Mareczko wins again in Hainan; Slipstream signs Swedish champ: Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

November 1, 2017

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Mareczko takes third win in Tour of Hainan

by VeloClub

Italian rider Jakub Mareczko further underlined his sprint dominance at the Tour of Hainan in China, speeding to his third consecutive win on Tuesday’s stage four. The Wilier Triestina rider got the better of Estonian Martin Laas (Delko Marseille) and Australian Anthony Giacoppo (IsoWhey Sports-Swisswellness) in the sprint into Danzhou.

“My team-mates were fantastic,” he told Eurosport. “Zhupa did a great job in the final kilometres and put me in front about 500 metres [out].” The resulting time bonus sees him further pad his overall lead, extending it to 20 seconds over Laas and 21 over Jon Aberasturi Izaga (Team Ukyo). Giacoppo is fourth, 29 seconds off yellow.

The day’s biggest threat to a bunch sprint was the attack by four riders, namely Sven Van Luijk (Monkey Town), Alfredo Castillo (Jelly Belly), Travis Samuel (H&R Block) and Oleksandr Prevar (Kolss). They built a maximum lead of three and a half minutes, but were hauled back with three kilometres to go.

The race continues on Wednesday with a lumpy stage to Changjiang. Mareczo said he wasn’t taking anything for granted in terms of more stage wins, noting that his team is tired after a long season and that there are some hard stages coming up.

Stage 4: Chengmai > Danzhou - Stage Result

Tuesday 31st October 2017

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Wilier Triestina - Selle Italia
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LAAS Martin
Delko Marseille Provence KTM
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IsoWhey Sports SwissWellness team

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