Mareczko doubles up and moves into the lead

Italian moves into overall race lead

Italy's Jakub Mareczko of Willier-Southeast claimed his eleventh victory of the 2016 season as he doubled up at the Tour of Taihu Lake to move into the overall lead after stage 2 in front of the monumental Moon Hotel known as a landmark for the Zhejiang province. In another bunch gallop under the rain, he outsprinted Emils Liepins of Rietumu-Delfin and his arch-rival Nicolas Marini from Nippo-Vini Fantini.

"Today's finale was different than yesterday's with a false flat finish, Mareczko explained, so we paid attention to not coming out of the box too early, otherwise we'd have risked to be overtaken in the last few meters. I'm very happy with this win because it gives back the leader's jersey I brought home last year and this was my only opportunity to get it this year as it is an uphill finish tomorrow. To reach eleven victories makes it a good year for me but there are more stages to come and hopefully more success for me at the Tour of Taihu Lake."

Already the most successful Italian rider by the numbers this year, Mareczko has Peter Sagan's total of fourteen wins in sight to equal the Slovakian superstar as the world's most successful pro cyclist of the 2016 season.

North Carolina's Martz Alder (Attaque Team Gusto), Slovakia's Jozef Palcak (Dukla Banska Bystrica) and Guillermo Corella (Start Vaxes) formed the breakaway of the day until 10km to go when Vitalii Popkov (Lvshan Landscape) tried his luck for the second day in a row.

"I noticed that Willier rode pretty hard to get the previous break back," most aggressive rider of the day Alder described. "They kind of sat up. Two guys went. I just followed. It became a group of six. We worked OK together till we got to the sprints. It took us time to really work together. I ended up attacking. We got a nice group going but it was pretty obvious that Willier would bring us back but you never know. It didn't start raining until we got caught. We were more hoping for a wind change but it just rained so we had no chance to succeed. However, this Tour of Taihu Lake is awesome: great organization and good hotels. I love it."

"I wanted to win but Mareczko is very fast," declared second placed Liepins. "If the finish line was ten meters further, maybe I could have won. My team is made of strong guys, so we led the sprint from far out and I would have liked the sprint to last even longer. We are two sprinters, Maris Bogdanovics and myself, we help each other. We decided only within the last kilometer who we'd sprint for today. I'm here looking for my first international victory."

While 24-year-old Liepins raised his profile, Marini was satisfied with one more podium placing after his second place in Wuxi. "It was a head wind to finish and we rode slowly so we were all fresh", the Italian noted. "It started fast but as soon as the breakaway was gone, Southeast and us controlled for a bunch sprint finish. I couldn't do any better today. Tomorrow I'll take it easy because it's an uphill finish, after that I'll try to win a stage."

Stage 3 from Anji Economic Development Zone to Tianhuangping is an unprecedented route at the Tour of Taihu Lake with an 18km long climb to finish at 860 metres above sea level. 

