Jon Aberasturi wins Tour of Hainan opener

Basque rider continues his Asian winning streak

Spain's Jon Aberasturi of Japanese outfit Ukyo claimed his eighth victory of the year, all of which have come in Asia at six different races, as he outsprinted Jakub Mareczko (Wilier Triestina) at the end of stage 1 on the Tour of Hainan. Australia's Michael Freiberg (Isowheysports-Swisswellness) rounded out the podium.

Aberasturi has already scored wins earlier this year at the Tour of Thailand, the Tour of Japan, the Tour of Korea, the Tour of Qinghai Lake and the Tour of Taihu Lake.

"I didn't feel good during the race but the legs were normal again for sprinting at the end," the Basque rider told Cyclingnews at the finish. "This is my eighth win of the year. It makes me very happy. I won stage 1 in three races: Tour of Korea, Tour of Qinghai Lake and here. It's important. To beat a rider like Mareczko from time to time helps for the confidence, knowing that he has beaten some of the world's best sprinters before."

It took 30 kilometres for a breakaway to develop in the 88km-long opening stage of the 12th edition of the Tour of Hainan. Four riders made it: Enrico Barbin (Bardiani CSF), Joe Cooper (Isowheysports-Swisswellness), Vitaly Buts (Kolss) and Joab Schneiter (Switzerland).

"We were on a short leash," New Zealand national champion Cooper explained. "Out of four breakaway riders, two of us wanted to push on, the two others just wanted to cruise along. We never had full cooperation out there. I think the biggest gap we got was 39 seconds. It was never really enough."

Buts was brave enough to fend off the peloton in the only categorised climb of the day with 14.6km to go while Benjamin Hill (Attaque Team Gusto) was second at the top of the hill right behind him. "We've suffered a lot to stay away until the KOM point but at the end, luckily, I got it", the former Ukrainian rider from Lampre commented. "I'm happy. It has not been a breakaway for nothing. I hope to retain this jersey till the end. It becomes my goal now."

Alessandro Tonelli (Bardiani CSF) tried his luck later on. He was joined by Taylor Shelden (Jelly Belly) with 10km to go but it was an inevitable sprint at the end.

"From one kilometre to go, there were two curves and I remained a bit behind in the last one," explained Mareczko. "That's where [Jon] Aberasturi passed me. He also beat me at the Tour of Taihu Lake the day I finished second. He's a good sprinter. There are more flat stages to come in this race so we as sprinters will have other occasions to do well."

Having won almost everything he could in Asia, Aberasturi, 28, who rode for Euskaltel in 2013 and 2014 will return to a Basque based squad next year with Euskadi Basque Country – Murias, which has applied for Pro Continental status for next season.

