Mareczko strikes again in first sprint finish

Marini and Zanotti complete Italian podium

Defending champion and seven times stage winner in 2015 Jakub Mareczko (Wilier-Southeast) sprinted to victory just like a year ago on the same finish line of Wuxi Binhu at the end of the opening stage of the Tour of Taihu Lake in China.

The Italian of fended off compatriots Nicolas Marini from Nippo-Vini Fantini and Parkhotel Valkenburg's Marco Zanotti to win the sprint finish, while prologue winner Oleksandr Golovash from Minsk Cycling Club retained the orange leader's jersey. Mareczko moved into the lead in the points classification, which is his goal this year, as the seventh edition of the Tour of Taihu Lake is no longer a purely flat affair.

"It was a good sprint for me", Mareczko declared. "I got a perfect position with two kilometres to go. Earlier on, I tried to go for the intermediate sprints to chase points and time bonuses ahead of the coming stages. I'd like to get the leader's jersey for at least one day. The team prepared very well for the sprint with Rafael Andriato leading me out until 200 metres to go. This win means we can aim for more."

With a lot of riders on the hunt for the intermediate sprints, the first road stage was a very fast race with a lot of attacks but no breakaway really until Thomas Vaubourzeix of Delko Marseille-Provence-KTM rode away 30km from the finish with Muradjan Halmuratov from Beijing-Innova. Their advantage was only fifty seconds with 20km to go. Interestingly, Vaubourzeix's team-mate Sofiane Mérignat attacked from the bunch at the 15km to go mark.

Three kilometers further, Halmuratov was back in the pack while Vitalii Popkov, a Russian rider with Chinese continental outfit Lvshan Landscape, replaced him at the front. Vaubourzeix secured the most aggressive rider price of the day as he forged on until six kilometres to go. Future WorldTour rider Wang Meiyin, who will join Bahrain-Merida next year, gave a good show for Wisdom-Hengxiang with five kilometres to go but a bunch sprint finish was inevitable and it looked like an easy win for Mareczko who took the bronze medal at the recent under 23 world championship in Doha, Qatar.

His main rival Marini didn't have the best preparation for the Tour of Taihu Lake and so was satisfied with second place.

"I haven't raced for one and half month, since when the Tour of China finished", the Nippo-Vini Fantini rider explained.

"My condition isn't at its best. But I take this second place as a positive result. Riccardo Stacchiotti led me out at perfection. I took Mareczko's slipstream but I never managed to pass him. As I'm getting back into shape, I hope to do better in the coming days. This is my first time at the Tour of Taihu Lake, it's very well organized, so I want to get something out of it."

"Third is also a good result for me", echoed Zanotti. "I'm happy. It was difficult to beat Mareczko today but I'll try to do better when the course will be a bit harder. Today we always rode at 50km/h and we arrived ahead of schedule."

Mareczko and Zanotti have been training partners for ten years on a daily basis as they live just three kilometres apart in Brescia while Marini is only 30km up the road. Stage two from Huzhou-Changxing to Taihu Tourist Resort-Wuxing in the Zhejiang province will showcase the famous Luna Hotel in front of which another bunch sprint is expect before the hilly finish on stage 3 in Anji. 

