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Mareczko nets fourth stage victory in Tour of Hainan

by VeloClub

Jakub Mareczko has further extended his winning streak in the Tour of Hainan, netting his fourth consecutive stage win of the race. As was the case on stages two and four, his closest challenger was the Estonian Martin Laas (Delko Marseille), while the Ukrainian Andriy Kulyk (Kolss Cycling Team) was third.

“I am so tired today,” the Italian told Eurosport at the finish in Changjiang. “It was crazy all day, and hot, too. From the start all the riders wanted to go in the break.

“I stayed back with two riders on my team, while my [lead-out Eugert Zhupa] and another was in front the group and I think won the first sprint.” As a result of his victory, the Wilier Triestina rider further extends his overall lead. He is now 24 seconds ahead of Laas and 31 up on Jon Aberasturi Izaga (Team Ukyo). Australian rider Ben Hill (Attaque Team Gusto) is sixth.

The pace was electric for much of the stage, with a group of 47 riders managing to get clear after 25 kilometres. The move spelt danger for Mareczko, who missed out. However his teammates chased hard and Zhupa, who was in the move, managed to win the intermediate sprint ahead of Australian Anthony Giacoppo (IsoWhey Sports-Swisswellness). The latter, who started the day fourth overall, was subsequently ejected from the race due to excessive pacing behind his team car after a crash.

Further splits occurred, with Oscar Pujol (Ukyo), Lukas Sprengler (Swiss national team) and Fabian Lienhard (Vorarlberg) the last caught. They were hauled back inside the final kilometre, with Mareczko then grabbing his fourth consecutive win.

Stage 5: Danzhou > Changjiang - Stage Result

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Kolss Cycling Team

Today’s feature image is from Alentejo, Portugal, and was taken by Gruber Images.