Skip to main content

Bos takes bunch sprint in Hainan

Image 1 of 31

(Image credit: Guoqiang Song)
Image 2 of 31

Belkin firmly in charge

Belkin firmly in charge
(Image credit: Tour of Hainan 2013)
Image 3 of 31

The breakaway on stage 2

The breakaway on stage 2
(Image credit: Tour of Hainan 2013)
Image 4 of 31

Theo Bos takes the stage win

Theo Bos takes the stage win
(Image credit: Tour of Hainan 2013)
Image 5 of 31

(Image credit: Tour of Hainan 2013)
Image 6 of 31

Moreno Hofland surrounded by his Belkin teammates

Moreno Hofland surrounded by his Belkin teammates
(Image credit: Tour of Hainan 2013)
Image 7 of 31

The peloton lined out on stage 2

The peloton lined out on stage 2
(Image credit: Tour of Hainan 2013)
Image 8 of 31

Moreno Hofland remains in the race lead

Moreno Hofland remains in the race lead
(Image credit: Guoqiang Song)
Image 9 of 31

The start in Chengmai

The start in Chengmai
(Image credit: Guoqiang Song)
Image 10 of 31

Riders get underway for stage 2

Riders get underway for stage 2
(Image credit: Guoqiang Song)
Image 11 of 31

The peloton goes over a bridge on stage 2

The peloton goes over a bridge on stage 2
(Image credit: Guoqiang Song)
Image 12 of 31

Spectators watch the peloton pass

Spectators watch the peloton pass
(Image credit: Guoqiang Song)
Image 13 of 31

Some riders took the long way around.

Some riders took the long way around.
(Image credit: Guoqiang Song)
Image 14 of 31

(Image credit: Guoqiang Song)
Image 15 of 31

The peloton rolls along in the sunshine at Tour of Hainan

The peloton rolls along in the sunshine at Tour of Hainan
(Image credit: Guoqiang Song)
Image 16 of 31

Riders feed from the cars during stage 2

Riders feed from the cars during stage 2
(Image credit: Guoqiang Song)
Image 17 of 31

Riders fuel up during stage 2 of Tour of Hainan

Riders fuel up during stage 2 of Tour of Hainan
(Image credit: Guoqiang Song)
Image 18 of 31

Moreno Hofland (Belkin) in the points jersey

Moreno Hofland (Belkin) in the points jersey
(Image credit: Guoqiang Song)
Image 19 of 31

(Image credit: Guoqiang Song)
Image 20 of 31

Moreno Hofland (Belkin) on the podium

Moreno Hofland (Belkin) on the podium
(Image credit: Guoqiang Song)
Image 21 of 31

(Image credit: Guoqiang Song)
Image 22 of 31

(Image credit: Guoqiang Song)
Image 23 of 31

(Image credit: Guoqiang Song)
Image 24 of 31

The peloton on stage 2

The peloton on stage 2
(Image credit: Guoqiang Song)
Image 25 of 31

The peloton on stage 2

The peloton on stage 2
(Image credit: Guoqiang Song)
Image 26 of 31

Belkin on its way to a one-two finish

Belkin on its way to a one-two finish
(Image credit: Guoqiang Song)
Image 27 of 31

Belkin protects the race leader Hofland

Belkin protects the race leader Hofland
(Image credit: Guoqiang Song)
Image 28 of 31

Belkin in control of the pace

Belkin in control of the pace
(Image credit: Guoqiang Song)
Image 29 of 31

(Image credit: Guoqiang Song)
Image 30 of 31

Yannick Martinez, Theo Bos and Moreno Hofland on the stage 2 podium

Yannick Martinez, Theo Bos and Moreno Hofland on the stage 2 podium
(Image credit: Guoqiang Song)
Image 31 of 31

The Champion System team in one of its last races

The Champion System team in one of its last races
(Image credit: Guoqiang Song)

Two months after being a non-starter at the Vuelta a Espana due to a health condition, flying Dutchman Theo Bos is back after he claimed stage 2 of the Tour of Hainan. Belkin scored an impressive 1-2 with race leader Moreno Hofland increasing his advantage on GC thanks to the time bonus he collected. The Dutch duo beat French fast man and future Europcar rider Yannick Martinez of La Pomme Marseille.