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jon Aberasturi Izaga (Spa) Team Ukyo1:50:50 
2Jakub Mareczko (Ita) Wilier Triestina  
3Michael Freiberg (Aus) Isowhey Sports Swisswellness  
4Dylan Page (Swi) Switzerland  
5Emils Liepins (Lat) Rietumu Banka - Riga  
6Martin Laas (Est) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
7Marco Maronese (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
8Eugert Zhupa (Alb) Wilier Triestina  
9Mehdi Benhamouda (Fra) Team Novo Nordisk  
10Marco Zanotti (Ita) Monkey Town Continental Team  
11Umberto Poli (Ita) Team Novo Nordisk  
12Martin Meiler (Ger) Team Vorarlberg  
13Zsolt Dér (Hun) Team Vorarlberg  
14Paolo Simion (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
15Jonathan Couanon (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
16Ulises Alfredo Castillo Soto (Mex) Jelly Belly P/B Maxxis  
17Steven Manuel Cuesta Zamora (Col) Hainan Jilun Cycling Team  
18Andriy Kulyk (Ukr) Kolss Cycling Team  
19Benjamin Hill (Aus) Attaque Team Gusto  
20Fabian Lienhard (Swi) Team Vorarlberg  
21Ivar Slik (Ned) Monkey Town Continental Team  
22Zhiwen Chen (Chn) Giant Cycling Team  
23Jure Rupnik (Slo) H&R Block Pro Cycling Team  
24Gian Friesecke (Swi) Team Vorarlberg  
25Alder Martz (USA) Attaque Team Gusto  
26Maxat Ayazbayev (Kaz) Keyi Look Cycling Team  
27Mykhaylo Kononenko (Ukr) Kolss Cycling Team  
28Polychronis Tzortzakis (Gre) RTS - Monton Racing Team  
29Gerd De Keijzer (Ned) Team Novo Nordisk  
30Benjami Prades Reverter (Spa) Team Ukyo  
31Islam Usmanov (Kaz) Keyi Look Cycling Team  
32Paolo Lunardon (Ita) RTS - Monton Racing Team  
33Sven Van Luijk (Ned) Monkey Town Continental Team  
34Dostonbek Ollamov (Uzb) Beijing Xds - Innova Cycling Team  
35Ilia Koshevoy (Blr) Wilier Triestina  
36Travis Samuel (Can) H&R Block Pro Cycling Team  
37Lukas Spengler (Swi) Switzerland  
38Justin Paroz (Swi) Switzerland  
39Michael Sheehan (USA) Jelly Belly P/B Maxxis  
40Vitaliy Buts (Ukr) Kolss Cycling Team  
41Mirco Maestri (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
42Patrick Schelling (Swi) Team Vorarlberg  
43Robert Stannard (Aus) Mitchelton Scott  
44Edoardo Zardini (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
45Enrico Barbin (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
46Jai Hindley (Aus) Mitchelton Scott  
47Robbie Hucker (Aus) Isowhey Sports Swisswellness  
48Gordian Banzer (Swi) Switzerland  
49Sun Xiaolong (Chn) Mitchelton Scott  
50Zhaoliang Xu (Chn) Giant Cycling Team  
51Sergiy Grechyn (Ukr) Hainan Jilun Cycling Team  
52Joonas Henttala (Fin) Team Novo Nordisk  
53Oleksandr Polivoda (Ukr) Kolss Cycling Team  
54Jordan Cheyne (Can) Jelly Belly P/B Maxxis  
55Thierry Hupond (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
56Reid Mcclure (Can) Team Novo Nordisk  
57Andriy Vasylyuk (Ukr) Kolss Cycling Team  
58Chris Prendergast (Can) H&R Block Pro Cycling Team  
59Daniel Dominguez Barragan (Spa) Keyi Look Cycling Team  
60Bieken Nazaerbieke (Chn) Keyi Look Cycling Team  
61Jacob Rathe (USA) Jelly Belly P/B Maxxis  
62Antonio Jose Alarcon Gonzalez (Col) Hainan Jilun Cycling Team  
63Sam Crome (Aus) Isowhey Sports Swisswellness  
64Jason Lea (Aus) Isowhey Sports Swisswellness  
65Reinier Honig (Ned) Team Vorarlberg  
66Weijie Hou (Chn) Keyi Look Cycling Team  
67Oleksandr Prevar (Ukr) Kolss Cycling Team  
68Lukas Meiler (Ger) Team Vorarlberg  
69Akramjon Sunnatov (Uzb) Beijing Xds - Innova Cycling Team  
70Martin Lavric (Slo) Attaque Team Gusto  
71Tao Yang (Chn) Hainan Jilun Cycling Team  
72Dimitri Bussard (Swi) Switzerland  
73Samuel Jenner (Aus) Mitchelton Scott  
74Rick Van Breda (Ned) Monkey Town Continental Team  
75Oscar Pujol Munoz (Spa) Team Ukyo  
