Mareczko leads Hainan; Froome’s Shanghai sprint: Your CT Daily News Digest

by Matt de Neef

October 30, 2017

In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Jakub Mareczko leads after two stages in Hainan; Chris Froome “wins” the inaugural Shanghai Criterium; Callum Scotson and Cameron Meyer win the London Six-Day; Froome expects significant “challenge” from Dumoulin in the future; Mikel Landa — I would have liked a warmer welcome from Quintana; Shane Sutton to work with Chinese national team; Monte Zoncolan and Rome TT on the cards for 2018 Giro; Zak Dempster among three riders to renew with the Israel Cycling Academy; US cyclist makes thoughts on Trump known; Froome and Kittel arm-wrestle in China; When tricks on the track go wrong.

Jakub Mareczko leads after two stages in Hainan

by CyclingTips

After finishing second to Jon Aberasturi (UKYO) on the opening stage of the Tour of Hainan, Jakub Mareczko (Wilier Triestina) went one better on stage 2, winning the day and taking the overall lead. Martin Laas (Delko Marseille Provence KTM) and Dylan Page (Swiss National Team) rounded out the podium in what was the longest stage of this year’s nine-stage Chinese event.

The day’s breakaway finally took shape after roughly 40 of the day’s 230km, with King of the Mountains Vitaly Buts (Kolss), Ben Hill (Attaque Team Gusto), Ivar Slik (Monkey Town), Ma Guangtong (Hengxiang) and Lukas Meiler (Vorarlberg) getting clear. The group got as much as 6:20 ahead of the field after 108km. Another break went clear in the final 75km of the stage, but it would ultimately come back together for a bunch sprint.

“Today we’ve felt the heat and the length of the stage,” Mareczko said. “In the finale, all my teammates worked hard to catch the breakaway. It hasn’t been easy, and we arrived a bit cooked. Luckily [Eugert] Zhupa took me to the front at the right moment. I launched my sprint from far out because I didn’t want to risk to getting stuck in the traffic.

“I’m happy with the win and the yellow jersey but let’s hope it’s only the first victory at the Tour of Hainan.”

After finishing second on stage 1 and taking bonus seconds at an intermediate sprint on stage 2, Mareczko now leads the Tour of Hainan by seven seconds. Aberasturi is second while Laas is third.

Stage 2: Wanning Xinglong > Haikou - Stage Result

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