Tour of Hainan: Mareczko wins opening stage in Danzhou

39th Asian victory for the Italian sprinter

Italy’s Jakub Mareczko opened his account in style in the opening stage of the 13th edition of the Tour of Hainan. The Wilier Triestina rider outsprinted Switzerland’s Dylan Page and his compatriot Manuel Belletti (Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec) in Danzhou.

Mareczko won five stages last year and the first of his 39 Asian victories out of 53 in total up to date on the paradisiacal Chinese island in 2015.

“I’m happy to win stage 1 this time”, said Mareczko who previously needed at least a day to find the right timing. “My teammates positioned me very well for this sprint. I don’t know what happened behind me. I just know some riders went down. We were at the front of the peloton for the last 10 kilometres.”

After a very competitive start, Liu Jianpeng and Zhang Zheng (Hengxiang), Niu Yikui (Mitchelton-BikeExchange), Ivar Slik (Monkey Town), Li Zisen (Qinghai Tianyoude) and Joab Schneiter (Switzerland) took off after 15 kilometres. They got a maximum advantage of 1:20.

In a highly contested intermediate sprint at half way, Zhang bettered Niu to move into the lead of the best Asian rider competition at the end of the day. After 50km of racing, Slik and Schneiter forged on, later reinforced by Mongolia’s Tegshbayar Batsaikhan of RTS, who bridged the gap by himself with 20km to go.

Eventually, it all came back together when Wilier Triestina put the hammer down 10 kilometres before the finish.

“The last seven kilometres were contested on a very high tempo,” said runner-up Page. “There was some headwind in the final straight line. We thought we’d have to launch the sprint the latest possible. We have a nice Swiss national team this year with strong rouleurs and good climbers, so I get a better support than last year to lead me out. That’s why I was more confident for today’s stage.

“Fabian Lienhard stayed with me to protect me. I managed to follow the right wheel, which was Mareczko’s. 100 metres before the line, I tried to pass him. I felt strong but I cracked at 50 metres to go. It’s a good way to start the Tour of Hainan. It’s a morale booster for more sprinting stages to come.”

“It didn’t go as we planned at the beginning,” third placed Belletti echoed. “It’s been chaotic in the last 5km so it was very difficult to keep the wheels of my team-mates. I found them again 800 metres before the end but that meant doing a sprint before the sprint, and unfortunately, I was missing some energy for the final part. We want to do better in the coming sprint finishes.”

New race leader Mareczko informed that he won’t necessarily be the top end sprinter for Wilier Triestina in the next few days as the Italian team also features Luca Pacioni. This is Mareczko’s last race for the team he joined three years. Aged 24, he’ll step up to the WorldTour with CCC next year.

“I’ve enjoyed a lot of successes in Asia so far,” Mareczko said. “But this Tour of Hainan might not be the end of my story over here. There’s also a WorldTour race in China [the Tour of Guangxi] and I’d be happy to come back.”

