Marini beats Mareczko to win stage 4

Australia's Cameron Bayly remains overall race leader

Outclassed by Jakub Mareczko in the first two stages dedicated to the sprinters, Nicolas Marini of Nippo-Vini Fantini took revenge himself by beating his younger Italian rival from Wilier-Southeast at the end of a very long sprint in Wujiang.

Thanks to finishing third Franco-Colombian Leonardo Duque of Delko Marseille-Provence-KTM grabbed four bonus seconds that enabled him to move up into the top in the overall classification. Now third at sixteen seconds, he has become a threat to race leader Cameron Bayly of Attaque Gusto who enjoyed his first day in the orange jersey of the Tour of Taihu Lake.

"Today my team again did a great job but unfortunately my lead out man Riccardo Stacchiotti had a puncture with three kilometres to go," Marini explained.

"At that point I put myself on Mareczko's wheel. I passed him before the line and the good legs I've had these days allowed me to stay ahead of him. With this victory, I've paid the team back. A stage win was the goal. Now I can look for more but without any pressure."

This was Marini's third win of the year, all collected in China, coming after stage 8 of the Tour of Qinghai Lake and stage 5 of the Tour of China I. In his second year as a professional, he has a fully Asian palmares with stage one of the Tour of Japan and the overall classification of the Tour of China II plus four stages last year. The 23-year old Italian is aiming for more in the future as he has already extended his contract with Nippo-Vini Fantini.

It looked like Mareczko was going to win again as he smartly chose the right side of the road for sprinting whereas the wind was blowing from the left, thus forcing Marini to a more difficult task.

"But I started from too far out," Mareczko admitted. "Marini has done well. It's been a head to head fight between and he got it. I had put the team at the front during the last lap to bring the breakaway back. We prepared the sprint really well."

All to play for in the overall classification

Muradjan Halmuratov from Beijing-Innova and Mehdi Rajabikaboodcheshmeh from Tabriz-Petrochemical were the two men in the lead at the half way point in the stage, with an advantage still superior to one minute until 15km to go. Echelons were expected but the wind wasn’t strong enough on the highway section to be covered six times back and forth to make for a 117.4km race.

"Life as a leader is stressful," noted Bayly who experienced that position for the first time ever at international level. "But it's good fun. I was controlling with my team. I had to make sure no GC guy was going away."

With three stages to go, the Attaque Gusto rider is now under the threat from Duque who took four seconds bonus throughout the third place in the final sprint and moved up to third overall the day after coming second uphill.

"In Europe, I was known as a sprinter," said the versatile rider from Marseille who will call it a career after the Tour of Taihu on Saturday.

"I'm on good form after the Tour of Hainan. I sprinted to third place and I remained in third place overall. On my 54 tooth gear, I couldn't go any faster. But I'll try to win the overall. I'll target more time bonus. It's possible the race will be decided on the last day."

Thursday's fifth stage from Nantong to Haimen on the banks of the Yangtze River Delta favours the sprinters again. The Tour of Taihu Lake ends on Sunday.

