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Mareczko nabs fifth consecutive win in Hainan

by Shane Stokes

Apparently unstoppable, Jakub Mareczko (Wilier Triestina) captured his fifth consecutive stage win at the Tour of Hainan on Thursday, blasting home ahead of Martin Laas (Delko Marseille Provence) and Marco Maronese (Bardiani-CSF). In doing so, the Italian equalled the season tally of Marcel Kittel and Fernando Gaviria (QuickStep Floors), who have clocked up 14 wins each.

However Mareczko recognised that the nature of his successes don’t really compare to those of the other two. “Being on a smaller team than them and taking part in smaller races, our wins don’t have the same value,” he told Eurosport. “But I am happy with the number of victories.” He is yet to win a WorldTour race, although he went close with two runner-up slots behind Gaviria in this year’s Giro d’Italia.

The 219.6 kilometre stage ran from Changjiang to Sanya and was the longest of this year’s race. Right after the start three riders clipped away, namely Alexis Cartier (H&R Block), Mykhaylo Kononenko (Kolss) and Joris Blokker (Monkey Town). Paolo Simion (Bardiani CSF) did what he could to get across but couldn’t close the gap.

The group built a lead of four minutes, with Kononenko winning the intermediate sprints before returning to the bunch. Cartier later pushed on ahead and was joined by Joab Schneiter (Swiss national team) and Gian Friesecke (Vorarlberg), but these were recaptured inside four kilometres to go.

Mareczko’s victory further extended his overall lead. He is now 28 seconds ahead of Laas and 41 up on Jon Aberasturi Izaga (Team Ukyo).

Stage 6: Changjiang > Sanya - Stage Result

Thursday 2nd November 2017

1. it
MARECZKO Jakub
Wilier Triestina - Selle Italia
05:08:43
2. ee
LAAS Martin
Delko Marseille Provence KTM
-
3. it
MARONESE Marco
Bardiani - CSF
-

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