Tour of Hainan: Mareczko claims stage 2 victory

Italian takes race lead from Aberasturi

Beaten by Jon Aberasturi in the first sprint finish at the Tour of Hainan, Jakub Mareczko (Wilier Triestina) got everything right on day two as he out-sprinted the rest of the field at the end of the longest stage in the 12th edition of China's tropical island's event. Martin Laas (Delko Marseille Provence KTM) took second with Switzerland's Dylan Page rounding out the podium.

Mareczko's victory was enough to put him into the race lead, ahead of Aberasturi who finished 21st on the day.

"Today we've felt the heat and the length of the stage," Mareczko reacted. "We wanted to control the race, so we put Luca Raggio at the front of the peloton. 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."

Mareczko came third in the day's first intermediate sprint, behind Ukraine's Mikhaylo Kononenko (Kolss) and Estonia's Martin Laas who positioned himself as Delko Marseille's sprinter for the day as the French team has another option with Latvia's Emil Liepins. After 42km of racing, a breakaway finally took shape with King of the Mountains Vitaly Buts (Kolss), Benjamin Hill (Attaque Team Gusto), Ivar Slik (Monkey Town), Ma Guangtong (Hengxiang) and Lukas Meiler (Vorarlberg). A lone chaser for a while, Alexis Cartier (H&R Block) was unable to bridge the gap. The maximum lead of the quintet was 6:20 at kilometre 108.

"Some of the riders in the front group stopped their effort after the intermediate sprint," Meiler explained. "I'm happy because all I could get from this breakaway is the most combative rider prize and I got it." He forged on with Slik, but the duo was reeled in with 84km to go.

Some 75km before the end, another group, comprising Rick Van Breda (Monkey Town), Jordan Cheyne (Jelly Belly) and Fabian Lienhard (Vorarlberg), rode away. They built a maximum gap of 3:30 with 39km to go. Van Breda was first to be swallowed by the peloton led by riders from Wilier Triestina, Kolss and IsoWhey Sports-Swisswellness. Cheyne insisted on his own in the last 10 kilometres but was caught under the flamme rouge.

"I came to the Tour of Hainan with the hope of getting good results because I'm a sprinter and this race means five or six opportunities to try and win a stage," Laas said after the stage. "Second is a good result. But I think I'm able to beat Mareczko in a sprint. I'll have other chances to challenge him."

Third-placed Page, the Caja Rural rider racing for the Swiss national team, echoed Laas' thoughts. "Third is a good result, but I have to finish this season the best I can. I feel good. I already got two top 10s last week in a WorldTour race [the Tour of Guangxi -ed]. I came here with ambitions and a good team at a good level but accessible for me. After 230km, the legs don't respond as well as we want but it wasn't too bad. With more than 80 racing days in my legs this year, I probably have an advantage over most of the riders here."

Taking his ninth victory of the year, Mareczko equalled his compatriot Elia Viviani, who is the most successful Italian pro of the 2017 season so far. However, with seven stages remaining, the five-time stage winner in the Tour of Taihu Lake might as well challenge Marcel Kittel and Fernando Gaviria who top the world's tally with 14 wins.  

