Tour of Hainan: Antomarchi takes overall victory

The final stage of the ninth edition of the Tour of Hainan was a spectacular one with a trio of attackers resisting the return of the peloton in the finale. Dutchman Wouter Wippert of Drapac won ahead of Adrian Kurek (CCC Polsat) and Taras Voropayev (Vino4ever). while Julien Antomarchi became the first Frenchman to claim the Tour of Hainan overall.

“Firstly, I was racing for third place in the points classification,” Wippert explained. “I needed to score more points so instead of waiting for the final sprint, I decided to go away before the first intermediate sprint. We [the top three riders at the finishing line plus Ho Burr from Hong Kong] almost got caught after that but someone stopped pulling the bunch and we stayed away. I heard we only had a 20-second lead with 2km to go but we kept going. The Kazakh rider attacked 500 metres from the line. I was the second guy to follow and I sprinted with 250 metres to go.”

“I think we have underestimated the breakaway a little bit,” said Lampre-Merida’s Niccolo Bonifazio who remains, however, the big revelation of the Tour of Hainan, having bagged three stage wins and the points classification. “In the last few kilometres, the guys at the front rode really strongly. During the stage, we shared the turns with La Pomme Marseille and we did all the work at the end but it was still not enough.”

Wippert was lucky to be away with Kurek, a Polish rouleur who always gives it all in the escapes. “With the headwind in the finale, I didn’t have any possibility to ride away solo,” said the tall rider from CCC Polsat. “It was really not easy to survive and resist the return of the peloton. I was ahead with 400 metres to go. I took risks but I did all I could for my team. Anyway, there was not much more I could do against a pure sprinter like Wippert.”

This was Wippert’s ninth win of the year, most of them having been claimed in Asia, despite a break of two months in the middle of the season due to illness. “I came back for the Tour of China and the Tour of Hainan,” the Dutchman said. “It feels so good to win the last race of the season. There’s good racing in Asia. It’s different from Europe but it’s not easy at all to win. I had signed with [Australian Pro Continental team] Drapac for two years and I’m happy to stay with the team next year. Hopefully, we’ll come back to the Tour of Hainan.”

Another rider who’d really like to come back to the Chinese island is Antomarchi but at this stage he’s got no guarantee of having a contract with a professional cycling team in 2015. “This is my first ever victory in a stage race overall,” the 30-year-old Frenchman noted. “It’s a great one, in a very well organized HC race. This is a big step in my career and I hope it’s not the end.

“I wasn’t a favourite before the start because of the three Pro Teams (Astana, Belkin and Lampre-Merida) in contention and I was also not sure of my own shape. I was kind of lucky to win stage 4 as logically the bunch should have caught me but it gave me the time bonus I needed to secure the lead in the queen stage. Tactically, we’ve worked really well as a team. It’s a surprise that I’ve won but it’s a nice surprise.”

