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Bos and Hofland go 1-2 again in Hainan

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Theo Bos takes the stage win

Theo Bos takes the stage win
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The stage 3 podium in Hainan

The stage 3 podium in Hainan
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Anuar Manan takes a time bonus to become best Asian rider

Anuar Manan takes a time bonus to become best Asian rider
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Vasylyuk and Jabrayilov in the breakaway

Vasylyuk and Jabrayilov in the breakaway
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The peloton on stage 3

The peloton on stage 3
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Theo Bos leads Hofland to the line for Belkin's second 1-2 finish

Theo Bos leads Hofland to the line for Belkin's second 1-2 finish
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Moreno Hofland (Belkin) enjoys his time in the yellow jersey in Tour of Hainan

Moreno Hofland (Belkin) enjoys his time in the yellow jersey in Tour of Hainan
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The peloton passes ruined buildings on stage 3

The peloton passes ruined buildings on stage 3
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The peloton passes ruined buildings on stage 3

The peloton passes ruined buildings on stage 3
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The peloton on stage 3

The peloton on stage 3
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The peloton on stage 3

The peloton on stage 3
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The peloton on stage 3

The peloton on stage 3
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The peloton on stage 3

The peloton on stage 3
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Spectators take in the Tour of Hainan

Spectators take in the Tour of Hainan
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The peloton on stage 3

The peloton on stage 3
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The breakaway getting caught on stage 3

The breakaway getting caught on stage 3
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The peloton on stage 3

The peloton on stage 3
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The breakaway on stage 3

The breakaway on stage 3
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The peloton on stage 3

The peloton on stage 3
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The peloton on stage 3

The peloton on stage 3
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The peloton on stage 3

The peloton on stage 3
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The peloton on stage 3

The peloton on stage 3
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The peloton on stage 3

The peloton on stage 3
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Belkin protects Hofland on stage 3

Belkin protects Hofland on stage 3
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Belkin stays attentive on stage 3

Belkin stays attentive on stage 3
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The peloton on stage 3

The peloton on stage 3
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The peloton on stage 3

The peloton on stage 3
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The breakaway on stage 3

The breakaway on stage 3
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The peloton on stage 3

The peloton on stage 3
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The peloton on stage 3

The peloton on stage 3
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Hofland kept the yellow jersey

Hofland kept the yellow jersey
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Moreno Hofland (Belkin) took another second to his teammate

Moreno Hofland (Belkin) took another second to his teammate
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The peloton on stage 3

The peloton on stage 3
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The podium on stage 3

The podium on stage 3
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Anuar Manan in the best Asian rider's jersey

Anuar Manan in the best Asian rider's jersey
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Stage 3 podium

Stage 3 podium
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Moreno Hofland (Belkin) in yellow in China

Moreno Hofland (Belkin) in yellow in China
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Moreno Hofland (Belkin) enjoys his time in the yellow jersey in Tour of Hainan

Moreno Hofland (Belkin) enjoys his time in the yellow jersey in Tour of Hainan
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Christopher Williams (Novo Nordisk)

Christopher Williams (Novo Nordisk)
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The Hong Kong team

The Hong Kong team
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An injured rider

An injured rider
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Li Fuyu leading the young Chinese riders in Heng Xiang Cycling Team

Li Fuyu leading the young Chinese riders in Heng Xiang Cycling Team
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Moreno Hofland (Belkin) in the leader's jersey

Moreno Hofland (Belkin) in the leader's jersey
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The start of stage 3 in Tour of Hainan

The start of stage 3 in Tour of Hainan
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Novo Nordisk rider signs in

Novo Nordisk rider signs in
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The start of stage 3

The start of stage 3
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Team Champion System

Team Champion System
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Bos, Hofland and Boom make three Belkins in the top four

Bos, Hofland and Boom make three Belkins in the top four
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Zhang Jingwei has leopard gloves

Zhang Jingwei has leopard gloves
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Stage 2 winner Theo Bos and race leader Moreno Hofland repeated their 1-2 on stage 3 in front of Guantang Hot Spring Leisure Center in Qionghai. This time around, the first non-Belkin rider on the line was Yuriy Metlushenko (Ukrainian national team), in third.

“It’s been a similar race as yesterday”, Bos described. “A breakaway went but not very early and only one of our guys, Marc Goos, was able to set the pace of the bunch and chase by himself.”

Helped for a while by Jabrayilov, Vasylyuk went solo and was 1:30 ahead of the peloton with 15km to go. He was first at the last intermediate sprint located 8km before the finishing line. Coming second, Anuar Manan of Synergy Baku took the time bonus he needed to lead the Asian riders classification again.

“But a stage win at the Tour of Hainan is my goal more than the blue jersey, which is hard to keep for a sprinter although the profile is not so bad this year”, Manan said. “I’ve won a stage at this race in 2008 and 2011, last year I got a second place. This year, there are a lot of strong sprinters but I think I can still win. I believe in myself and I believe in my team-mates.”

A split in the bunch added nine seconds more to his lead over previous blue jersey wearer Cheong King Wai from Hong Kong. For the same reason, runner up Frédéric Amorison dropped down in time (42 seconds) compared to Hofland and maintained his position by only one second over Tom Leezer, also from Belkin whose train seems to be hard to beat.

“Some other teams were looking for time bonus at the end, so the last 20km went pretty fast”, Bos explained. “But we managed to hit the front and put our train in place. Lars Boom capped it off and gave me the way really close to the finish. He made it easy for us. We could repeat the same tactic with Moreno [Hofland] following me.”

“If possible, one day I’ll try to pass Theo”, echoed the race leader with a smile. “But when he sprints over 50km/h, he’s hard to beat. Only if a finish is uphill, we can go for a different result. For now, we’re gonna keep the same tactic. I’m confident I can keep the yellow jersey in the hills [in stage 7 and 8] because I could climb well at the Tour of Beijing.”

Since he switched from track to road cycling after the Beijing Olympics, Bos had the goal to win one more race every year. At Le Tour de Langkawi in February this year, he said he was unsure of his target after he exceeded his expected score in 2012 with seven victories. Stage 2 of the Tour of Hainan saw him reaching eight wins during the 2013 season.

“It’s nice to break a record”, Bos concluded. “But maybe I should stop it there, otherwise I won’t know what to do next year. Anyway, we’ll try to get the most of this race as a team with winning more sprints and GC.”

Brief Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Theo Bos (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team3:19:34
2Moreno Hofland (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team
3Yuriy Metlushenko (Ukr) Ukraine
4Lars Boom (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team
5Justin Jules (Fra) La Pomme Marseille
6José Gonçalves (Por) La Pomme Marseille
7Michael Kurth (Ger) Team Quantec-Indeland
8Fabian Schnaidt (Ger) Champion System Pro Cycling Team
9Christoph Schweizer (Ger) Synergy Baku Cycling Project
10William Walker (Aus) Drapac Cycling

General classification after stage 3
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Moreno Hofland (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team9:22:33
2Frédéric Amorison (Bel) Crelan-Euphony0:00:42
3Thomas Leezer (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team0:00:43
4Fabian Schnaidt (Ger) Champion System Pro Cycling Team0:00:47
5William Walker (Aus) Drapac Cycling
6José Gonçalves (Por) La Pomme Marseille0:00:50
7Mykhailo Kononenko (Ukr) Ukraine
8Christopher Williams (Aus) Team Novo Nordisk0:00:56
9Theo Bos (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team0:00:58
10Adrian Honkisz (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice0:00:59
11Darío Hernández (Spa) Burgos BH-Castilla y Leon

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