcko (Willier-Selle-Italia) 03:38:11

2. Jon Aberasturi (Team-UKYO) ST

3. Anthony Giacoppo (IsoWhey-Sports) ST

37. Robert Stannard (Mitchelton-SCOTT) ST

Photos courtesy of the Tour of Hainan