Tour of Hainan concludes with an aggressive final stageSun 5 Nov 2017
The 2017 Tour of Hainan drew to a close today with a fast and aggressive final stage filled with attacks from the flag drop to the finish line.
With a tightly positioned general classification and intermediate bonus points up for grabs, there were many teams, including Mitchelton-SCOTT that went looking for the key moves in a bid to climb up the standings.
Robert Stannard was part of one of many early attacks that was quickly brought back by the peloton with Jai Hindley also active alongside Chinese teammate Jiankin Liu over the first 60kilometres.
Despite the constant barrage the peloton held things together over the short climb and rolling roads until the approach to the final when an ambitious solo attack by Joseph Cooper (IsoWhey-Sports) made it all the way to the line, disrupting the final bunch sprint and sealing the stage victory.
Stannard was the best finisher on the day for Mitchelton-SCOTT in 31st whilst Hindley sealed 13th place overall, missing out on the top ten GC by only one second.
“It has been a solid nine days of racing here in Hainan,” said sport director Dave Sanders. “The guys have been great throughout and despite the domination of the sprinters through the race we gave it a good go on the hillier days and tried to gain an opening where we could.”
“The whole team have ridden consistently and it’s another good chunk of racing time for our Chinese squad members and another positive experience competing against some of the bigger European team’s.
“Of course it’s a shame to have come so close to a top ten finish overall with Jai, but we have the Tour of Fuzhou just around the corner and the hillier parcours should suit our characteristics much better.”
Tour of Hainan stage nine results:
1. Joseph Cooper (IsoWhey-Sports) 03:1:16
2. Emils Liepins (Delko-Marseille-Provence-KTM) +0:01
3. Andriy Kulyk (Kolss-Cycling-Team) ST
31. Robert Stannard (Mitchelton-SCOTT) ST
Tour of Hainan final general classification:
1. Jacopo Mosca (Willier-Selle-Italia) 36:41:27
2. Benjamin Prades (Team-UKYO) +0:03
3. Emils Liepins (Delko-Marseille-Provence-KTM) +0:05
13. Jai Hindley (Mitchelton-SCOTT) +0:21
Photos courtesy of Tour of Hainan