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Nicolas Marini (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini2:40:28 
2Jakub Mareczko (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Southeast  
3Leonardo Fabio Duque (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence Ktm  
4Dusan Kalaba (Srb) Start Vaxes - Partizan Cycling Team  
5Cristopher Mansilla Almonacid (Chi) Start Vaxes - Partizan Cycling Team  
6Martijn Verschoor (Ned) Team Novo Nordisk  
7Eduard Michael Grosu (Rom) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
8Marco Zanotti (Ita) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team  
9Tino Thömel (Ger) Rts - Santic Racing Team  
10Zhao Jingbiao (Chn) Hengxiang Cycling Team  
11Maris Bogdanovics (Lat) Rietumu-Delfin  
12Rafael Andriato (Bra) Wilier Triestina-Southeast  
13Quentin Valognes (Fra) Team Novo Nordisk  
14Siarhei Papok (Blr) Minsk Cycling Club  
15Emils Liepins (Lat) Rietumu-Delfin  
16Yuriy Metlushenko (Ukr) Jilun - Shakeland Cycling Team  
17Jos Koop (Ned) Start Vaxes - Partizan Cycling Team  
18Yonder Godoy (Ven) Wilier Triestina-Southeast  
19Gerd Keijzer (Ned) Team Novo Nordisk  
20Erdenesuren Munkhtulga (Mgl) Ning Xia Sports Lottery Livall Cycling Team  
21Juntao Meng (Chn) Team Lvshan Landscape  
22Feng Qiao (Chn) Ning Xia Sports Lottery Livall Cycling Team  
23Maksym Vasilyev (Ukr) Team Lvshan Landscape  
24Zhang Zheng (Chn) Hengxiang Cycling Team  
25Burr Ho (HKg) Hksi Pro Cycling Team  
26Konrad Tomasiak (Pol) Start Vaxes - Partizan Cycling Team  
27Rinat Udod (Ukr) Isd - Jorbi Continental Team  
28Simin Adamek (Cze) Team Dukla Praha  
29Vladimir Lopez (Col) Ning Xia Sports Lottery Livall Cycling Team  
30Francisco Chamorro (Arg) Funvic Soul Cycles - Carrefour  
31Meiyin Wang (Chn) Hengxiang Cycling Team  
32Chunlong Zhang (Chn) Ning Xia Sports Lottery Livall Cycling Team  
33Vladyslav Kreminskyi (Ukr) Isd - Jorbi Continental Team  
34Jan Andrej Cully (Svk) Dukla Banska Bystrica  
35Sergey Medvedev (Uzb) Beijing Xds-Innova Cycling Team  
36Brodie Talbot (Aus) St George Merida Cycling Team  
37Kwun Wa Law (HKg) Hksi Pro Cycling Team  
38Benjamin Harvey (Aus) St George Merida Cycling Team  
39Ilya Davidenok (Kaz) Rts - Santic Racing Team  
40Alex Diniz Correia (Bra) Funvic Soul Cycles - Carrefour  
41Peter Schulting (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team  
42Massimo Graziato (Ita) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team  
43Yong Jian Wu (Chn) Jilun - Shakeland Cycling Team  
44Ruslan Karimov (Uzb) Rts - Santic Racing Team  
45Artem Tesler (Ukr) Team Lvshan Landscape  
46Sven Luijk (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team  
47Akramjon Sunnatov (Uzb) Beijing Xds-Innova Cycling Team  
48Giuseppe Fonzi (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Southeast  
49Mehdi Rajabi (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Ccn Team  
50Roberto Pinheiro Da Silva (Bra) Funvic Soul Cycles - Carrefour  
51Ben Hill (Aus) Attaque Team Gusto  
52Cameron Bayly (Aus) Attaque Team Gusto  
53Juraj Lajcha (Svk) Dukla Banska Bystrica  
54Karim Khorrami (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Ccn Team  
55Yauhen Sobal (Blr) Minsk Cycling Club  
56Ho San Chiu (HKg) Hksi Pro Cycling Team  
57Gabriel Machado Da Silva (Bra) Funvic Soul Cycles - Carrefour  
58Sofiane Merignat (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence Ktm  
59Artur Tsvetkov (Ukr) Team Lvshan Landscape  
60Andris Vosekalns (Lat) Rietumu-Delfin  
61Thomas Vaubourzeix (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence Ktm  
62Jan Kraus (Cze) Team Dukla Praha  
63Sergiy Grechyn (Ukr) Jilun - Shakeland Cycling Team  
64Rene Corella (Mex) Start Vaxes - Partizan Cycling Team  
65Yehor Dementyev (Ukr) Isd - Jorbi Continental Team  
66Ondrej Vendolsy (Cze) Team Dukla Praha  