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jakub Mareczko (Ita) Wilier Triestina - Selle Italia2:02:40 
2Dylan Page (Swi) Switzerland  
3Manuel Belletti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec  
4Jannik Steimle (Ger) Team Vorarlberg Santic  
5Imerio Cima (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini - Europa Ovini  
6Marco Benfatto (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec  
7Andre Looij (Ned) Monkey Town Continental Team  
8Raymond Kreder (Ned) Team Ukyo  
9Mohd Zamri Saleh (Mas) Terengganu Cycling Team  
10Jérémy Leveau (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
11Mirco Maestri (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
12Tino Thömel (Ger) Bike Aid  
13Guillaume Boivin (Can) Israel Cycling Academy  
14Davide Ballerini (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec  
15Jambaljamts Sainbayar (Mgl) RTS Racing Team  
16Anthony Giacoppo (Aus) Bennelong Swisswellness Cycling Team  
17Luca Wackermann (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
18Simone Velasco (Ita) Wilier Triestina - Selle Italia  
19Clément Carisey (Fra) Israel Cycling Academy  
20Alessandro Fedeli (Ita) Trevigiani Phonix - Hemus 1896  
21Paolo Simion (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
22Luca Pacioni (Ita) Wilier Triestina - Selle Italia  
23Davide Orrico (Ita) Team Vorarlberg Santic  
24Dylan Sunderland (Aus) Bennelong Swisswellness Cycling Team  
25Tristan Ward (Aus) Bennelong Swisswellness Cycling Team  
26Joey Van Rhee (Ned) Monkey Town Continental Team  
27Georgios Bouglas (Gre) Ningxia Sports Lottery Livall Cycling Team  
28Zheng Zhang (Chn) Hengxiang Cycling Team  
29Andrea Guardini (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
30Nur Amirull Fakhruddin Mazuki (Mas) Terengganu Cycling Team  
31Maarten De Jonge (Ned) Monkey Town Continental Team  
32Julien El Fares (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence Ktm  
33Nazhaerbieke Bieken (Chn) Mitchelton - Bikeexchange  
34Xianjing Lyu (Chn) Hengxiang Cycling Team  
35Mattia Frapporti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec  
36Gordian Banzer (Swi) Switzerland  
37Brayan Chaves Rubio (Col) Mitchelton - Bikeexchange  
38Pedro Gutierrez (Ven) Qinghai Tianyoude Cycling Team  
39Mohd Harrif Saleh (Mas) Terengganu Cycling Team  
40Maral-Erdene Batmunkh (Mgl) Terengganu Cycling Team  
41Salim Kipkemboi (Ken) Bike Aid  
42Mingrun Chen (Chn) Hengxiang Cycling Team  
43Metkel Eyob (Eri) Terengganu Cycling Team  
44Andris Vosekalns (Lat) Hengxiang Cycling Team  
45Brenton Jones (Aus) Delko Marseille Provence Ktm  
46Gino Mäder (Swi) Switzerland  
47Roland Thalmann (Swi) Team Vorarlberg Santic  
48Edwin Arnulfo Parra Bustamante (Col) Ningxia Sports Lottery Livall Cycling Team  
49Jinsong Li (Chn) Giant Cycling Team  
50Jacopo Mosca (Ita) Wilier Triestina - Selle Italia  
51Marco Frapporti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec  
52Lorenzo Rota (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
53Alessandro Tonelli (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
54Jason Lea (Aus) Bennelong Swisswellness Cycling Team  
55Harrison Sweeny (Aus) Mitchelton - Bikeexchange  
56Feng Qiao (Chn) Ningxia Sports Lottery Livall Cycling Team  
57Fausto Masnada (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec  
58Patrick Schelling (Swi) Team Vorarlberg Santic  
59Yonnatta Monsalve (Ven) Qinghai Tianyoude Cycling Team  
60Jianpeng Liu (Chn) Hengxiang Cycling Team  
61Sam Brand (GBr) Team Novo Nordisk  
62Jiancai Wang (Chn) Qinghai Tianyoude Cycling Team  
63Antonio Santoro (Ita) Monkey Town Continental Team  
64Joonas Henttala (Fin) Team Novo Nordisk  