"Winning is always nice but winning after a long drought is even sweeter," said Bos, whose last victory was stage 1 of the Ster ZLM Toer in mid-June.

"It’s not been an easy period for me but it’s nice to be back with a victory."

"My intention was to take as many seconds bonus as I could," echoed Hofland.

“There were many attacks at the beginning but no breakaway, so I could go for the first two intermediate sprints."

He won them both, ahead of his teammate Lars Boom and Drapac’s Will Walker at 30.4km, while Fabian Schnaidt of Champion System and Walker again could only see him from behind on the line at 46.7km.

Having bagged six seconds bonus, Hofland was happy to witness a trio going up the road at 52km. Chris Williams (Novonordisk), Elchin Asadov (Synergy Baku) and Hong Kong national champion Cheong King Wai got an advantage of three minutes after 100 kilometres of racing. Asadov wasthe first of them to give up, Cheong was the last man away but he was reined in 15 kilometers before the finish in front of the convention centre on the shores of the Haikou Bay.

"From the moment the breakaway went, it became an easier job for us than yesterday," Bos said.

"It would not be possible for us to race hard every day like stage 1. With 3km to go, riding over a bridge with side wind was pretty difficult but it came down to the sprint we wanted with the team leading me out. A lot of riders are looking at us but our search for time bonus also worked out as we wanted."

Bos was led out by his whole team with one notable exception. "I was given a free role to sprint behind him," Hofland said. "I managed to stay on his wheel, so it’s nice to get some more seconds bonus at the end. I’m going try to gain time like that every day and make the gap bigger on GC to see the possibility to win the race overall."

After only two stages, the 22-year-old neo pro already has a 27 second lead over stage 1 runner up Frédéric Amorison. Belkin seems to have the situation under control and a very motivated squad around Bos and Hofland.

"They’re unbeatable with two very good sprinters,” Martinez said. “To finish third behind them is a good performance for me. I’m a decent sprinter too but today I wasn’t well positioned, maybe tenth when I had to start sprinting earlier than Bos and Hofland. If I get a better position in the next few days, I might get a better result as well. I’m still motivated to do well at the end of the season even though I know the training camps with Europcar will come quickly after I’ll return home from China. My job next year will consist in being Bryan Coquard’s lead out man, so if he does the Tour de France, I’ll do it too."

Brief Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Theo Bos (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team4:16:56
2Moreno Hofland (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team
3Yannick Martinez (Fra) La Pomme Marseille
4Lars Boom (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team
5Yuriy Metlushenko (Ukr) Ukraine
6Fabian Schnaidt (Ger) Champion System Pro Cycling Team
7Justin Jules (Fra) La Pomme Marseille
8Kevin Peeters (Bel) Crelan-Euphony
9Rico Rogers (NZl) Synergy Baku Cycling Project
10Andris Smirnovs (Lat) Rietumu-Delfin

General classification after stage 2
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Moreno Hofland (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team6:03:05
2Frédéric Amorison (Bel) Crelan-Euphony0:00:27
3Thomas Leezer (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team0:00:37
4Fabian Schnaidt (Ger) Champion System Pro Cycling Team0:00:41
5Jos Van Emden (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team
6Christopher Williams (Aus) Team Novo Nordisk
7William Walker (Aus) Drapac Cycling0:00:42
8Kevin Peeters (Bel) Crelan-Euphony0:00:43
9Darío Hernández (Spa) Burgos BH-Castilla y Leon0:00:44
10Adrian Honkisz (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice

Latest on Cyclingnews