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jakub Mareczko (Ita) Wilier Triestina - Selle Italia5:28:24 
2Martin Laas (Est) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
3Dylan Page (Swi) Switzerland  
4Marc-Antoine Nadon (Can) H&R Block Pro Cycling Team  
5Andriy Kulyk (Ukr) Kolss Cycling Team  
6Jonathan Couanon (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
7Enrico Barbin (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
8Mikel Aristi Gardoki (Spa) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
9Marco Maronese (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
10Michael Freiberg (Aus) Isowhey Sports Swisswellness  
11Paolo Simion (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
12Marco Zanotti (Ita) Monkey Town Continental Team  
13Robert Stannard (Aus) Mitchelton Scott  
14Zsolt Dér (Hun) Team Vorarlberg  
15Emils Liepins (Lat) Rietumu Banka - Riga  
16Martin Meiler (Ger) Team Vorarlberg  
17Weijie Hou (Chn) Keyi Look Cycling Team  
18Mirco Maestri (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
19Polychronis Tzortzakis (Gre) RTS - Monton Racing Team  
20Lukas Spengler (Swi) Switzerland  
21Jon Aberasturi Izaga (Spa) Team Ukyo  
22Andriy Vasylyuk (Ukr) Kolss Cycling Team  
23Steven Manuel Cuesta Zamora (Col) Hainan Jilun Cycling Team  
24Joris Blokker (Ned) Monkey Town Continental Team  
25Gian Friesecke (Swi) Team Vorarlberg  
26Maarten De Jonge (Ned) Monkey Town Continental Team  
27Stephan Bakker (Ned) Monkey Town Continental Team  
28Ulises Alfredo Castillo Soto (Mex) Jelly Belly P/B Maxxis  
29Maxat Ayazbayev (Kaz) Keyi Look Cycling Team  
30Jure Rupnik (Slo) H&R Block Pro Cycling Team  
31Shao Hsuan Lu (Tpe) Attaque Team Gusto  
32Benjamin Hill (Aus) Attaque Team Gusto  
33Zhiwen Chen (Chn) Giant Cycling Team  
34Mehdi Benhamouda (Fra) Team Novo Nordisk  
35Umberto Poli (Ita) Team Novo Nordisk  
36Sergiy Grechyn (Ukr) Hainan Jilun Cycling Team  
37Anthony Giacoppo (Aus) Isowhey Sports Swisswellness  
38Timothy Guy (Aus) Attaque Team Gusto  
39Gerd De Keijzer (Ned) Team Novo Nordisk  
40Joab Schneiter (Swi) Switzerland  
41Daniel Dominguez Barragan (Spa) Keyi Look Cycling Team  
42Zhaoliang Xu (Chn) Giant Cycling Team  
43Bieken Nazaerbieke (Chn) Keyi Look Cycling Team  
44Sven Van Luijk (Ned) Monkey Town Continental Team  
45Robbie Hucker (Aus) Isowhey Sports Swisswellness  
46Xin Wang (Chn) Keyi Look Cycling Team  
47Gordian Banzer (Swi) Switzerland  
48Vitaliy Buts (Ukr) Kolss Cycling Team  
49Sun Xiaolong (Chn) Mitchelton Scott  
50Oleksandr Polivoda (Ukr) Kolss Cycling Team  
51Joonas Henttala (Fin) Team Novo Nordisk  
52Mykhaylo Kononenko (Ukr) Kolss Cycling Team  
53Chris Prendergast (Can) H&R Block Pro Cycling Team  
54Edoardo Zardini (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
55Juan Jose De Jesus Carrero Acosta (Col) Hainan Jilun Cycling Team  
56Serghei Tvetcov (Rom) Jelly Belly P/B Maxxis  
57Ivar Slik (Ned) Monkey Town Continental Team  
58Guangtong Ma (Chn) Hengxiang Cycling Team  