67Carlos Alexandre Manarelli (Bra) Funvic Soul Cycles - Carrefour  
68Abolfazl Nazari Daghalian (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Ccn Team  
69Daniele Colli (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
70Volodymyr Gomenyuk (Ukr) Team Lvshan Landscape  
71Matthias Van Aken (Bel) Start Vaxes - Partizan Cycling Team  
72Francisco Jarley Colorado Hernandez (Col) Rts - Santic Racing Team  
73Behnam Ariyan (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Ccn Team  
74Kanstantsin Klimiankou (Blr) Minsk Cycling Club  
75Ma Guangtong (Chn) Hengxiang Cycling Team  
76Oleksii Kasianov (Ukr) Jilun - Shakeland Cycling Team  
77Anton Ivashkin (Blr) Minsk Cycling Club  
78Ali Khademi (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Ccn Team  
79Michal Kesl (Cze) Team Dukla Praha  
80Ying Hon Yeung (HKg) Hengxiang Cycling Team  
81Corentin Cherhal (Fra) Team Novo Nordisk  
82Hiu Fung Choy (HKg) Hksi Pro Cycling Team  
83Christopher Williams (Aus) Team Novo Nordisk  
84Matyáš Strupek (Cze) Team Dukla Praha  
85Alireza Asgharzadeh (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Ccn Team  
86Rik Ijzendoorn (Ned) Team Novo Nordisk  
87Wen Chung Huang (Tpe) Attaque Team Gusto  
88Altanzul Altansukh (Mgl) Ning Xia Sports Lottery Livall Cycling Team  
89Vitalii Popkov (Rus) Team Lvshan Landscape  
90Peeter Pruus (Est) Rietumu-Delfin  
91Manabu Ishibashi (Jpn) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
92Enkhtaivan Bolor-Erdene (Mgl) Ning Xia Sports Lottery Livall Cycling Team  
93Murilo Affonso (Bra) Funvic Soul Cycles - Carrefour  
94Adne Engelen (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team  
95Wan Yau Lau (HKg) Hksi Pro Cycling Team  
96Lucas De Rossi (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence Ktm  
97Muradjan Halmuratov (Uzb) Beijing Xds-Innova Cycling Team  
98Mirko Tedeschi (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Southeast  
99Matteo Draperi (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Southeast  
100Victor Nino Corredor (Col) Rts - Santic Racing Team  
101Nicholas Woods (Aus) St George Merida Cycling Team  
102Ka Hoo Fung (HKg) Hksi Pro Cycling Team  
103Mauricio Ortega Ramirez (Col) Rts - Santic Racing Team  
104Dilmurdjon Siddikov (Uzb) Beijing Xds-Innova Cycling Team  
105Thomas Rabou (Ned) Hengxiang Cycling Team  
106Michal Kohout (Cze) Team Dukla Praha  
107Jozef Palcak (Svk) Dukla Banska Bystrica  
108Abdullojon Akparov (Uzb) Beijing Xds-Innova Cycling Team  
109Dostonbek Ollamov (Uzb) Beijing Xds-Innova Cycling Team  
110Genki Yamamoto (Jpn) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
111Armands Becis (Lat) Rietumu-Delfin  
112Jay Dutton (Aus) St George Merida Cycling Team  
113Tomas Harag (Svk) Dukla Banska Bystrica  
114Patrick Sharpe (Aus) St George Merida Cycling Team  
115Timur Maleev (Ukr) Isd - Jorbi Continental Team  
116Jefferson Rueda Tobon (Col) Jilun - Shakeland Cycling Team  
117Darcy Ellerm-Norton (NZl) St George Merida Cycling Team0:00:15 
118Patrik Tybor (Svk) Dukla Banska Bystrica  
119Martz Alder (USA) Attaque Team Gusto  
120Milan Veltman (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team0:00:26 
121Guy Kalma (Aus) Attaque Team Gusto0:00:37 
122Roman Seliversov (Ukr) Isd - Jorbi Continental Team0:00:57 
123Luke Parker (Aus) Attaque Team Gusto0:01:07 
124Deins Kanepejs (Lat) Rietumu-Delfin0:01:10 
125Cristobal Olavarria (Chi) Jilun - Shakeland Cycling Team0:01:28 
126Riccardo Stacchiotti (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
127Valerii Taradai (Ukr) Isd - Jorbi Continental Team0:01:52 
General classification after stage 4
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Cameron Bayly (Aus) Attaque Team Gusto10:57:25 
2Giuseppe Fonzi (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Southeast0:00:15 
3Leonardo Fabio Duque (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence Ktm0:00:16 