65Artem Ovechkin (Rus) Terengganu Cycling Team  
66Choon Huat Goh (Sin) Terengganu Cycling Team  
67Adne Van Engelen (Ned) Bike Aid  
68Liang Guo (Chn) Giant Cycling Team  
69Hayato Okamoto (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team  
70Bingcheng Gu (Chn) Giant Cycling Team  
71Simon Pellaud (Swi) Switzerland  
72Alan Marangoni (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini - Europa Ovini  
73Oleksandr Polivoda (Ukr) Ningxia Sports Lottery Livall Cycling Team  
74Fabian Lienhard (Swi) Switzerland  
75Mattia Viel (Ita) Holdsworth Pro Racing  
76Eiichi Hirai (Jpn) Team Ukyo  
77Ilia Koshevoy (Blr) Wilier Triestina - Selle Italia  
78Peter Schulting (Ned) Monkey Town Continental Team  
79Hang Shi (Chn) Giant Cycling Team  
80Wim Kleiman (Ned) Monkey Town Continental Team  
81Ivar Slik (Ned) Monkey Town Continental Team  
82Matteo Badilatti (Swi) Team Vorarlberg Santic  
83Naoya Yoshioka (Jpn) Team Ukyo  
84Gatis Smukulis (Lat) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
85Alexis Guerin (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
86Ralph Monsalve (Ven) Qinghai Tianyoude Cycling Team  
87Stephen Clancy (Irl) Team Novo Nordisk  
88Chunlong Zhang (Chn)  
89Haiwang Liu (Chn) Giant Cycling Team  
90Benjami Prades Reverter (Spa) Team Ukyo  
91Robbie Hucker (Aus) Team Ukyo  
92Jacob Hennessy (GBr) Mitchelton - Bikeexchange  
93Zisen Li (Chn) Qinghai Tianyoude Cycling Team  
94Lijun Bai (Chn) Ningxia Sports Lottery Livall Cycling Team  
95Jiankun Liu (Chn) Mitchelton - Bikeexchange  
96Tyler Williams (USA) Israel Cycling Academy  
97Meng Yan (Chn) Hengxiang Cycling Team  
98Tegshbayar Batsaikhan (Mgl) RTS Racing Team  
99Roy Goldstein (Isr) Israel Cycling Academy0:01:01 
100Zhishan Zhang (Chn) Qinghai Tianyoude Cycling Team  
101Itamar Einhorn (Isr) Israel Cycling Academy  
102Ito Masakazu (Jpn) Nippo - Vini Fantini - Europa Ovini  
103Bo Wang (Chn) Hengxiang Cycling Team  
104Tom Fitzpatrick (GBr) RTS Racing Team  
105Nathan Elliott (Aus) Bennelong Swisswellness Cycling Team  
106Yi Chang Wu (Tpe) RTS Racing Team  
107Fabio Calabria (Aus) Team Novo Nordisk  
108Kohei Uchima (Jpn) Nippo - Vini Fantini - Europa Ovini  
109Mingdong Wang (Chn) Qinghai Tianyoude Cycling Team  
110Hayato Yoshida (Jpn) Nippo - Vini Fantini - Europa Ovini  
111Clint Hendricks (RSA) Bike Aid  
112Matthias Schnapka (Ger) Bike Aid  
113Mauricio Ortega Ramirez (Col) Ningxia Sports Lottery Livall Cycling Team  
114Timo Schäfer (Ger) Bike Aid  
115Rodrigo Araque Lorente (Spa) Team Ukyo  
116Stefan Bissegger (Swi) Switzerland  
117Manduo Liu (Chn) Giant Cycling Team0:02:02 
118Kohei Yokotsuka (Jpn) Team Ukyo  
119Chao Kai Chin (Tpe) RTS Racing Team  
120Robin Meyer (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence Ktm  
121Ayden Toovey (Aus) Bennelong Swisswellness Cycling Team  
122Hiroki Nishimura (Jpn) Nippo - Vini Fantini - Europa Ovini  
123Simone Bevilacqua (Ita) Wilier Triestina - Selle Italia0:03:01 
124Zhihui Jiang (Chn) Mitchelton - Bikeexchange  
125Joab Schneiter (Swi) Switzerland  
126Vincenzo Albanese (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
127Declan Irvine (Aus) Team Novo Nordisk  
128Lucas Carstensen (Ger) Bike Aid  
129Yikui Niu (Chn) Mitchelton - Bikeexchange  
130Joeri Stallaert (Bel) Team Vorarlberg Santic  
131Alex Turrin (Ita) Wilier Triestina - Selle Italia0:07:09 
132Lukas Meiler (Ger) Team Vorarlberg Santic  
133Gian Friesecke (Swi) Team Vorarlberg Santic  
DNSZhaoliang Xu (Chn) Giant Cycling Team  
General Classification after stage 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jakub Mareczko (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia2:02:30 