59Asbjørn Kragh Andersen (Den) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
60Radoslav Konstantinov (Bul) Hainan Jilun Cycling Team  
61Antonio Jose Alarcon Gonzalez (Col) Hainan Jilun Cycling Team  
62Patrick Schelling (Swi) Team Vorarlberg  
63Sam Brand (GBr) Team Novo Nordisk  
64Reinier Honig (Ned) Team Vorarlberg  
65Martin Schäppi (Swi) Switzerland  
66Justin Paroz (Swi) Switzerland  
67Reid Mcclure (Can) Team Novo Nordisk  
68Sam Crome (Aus) Isowhey Sports Swisswellness  
69Dimitri Bussard (Swi) Switzerland  
70Benjami Prades Reverter (Spa) Team Ukyo  
71Travis Samuel (Can) H&R Block Pro Cycling Team  
72Jai Hindley (Aus) Mitchelton Scott  
73Paolo Lunardon (Ita) RTS - Monton Racing Team  
74Jason Lea (Aus) Isowhey Sports Swisswellness  
75Alessandro Tonelli (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
76Zheng Zhang (Chn) Hengxiang Cycling Team  
77Wen Chung Huang (Tpe) Attaque Team Gusto  
78Jacob Rathe (USA) Jelly Belly P/B Maxxis  
79Mingrun Chen (Chn) Hengxiang Cycling Team  
80Alder Martz (USA) Attaque Team Gusto  
81Simone Sterbini (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
82Martin Lavric (Slo) Attaque Team Gusto  
83Samuel Jenner (Aus) Mitchelton Scott  
84Jordan Cheyne (Can) Jelly Belly P/B Maxxis  
85Lukas Meiler (Ger) Team Vorarlberg  
86Thierry Hupond (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
87Taylor Shelden (USA) Jelly Belly P/B Maxxis  
88Cristian Andres Peña Meneses (Col) RTS - Monton Racing Team  
89Oscar Pujol Munoz (Spa) Team Ukyo  
90Oleksandr Prevar (Ukr) Kolss Cycling Team  
91Jianpeng Liu (Chn) Hengxiang Cycling Team  
92Fuwen Xue (Chn) Mitchelton Scott  
93Marc De Maar (Ned) Hengxiang Cycling Team  
94Abdullojon Akparov (Uzb) Beijing Xds - Innova Cycling Team  
95Bo Wang (Chn) Hengxiang Cycling Team  
96Andrii Bratashchuk (Ukr) Kolss Cycling Team  
97Alex Turrin (Ita) Wilier Triestina - Selle Italia  
98Meng Yan (Chn) Hengxiang Cycling Team  
99Yadong Wang (Chn) Beijing Xds - Innova Cycling Team  
100Giuseppe Fonzi (Ita) Wilier Triestina - Selle Italia  
101Hang Shi (Chn) Giant Cycling Team  
102Jacopo Mosca (Ita) Wilier Triestina - Selle Italia  
103Luke Mudgway (NZl) RTS - Monton Racing Team  
104Rick Van Breda (Ned) Monkey Town Continental Team  
105Eugert Zhupa (Alb) Wilier Triestina - Selle Italia5:28:36 
106Joseph Cooper (NZl) Isowhey Sports Swisswellness5:29:07 
107Haiwang Liu (Chn) Giant Cycling Team5:30:26 
108Fabian Lienhard (Swi) Team Vorarlberg5:28:24 
109Michael Sheehan (USA) Jelly Belly P/B Maxxis5:31:40 
110Rodrigo Araque Lorente (Spa) Team Ukyo5:31:52 
111Alexis Cartier (Can) H&R Block Pro Cycling Team5:32:40 
112Jiankun Liu (Chn) Mitchelton Scott5:32:53 
113Tianhao Gu (Chn) Giant Cycling Team5:35:13 
114Chaohua Xue (Chn) Mitchelton Scott  
115Miras Torekhanov (Kaz) Keyi Look Cycling Team  
116Ilia Koshevoy (Blr) Wilier Triestina - Selle Italia  
117Eiichi Hirai (Jpn) Team Ukyo  
118Luca Raggio (Ita) Wilier Triestina - Selle Italia  
119Benjamin Dyball (Aus) St George Continental Cycling Team  
120Xiang Yuan Li (Chn) Giant Cycling Team5:39:18 