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jakub Mareczko (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Southeast3:08:05 
2Emils Liepins (Lat) Rietumu-Delfin  
3Nicolas Marini (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
4Maris Bogdanovics (Lat) Rietumu-Delfin  
5Roberto Pinheiro Da Silva (Bra) Funvic Soul Cycles - Carrefour  
6Jingbiao Zhao (Chn) Hengxiang Cycling Team  
7Yehor Dementyev (Ukr) ISD - Jorbi Continental Team  
8Luke Parker (Aus) Attaque Team Gusto  
9Yuriy Metlushenko (Ukr) Jilun - Shakeland Cycling Team  
10Dusan Kalaba (Srb) Start Vaxes - Partizan Cycling Team  
11Ben Hill (Aus) Attaque Team Gusto  
12Marco Zanotti (Ita) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team  
13Massimo Graziato (Ita) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team  
14Quentin Valognes (Fra) Team Novo Nordisk  
15Simin Adamek (Cze) Team Dukla Praha  
16Cristopher Mansilla Almonacid (Chi) Start Vaxes - Partizan Cycling Team  
17Erdenesuren Munkhtulga (Mgl) Ning Xia Sports Lottery Livall Cycling Team  
18Francisco Ramon Chamorro Pana (Arg) Funvic Soul Cycles - Carrefour  
19Martijn Verschoor (Ned) Team Novo Nordisk  
20Rafael Andriato (Bra) Wilier Triestina-Southeast  
21Ruslan Karimov (Uzb) RTS - Santic Racing Team  
22Mahdi Rajabikaboodcheshmeh (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical CCN Team  
23Riccardo Stacchiotti (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
24Artur Tsvetkov (Ukr) Team Lvshan Landscape  
25Maksym Vasilyev (Ukr) Team Lvshan Landscape  
26Jos Koop (Ned) Start Vaxes - Partizan Cycling Team  
27Konrad Tomasiak (Pol) Start Vaxes - Partizan Cycling Team  
28Kwun Wa Law (HKg) HKSI Pro Cycling Team  
29Feng Qiao (Chn) Ning Xia Sports Lottery Livall Cycling Team  
30Siarhei Papok (Blr) Minsk Cycling Club  
31Peeter Pruus (Est) Rietumu-Delfin  
32Leonardo Fabio Duque (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
33Tino Thömel (Ger) RTS - Santic Racing Team  
34Burr Ho (HKg) HKSI Pro Cycling Team  
35Chunlong Zhang (Chn) Ning Xia Sports Lottery Livall Cycling Team  
36Daniele Colli (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
37Juntao Meng (Chn) Team Lvshan Landscape  
38Cristobal Olavarria (Chi) Jilun - Shakeland Cycling Team  
39Eduard Michael Grosu (Rom) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
40Lucas De Rossi (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
41Deins Kanepejs (Lat) Rietumu-Delfin  
42Kristian Zimany (Svk) Dukla Banska Bystrica  
43Rinat Udod (Ukr) ISD - Jorbi Continental Team  
44Yonder Godoy (Ven) Wilier Triestina-Southeast  
45Rik Van Ijzendoorn (Ned) Team Novo Nordisk  
46Artem Tesler (Ukr) Team Lvshan Landscape  
47Gabriel Machado Da Silva (Bra) Funvic Soul Cycles - Carrefour  
48Juraj Lajcha (Svk) Dukla Banska Bystrica  
49Vladimir Lopez (Col) Ning Xia Sports Lottery Livall Cycling Team  
50Matteo Draperi (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Southeast  
51Sergiy Grechyn (Ukr) Jilun - Shakeland Cycling Team  
52Sofiane Merignat (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
53Anton Ivashkin (Blr) Minsk Cycling Club  
54Ying Hon Yeung (Chn) Hengxiang Cycling Team  
55Cameron Bayly (Aus) Attaque Team Gusto  
56Giuseppe Fonzi (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Southeast  
57Andris Vosekalns (Lat) Rietumu-Delfin  
58Yong Jian Wu (Chn) Jilun - Shakeland Cycling Team  
59Volodymyr Gomeniuk (Ukr) Team Lvshan Landscape  
60Sven Van Luijk (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team  
61Francisco Jarley Colorado Hernandez (Col) RTS - Santic Racing Team  
62Guangtong Ma (Chn) Hengxiang Cycling Team  
63Ali Khademi (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical CCN Team  