76Asbjørn Kragh Andersen (Den) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
77Mikel Aristi Gardoki (Spa) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
78Joris Blokker (Ned) Monkey Town Continental Team  
79Taylor Shelden (USA) Jelly Belly P/B Maxxis  
80Jianpeng Liu (Chn) Hengxiang Cycling Team  
81Marc De Maar (Ned) Hengxiang Cycling Team  
82Jacopo Mosca (Ita) Wilier Triestina  
83Alex Turrin (Ita) Wilier Triestina  
84Rodrigo Araque Lorente (Spa) Team Ukyo  
85Giuseppe Fonzi (Ita) Wilier Triestina  
86Wen Chung Huang (Tpe) Attaque Team Gusto  
87Sam Brand (GBr) Team Novo Nordisk  
88Luca Raggio (Ita) Wilier Triestina  
89Andrii Bratashchuk (Ukr) Kolss Cycling Team  
90Maarten De Jonge (Ned) Monkey Town Continental Team  
91Fuwen Xue (Chn) Mitchelton Scott  
92Guangtong Ma (Chn) Hengxiang Cycling Team  
93Tianhao Gu (Chn) Giant Cycling Team  
94Serghei Tvetcov (Rom) Jelly Belly P/B Maxxis  
95Alessandro Tonelli (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
96Martin Schäppi (Swi) Switzerland  
97Tanzou Tokuda (Jpn) Team Ukyo  
98Bo Wang (Chn) Hengxiang Cycling Team  
99Yadong Wang (Chn) Beijing Xds - Innova Cycling Team  
100Suguru Tokuda (Jpn) Team Ukyo  
101Eiichi Hirai (Jpn) Team Ukyo  
102Abdullojon Akparov (Uzb) Beijing Xds - Innova Cycling Team  
103Joab Schneiter (Swi) Switzerland  
104Xin Wang (Chn) Keyi Look Cycling Team  
105Simone Sterbini (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
106Timothy Guy (Aus) Attaque Team Gusto  
107Mauricio Ortega Ramirez (Col) RTS - Monton Racing Team  
108Stephan Bakker (Ned) Monkey Town Continental Team  
109Benjamin Dyball (Aus) St George Continental Cycling Team  
110Meng Yan (Chn) Hengxiang Cycling Team  
111Cristian Andres Peña Meneses (Col) RTS - Monton Racing Team  
112Luke Mudgway (NZl) RTS - Monton Racing Team  
113Marc-Antoine Nadon (Can) H&R Block Pro Cycling Team  
114Hang Shi (Chn) Giant Cycling Team  
115Chien Chou Chen (Tpe) Attaque Team Gusto  
116Joseph Cooper (NZl) Isowhey Sports Swisswellness  
117Anthony Giacoppo (Aus) Isowhey Sports Swisswellness  
118Shao Hsuan Lu (Tpe) Attaque Team Gusto  
119Jiankun Liu (Chn) Mitchelton Scott1:51:29 
120Juan Jose De Jesus Carrero Acosta (Col) Hainan Jilun Cycling Team  
121Mingrun Chen (Chn) Hengxiang Cycling Team1:52:43 
122Zheng Zhang (Chn) Hengxiang Cycling Team  
123Miras Torekhanov (Kaz) Keyi Look Cycling Team1:53:11 
124Chaohua Xue (Chn) Mitchelton Scott  
125Xiang Yuan Li (Chn) Giant Cycling Team  
126Haiwang Liu (Chn) Giant Cycling Team1:56:03 
127Alexis Cartier (Can) H&R Block Pro Cycling Team1:56:10 
OTLKevin Daniel Rios Quintana (Col) Hainan Jilun Cycling Team2:06:22 
OTLIvan Kharin (Rus) Beijing Xds - Innova Cycling Team2:10:20 
OTLNeil Van Der Ploeg (Aus) Isowhey Sports Swisswellness  
OTLRadoslav Konstantinov (Bul) Hainan Jilun Cycling Team2:12:17 
OTLEugenio Bani (Ita) RTS - Monton Racing Team2:15:44 
Points Classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jon Aberasturi Izaga (Spa) Team Ukyo16 pts
2Jakub Mareczko (Ita) Wilier Triestina14 
3Michael Freiberg (Aus) Isowhey Sports Swisswellness13 
4Dylan Page (Swi) Switzerland12 
5Emils Liepins (Lat) Rietumu Banka - Riga11 
6Martin Laas (Est) Delko Marseille Provence KTM10 
7Marco Maronese (Ita) Bardiani CSF9 
8Eugert Zhupa (Alb) Wilier Triestina8 
8Zsolt Dér (Hun) Team Vorarlberg8 
10Marco Zanotti (Ita) Monkey Town Continental Team7 
10Mehdi Benhamouda (Fra) Team Novo Nordisk7 
12Umberto Poli (Ita) Team Novo Nordisk5 
13Martin Meiler (Ger) Team Vorarlberg4 
14Mirco Maestri (Ita) Bardiani CSF3 
15Paolo Simion (Ita) Bardiani CSF2 
16Jonathan Couanon (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM1 
Mountains Classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Vitaliy Buts (Ukr) Kolss Cycling Team3 pts