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Wouter Wippert (Ned) Drapac Professional Cycling4:09:38
2Adrian Kurek (Pol) CCC Polsat PolkowiceRow 1 - Cell 2
3Taras Voropayev (Kaz) Vino 4EverRow 2 - Cell 2
4Hariff Salleh (Mas) Terengganu Cycling TeamRow 3 - Cell 2
5Burr Ho (HKg) Hong KongRow 4 - Cell 2
6Roberto Ferrari (Ita) Lampre-MeridaRow 5 - Cell 2
7Ruslan Tleubayev (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 6 - Cell 2
8Jonathan Cantwell (Aus) Drapac Professional CyclingRow 7 - Cell 2
9Yuriy Metlushenko (Ukr) UkraineRow 8 - Cell 2
10Ondrej Rybin (Cze) ASC Dukla PrahaRow 9 - Cell 2
11Arman Kamyshev (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 10 - Cell 2
12Alois Kankovsky (Cze) ASC Dukla PrahaRow 11 - Cell 2
13Maxim Averin (Aze) Synergy Baku Cycling ProjectRow 12 - Cell 2
14Freddy Excelino Gonzalez Martinez (Col) RTS-Santic Racing TeamRow 13 - Cell 2
15Moreno Hofland (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling TeamRow 14 - Cell 2
16Justin Jules (Fra) La Pomme MarseilleRow 15 - Cell 2
17Domingos André Maciel Gonçalves (Por) La Pomme MarseilleRow 16 - Cell 2
18Federico Butto (Ita) Burgos-BHRow 17 - Cell 2
19Sergey Vlassenko (Kaz) Vino 4EverRow 18 - Cell 2
20Mohd Shahrul Mat Amin (Mas) Terengganu Cycling TeamRow 19 - Cell 2
21Mohammad Saufi Mat Senan (Mas) Terengganu Cycling TeamRow 20 - Cell 2
22Andrea Peron (Ita) Team Novo NordiskRow 21 - Cell 2
23Siu Wai Ko (HKg) Hong KongRow 22 - Cell 2
24Ahmet Akdylek (Tur) Torku SekersporRow 23 - Cell 2
25Samir Jabrayilov (Aze) Synergy Baku Cycling ProjectRow 24 - Cell 2
26Ibai Salas (Spa) Burgos-BHRow 25 - Cell 2
27José Gonçalves (Por) La Pomme MarseilleRow 26 - Cell 2
28Feng Qiao (Chn) China Hainan HNB - Yindongli Cycling TeamRow 27 - Cell 2
29Oleksandr Surutkovych (Ukr) Synergy Baku Cycling ProjectRow 28 - Cell 2
30Nicolas Lefrancois (Fra) Team Novo NordiskRow 29 - Cell 2
31Oleg Zemlyakov (Kaz) Vino 4EverRow 30 - Cell 2
32Graeme Brown (Aus) Belkin Pro Cycling TeamRow 31 - Cell 2
33Julien El Fares (Fra) La Pomme MarseilleRow 32 - Cell 2
34Fatih Keles (Tur) Torku SekersporRow 33 - Cell 2
35Moises Duenas Nevado (Spa) Burgos-BHRow 34 - Cell 2
36Julien Antomarchi (Fra) La Pomme MarseilleRow 35 - Cell 2
37Andrey Zeits (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 36 - Cell 2
38Artyom Zakharov (Kaz) Vino 4EverRow 37 - Cell 2
39Niccolo Bonifazio (Ita) Lampre-MeridaRow 38 - Cell 2
40Dmitriy Gruzdev (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 39 - Cell 2
41Sergiy Grechyn (Ukr) UkraineRow 40 - Cell 2
42Lukasz Owsian (Pol) CCC Polsat PolkowiceRow 41 - Cell 2
43Lijun Bai (Chn) Giant-Champion System Pro CyclingRow 42 - Cell 2
44Wei Kei Chang (Tpe) RTS-Santic Racing TeamRow 43 - Cell 2
45Bekir Baki Akirsan (Tur) Torku SekersporRow 44 - Cell 2
46Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre-MeridaRow 45 - Cell 2
47Vojtech Hacecky (Cze) ASC Dukla PrahaRow 46 - Cell 2
48Yuriy Agarkov (Ukr) UkraineRow 47 - Cell 2
49Elchin Asadov (Aze) Synergy Baku Cycling ProjectRow 48 - Cell 2
50Feritcan Samli (Tur) Torku SekersporRow 49 - Cell 2
51Alvaro Robredo Crespo (Spa) Burgos-BHRow 50 - Cell 2
52Meiyin Wang (Chn) Hengxiang Cycling TeamRow 51 - Cell 2
53Volodymyr Zagorodniy (Ukr) UkraineRow 52 - Cell 2
54Stepan Astafyev (Kaz) Vino 4EverRow 53 - Cell 2
55Dario Hernandez (Spa) Burgos-BHRow 54 - Cell 2
56Diego Leon Cuervo Zambraro (Spa) Burgos-BHRow 55 - Cell 2
57Enver Asanov (Aze) Synergy Baku Cycling ProjectRow 56 - Cell 2
58Nick Van Der Lijke (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling TeamRow 57 - Cell 2
59Ying Chuan Gu (Chn) Giant-Champion System Pro CyclingRow 58 - Cell 2
60Bakhtiyar Kozhatayev (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 59 - Cell 2
61Milan Kadlec (Cze) ASC Dukla PrahaRow 60 - Cell 2
62Victor Nino Corredor (Col) RTS-Santic Racing TeamRow 61 - Cell 2
63Ching Ying Mow (HKg) Hong KongRow 62 - Cell 2
64Chun Wing Leung (HKg) Hong KongRow 63 - Cell 2