64Altanzul Altansukh (Mgl) Ning Xia Sports Lottery Livall Cycling Team  
65Alex Diniz Correia (Bra) Funvic Soul Cycles - Carrefour  
66Jan Andrej Cully (Svk) Dukla Banska Bystrica  
67Ondrej Vendolsky (Cze) Team Dukla Praha  
68Akramjon Sunnatov (Uzb) XDS  
69Peter Schulting (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team  
70Wen Chung Huang (Tpe) Attaque Team Gusto  
71Guy Kalma (NZl) Attaque Team Gusto  
72Zheng Zhang (Chn) Hengxiang Cycling Team  
73Abolfazl Nazari Daghalian (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical CCN Team  
74Enkhtaivan Bolor-Erdene (Mgl) Ning Xia Sports Lottery Livall Cycling Team  
75Matthias Van Aken (Bel) Start Vaxes - Partizan Cycling Team  
76Karim Khorrami (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical CCN Team  
77Benjamin Harvey (Aus) St George Merida Cycling Team  
78Meiyin Wang (Chn) Hengxiang Cycling Team  
79Patrik Tybor (Svk) Dukla Banska Bystrica  
80Carlos Alexandre Manarelli (Bra) Funvic Soul Cycles - Carrefour  
81Behnam Ariyan (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical CCN Team  
82Christopher Williams (Aus) Team Novo Nordisk  
83Murilo Ferraz Affonso (Bra) Funvic Soul Cycles - Carrefour  
84Alireza Asgharzadeh (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical CCN Team  
85Timur Maleev (Ukr) ISD - Jorbi Continental Team  
86Vitalii Popkov (Rus) Team Lvshan Landscape  
87Patrick Sharpe (Aus) St George Merida Cycling Team  
88Jay Dutton (Aus) St George Merida Cycling Team  
89Brodie Talbot (Aus) St George Merida Cycling Team  
90Manabu Ishibashi (Jpn) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
91Muradjan Halmuratov (Uzb) XDS  
92Rene Guillermo Corella Braun (Mex) Start Vaxes - Partizan Cycling Team  
93Ilya Davidenok (Kaz) RTS - Santic Racing Team  
94Hiu Fung Choy (HKg) HKSI Pro Cycling Team  
95Mauricio Ortega Ramirez (Col) RTS - Santic Racing Team  
96Thomas Vaubourzeix (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
97Gerd De Keijzer (Ned) Team Novo Nordisk  
98Kanstantsin Klimiankou (Blr) Minsk Cycling Club  
99Michal Kohout (Cze) Team Dukla Praha  
100Sergey Medvedev (Uzb) XDS  
101Armands Becis (Lat) Rietumu-Delfin  
102Abdullojon Akparov (Uzb) XDS  
103Dostonbek Ollamov (Uzb) XDS  
104Ho San Chiu (HKg) HKSI Pro Cycling Team  
105Hoo Fung Ka (HKg) HKSI Pro Cycling Team  
106Darcy Ellerm-Norton (NZl) St George Merida Cycling Team  
107Dilmurdjon Siddikov (Uzb) XDS  
108Rueda Tobon Jefferson (Col) Jilun - Shakeland Cycling Team  
109Oleksii Kasianov (Ukr) Jilun - Shakeland Cycling Team  
110Victor Nino Corredor (Col) RTS - Santic Racing Team  
111Thomas Rabou (Ned) Hengxiang Cycling Team  
112Wan Yau Lau (HKg) HKSI Pro Cycling Team  
113Michal Kesl (Cze) Team Dukla Praha  
114Jan Kraus (Cze) Team Dukla Praha0:00:32 
115Roman Seliverstov (Ukr) ISD - Jorbi Continental Team0:00:34 
116Jozef Palcak (Svk) Dukla Banska Bystrica  
117Mirko Tedeschi (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Southeast0:00:42 
118Valerii Taradai (Ukr) ISD - Jorbi Continental Team0:00:47 
119Tomas Harag (Svk) Dukla Banska Bystrica  
120Corentin Cherhal (Fra) Team Novo Nordisk  
121Martz Alder (USA) Attaque Team Gusto  
122Nicholas Woods (Aus) St George Merida Cycling Team  
123Adne Van Engelen (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team  
124Vladyslav Kreminskyi (Ukr) ISD - Jorbi Continental Team  
125Oleksandr Golovash (Ukr) Minsk Cycling Club0:01:54 
126Yauhen Sobal (Blr) Minsk Cycling Club0:02:18 
127Matyá_ Strupek (Cze) Team Dukla Praha0:02:52 
128Genki Yamamoto (Jpn) Nippo - Vini Fantini0:03:30 
129Milan Veltman (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team  
DNFStanislau Bazhkou (Blr) Minsk Cycling Club  
Most aggressive rider