2Benjamin Hill (Aus) Attaque Team Gusto2 
3Benjami Prades Reverter (Spa) Team Ukyo1 
General Classification after stage 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jon Aberasturi Izaga (Spa) Team Ukyo1:50:40 
2Jakub Mareczko (Ita) Wilier Triestina1:50:44 
3Michael Freiberg (Aus) Isowhey Sports Swisswellness1:50:46 
4Zsolt Dér (Hun) Team Vorarlberg1:50:47 
5Mirco Maestri (Ita) Bardiani CSF1:50:48 
6Marco Zanotti (Ita) Monkey Town Continental Team1:50:49 
7Dylan Page (Swi) Switzerland1:50:50 
8Emils Liepins (Lat) Rietumu Banka - Riga  
9Martin Laas (Est) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
10Marco Maronese (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
11Eugert Zhupa (Alb) Wilier Triestina  
12Mehdi Benhamouda (Fra) Team Novo Nordisk  
13Umberto Poli (Ita) Team Novo Nordisk  
14Martin Meiler (Ger) Team Vorarlberg  
15Paolo Simion (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
16Jonathan Couanon (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
17Ulises Alfredo Castillo Soto (Mex) Jelly Belly P/B Maxxis  
18Steven Manuel Cuesta Zamora (Col) Hainan Jilun Cycling Team  
19Andriy Kulyk (Ukr) Kolss Cycling Team  
20Benjamin Hill (Aus) Attaque Team Gusto  
21Fabian Lienhard (Swi) Team Vorarlberg  
22Ivar Slik (Ned) Monkey Town Continental Team  
23Zhiwen Chen (Chn) Giant Cycling Team  
24Jure Rupnik (Slo) H&R Block Pro Cycling Team  
25Gian Friesecke (Swi) Team Vorarlberg  
26Alder Martz (USA) Attaque Team Gusto  
27Maxat Ayazbayev (Kaz) Keyi Look Cycling Team  
28Mykhaylo Kononenko (Ukr) Kolss Cycling Team  
29Polychronis Tzortzakis (Gre) RTS - Monton Racing Team  
30Gerd De Keijzer (Ned) Team Novo Nordisk  
31Benjami Prades Reverter (Spa) Team Ukyo  
32Islam Usmanov (Kaz) Keyi Look Cycling Team  
33Paolo Lunardon (Ita) RTS - Monton Racing Team  
34Sven Van Luijk (Ned) Monkey Town Continental Team  
35Dostonbek Ollamov (Uzb) Beijing Xds - Innova Cycling Team  
36Ilia Koshevoy (Blr) Wilier Triestina  
37Travis Samuel (Can) H&R Block Pro Cycling Team  
38Lukas Spengler (Swi) Switzerland  
39Justin Paroz (Swi) Switzerland  
40Michael Sheehan (USA) Jelly Belly P/B Maxxis  
41Vitaliy Buts (Ukr) Kolss Cycling Team  
42Patrick Schelling (Swi) Team Vorarlberg  
43Robert Stannard (Aus) Mitchelton Scott  
44Edoardo Zardini (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
45Enrico Barbin (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
46Jai Hindley (Aus) Mitchelton Scott  
47Robbie Hucker (Aus) Isowhey Sports Swisswellness  
48Gordian Banzer (Swi) Switzerland  
49Sun Xiaolong (Chn) Mitchelton Scott  
50Zhaoliang Xu (Chn) Giant Cycling Team  
51Sergiy Grechyn (Ukr) Hainan Jilun Cycling Team  
52Joonas Henttala (Fin) Team Novo Nordisk  
53Oleksandr Polivoda (Ukr) Kolss Cycling Team  
54Jordan Cheyne (Can) Jelly Belly P/B Maxxis  
55Thierry Hupond (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
56Reid Mcclure (Can) Team Novo Nordisk  
57Andriy Vasylyuk (Ukr) Kolss Cycling Team  
58Chris Prendergast (Can) H&R Block Pro Cycling Team  
59Daniel Dominguez Barragan (Spa) Keyi Look Cycling Team  
60Bieken Nazaerbieke (Chn) Keyi Look Cycling Team  
61Jacob Rathe (USA) Jelly Belly P/B Maxxis  
62Antonio Jose Alarcon Gonzalez (Col) Hainan Jilun Cycling Team  
63Sam Crome (Aus) Isowhey Sports Swisswellness  
64Jason Lea (Aus) Isowhey Sports Swisswellness  
65Reinier Honig (Ned) Team Vorarlberg  
66Weijie Hou (Chn) Keyi Look Cycling Team  
67Oleksandr Prevar (Ukr) Kolss Cycling Team  
68Lukas Meiler (Ger) Team Vorarlberg  
69Akramjon Sunnatov (Uzb) Beijing Xds - Innova Cycling Team  
70Martin Lavric (Slo) Attaque Team Gusto  
71Tao Yang (Chn) Hainan Jilun Cycling Team  
72Dimitri Bussard (Swi) Switzerland  