121Chien Chou Chen (Tpe) Attaque Team Gusto  
122Mauricio Ortega Ramirez (Col) RTS - Monton Racing Team  
123Islam Usmanov (Kaz) Keyi Look Cycling Team  
124Tanzou Tokuda (Jpn) Team Ukyo5:40:09 
DNFSuguru Tokuda (Jpn) Team Ukyo  
DNFAkramjon Sunnatov (Uzb) Beijing Xds - Innova Cycling Team  
DNFDostonbek Ollamov (Uzb) Beijing Xds - Innova Cycling Team  
Points Classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Martin Laas (Est) Delko Marseille Provence KTM17 pts
1Jakub Mareczko (Ita) Wilier Triestina - Selle Italia17 
3Dylan Page (Swi) Switzerland13 
4Marc-Antoine Nadon (Can) H&R Block Pro Cycling Team12 
5Andriy Kulyk (Ukr) Kolss Cycling Team11 
6Jonathan Couanon (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM10 
6Vitaliy Buts (Ukr) Kolss Cycling Team10 
8Enrico Barbin (Ita) Bardiani CSF9 
9Mikel Aristi Gardoki (Spa) Delko Marseille Provence KTM8 
10Marco Maronese (Ita) Bardiani CSF7 
11Michael Freiberg (Aus) Isowhey Sports Swisswellness6 
11Benjamin Hill (Aus) Attaque Team Gusto6 
13Mykhaylo Kononenko (Ukr) Kolss Cycling Team5 
13Paolo Simion (Ita) Bardiani CSF5 
15Marco Zanotti (Ita) Monkey Town Continental Team4 
16Robert Stannard (Aus) Mitchelton Scott3 
17Zsolt Dér (Hun) Team Vorarlberg2 
17Guangtong Ma (Chn) Hengxiang Cycling Team2 
19Emils Liepins (Lat) Rietumu Banka - Riga1 
General Classification after stage 2
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jakub Mareczko (Ita) Wilier Triestina - Selle Italia7:18:57 
2Jon Aberasturi Izaga (Spa) Team Ukyo7:19:04 
3Martin Laas (Est) Delko Marseille Provence KTM7:19:06 
4Vitaliy Buts (Ukr) Kolss Cycling Team7:19:08 
5Dylan Page (Swi) Switzerland7:19:10 
6Michael Freiberg (Aus) Isowhey Sports Swisswellness  
7Benjamin Hill (Aus) Attaque Team Gusto  
8Zsolt Dér (Hun) Team Vorarlberg7:19:11 
9Mykhaylo Kononenko (Ukr) Kolss Cycling Team  
10Mirco Maestri (Ita) Bardiani CSF7:19:12 
11Guangtong Ma (Chn) Hengxiang Cycling Team  
12Marco Zanotti (Ita) Monkey Town Continental Team7:19:13 
13Marco Maronese (Ita) Bardiani CSF7:19:14 
14Emils Liepins (Lat) Rietumu Banka - Riga  
15Jonathan Couanon (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
16Andriy Kulyk (Ukr) Kolss Cycling Team  
17Paolo Simion (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
18Martin Meiler (Ger) Team Vorarlberg  
19Steven Manuel Cuesta Zamora (Col) Hainan Jilun Cycling Team  
20Mehdi Benhamouda (Fra) Team Novo Nordisk  
21Ulises Alfredo Castillo Soto (Mex) Jelly Belly P/B Maxxis  
22Umberto Poli (Ita) Team Novo Nordisk  
23Polychronis Tzortzakis (Gre) RTS - Monton Racing Team  
24Gian Friesecke (Swi) Team Vorarlberg  
25Enrico Barbin (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
26Jure Rupnik (Slo) H&R Block Pro Cycling Team  
27Maxat Ayazbayev (Kaz) Keyi Look Cycling Team  
28Zhiwen Chen (Chn) Giant Cycling Team  
29Robert Stannard (Aus) Mitchelton Scott  
30Lukas Spengler (Swi) Switzerland  
31Gerd De Keijzer (Ned) Team Novo Nordisk  
32Sven Van Luijk (Ned) Monkey Town Continental Team  