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jakub Mareczko (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Southeast2:20:46 
2Nicolas Marini (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
3Marco Zanotti (Ita) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team  
4Luke Parker (Aus) Attaque Team Gusto  
5Maris Bogdanovics (Lat) Rietumu-Delfin  
6Leonardo Fabio Duque (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence Ktm  
7Massimo Graziato (Ita) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team  
8Eduard Michael Grosu (Rom) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
9Yuriy Metlushenko (Ukr) Jilun - Shakeland Cycling Team  
10Zhao Jingbiao (Chn) Hengxiang Cycling Team  
11Cristopher Mansilla Almonacid (Chi) Start Vaxes - Partizan Cycling Team  
12Siarhei Papok (Blr) Minsk Cycling Club  
13Simin Adamek (Cze) Team Dukla Praha  
14Maksym Vasilyev (Ukr) Team Lvshan Landscape  
15Rik Van Ijzendoorn (Ned) Team Novo Nordisk  
16Milan Veltman (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team  
17Martijn Verschoor (Ned) Team Novo Nordisk  
18Dusan Kalaba (Srb) Start Vaxes - Partizan Cycling Team  
19Quentin Valognes (Fra) Team Novo Nordisk  
20Burr Ho (HKg) Hksi Pro Cycling Team  
21Ben Hill (Aus) Attaque Team Gusto  
22Armands Becis (Lat) Rietumu-Delfin  
23Yehor Dementyev (Ukr) Isd - Jorbi Continental Team  
24Feng Qiao (Chn) /Ning Xia Sports Lottery Livall Cycling Team  
25Artem Tesler (Ukr) Team Lvshan Landscape  
26Kwun Wa Law (HKg) Hksi Pro Cycling Team  
27Erdenesuren Munkhtulga (Mgl) /Ning Xia Sports Lottery Livall Cycling Team  
28Sergey Medvedev (Uzb) Beijing Xds-Innova Cycling Team  
29Juntao Meng (Chn) Team Lvshan Landscape  
30Artur Tsvetkov (Ukr) Team Lvshan Landscape  
31Gabriel Machado Da Silva (Bra) Funvic Soul Cycles - Carrefour  
32Emils Liepins (Lat) Rietumu-Delfin  
33Sofiane Merignat (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence Ktm  
34Gerd De Keijzer (Ned) Team Novo Nordisk  
35Deins Kanepejs (Lat) Rietumu-Delfin  
36Chunlong Zhang (Chn) /Ning Xia Sports Lottery Livall Cycling Team  
37Zhang Zheng (Chn) Hengxiang Cycling Team  
38Rafael Andriato (Bra) Wilier Triestina-Southeast  
39Peeter Pruus (Est) Rietumu-Delfin  
40Yong Jian Wu (Chn) Jilun - Shakeland Cycling Team  
41Hiu Fung Choy (HKg) Hksi Pro Cycling Team  
42Lucas De Rossi (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence Ktm  
43Ondrej Vendolsy (Cze) Team Dukla Praha  
44Roberto Pinheiro Da Silva (Bra) Funvic Soul Cycles - Carrefour  
45Volodymyr Gomenyuk (Ukr) Team Lvshan Landscape  
46Francisco Chamorro (Arg) Funvic Soul Cycles - Carrefour  
47Karim Khorrami (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Ccn Team  
48Francisco Jarley Colorado Hernandez (Col) Rts - Santic Racing Team  
49Tino Thömel (Ger) Rts - Santic Racing Team  
50Ruslan Karimov (Uzb) Rts - Santic Racing Team  
51Martz Alder (USA) Attaque Team Gusto  
52Abolfazl Nazari Daghalian (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Ccn Team  
53Riccardo Stacchiotti (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
54Valerii Taradai (Ukr) Isd - Jorbi Continental Team  
55Konrad Tomasiak (Pol) Start Vaxes - Partizan Cycling Team  
56Akramjon Sunnatov (Uzb) Beijing Xds-Innova Cycling Team  
57Yonder Godoy (Ven) Wilier Triestina-Southeast  
58Behnam Ariyan (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Ccn Team  
59Alex Diniz Correia (Bra) Funvic Soul Cycles - Carrefour  
60Cameron Bayly (Aus) Attaque Team Gusto  
61Andris Vosekalns (Lat) Rietumu-Delfin  
62Carlos Alexandre Manarelli (Bra) Funvic Soul Cycles - Carrefour  
63Sven Van Luijk (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team  
64Rene Corella (Mex) Start Vaxes - Partizan Cycling Team  
65Altanzul Altansukh (Mgl) /Ning Xia Sports Lottery Livall Cycling Team  
66Darcy Ellerm-Norton (NZl) St George Merida Cycling Team  