4Yonder Godoy (Ven) Wilier Triestina-Southeast0:00:18 
5Meiyin Wang (Chn) Hengxiang Cycling Team0:00:24 
6Peter Schulting (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team0:00:25 
7Ilya Davidenok (Kaz) Rts - Santic Racing Team0:00:26 
8Mauricio Ortega Ramirez (Col) Rts - Santic Racing Team0:00:35 
9Oleksii Kasianov (Ukr) Jilun - Shakeland Cycling Team0:00:40 
10Thomas Vaubourzeix (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence Ktm0:00:50 
11Eduard Michael Grosu (Rom) Nippo - Vini Fantini0:00:56 
12Lucas De Rossi (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence Ktm0:00:57 
13Ben Hill (Aus) Attaque Team Gusto0:01:02 
14Francisco Jarley Colorado Hernandez (Col) Rts - Santic Racing Team0:01:08 
15Murilo Affonso (Bra) Funvic Soul Cycles - Carrefour0:01:15 
16Sven Luijk (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team0:01:24 
17Alex Diniz Correia (Bra) Funvic Soul Cycles - Carrefour  
18Sergiy Grechyn (Ukr) Jilun - Shakeland Cycling Team  
19Gabriel Machado Da Silva (Bra) Funvic Soul Cycles - Carrefour0:01:29 
20Ying Hon Yeung (HKg) Hengxiang Cycling Team  
21Kanstantsin Klimiankou (Blr) Minsk Cycling Club  
22Victor Nino Corredor (Col) Rts - Santic Racing Team  
23Peeter Pruus (Est) Rietumu-Delfin0:01:38 
24Yehor Dementyev (Ukr) Isd - Jorbi Continental Team0:01:39 
25Zhang Zheng (Chn) Hengxiang Cycling Team0:01:46 
26Thomas Rabou (Ned) Hengxiang Cycling Team0:02:22 
27Manabu Ishibashi (Jpn) Nippo - Vini Fantini0:02:29 
28Akramjon Sunnatov (Uzb) Beijing Xds-Innova Cycling Team0:02:36 
29Alireza Asgharzadeh (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Ccn Team0:02:41 
30Michal Kohout (Cze) Team Dukla Praha0:02:50 
31Zhao Jingbiao (Chn) Hengxiang Cycling Team0:03:08 
32Jefferson Rueda Tobon (Col) Jilun - Shakeland Cycling Team0:03:13 
33Artem Tesler (Ukr) Team Lvshan Landscape  
34Behnam Ariyan (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Ccn Team0:03:14 
35Vitalii Popkov (Rus) Team Lvshan Landscape0:03:19 
36Altanzul Altansukh (Mgl) Ning Xia Sports Lottery Livall Cycling Team0:03:20 
37Matteo Draperi (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Southeast0:03:22 
38Rene Corella (Mex) Start Vaxes - Partizan Cycling Team  
39Vladimir Lopez (Col) Ning Xia Sports Lottery Livall Cycling Team0:03:23 
40Mirko Tedeschi (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Southeast0:03:25 
41Ondrej Vendolsy (Cze) Team Dukla Praha0:03:27 
42Riccardo Stacchiotti (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini0:03:30 
43Ma Guangtong (Chn) Hengxiang Cycling Team  
44Jan Andrej Cully (Svk) Dukla Banska Bystrica0:03:31 
45Carlos Alexandre Manarelli (Bra) Funvic Soul Cycles - Carrefour0:03:33 
46Enkhtaivan Bolor-Erdene (Mgl) Ning Xia Sports Lottery Livall Cycling Team0:03:34 
47Adne Engelen (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team0:03:36 
48Rik Ijzendoorn (Ned) Team Novo Nordisk0:03:38 
49Abolfazl Nazari Daghalian (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Ccn Team0:03:40 
50Burr Ho (HKg) Hksi Pro Cycling Team  
51Wen Chung Huang (Tpe) Attaque Team Gusto0:03:43 
52Rinat Udod (Ukr) Isd - Jorbi Continental Team0:03:46 
53Jay Dutton (Aus) St George Merida Cycling Team0:03:47 
54Yong Jian Wu (Chn) Jilun - Shakeland Cycling Team0:03:49 
55Matthias Van Aken (Bel) Start Vaxes - Partizan Cycling Team0:03:59 
56Ali Khademi (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Ccn Team0:04:00 
57Abdullojon Akparov (Uzb) Beijing Xds-Innova Cycling Team0:04:04 
58Muradjan Halmuratov (Uzb) Beijing Xds-Innova Cycling Team0:04:42 
59Brodie Talbot (Aus) St George Merida Cycling Team0:04:50 
60Dilmurdjon Siddikov (Uzb) Beijing Xds-Innova Cycling Team0:04:53 
61Juntao Meng (Chn) Team Lvshan Landscape0:05:00 
62Ka Hoo Fung (HKg) Hksi Pro Cycling Team0:05:06 
63Sergey Medvedev (Uzb) Beijing Xds-Innova Cycling Team0:05:14 
64Yauhen Sobal (Blr) Minsk Cycling Club0:05:51 
