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Bos takes final stage for Belkin

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The Belkin team protect Hofland on stage 8

The Belkin team protect Hofland on stage 8 (Image credit: Tour of Hainan 2013)
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Theo Bos (Belkin) wins the final stage ahead of a crash

Theo Bos (Belkin) wins the final stage ahead of a crash (Image credit: Tour of Hainan 2013)
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The final stage podium of the Tour of Hainan: Michael Kurth, Theo Bos and Rico Rogers

The final stage podium of the Tour of Hainan: Michael Kurth, Theo Bos and Rico Rogers (Image credit: Tour of Hainan 2013)
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Moreno Hofland (Belkin)

Moreno Hofland (Belkin) (Image credit: Tour of Hainan 2013)
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Moreno Hofland (Belkin) won the points jersey too

Moreno Hofland (Belkin) won the points jersey too (Image credit: Tour of Hainan 2013)
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CCC's Mateusz Taciak claimed the overall climber's jersey in Tour of Hainan

CCC's Mateusz Taciak claimed the overall climber's jersey in Tour of Hainan (Image credit: Tour of Hainan 2013)
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Jiao Pengda (Champion System) took the final best Asian rider jersey

Jiao Pengda (Champion System) took the final best Asian rider jersey (Image credit: Tour of Hainan 2013)
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The final podium of the Tour of Hainan

The final podium of the Tour of Hainan (Image credit: Tour of Hainan 2013)
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The breakaway would not succeed

The breakaway would not succeed (Image credit: Tour of Hainan 2013)
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Theo Bos wins ahead of the crash of Tom Palmer of Drapac, Andreas Müller and Benedikt Kendler from KTM

Theo Bos wins ahead of the crash of Tom Palmer of Drapac, Andreas Müller and Benedikt Kendler from KTM (Image credit: Tour of Hainan 2013)
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The start of the final Tour of Hainan stage

The start of the final Tour of Hainan stage (Image credit: Tour of Hainan 2013)
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Attackers Nikolay Mikhaylov of CCC Polsat and Li Fuyu from Hengxiang

Attackers Nikolay Mikhaylov of CCC Polsat and Li Fuyu from Hengxiang (Image credit: Tour of Hainan 2013)
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Moreno Hofland (Belkin) in yellow in China

Moreno Hofland (Belkin) in yellow in China (Image credit: Tour of Hainan 2013)
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Belkin in firm control at Tour of Hainan

Belkin in firm control at Tour of Hainan (Image credit: Tour of Hainan 2013)
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(Image credit: Guoqiang Song)
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Jiao Pengda (Champion System) was best Asian rider

Jiao Pengda (Champion System) was best Asian rider (Image credit: Guoqiang Song)
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Moreno Hofland pleased with his overall victory in Tour of Hainan

Moreno Hofland pleased with his overall victory in Tour of Hainan (Image credit: Guoqiang Song)
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Moreno Hofland (Belkin)

Moreno Hofland (Belkin) (Image credit: Guoqiang Song)
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Riders on the ground after the finish of the final stage

Riders on the ground after the finish of the final stage (Image credit: Guoqiang Song)
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Theo Bos (Belkin) en route to his sixth win

Theo Bos (Belkin) en route to his sixth win (Image credit: Guoqiang Song)
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Riders crash behind stage winner Theo Bos

Riders crash behind stage winner Theo Bos (Image credit: Guoqiang Song)
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A crash marred the sprint on the final Tour of Hainan stage

A crash marred the sprint on the final Tour of Hainan stage (Image credit: Guoqiang Song)

Never before has a cycling team won all stages and the overall classification in a UCI hors-category event until Belkin swept all nine stages and the general classification of the 8th Tour of Hainan that came to a conclusion at Chengmai Old Town. At the end of a tumultuous bunch gallop, Theo Bos grabbed his sixth victory of the week while three-time stage winner Moreno Hofland was crowned overall champion.

"It's great, great!," Hofland exulted. "In the first couple of days at the Tour of Hainan, I started thinking that it would be nice to win this race. I chased time bonus and my gap to the second rider on GC [Belgium's Frédéric Amorison] kept growing, so I made it! I'm very happy. The Tour of Hainan will always be special for me because it'll remain my first pro win for ever."

Attackers Nikolay Mikhaylov of CCC Polsat and Li Fuyu from Hengxiang went away from the bunch after only seven kilometers and were rejoined later by Synergy Baku's Elchin Asadov. The trio got caught with 10km to go and the finale was marred by two crashes: the Belkin train derailed as lead-out men Jos van Emden and Tom Leezer went down with 500 metres to go and three riders (Tom Palmer of Drapac, Andreas Müller and Benedikt Kendler from KTM) crashed as they were crossing the finishing line fighting for places behind Bos and Rico Rogers of Synergy Baku. Michael Kurth of Team Quantec-Indeland closed in third position.

"We lost two men because they passed in a big crack on the road," Bos described, "but Moreno didn't hesitate at all. He led me out. 350 metres before the line, he brought me in a good position. With 150m to go, I started my sprint. I had a mechanical problem with my chain dropping but I had enough speed to bring the victory home."

"As our sponsor said, this is a unique moment for Belkin," Bos continued. "No cycling team has done that before. But we're not the first big team coming to the Tour of Hainan. Argos-Shimano, Astana and other Pro Teams have taken part in this race in the past but they haven't delivered as much as we did. We came with a very well balanced team to achieve that.

"In hilly stages when I was not up there anymore, Moreno was still in the group and the fastest of them all. We're really proud of what we've done. Some people said it wasn't fair or it's been boring but we've done our job in the most professional way we could. We've taken the Tour of Hainan very seriously. We've also worked for our future with learning about our sprint train. We'll take that into next year."

The Tour of Hainan has given the former track star an opportunity to win more than ever since he switched to road cycling after the Beijing Olympics. Moreover, the Chinese event has marked the birth of a champion. Hofland, 22, has the profile of a future very successful cyclist.

"Winning here will give me a lot of morale now to train hard for next year and improve my cycling," the young Dutchman said. "Here, I've learned how to organize a sprint train, how to deal with the yellow jersey and how to win again because as a young professional, it's rare to win like in the junior ranks. This is very good for my confidence. I'm on the right way to be a good rider, I hope."

Hainan will remain in the mind of many cycling fans as the Tour of Belkin.

Brief Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Theo Bos (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team3:37:01
2Rico Dene Thomas Rogers (Aus) Synergy Baku Cycling Project
3Michael Kurth (Ger) Team Quantec-Indeland
4Andreas Mueller (Aut) Arbö Gebrüder Weiss-Oberndorfer
5Kevin Peeters (Bel) Crelan-Euphony
6Thomas Palmer (Aus) Drapac Cycling
7Andris Smirnovs (Lat) Rietumu-Delfin
8Mykhailo Kononenko (Ukr) Ukraine
9Justin Jules (Fra) La Pomme Marseille
10Yuriy Metlushenko (Ukr) Ukraine
11Moreno Hofland (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team

Final general classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Moreno Hofland (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team33:44:00
2Frédéric Amorison (Bel) Crelan-Euphony0:01:07
3Thomas Leezer (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team0:01:14
4Jos Van Emden (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team0:01:17
5William Walker (Aus) Drapac Cycling0:01:21
6Mykhailo Kononenko (Ukr) Ukraine0:01:22
7Adrian Honkisz (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice0:01:24
8Darío Hernández (Spa) Burgos BH-Castilla y Leon0:01:31
9Volodymyr Zagorodnyi (Ukr) Ukraine0:01:35
10Darren Lapthorne (Aus) Drapac Cycling

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