65Xiaoyong Dong (Chn) Qinghai Tianyoude - BH Cycling TeamRow 64 - Cell 2
66Thomas Leezer (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling TeamRow 65 - Cell 2
67Volodymyr Kogut (Ukr) UkraineRow 66 - Cell 2
68Scott Ambrose (NZl) Team Novo NordiskRow 67 - Cell 2
69Dmitriy Lukyanov (Kaz) Vino 4EverRow 68 - Cell 2
70Andrea Palini (Ita) Lampre-MeridaRow 69 - Cell 2
71Mateusz Taciak (Pol) CCC Polsat PolkowiceRow 70 - Cell 2
72Alexandr Shushemoin (Kaz) Vino 4EverRow 71 - Cell 2
73Christopher Williams (Aus) Team Novo NordiskRow 72 - Cell 2
74Nikolay Mihaylov (Bul) CCC Polsat PolkowiceRow 73 - Cell 2
75Branislau Samoilau (Blr) CCC Polsat PolkowiceRow 74 - Cell 2
76Roman Furst (Cze) ASC Dukla Praha0:00:11
77Martin Blaha (Cze) ASC Dukla PrahaRow 76 - Cell 2
78Jianpeng Liu (Chn) Hengxiang Cycling TeamRow 77 - Cell 2
79Travis Meyer (Aus) Drapac Professional CyclingRow 78 - Cell 2
80Jordan Kerby (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling0:00:20
81Lok Chun Wu (HKg) Hong Kong0:00:29
82Zhikang Gao (Chn) Hengxiang Cycling Team0:00:36
83Bo Wang (Chn) Hengxiang Cycling TeamRow 82 - Cell 2
84Mohd Zamri Saleh (Mas) Terengganu Cycling TeamRow 83 - Cell 2
85Anwar Azis Muhd Shaiful (Mas) Terengganu Cycling TeamRow 84 - Cell 2
86Peilun Wu (Chn) Qinghai Tianyoude - BH Cycling Team0:00:38
87Zhang Zheng (Chn) Hengxiang Cycling Team0:00:42
88Matteo Bono (Ita) Lampre-Merida0:00:44
89Gang Xu (Chn) Lampre-Merida0:00:47
90Mohd Nor Umardi Rosdi (Mas) Terengganu Cycling TeamRow 89 - Cell 2
91Yi Hui Ni (Chn) Giant-Champion System Pro Cycling0:00:48
92Alexsandr Dyachenko (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 91 - Cell 2
93Ho San Chiu (HKg) Hong KongRow 92 - Cell 2
94Dennis Van Winden (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team0:02:41
95Adrian Honkisz (Pol) CCC Polsat PolkowiceRow 94 - Cell 2
96Jan Kraus (Cze) ASC Dukla Praha0:03:54
97Jetse Bol (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling TeamRow 96 - Cell 2
98Thomas Rostollan (Fra) La Pomme Marseille0:04:40
99Fethullah Köse (Tur) Torku Sekerspor0:07:24
100Paulius Siskevicius (Ltu) La Pomme Marseille0:07:56
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Final general classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Julien Antomarchi (Fra) La Pomme Marseille35:02:00
2Niccolo Bonifazio (Ita) Lampre-Merida0:00:22
3Andrey Zeits (Kaz) Astana Pro Team0:00:25
4José Gonçalves (Por) La Pomme Marseille0:01:06
5Julien El Fares (Fra) La Pomme Marseille0:01:10
6Alexsandr Dyachenko (Kaz) Astana Pro Team0:01:11
7Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre-Merida0:01:13
8Meiyin Wang (Chn) Hengxiang Cycling Team0:01:26
9Nick Van Der Lijke (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team0:01:27
10Moises Duenas Nevado (Spa) Burgos-BHRow 9 - Cell 2
11Lukasz Owsian (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice0:01:39
12Elchin Asadov (Aze) Synergy Baku Cycling Project0:01:43
13Nikolay Mihaylov (Bul) CCC Polsat Polkowice0:01:45
14Volodymyr Zagorodniy (Ukr) UkraineRow 13 - Cell 2
15Arman Kamyshev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team0:02:17
16Sergiy Grechyn (Ukr) Ukraine0:02:28
17Thomas Leezer (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team0:02:29
18Roberto Ferrari (Ita) Lampre-Merida0:03:03
19Victor Nino Corredor (Col) RTS-Santic Racing Team0:03:29
20Oleksandr Surutkovych (Ukr) Synergy Baku Cycling Project0:04:13
21Alexandr Shushemoin (Kaz) Vino 4Ever0:04:50
22Ibai Salas (Spa) Burgos-BH0:04:56
23Oleg Zemlyakov (Kaz) Vino 4Ever0:05:09
24Adrian Honkisz (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice0:06:16
25Mohd Shahrul Mat Amin (Mas) Terengganu Cycling Team0:07:58
26Samir Jabrayilov (Aze) Synergy Baku Cycling Project0:08:06
27Stepan Astafyev (Kaz) Vino 4Ever0:08:13
28Ying Chuan Gu (Chn) Giant-Champion System Pro Cycling0:09:46
29Diego Leon Cuervo Zambraro (Spa) Burgos-BH0:10:02