65Hiu Fung Choy (HKg) Hksi Pro Cycling Team0:05:58 
66Mehdi Rajabi (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Ccn Team0:06:06 
67Anton Ivashkin (Blr) Minsk Cycling Club0:06:14 
68Marco Zanotti (Ita) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team0:06:17 
69Dostonbek Ollamov (Uzb) Beijing Xds-Innova Cycling Team0:06:26 
70Wan Yau Lau (HKg) Hksi Pro Cycling Team0:06:32 
71Sofiane Merignat (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence Ktm0:06:37 
72Jan Kraus (Cze) Team Dukla Praha  
73Maris Bogdanovics (Lat) Rietumu-Delfin0:06:46 
74Konrad Tomasiak (Pol) Start Vaxes - Partizan Cycling Team0:06:47 
75Karim Khorrami (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Ccn Team0:06:54 
76Emils Liepins (Lat) Rietumu-Delfin0:06:55 
77Martijn Verschoor (Ned) Team Novo Nordisk0:07:25 
78Deins Kanepejs (Lat) Rietumu-Delfin0:07:47 
79Cristobal Olavarria (Chi) Jilun - Shakeland Cycling Team0:07:55 
80Volodymyr Gomenyuk (Ukr) Team Lvshan Landscape0:08:12 
81Maksym Vasilyev (Ukr) Team Lvshan Landscape0:08:14 
82Vladyslav Kreminskyi (Ukr) Isd - Jorbi Continental Team0:08:29 
83Patrick Sharpe (Aus) St George Merida Cycling Team0:08:45 
84Ruslan Karimov (Uzb) Rts - Santic Racing Team0:08:54 
85Matyáš Strupek (Cze) Team Dukla Praha0:09:11 
86Valerii Taradai (Ukr) Isd - Jorbi Continental Team0:09:51 
87Chunlong Zhang (Chn) Ning Xia Sports Lottery Livall Cycling Team0:10:03 
88Luke Parker (Aus) Attaque Team Gusto0:10:07 
89Jakub Mareczko (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Southeast0:10:35 
90Ho San Chiu (HKg) Hksi Pro Cycling Team0:10:41 
91Nicolas Marini (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini0:11:03 
92Rafael Andriato (Bra) Wilier Triestina-Southeast  
93Christopher Williams (Aus) Team Novo Nordisk0:11:19 
94Siarhei Papok (Blr) Minsk Cycling Club0:11:28 
95Armands Becis (Lat) Rietumu-Delfin0:11:31 
96Benjamin Harvey (Aus) St George Merida Cycling Team  
97Roberto Pinheiro Da Silva (Bra) Funvic Soul Cycles - Carrefour0:11:32 
98Dusan Kalaba (Srb) Start Vaxes - Partizan Cycling Team0:11:35 
99Jozef Palcak (Svk) Dukla Banska Bystrica0:11:45 
100Michal Kesl (Cze) Team Dukla Praha0:11:47 
101Cristopher Mansilla Almonacid (Chi) Start Vaxes - Partizan Cycling Team0:11:48 
102Erdenesuren Munkhtulga (Mgl) Ning Xia Sports Lottery Livall Cycling Team  
103Yuriy Metlushenko (Ukr) Jilun - Shakeland Cycling Team0:11:49 
104Gerd Keijzer (Ned) Team Novo Nordisk  
105Artur Tsvetkov (Ukr) Team Lvshan Landscape0:11:50 
106Nicholas Woods (Aus) St George Merida Cycling Team0:11:52 
107Quentin Valognes (Fra) Team Novo Nordisk0:11:53 
108Simin Adamek (Cze) Team Dukla Praha0:11:57 
109Daniele Colli (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini0:12:00 
110Martz Alder (USA) Attaque Team Gusto0:12:01 
111Juraj Lajcha (Svk) Dukla Banska Bystrica0:12:06 
112Corentin Cherhal (Fra) Team Novo Nordisk0:12:13 
113Feng Qiao (Chn) Ning Xia Sports Lottery Livall Cycling Team0:12:22 
114Tino Thömel (Ger) Rts - Santic Racing Team0:12:29 
115Guy Kalma (Aus) Attaque Team Gusto0:12:40 
116Andris Vosekalns (Lat) Rietumu-Delfin0:12:41 
117Roman Seliversov (Ukr) Isd - Jorbi Continental Team0:13:11 
118Patrik Tybor (Svk) Dukla Banska Bystrica0:13:29 
119Timur Maleev (Ukr) Isd - Jorbi Continental Team0:14:24 
120Francisco Chamorro (Arg) Funvic Soul Cycles - Carrefour0:14:46 
121Massimo Graziato (Ita) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team0:15:01 
122Darcy Ellerm-Norton (NZl) St George Merida Cycling Team0:15:21 
123Genki Yamamoto (Jpn) Nippo - Vini Fantini  
124Kwun Wa Law (HKg) Hksi Pro Cycling Team0:15:48 
125Tomas Harag (Svk) Dukla Banska Bystrica0:16:18 
126Milan Veltman (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team0:20:18 
127Jos Koop (Ned) Start Vaxes - Partizan Cycling Team0:23:11 

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