Mareczko wins again in Hainan; reprisal for Bahrain critic: Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

October 31, 2017

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Mareczko best again with stage 3 victory in Tour of Hainan

by VeloClub

One day after taking stage two of the Tour of Hainan, Jakub Mareczko (Wilier Triestina) topped the podium once again on Monday. He beat Jon Aberasturi Izaga (Team Ukyo), Anthony Giacoppo (Isowhey Sports Swisswellness), Marc-Antoine Nadon (H&R Block Pro Cycling Team) and the rest of the main bunch to the line in Chengmai.

The resulting time bonus saw him bolster his overall lead, padding his advantage over Aberasturi Izaga to 11 seconds. Martin Laas (Delko Marseille Provence Ktm) is at 19 seconds. “A beautiful victory at the end of a very hard stage,” he said. “Today I waited a while before launching the sprint but fortunately the result was the same.”

The stage was marked by several breaks. Joe Cooper (IsoWhey Sports-Swisswellness), Benjamin Hill (Attaque Gusto), Mykhaylo Kononenko (Kolss), Alexis Cartier (H&R Block) and Ma Guangtong (Hengxiang) went clear after 60 kilometres but were hauled back, enabling Benjamin Prades (Ukyo) to take the day’s mountains prime.

Then, with 50 kilometres to go, Marco Zanotti (Monkey Town), Marc De Maar (Hengxiang), Luke Mudgway (RTS-Monton), Emil Liepins (Delko Marseille) and Jordan Cheyne (Jelly Belly) went clear. The latter three pushed ahead from this group but were hauled back with six kilometres remaining.

Italian rider Mareczko was best in the subsequent sprint, beating the Spaniard Aberasturi Izaga, Australia’s Giacoppo and the others.

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Today’s feature image is from Ouray, Colorado, and is by Gruber Images.