2Dylan Page (Swi) Switzerland0:00:04 
3Manuel Belletti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec0:00:06 
4Zheng Zhang (Chn) Hengxiang Cycling Team0:00:07 
5Ivar Slik (Ned) Monkey Town Continental Team0:00:08 
6Yikui Niu (Chn) Mitchelton-Scott0:00:09 
7Jannik Steimle (Ger) Team Vorarlberg Santic0:00:10 
8Imerio Cima (Ita) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Europa Ovini  
9Marco Benfatto (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec  
10Andre Looij (Ned) Monkey Town Continental Team  
11Raymond Kreder (Ned) Team Ukyo  
12Mohd Zamri Saleh (Mas) Terengganu Cycling Team  
13Jérémy Leveau (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
14Mirco Maestri (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
15Tino Thömel (Ger) Bike Aid  
16Guillaume Boivin (Can) Israel-Cycling Academy  
17Davide Ballerini (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec  
18Jambaljamts Sainbayar (Mgl) Rts Racing Team  
19Anthony Giacoppo (Aus) Bennelong Swisswellness Cycling Team  
20Luca Wackermann (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
21Simone Velasco (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia  
22Clément Carisey (Fra) Israel-Cycling Academy  
23Alessandro Fedeli (Ita) Trevigiani Phonix - Hemus 1896  
24Paolo Simion (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
25Luca Pacioni (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia  
26Davide Orrico (Ita) Team Vorarlberg Santic  
27Dylan Sunderland (Aus) Bennelong Swisswellness Cycling Team  
28Tristan Ward (Aus) Bennelong Swisswellness Cycling Team  
29Joey Van Rhee (Ned) Monkey Town Continental Team  
30Georgios Bouglas (Gre) Ningxia Sports Lottery Livall Cycling Team  
31Andrea Guardini (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
32Nur Amirull Fakhruddin Mazuki (Mas) Terengganu Cycling Team  
33Maarten De Jonge (Ned) Monkey Town Continental Team  
34Julien El Fares (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
35Nazhaerbieke Bieken (Chn) Mitchelton-Scott  
36Xianjing Lyu (Chn) Hengxiang Cycling Team  
37Mattia Frapporti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec  
38Gordian Banzer (Swi) Switzerland  
39Brayan Chaves Rubio (Col) Mitchelton-Scott  
40Pedro Gutierrez (Ven) Qinghai Tianyoude Cycling Team  
41Mohd Harrif Saleh (Mas) Terengganu Cycling Team  
42Maral-Erdene Batmunkh (Mgl) Terengganu Cycling Team  
43Salim Kipkemboi (Ken) Bike Aid  
44Mingrun Chen (Chn) Hengxiang Cycling Team  
45Metkel Eyob (Eri) Terengganu Cycling Team  
46Andris Vosekalns (Lat) Hengxiang Cycling Team  
47Brenton Jones (Aus) Delko Marseille Provence Ktm  
48Gino Mäder (Swi) Switzerland  
49Roland Thalmann (Swi) Team Vorarlberg Santic  
50Edwin Arnulfo Parra Bustamante (Col) Ningxia Sports Lottery Livall Cycling Team  
51Jinsong Li (Chn) Giant Cycling Team  
52Jacopo Mosca (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia  
53Marco Frapporti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec  
54Lorenzo Rota (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
55Alessandro Tonelli (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
56Jason Lea (Aus) Bennelong Swisswellness Cycling Team  
57Harrison Sweeny (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott  
58Feng Qiao (Chn) Ningxia Sports Lottery Livall Cycling Team  
59Fausto Masnada (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec  
60Patrick Schelling (Swi) Team Vorarlberg Santic  
61Yonnatta Monsalve (Ven) Qinghai Tianyoude Cycling Team  
62Jianpeng Liu (Chn) Hengxiang Cycling Team  
63Sam Brand (GBr) Team Novo Nordisk  
64Jiancai Wang (Chn) Qinghai Tianyoude Cycling Team  