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Martz Alder (USA) Attaque Team Gusto  
General classification after stage 2
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jakub Mareczko (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Southeast5:36:00 
2Nicolas Marini (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini0:00:06 
3Karim Khorrami (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical CCN Team0:00:07 
4Cameron Bayly (Aus) Attaque Team Gusto  
5Deins Kanepejs (Lat) Rietumu-Delfin  
6Riccardo Stacchiotti (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini0:00:08 
7Yonder Godoy (Ven) Wilier Triestina-Southeast0:00:09 
8Ilya Davidenok (Kaz) RTS - Santic Racing Team0:00:10 
9Peeter Pruus (Est) Rietumu-Delfin0:00:11 
10Giuseppe Fonzi (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Southeast0:00:12 
11Patrik Tybor (Svk) Dukla Banska Bystrica  
12Christopher Williams (Aus) Team Novo Nordisk  
13Timur Maleev (Ukr) ISD - Jorbi Continental Team0:00:13 
14Jingbiao Zhao (Chn) Hengxiang Cycling Team  
15Meiyin Wang (Chn) Hengxiang Cycling Team  
16Ben Hill (Aus) Attaque Team Gusto0:00:14 
17Tino Thömel (Ger) RTS - Santic Racing Team  
18Maris Bogdanovics (Lat) Rietumu-Delfin0:00:16 
19Thomas Vaubourzeix (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
20Peter Schulting (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team  
21Murilo Ferraz Affonso (Bra) Funvic Soul Cycles - Carrefour0:00:17 
22Enkhtaivan Bolor-Erdene (Mgl) Ning Xia Sports Lottery Livall Cycling Team  
23Vitalii Popkov (Rus) Team Lvshan Landscape0:00:18 
24Leonardo Fabio Duque (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM0:00:19 
25Siarhei Papok (Blr) Minsk Cycling Club0:00:21 
26Andris Vosekalns (Lat) Rietumu-Delfin  
27Zheng Zhang (Chn) Hengxiang Cycling Team0:00:22 
28Altanzul Altansukh (Mgl) Ning Xia Sports Lottery Livall Cycling Team  
29Rafael Andriato (Bra) Wilier Triestina-Southeast  
30Lucas De Rossi (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM0:00:23 
31Armands Becis (Lat) Rietumu-Delfin0:00:24 
32Eduard Michael Grosu (Rom) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
33Volodymyr Gomeniuk (Ukr) Team Lvshan Landscape  
34Benjamin Harvey (Aus) St George Merida Cycling Team  
35Darcy Ellerm-Norton (NZl) St George Merida Cycling Team0:00:25 
36Roberto Pinheiro Da Silva (Bra) Funvic Soul Cycles - Carrefour  
37Patrick Sharpe (Aus) St George Merida Cycling Team0:00:26 
38Maksym Vasilyev (Ukr) Team Lvshan Landscape  
39Yehor Dementyev (Ukr) ISD - Jorbi Continental Team  
40Martijn Verschoor (Ned) Team Novo Nordisk  
41Ondrej Vendolsky (Cze) Team Dukla Praha  
42Mahdi Rajabikaboodcheshmeh (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical CCN Team0:00:27 
43Rene Guillermo Corella Braun (Mex) Start Vaxes - Partizan Cycling Team  
44Muradjan Halmuratov (Uzb) XDS  
45Guy Kalma (NZl) Attaque Team Gusto  
46Mauricio Ortega Ramirez (Col) RTS - Santic Racing Team0:00:28 
47Emils Liepins (Lat) Rietumu-Delfin  
48Brodie Talbot (Aus) St George Merida Cycling Team0:00:30 
49Gabriel Machado Da Silva (Bra) Funvic Soul Cycles - Carrefour0:00:31 
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 Club0:00:32 
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 Team0:00:33 
59Abolfazl Nazari Daghalian (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical CCN Team  
60Oleksii Kasianov (Ukr) Jilun - Shakeland Cycling Team  
61Thomas Rabou (Ned) Hengxiang Cycling Team  
62Sergiy Grechyn (Ukr) Jilun - Shakeland Cycling Team0:00:34 
63Konrad Tomasiak (Pol) Start Vaxes - Partizan Cycling Team0:00:35 
64Matteo Draperi (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Southeast  
65Guangtong Ma (Chn) Hengxiang Cycling Team  