67Mehdi Rajabi (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Ccn Team  
68Matthias Van Aken (Bel) Start Vaxes - Partizan Cycling Team  
69Jan Andrej Cully (Svk) Dukla Banska Bystrica  
70Wen Chung Huang (Tpe) Attaque Team Gusto  
71Ali Khademi (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Ccn Team  
72Nicholas Woods (Aus) St George Merida Cycling Team  
73Patrik Tybor (Svk) Dukla Banska Bystrica  
74Christopher Williams (Aus) Team Novo Nordisk  
75Brodie Talbot (Aus) St George Merida Cycling Team  
76Matyáš Strupek (Cze) Team Dukla Praha  
77Giuseppe Fonzi (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Southeast  
78Vladyslav Kreminskyi (Ukr) Isd - Jorbi Continental Team  
79Vitalii Popkov (Rus) Team Lvshan Landscape  
80Manabu Ishibashi (Jpn) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
81Timur Maleev (Ukr) Isd - Jorbi Continental Team  
82Alireza Asgharzadeh (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Ccn Team  
83Jozef Palcak (Svk) Dukla Banska Bystrica  
84Benjamin Harvey (Aus) St George Merida Cycling Team  
85Thomas Rabou (Ned) Hengxiang Cycling Team  
86Rinat Udod (Ukr) Isd - Jorbi Continental Team  
87Meiyin Wang (Chn) Hengxiang Cycling Team  
88Ma Guangtong (Chn) Hengxiang Cycling Team  
89Ying Hon Yeung (HKg) Hengxiang Cycling Team  
90Muradjan Halmuratov (Uzb) Beijing Xds-Innova Cycling Team  
91Michal Kesl (Cze) Team Dukla Praha  
92Matteo Draperi (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Southeast  
93Enkhtaivan Bolor-Erdene (Mgl) /Ning Xia Sports Lottery Livall Cycling Team  
94Juraj Lajcha (Svk) Dukla Banska Bystrica  
95Vladimir Lopez (Col) /Ning Xia Sports Lottery Livall Cycling Team  
96Anton Ivashkin (Blr) Minsk Cycling Club  
97Yauhen Sobal (Blr) Minsk Cycling Club  
98Peter Schulting (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team  
99Ho San Chiu (HKg) Hksi Pro Cycling Team  
100Jay Dutton (Aus) St George Merida Cycling Team  
101Ilya* Davidenok (Kaz) Rts - Santic Racing Team  
102Oleksandr Golovash (Ukr) Minsk Cycling Club  
103Wan Yau Lau (HKg) Hksi Pro Cycling Team  
104Adne Van Engelen (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team  
105Ka Hoo Fung (HKg) Hksi Pro Cycling Team  
106Guy Kalma (Aus) Attaque Team Gusto  
107Kristian Zimany (Svk) Dukla Banska Bystrica  
108Oleksii Kasianov (Ukr) Jilun - Shakeland Cycling Team  
109Patrick Sharpe (Aus) St George Merida Cycling Team  
110Cristobal Olavarria (Chi) Jilun - Shakeland Cycling Team  
111Dilmurdjon Siddikov (Uzb) Beijing Xds-Innova Cycling Team  
112Sergiy Grechyn (Ukr) Jilun - Shakeland Cycling Team  
113Murilo Affonso (Bra) Funvic Soul Cycles - Carrefour  
114Thomas Vaubourzeix (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence Ktm  
115Dostonbek Ollamov (Uzb) Beijing Xds-Innova Cycling Team  
116Kanstantsin Klimiankou (Blr) Minsk Cycling Club  
117Corentin Cherhal (Fra) Team Novo Nordisk  
118Jefferson Rueda Tobon (Col) Jilun - Shakeland Cycling Team  
119Roman Seliversov (Ukr) Isd - Jorbi Continental Team  
120Daniele Colli (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
121Stanislau Bazhkou (Blr) Minsk Cycling Club  
122Victor Nino Corredor (Col) Rts - Santic Racing Team  
123Abdullojon Akparov (Uzb) Beijing Xds-Innova Cycling Team  
124Michal Kohout (Cze) Team Dukla Praha  
125Mauricio Ortega Ramirez (Col) Rts - Santic Racing Team  
126Jan Kraus (Cze) Team Dukla Praha  
127Genki Yamamoto (Jpn) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
128Tomas Harag (Svk) Dukla Banska Bystrica0:00:19 
129Mirko Tedeschi (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Southeast0:01:02 
130Jos Koop (Ned) Start Vaxes - Partizan Cycling Team0:11:06 
General classification after stage 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Oleksandr Golovash (Ukr) Minsk Cycling Club2:27:58 
2Karim Khorrami (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Ccn Team0:00:04 
