Stage seven hits the mountains and shakes up the GCFri 3 Nov 2017
Stage seven of the Tour of Hainan finally hit the mountains and saw the expected shake up on the general classification after a week of racing dominated by the sprinters.
Young Australian Robert Stannard started well for Mitchelton-SCOTT and made it into the key breakaway move early on when large group of over 20riders went clear. His progress was unfortunately disrupted around 60kilometres in after getting caught on the wrong side of a crash and forced back into the main bunch.
Attacks started to spring out of both the peloton and the breakaway on the last two climbs of the day with the lead group splitting heavily with 20kilometres remaining.
After strong teamwork and positioning within the bunch Jai Hindley went off the front with a select group on the approach to the final seven-kilometre climb, some 50seconds behind the remnants of the breakaway.
The whole race split apart on the climb with three riders pushing on at the front and holding their advantage all the way to the line.
Jacopo Mosca (Willier-Selle-Italia) took the stage win and the race lead from the three up sprint with Hindley crossing the line as part of the first chasing group in 17th place.
Tomorrow’s stage eight is the penultimate of the race and covers 197.4kilometres and includes four categorised climbs before a long and flat run to the finish in Lingshui.
Tour of Hainan stage seven report:
1. Jacopo Mosca (Willier-Selle-Italia) 04:16:55
2. Benjamin Prades (Team-UKYO) +0:01
3. Marc de Maar (Hengxiang-Cycling-Team) +0:02
17. Jai Hindley (Mitchelton-SCOTT) +0:11
Tour of Hainan general classification after stage seven:
1. Jacopo Mosca (Willier-Selle-Italia) 28:12:23
2. Benjamin Prades (Team-UKYO) +0:03
3. Mykhaylo Kononenko (Kolss-Cycling-Team) +0:08
17. Jai Hindley (Mitchelton-SCOTT) +0:21
Photos courtesy of Tour of Hainan