33Ivar Slik (Ned) Monkey Town Continental Team  
34Andriy Vasylyuk (Ukr) Kolss Cycling Team  
35Weijie Hou (Chn) Keyi Look Cycling Team  
36Mikel Aristi Gardoki (Spa) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
37Sergiy Grechyn (Ukr) Hainan Jilun Cycling Team  
38Zhaoliang Xu (Chn) Giant Cycling Team  
39Robbie Hucker (Aus) Isowhey Sports Swisswellness  
40Gordian Banzer (Swi) Switzerland  
41Sun Xiaolong (Chn) Mitchelton Scott  
42Edoardo Zardini (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
43Daniel Dominguez Barragan (Spa) Keyi Look Cycling Team  
44Benjami Prades Reverter (Spa) Team Ukyo  
45Joris Blokker (Ned) Monkey Town Continental Team  
46Bieken Nazaerbieke (Chn) Keyi Look Cycling Team  
47Oleksandr Polivoda (Ukr) Kolss Cycling Team  
48Joonas Henttala (Fin) Team Novo Nordisk  
49Patrick Schelling (Swi) Team Vorarlberg  
50Justin Paroz (Swi) Switzerland  
51Paolo Lunardon (Ita) RTS - Monton Racing Team  
52Alder Martz (USA) Attaque Team Gusto  
53Travis Samuel (Can) H&R Block Pro Cycling Team  
54Chris Prendergast (Can) H&R Block Pro Cycling Team  
55Maarten De Jonge (Ned) Monkey Town Continental Team  
56Marc-Antoine Nadon (Can) H&R Block Pro Cycling Team  
57Jai Hindley (Aus) Mitchelton Scott  
58Antonio Jose Alarcon Gonzalez (Col) Hainan Jilun Cycling Team  
59Reid Mcclure (Can) Team Novo Nordisk  
60Fabian Lienhard (Swi) Team Vorarlberg  
61Reinier Honig (Ned) Team Vorarlberg  
62Radoslav Konstantinov (Bul) Hainan Jilun Cycling Team  
63Sam Crome (Aus) Isowhey Sports Swisswellness  
64Stephan Bakker (Ned) Monkey Town Continental Team  
65Asbjørn Kragh Andersen (Den) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
66Jason Lea (Aus) Isowhey Sports Swisswellness  
67Jordan Cheyne (Can) Jelly Belly P/B Maxxis  
68Jacob Rathe (USA) Jelly Belly P/B Maxxis  
69Dimitri Bussard (Swi) Switzerland  
70Thierry Hupond (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
71Joab Schneiter (Swi) Switzerland  
72Timothy Guy (Aus) Attaque Team Gusto  
73Shao Hsuan Lu (Tpe) Attaque Team Gusto  
74Xin Wang (Chn) Keyi Look Cycling Team  
75Serghei Tvetcov (Rom) Jelly Belly P/B Maxxis  
76Sam Brand (GBr) Team Novo Nordisk  
77Martin Lavric (Slo) Attaque Team Gusto  
78Lukas Meiler (Ger) Team Vorarlberg  
79Anthony Giacoppo (Aus) Isowhey Sports Swisswellness  
80Samuel Jenner (Aus) Mitchelton Scott  
81Oleksandr Prevar (Ukr) Kolss Cycling Team  
82Martin Schäppi (Swi) Switzerland  
83Wen Chung Huang (Tpe) Attaque Team Gusto  
84Oscar Pujol Munoz (Spa) Team Ukyo  
85Taylor Shelden (USA) Jelly Belly P/B Maxxis  
86Alessandro Tonelli (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
87Jianpeng Liu (Chn) Hengxiang Cycling Team  
88Marc De Maar (Ned) Hengxiang Cycling Team  
89Juan Jose De Jesus Carrero Acosta (Col) Hainan Jilun Cycling Team  
90Rick Van Breda (Ned) Monkey Town Continental Team  
91Alex Turrin (Ita) Wilier Triestina - Selle Italia  
92Fuwen Xue (Chn) Mitchelton Scott  
93Jacopo Mosca (Ita) Wilier Triestina - Selle Italia  
94Andrii Bratashchuk (Ukr) Kolss Cycling Team  