3Cameron Bayly (Aus) Attaque Team Gusto  
4Riccardo Stacchiotti (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini0:00:05 
5Yonder Godoy (Ven) Wilier Triestina-Southeast0:00:06 
6Jakub Mareczko (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Southeast0:00:07 
7Nicolas Marini (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
8Ilya* Davidenok (Kaz) Rts - Santic Racing Team  
9Peeter Pruus (Est) Rietumu-Delfin0:00:08 
10Giuseppe Fonzi (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Southeast0:00:09 
11Patrik Tybor (Svk) Dukla Banska Bystrica  
12Christopher Williams (Aus) Team Novo Nordisk  
13Timur Maleev (Ukr) Isd - Jorbi Continental Team0:00:10 
14Zhao Jingbiao (Chn) Hengxiang Cycling Team  
15Meiyin Wang (Chn) Hengxiang Cycling Team  
16Deins Kanepejs (Lat) Rietumu-Delfin  
17Ben Hill (Aus) Attaque Team Gusto0:00:11 
18Tino Thömel (Ger) Rts - Santic Racing Team  
19Maris Bogdanovics (Lat) Rietumu-Delfin0:00:13 
20Thomas Vaubourzeix (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence Ktm  
21Peter Schulting (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team  
22Murilo Affonso (Bra) Funvic Soul Cycles - Carrefour0:00:14 
23Enkhtaivan Bolor-Erdene (Mgl) /Ning Xia Sports Lottery Livall Cycling Team  
24Vitalii Popkov (Rus) Team Lvshan Landscape0:00:15 
25Leonardo Fabio Duque (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence Ktm0:00:16 
26Siarhei Papok (Blr) Minsk Cycling Club0:00:18 
27Andris Vosekalns (Lat) Rietumu-Delfin  
28Zhang Zheng (Chn) Hengxiang Cycling Team0:00:19 
29Altanzul Altansukh (Mgl) /Ning Xia Sports Lottery Livall Cycling Team  
30Rafael Andriato (Bra) Wilier Triestina-Southeast  
31Lucas De Rossi (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence Ktm0:00:20 
32Jan Kraus (Cze) Team Dukla Praha  
33Armands Becis (Lat) Rietumu-Delfin0:00:21 
34Eduard Michael Grosu (Rom) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
35Volodymyr Gomenyuk (Ukr) Team Lvshan Landscape  
36Benjamin Harvey (Aus) St George Merida Cycling Team  
37Darcy Ellerm-Norton (NZl) St George Merida Cycling Team0:00:22 
38Roberto Pinheiro Da Silva (Bra) Funvic Soul Cycles - Carrefour  
39Patrick Sharpe (Aus) St George Merida Cycling Team0:00:23 
40Maksym Vasilyev (Ukr) Team Lvshan Landscape  
41Yehor Dementyev (Ukr) Isd - Jorbi Continental Team  
42Martijn Verschoor (Ned) Team Novo Nordisk  
43Ondrej Vendolsy (Cze) Team Dukla Praha  
44Mehdi Rajabi (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Ccn Team0:00:24 
45Muradjan Halmuratov (Uzb) Beijing Xds-Innova Cycling Team  
46Guy Kalma (Aus) Attaque Team Gusto  
47Mauricio Ortega Ramirez (Col) Rts - Santic Racing Team0:00:25 
48Brodie Talbot (Aus) St George Merida Cycling Team0:00:27 
49Gabriel Machado Da Silva (Bra) Funvic Soul Cycles - Carrefour0:00:28 
50Alex Diniz Correia (Bra) Funvic Soul Cycles - Carrefour  
51Kanstantsin Klimiankou (Blr) Minsk Cycling Club  
52Marco Zanotti (Ita) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team  
53Anton Ivashkin (Blr) Minsk Cycling Club0:00:29 
54Michal Kohout (Cze) Team Dukla Praha  
55Behnam Ariyan (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Ccn Team  
56Jan Andrej Cully (Svk) Dukla Banska Bystrica  
57Artem Tesler (Ukr) Team Lvshan Landscape  
58Sven Van Luijk (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team0:00:30 
59Abolfazl Nazari Daghalian (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Ccn Team  
60Oleksii Kasianov (Ukr) Jilun - Shakeland Cycling Team  
61Stanislau Bazhkou (Blr) Minsk Cycling Club  
62Rene Corella (Mex) Start Vaxes - Partizan Cycling Team  
63Thomas Rabou (Ned) Hengxiang Cycling Team  
64Sergiy Grechyn (Ukr) Jilun - Shakeland Cycling Team0:00:31 
65Emils Liepins (Lat) Rietumu-Delfin  
66Konrad Tomasiak (Pol) Start Vaxes - Partizan Cycling Team0:00:32 