30Artyom Zakharov (Kaz) Vino 4Ever0:10:33
31Justin Jules (Fra) La Pomme Marseille0:10:56
32Maxim Averin (Aze) Synergy Baku Cycling Project0:11:07
33Wei Kei Chang (Tpe) RTS-Santic Racing Team0:11:36
34Branislau Samoilau (Blr) CCC Polsat Polkowice0:11:57
35Matteo Bono (Ita) Lampre-MeridaRow 34 - Cell 2
36Taras Voropayev (Kaz) Vino 4Ever0:12:01
37Volodymyr Kogut (Ukr) Ukraine0:12:18
38Mateusz Taciak (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice0:12:35
39Fatih Keles (Tur) Torku Sekerspor0:12:38
40Bakhtiyar Kozhatayev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team0:14:16
41Freddy Excelino Gonzalez Martinez (Col) RTS-Santic Racing Team0:14:29
42Sergey Vlassenko (Kaz) Vino 4Ever0:14:33
43Adrian Kurek (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice0:15:01
44Dmitriy Lukyanov (Kaz) Vino 4Ever0:15:05
45Gang Xu (Chn) Lampre-Merida0:15:18
46Andrea Palini (Ita) Lampre-Merida0:16:35
47Ruslan Tleubayev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team0:17:13
48Ahmet Akdylek (Tur) Torku Sekerspor0:18:09
49Jordan Kerby (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling0:19:46
50Jonathan Cantwell (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling0:20:04
51Moreno Hofland (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling TeamRow 50 - Cell 2
52Andrea Peron (Ita) Team Novo Nordisk0:20:17
53Domingos André Maciel Gonçalves (Por) La Pomme MarseilleRow 52 - Cell 2
54Travis Meyer (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling0:20:25
55Jianpeng Liu (Chn) Hengxiang Cycling Team0:20:41
56Mohammad Saufi Mat Senan (Mas) Terengganu Cycling Team0:21:51
57Dario Hernandez (Spa) Burgos-BH0:22:34
58Wouter Wippert (Ned) Drapac Professional Cycling0:22:38
59Bekir Baki Akirsan (Tur) Torku Sekerspor0:22:50
60Scott Ambrose (NZl) Team Novo Nordisk0:23:40
61Federico Butto (Ita) Burgos-BH0:24:24
62Alois Kankovsky (Cze) ASC Dukla Praha0:24:28
63Alvaro Robredo Crespo (Spa) Burgos-BHRow 62 - Cell 2
64Dmitriy Gruzdev (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 63 - Cell 2
65Graeme Brown (Aus) Belkin Pro Cycling Team0:24:52
66Dennis Van Winden (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team0:25:18
67Lijun Bai (Chn) Giant-Champion System Pro Cycling0:25:59
68Enver Asanov (Aze) Synergy Baku Cycling Project0:26:17
69Zhikang Gao (Chn) Hengxiang Cycling Team0:26:40
70Yuriy Metlushenko (Ukr) Ukraine0:28:26
71Christopher Williams (Aus) Team Novo Nordisk0:29:50
72Burr Ho (HKg) Hong Kong0:30:02
73Thomas Rostollan (Fra) La Pomme Marseille0:30:18
74Jetse Bol (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team0:30:45
75Feng Qiao (Chn) China Hainan HNB - Yindongli Cycling Team0:31:28
76Nicolas Lefrancois (Fra) Team Novo Nordisk0:32:09
77Martin Blaha (Cze) ASC Dukla Praha0:32:11
78Roman Furst (Cze) ASC Dukla Praha0:32:43
79Feritcan Samli (Tur) Torku Sekerspor0:32:51
80Ondrej Rybin (Cze) ASC Dukla Praha0:33:34
81Ho San Chiu (HKg) Hong Kong0:33:43
82Mohd Zamri Saleh (Mas) Terengganu Cycling Team0:34:19
83Hariff Salleh (Mas) Terengganu Cycling Team0:34:28
84Jan Kraus (Cze) ASC Dukla Praha0:34:35
85Mohd Nor Umardi Rosdi (Mas) Terengganu Cycling Team0:35:17
86Milan Kadlec (Cze) ASC Dukla Praha0:35:25
87Yuriy Agarkov (Ukr) Ukraine0:35:51
88Vojtech Hacecky (Cze) ASC Dukla Praha0:36:03
89Ching Ying Mow (HKg) Hong Kong0:36:05
90Chun Wing Leung (HKg) Hong Kong0:36:43
91Peilun Wu (Chn) Qinghai Tianyoude - BH Cycling TeamRow 90 - Cell 2
92Lok Chun Wu (HKg) Hong Kong0:37:35
93Xiaoyong Dong (Chn) Qinghai Tianyoude - BH Cycling Team0:39:33
94Anwar Azis Muhd Shaiful (Mas) Terengganu Cycling Team0:40:11
95Bo Wang (Chn) Hengxiang Cycling Team0:40:24
96Zhang Zheng (Chn) Hengxiang Cycling Team0:40:42
97Siu Wai Ko (HKg) Hong Kong0:45:04
98Paulius Siskevicius (Ltu) La Pomme Marseille0:45:19
99Yi Hui Ni (Chn) Giant-Champion System Pro Cycling0:47:18
100Fethullah Köse (Tur) Torku Sekerspor0:57:49

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