95Giuseppe Fonzi (Ita) Wilier Triestina - Selle Italia  
96Simone Sterbini (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
97Bo Wang (Chn) Hengxiang Cycling Team  
98Abdullojon Akparov (Uzb) Beijing Xds - Innova Cycling Team  
99Yadong Wang (Chn) Beijing Xds - Innova Cycling Team  
100Cristian Andres Peña Meneses (Col) RTS - Monton Racing Team  
101Meng Yan (Chn) Hengxiang Cycling Team  
102Hang Shi (Chn) Giant Cycling Team  
103Luke Mudgway (NZl) RTS - Monton Racing Team  
104Eugert Zhupa (Alb) Wilier Triestina - Selle Italia7:19:26 
105Joseph Cooper (NZl) Isowhey Sports Swisswellness7:19:57 
106Zheng Zhang (Chn) Hengxiang Cycling Team7:21:07 
107Mingrun Chen (Chn) Hengxiang Cycling Team  
108Michael Sheehan (USA) Jelly Belly P/B Maxxis7:22:30 
109Rodrigo Araque Lorente (Spa) Team Ukyo7:22:42 
110Jiankun Liu (Chn) Mitchelton Scott7:24:22 
111Ilia Koshevoy (Blr) Wilier Triestina - Selle Italia7:26:03 
112Tianhao Gu (Chn) Giant Cycling Team  
113Luca Raggio (Ita) Wilier Triestina - Selle Italia  
114Eiichi Hirai (Jpn) Team Ukyo  
115Haiwang Liu (Chn) Giant Cycling Team7:26:29 
116Chaohua Xue (Chn) Mitchelton Scott7:28:24 
117Miras Torekhanov (Kaz) Keyi Look Cycling Team  
118Alexis Cartier (Can) H&R Block Pro Cycling Team7:28:50 
119Benjamin Dyball (Aus) St George Continental Cycling Team7:30:03 
120Islam Usmanov (Kaz) Keyi Look Cycling Team7:30:08 
121Mauricio Ortega Ramirez (Col) RTS - Monton Racing Team  
122Chien Chou Chen (Tpe) Attaque Team Gusto  
123Tanzou Tokuda (Jpn) Team Ukyo7:30:59 
124Xiang Yuan Li (Chn) Giant Cycling Team7:32:29 
Points Classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jakub Mareczko (Ita) Wilier Triestina - Selle Italia31 pts
2Martin Laas (Est) Delko Marseille Provence KTM27 
3Dylan Page (Swi) Switzerland25 
4Michael Freiberg (Aus) Isowhey Sports Swisswellness19 
5Jon Aberasturi Izaga (Spa) Team Ukyo16 
6Marco Maronese (Ita) Bardiani CSF16 
7Emils Liepins (Lat) Rietumu Banka - Riga12 
8Marc-Antoine Nadon (Can) H&R Block Pro Cycling Team12 
9Marco Zanotti (Ita) Monkey Town Continental Team11 
10Jonathan Couanon (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM11 
11Andriy Kulyk (Ukr) Kolss Cycling Team11 
12Vitaliy Buts (Ukr) Kolss Cycling Team10 
13Zsolt Dér (Hun) Team Vorarlberg10 
14Enrico Barbin (Ita) Bardiani CSF9 
15Mikel Aristi Gardoki (Spa) Delko Marseille Provence KTM8 
16Eugert Zhupa (Alb) Wilier Triestina - Selle Italia8 
17Paolo Simion (Ita) Bardiani CSF7 
18Mehdi Benhamouda (Fra) Team Novo Nordisk7 
19Benjamin Hill (Aus) Attaque Team Gusto6 
20Mykhaylo Kononenko (Ukr) Kolss Cycling Team5 
21Umberto Poli (Ita) Team Novo Nordisk5 
22Martin Meiler (Ger) Team Vorarlberg4 
23Mirco Maestri (Ita) Bardiani CSF3 
24Robert Stannard (Aus) Mitchelton Scott3 
25Guangtong Ma (Chn) Hengxiang Cycling Team2 
Mountains Classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Vitaliy Buts (Ukr) Kolss Cycling Team3 pts
2Benjamin Hill (Aus) Attaque Team Gusto2 
3Benjamin Prades Reverter (Spa) Team Ukyo1 

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