65Antonio Santoro (Ita) Monkey Town Continental Team  
66Joonas Henttala (Fin) Team Novo Nordisk  
67Artem Ovechkin (Rus) Terengganu Cycling Team  
68Choon Huat Goh (Sin) Terengganu Cycling Team  
69Adne Van Engelen (Ned) Bike Aid  
70Liang Guo (Chn) Giant Cycling Team  
71Hayato Okamoto (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team  
72Bingcheng Gu (Chn) Giant Cycling Team  
73Simon Pellaud (Swi) Switzerland  
74Alan Marangoni (Ita) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Europa Ovini  
75Oleksandr Polivoda (Ukr) Ningxia Sports Lottery Livall Cycling Team  
76Fabian Lienhard (Swi) Switzerland  
77Mattia Viel (Ita) Holdsworth Pro Racing  
78Eiichi Hirai (Jpn) Team Ukyo  
79Ilia Koshevoy (Blr) Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia  
80Peter Schulting (Ned) Monkey Town Continental Team  
81Hang Shi (Chn) Giant Cycling Team  
82Wim Kleiman (Ned) Monkey Town Continental Team  
83Matteo Badilatti (Swi) Team Vorarlberg Santic  
84Naoya Yoshioka (Jpn) Team Ukyo  
85Gatis Smukulis (Lat) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
86Alexis Guerin (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
87Ralph Monsalve (Ven) Qinghai Tianyoude Cycling Team  
88Stephen Clancy (Irl) Team Novo Nordisk  
89Chunlong Zhang (Chn)  
90Haiwang Liu (Chn) Giant Cycling Team  
91Benjami Prades Reverter (Spa) Team Ukyo  
92Robbie Hucker (Aus) Team Ukyo  
93Jacob Hennessy (GBr) Mitchelton-Scott  
94Zisen Li (Chn) Qinghai Tianyoude Cycling Team  
95Lijun Bai (Chn) Ningxia Sports Lottery Livall Cycling Team  
96Jiankun Liu (Chn) Mitchelton-Scott  
97Tyler Williams (USA) Israel-Cycling Academy  
98Meng Yan (Chn) Hengxiang Cycling Team  
99Tegshbayar Batsaikhan (Mgl) RTS Racing Team  
100Zhishan Zhang (Chn) Qinghai Tianyoude Cycling Team  
101Itamar Einhorn (Isr) Israel-Cycling Academy  
102Ito Masakazu (Jpn) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Europa Ovini  
103Bo Wang (Chn) Hengxiang Cycling Team  
104Tom Fitzpatrick (GBr) RTS Racing Team  
105Nathan Elliott (Aus) Bennelong Swisswellness Cycling Team  
106Yi Chang Wu (Tpe) RTS Racing Team  
107Fabio Calabria (Aus) Team Novo Nordisk  
108Kohei Uchima (Jpn) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Europa Ovini  
109Mingdong Wang (Chn) Qinghai Tianyoude Cycling Team  
110Hayato Yoshida (Jpn) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Europa Ovini  
111Clint Hendricks (RSA) Bike Aid  
112Matthias Schnapka (Ger) Bike Aid  
113Mauricio Ortega Ramirez (Col) Ningxia Sports Lottery Livall Cycling Team  
114Timo Schäfer (Ger) Bike Aid  
115Rodrigo Araque Lorente (Spa) Team Ukyo  
116Stefan Bissegger (Swi) Switzerland  
117Kohei Yokotsuka (Jpn) Team Ukyo  
118Chao Kai Chin (Tpe) RTS Racing Team  
119Robin Meyer (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
120Ayden Toovey (Aus) Bennelong Swisswellness Cycling Team  
121Hiroki Nishimura (Jpn) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Europa Ovini  
122Zhihui Jiang (Chn) Mitchelton-Scott  
123Joab Schneiter (Swi) Switzerland  
124Vincenzo Albanese (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
125Declan Irvine (Aus) Team Novo Nordisk  
126Lucas Carstensen (Ger) Bike Aid  
127Joeri Stallaert (Bel) Team Vorarlberg Santic  
128Lukas Meiler (Ger) Team Vorarlberg Santic  
129Gian Friesecke (Swi) Team Vorarlberg Santic  
130Roy Goldstein (Isr) Israel-Cycling Academy0:01:11 
131Manduo Liu (Chn) Giant Cycling Team0:02:12 
132Simone Bevilacqua (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia0:03:11 
133Alex Turrin (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia0:07:19 
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