73Samuel Jenner (Aus) Mitchelton Scott  
74Rick Van Breda (Ned) Monkey Town Continental Team  
75Oscar Pujol Munoz (Spa) Team Ukyo  
76Asbjørn Kragh Andersen (Den) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
77Mikel Aristi Gardoki (Spa) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
78Joris Blokker (Ned) Monkey Town Continental Team  
79Taylor Shelden (USA) Jelly Belly P/B Maxxis  
80Jianpeng Liu (Chn) Hengxiang Cycling Team  
81Marc De Maar (Ned) Hengxiang Cycling Team  
82Jacopo Mosca (Ita) Wilier Triestina  
83Alex Turrin (Ita) Wilier Triestina  
84Rodrigo Araque Lorente (Spa) Team Ukyo  
85Giuseppe Fonzi (Ita) Wilier Triestina  
86Wen Chung Huang (Tpe) Attaque Team Gusto  
87Sam Brand (GBr) Team Novo Nordisk  
88Luca Raggio (Ita) Wilier Triestina  
89Andrii Bratashchuk (Ukr) Kolss Cycling Team  
90Maarten De Jonge (Ned) Monkey Town Continental Team  
91Fuwen Xue (Chn) Mitchelton Scott  
92Guangtong Ma (Chn) Hengxiang Cycling Team  
93Tianhao Gu (Chn) Giant Cycling Team  
94Serghei Tvetcov (Rom) Jelly Belly P/B Maxxis  
95Alessandro Tonelli (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
96Martin Schäppi (Swi) Switzerland  
97Tanzou Tokuda (Jpn) Team Ukyo  
98Bo Wang (Chn) Hengxiang Cycling Team  
99Yadong Wang (Chn) Beijing XDS - Innova  
100Suguru Tokuda (Jpn) Team Ukyo  
101Eiichi Hirai (Jpn) Team Ukyo  
102Abdullojon Akparov (Uzb) Beijing Xds - Innova Cycling Team  
103Joab Schneiter (Swi) Switzerland  
104Xin Wang (Chn) Keyi Look Cycling Team  
105Simone Sterbini (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
106Timothy Guy (Aus) Attaque Team Gusto  
107Mauricio Ortega Ramirez (Col) RTS - Monton Racing Team  
108Stephan Bakker (Ned) Monkey Town Continental Team  
109Benjamin Dyball (Aus) St George Continental Cycling Team  
110Meng Yan (Chn) Hengxiang Cycling Team  
111Cristian Andres Peña Meneses (Col) RTS - Monton Racing Team  
112Luke Mudgway (NZl) RTS - Monton Racing Team  
113Marc-Antoine Nadon (Can) H&R Block Pro Cycling Team  
114Hang Shi (Chn) Giant Cycling Team  
115Chien Chou Chen (Tpe) Attaque Team Gusto  
116Joseph Cooper (NZl) Isowhey Sports Swisswellness  
117Anthony Giacoppo (Aus) Isowhey Sports Swisswellness  
118Shao Hsuan Lu (Tpe) Attaque Team Gusto  
119Juan Jose De Jesus Carrero Acosta (Col) Hainan Jilun Cycling Team  
120Jiankun Liu (Chn) Mitchelton Scott1:51:29 
121Mingrun Chen (Chn) Hengxiang Cycling Team1:52:43 
122Zheng Zhang (Chn) Hengxiang Cycling Team  
123Miras Torekhanov (Kaz) Keyi Look Cycling Team1:53:11 
124Chaohua Xue (Chn) Mitchelton Scott  
125Xiang Yuan Li (Chn) Giant Cycling Team  
126Haiwang Liu (Chn) Giant Cycling Team1:56:03 
127Alexis Cartier (Can) H&R Block Pro Cycling Team1:56:10 
Points Classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jon Aberasturi Izaga (Spa) Team Ukyo16 pts
2Jakub Mareczko (Ita) Wilier Triestina14 
3Michael Freiberg (Aus) Isowhey Sports Swisswellness13 
4Dylan Page (Swi) Switzerland12 
5Emils Liepins (Lat) Rietumu Banka - Riga11 
6Martin Laas (Est) Delko Marseille Provence KTM10 
7Marco Maronese (Ita) Bardiani CSF9 
8Zsolt Dér (Hun) Team Vorarlberg8 
9Eugert Zhupa (Alb) Wilier Triestina8 
10Marco Zanotti (Ita) Monkey Town Continental Team7 
11Mehdi Benhamouda (Fra) Team Novo Nordisk7 
12Umberto Poli (Ita) Team Novo Nordisk5 
13Martin Meiler (Ger) Team Vorarlberg4 
14Mirco Maestri (Ita) Bardiani CSF3 
15Paolo Simion (Ita) Bardiani CSF2 
16Jonathan Couanon (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM1 
Mountains Classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Vitaliy Buts (Ukr) Kolss Cycling Team3 pts
2Benjamin Hill (Aus) Attaque Team Gusto2 
3Benjami Prades Reverter (Spa) Team Ukyo1 

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