66Francisco Ramon Chamorro Pana (Arg) Funvic Soul Cycles - Carrefour  
67Vladyslav Kreminskyi (Ukr) ISD - Jorbi Continental Team0:00:36 
68Wen Chung Huang (Tpe) Attaque Team Gusto  
69Jozef Palcak (Svk) Dukla Banska Bystrica0:00:38 
70Ying Hon Yeung (Chn) Hengxiang Cycling Team  
71Victor Nino Corredor (Col) RTS - Santic Racing Team  
72Martz Alder (USA) Attaque Team Gusto0:00:39 
73Francisco Jarley Colorado Hernandez (Col) RTS - Santic Racing Team  
74Jay Dutton (Aus) St George Merida Cycling Team0:00:40 
75Michal Kesl (Cze) Team Dukla Praha  
76Chunlong Zhang (Chn) Ning Xia Sports Lottery Livall Cycling Team  
77Manabu Ishibashi (Jpn) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
78Cristopher Mansilla Almonacid (Chi) Start Vaxes - Partizan Cycling Team0:00:41 
79Carlos Alexandre Manarelli (Bra) Funvic Soul Cycles - Carrefour  
80Rueda Tobon Jefferson (Col) Jilun - Shakeland Cycling Team  
81Erdenesuren Munkhtulga (Mgl) Ning Xia Sports Lottery Livall Cycling Team  
82Luke Parker (Aus) Attaque Team Gusto  
83Yuriy Metlushenko (Ukr) Jilun - Shakeland Cycling Team0:00:42 
84Gerd De Keijzer (Ned) Team Novo Nordisk  
85Hoo Fung Ka (HKg) HKSI Pro Cycling Team  
86Sergey Medvedev (Uzb) XDS  
87Rik Van Ijzendoorn (Ned) Team Novo Nordisk0:00:43 
88Artur Tsvetkov (Ukr) Team Lvshan Landscape  
89Nicholas Woods (Aus) St George Merida Cycling Team0:00:45 
90Burr Ho (HKg) HKSI Pro Cycling Team  
91Quentin Valognes (Fra) Team Novo Nordisk0:00:46 
92Dilmurdjon Siddikov (Uzb) XDS  
93Simin Adamek (Cze) Team Dukla Praha0:00:50 
94Wan Yau Lau (HKg) HKSI Pro Cycling Team  
95Massimo Graziato (Ita) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team  
96Akramjon Sunnatov (Uzb) XDS  
97Rinat Udod (Ukr) ISD - Jorbi Continental Team0:00:51 
98Vladimir Lopez (Col) Ning Xia Sports Lottery Livall Cycling Team  
99Daniele Colli (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini0:00:53 
100Ali Khademi (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical CCN Team  
101Juntao Meng (Chn) Team Lvshan Landscape  
102Dusan Kalaba (Srb) Start Vaxes - Partizan Cycling Team0:00:54 
103Adne Van Engelen (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team  
104Kristian Zimany (Svk) Dukla Banska Bystrica  
105Cristobal Olavarria (Chi) Jilun - Shakeland Cycling Team0:00:55 
106Hiu Fung Choy (HKg) HKSI Pro Cycling Team  
107Alireza Asgharzadeh (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical CCN Team  
108Sofiane Merignat (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
109Jan Kraus (Cze) Team Dukla Praha  
110Yong Jian Wu (Chn) Jilun - Shakeland Cycling Team0:00:56 
111Juraj Lajcha (Svk) Dukla Banska Bystrica0:00:59 
112Matthias Van Aken (Bel) Start Vaxes - Partizan Cycling Team0:01:00 
113Dostonbek Ollamov (Uzb) XDS0:01:02 
114Abdullojon Akparov (Uzb) XDS0:01:03 
115Ruslan Karimov (Uzb) RTS - Santic Racing Team0:01:04 
116Corentin Cherhal (Fra) Team Novo Nordisk0:01:06 
117Ho San Chiu (HKg) HKSI Pro Cycling Team0:01:09 
118Feng Qiao (Chn) Ning Xia Sports Lottery Livall Cycling Team0:01:15 
119Roman Seliverstov (Ukr) ISD - Jorbi Continental Team0:01:33 
120Kwun Wa Law (HKg) HKSI Pro Cycling Team0:01:37 
121Oleksandr Golovash (Ukr) Minsk Cycling Club0:01:57 
122Mirko Tedeschi (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Southeast0:02:01 
123Tomas Harag (Svk) Dukla Banska Bystrica0:02:07 
124Valerii Taradai (Ukr) ISD - Jorbi Continental Team0:02:17 
125Yauhen Sobal (Blr) Minsk Cycling Club0:02:53 
126Matyá_ Strupek (Cze) Team Dukla Praha0:03:29 
127Milan Veltman (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team0:04:06 
128Genki Yamamoto (Jpn) Nippo - Vini Fantini0:04:14 
129Jos Koop (Ned) Start Vaxes - Partizan Cycling Team0:12:04 

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