67Matteo Draperi (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Southeast  
68Ma Guangtong (Chn) Hengxiang Cycling Team  
69Francisco Chamorro (Arg) Funvic Soul Cycles - Carrefour  
70Yauhen Sobal (Blr) Minsk Cycling Club  
71Vladyslav Kreminskyi (Ukr) Isd - Jorbi Continental Team0:00:33 
72Wen Chung Huang (Tpe) Attaque Team Gusto  
73Milan Veltman (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team  
74Matyáš Strupek (Cze) Team Dukla Praha0:00:34 
75Ying Hon Yeung (HKg) Hengxiang Cycling Team0:00:35 
76Victor Nino Corredor (Col) Rts - Santic Racing Team  
77Jozef Palcak (Svk) Dukla Banska Bystrica0:00:36 
78Francisco Jarley Colorado Hernandez (Col) Rts - Santic Racing Team  
79Jay Dutton (Aus) St George Merida Cycling Team0:00:37 
80Michal Kesl (Cze) Team Dukla Praha  
81Chunlong Zhang (Chn) /Ning Xia Sports Lottery Livall Cycling Team  
82Manabu Ishibashi (Jpn) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
83Cristopher Mansilla Almonacid (Chi) Start Vaxes - Partizan Cycling Team0:00:38 
84Carlos Alexandre Manarelli (Bra) Funvic Soul Cycles - Carrefour  
85Jefferson Rueda Tobon (Col) Jilun - Shakeland Cycling Team  
86Erdenesuren Munkhtulga (Mgl) /Ning Xia Sports Lottery Livall Cycling Team  
87Luke Parker (Aus) Attaque Team Gusto  
88Yuriy Metlushenko (Ukr) Jilun - Shakeland Cycling Team0:00:39 
89Gerd De Keijzer (Ned) Team Novo Nordisk  
90Ka Hoo Fung (HKg) Hksi Pro Cycling Team  
91Sergey Medvedev (Uzb) Beijing Xds-Innova Cycling Team  
92Martz Alder (USA) Attaque Team Gusto0:00:40 
93Rik Van Ijzendoorn (Ned) Team Novo Nordisk  
94Artur Tsvetkov (Ukr) Team Lvshan Landscape  
95Genki Yamamoto (Jpn) Nippo - Vini Fantini0:00:41 
96Burr Ho (HKg) Hksi Pro Cycling Team0:00:42 
97Nicholas Woods (Aus) St George Merida Cycling Team0:00:43 
98Quentin Valognes (Fra) Team Novo Nordisk  
99Dilmurdjon Siddikov (Uzb) Beijing Xds-Innova Cycling Team  
100Simin Adamek (Cze) Team Dukla Praha0:00:47 
101Wan Yau Lau (HKg) Hksi Pro Cycling Team  
102Massimo Graziato (Ita) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team  
103Akramjon Sunnatov (Uzb) Beijing Xds-Innova Cycling Team  
104Rinat Udod (Ukr) Isd - Jorbi Continental Team0:00:48 
105Vladimir Lopez (Col) /Ning Xia Sports Lottery Livall Cycling Team  
106Daniele Colli (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini0:00:50 
107Ali Khademi (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Ccn Team  
108Juntao Meng (Chn) Team Lvshan Landscape  
109Dusan Kalaba (Srb) Start Vaxes - Partizan Cycling Team0:00:51 
110Adne Van Engelen (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team  
111Kristian Zimany (Svk) Dukla Banska Bystrica  
112Cristobal Olavarria (Chi) Jilun - Shakeland Cycling Team0:00:52 
113Hiu Fung Choy (HKg) Hksi Pro Cycling Team  
114Alireza Asgharzadeh (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Ccn Team  
115Sofiane Merignat (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence Ktm  
116Yong Jian Wu (Chn) Jilun - Shakeland Cycling Team0:00:53 
117Juraj Lajcha (Svk) Dukla Banska Bystrica0:00:56 
118Roman Seliversov (Ukr) Isd - Jorbi Continental Team  
119Matthias Van Aken (Bel) Start Vaxes - Partizan Cycling Team0:00:57 
120Dostonbek Ollamov (Uzb) Beijing Xds-Innova Cycling Team0:00:59 
121Abdullojon Akparov (Uzb) Beijing Xds-Innova Cycling Team0:01:00 
122Ruslan Karimov (Uzb) Rts - Santic Racing Team0:01:01 
123Corentin Cherhal (Fra) Team Novo Nordisk0:01:03 
124Ho San Chiu (HKg) Hksi Pro Cycling Team0:01:06 
125Feng Qiao (Chn) /Ning Xia Sports Lottery Livall Cycling Team0:01:12 
126Mirko Tedeschi (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Southeast0:01:16 
127Tomas Harag (Svk) Dukla Banska Bystrica0:01:17 
128Valerii Taradai (Ukr) Isd - Jorbi Continental Team0:01:27 
129Kwun Wa Law (HKg) Hksi Pro Cycling Team0:01:34 
130Jos Koop (Ned) Start Vaxes - Partizan Cycling Team0:12:01 

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