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Mareczko strikes again in first sprint finish

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Jakub Mareczko (Wilier-Southeast) wins stage one at the Tour of Taihu Lake

Jakub Mareczko (Wilier-Southeast) wins stage one at the Tour of Taihu Lake
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The riders line-up for the start

The riders line-up for the start
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They're off!

They're off!
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Jakub Mareczko (Wilier-Southeast) takes centre stage on the podium

Jakub Mareczko (Wilier-Southeast) takes centre stage on the podium
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Oleksandr Golovash (Minsk Cycling Club) in the leader's jersey

Oleksandr Golovash (Minsk Cycling Club) in the leader's jersey
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Jakub Mareczko (Wilier-Southeast) took the green points jersey

Jakub Mareczko (Wilier-Southeast) took the green points jersey
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Nicolas Marini (Nippo-Vini Fantini), Jakub Mareczko (Wilier-Southeast) and Marco Zanotti (Parkhotel Valkenburg) on the podium

Nicolas Marini (Nippo-Vini Fantini), Jakub Mareczko (Wilier-Southeast) and Marco Zanotti (Parkhotel Valkenburg) on the podium
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Defending champion and seven times stage winner in 2015 Jakub Mareczko (Wilier-Southeast) sprinted to victory just like a year ago on the same finish line of Wuxi Binhu at the end of the opening stage of the Tour of Taihu Lake in China.

The Italian of fended off compatriots Nicolas Marini from Nippo-Vini Fantini and Parkhotel Valkenburg's Marco Zanotti to win the sprint finish, while prologue winner Oleksandr Golovash from Minsk Cycling Club retained the orange leader's jersey. Mareczko moved into the lead in the points classification, which is his goal this year, as the seventh edition of the Tour of Taihu Lake is no longer a purely flat affair.

"It was a good sprint for me", Mareczko declared. "I got a perfect position with two kilometres to go. Earlier on, I tried to go for the intermediate sprints to chase points and time bonuses ahead of the coming stages. I'd like to get the leader's jersey for at least one day. The team prepared very well for the sprint with Rafael Andriato leading me out until 200 metres to go. This win means we can aim for more."

With a lot of riders on the hunt for the intermediate sprints, the first road stage was a very fast race with a lot of attacks but no breakaway really until Thomas Vaubourzeix of Delko Marseille-Provence-KTM rode away 30km from the finish with Muradjan Halmuratov from Beijing-Innova. Their advantage was only fifty seconds with 20km to go. Interestingly, Vaubourzeix's team-mate Sofiane Mérignat attacked from the bunch at the 15km to go mark.

Three kilometers further, Halmuratov was back in the pack while Vitalii Popkov, a Russian rider with Chinese continental outfit Lvshan Landscape, replaced him at the front. Vaubourzeix secured the most aggressive rider price of the day as he forged on until six kilometres to go. Future WorldTour rider Wang Meiyin, who will join Bahrain-Merida next year, gave a good show for Wisdom-Hengxiang with five kilometres to go but a bunch sprint finish was inevitable and it looked like an easy win for Mareczko who took the bronze medal at the recent under 23 world championship in Doha, Qatar.

His main rival Marini didn't have the best preparation for the Tour of Taihu Lake and so was satisfied with second place.

"I haven't raced for one and half month, since when the Tour of China finished", the Nippo-Vini Fantini rider explained.

"My condition isn't at its best. But I take this second place as a positive result. Riccardo Stacchiotti led me out at perfection. I took Mareczko's slipstream but I never managed to pass him. As I'm getting back into shape, I hope to do better in the coming days. This is my first time at the Tour of Taihu Lake, it's very well organized, so I want to get something out of it."

"Third is also a good result for me", echoed Zanotti. "I'm happy. It was difficult to beat Mareczko today but I'll try to do better when the course will be a bit harder. Today we always rode at 50km/h and we arrived ahead of schedule."

Mareczko and Zanotti have been training partners for ten years on a daily basis as they live just three kilometres apart in Brescia while Marini is only 30km up the road. Stage two from Huzhou-Changxing to Taihu Tourist Resort-Wuxing in the Zhejiang province will showcase the famous Luna Hotel in front of which another bunch sprint is expect before the hilly finish on stage 3 in Anji. 

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jakub Mareczko (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Southeast2:20:46
2Nicolas Marini (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini
3Marco Zanotti (Ita) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team
4Luke Parker (Aus) Attaque Team Gusto
5Maris Bogdanovics (Lat) Rietumu-Delfin
6Leonardo Fabio Duque (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence Ktm
7Massimo Graziato (Ita) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team
8Eduard Michael Grosu (Rom) Nippo - Vini Fantini
9Yuriy Metlushenko (Ukr) Jilun - Shakeland Cycling Team
10Zhao Jingbiao (Chn) Hengxiang Cycling Team
11Cristopher Mansilla Almonacid (Chi) Start Vaxes - Partizan Cycling Team
12Siarhei Papok (Blr) Minsk Cycling Club
13Simin Adamek (Cze) Team Dukla Praha
14Maksym Vasilyev (Ukr) Team Lvshan Landscape
15Rik Van Ijzendoorn (Ned) Team Novo Nordisk
16Milan Veltman (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team
17Martijn Verschoor (Ned) Team Novo Nordisk
18Dusan Kalaba (Srb) Start Vaxes - Partizan Cycling Team
19Quentin Valognes (Fra) Team Novo Nordisk
20Burr Ho (HKg) Hksi Pro Cycling Team
21Ben Hill (Aus) Attaque Team Gusto
22Armands Becis (Lat) Rietumu-Delfin
23Yehor Dementyev (Ukr) Isd - Jorbi Continental Team
24Feng Qiao (Chn) /Ning Xia Sports Lottery Livall Cycling Team
25Artem Tesler (Ukr) Team Lvshan Landscape
26Kwun Wa Law (HKg) Hksi Pro Cycling Team
27Erdenesuren Munkhtulga (Mgl) /Ning Xia Sports Lottery Livall Cycling Team
28Sergey Medvedev (Uzb) Beijing Xds-Innova Cycling Team
29Juntao Meng (Chn) Team Lvshan Landscape
30Artur Tsvetkov (Ukr) Team Lvshan Landscape
31Gabriel Machado Da Silva (Bra) Funvic Soul Cycles - Carrefour
32Emils Liepins (Lat) Rietumu-Delfin
33Sofiane Merignat (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence Ktm
34Gerd De Keijzer (Ned) Team Novo Nordisk
35Deins Kanepejs (Lat) Rietumu-Delfin
36Chunlong Zhang (Chn) /Ning Xia Sports Lottery Livall Cycling Team
37Zhang Zheng (Chn) Hengxiang Cycling Team
38Rafael Andriato (Bra) Wilier Triestina-Southeast
39Peeter Pruus (Est) Rietumu-Delfin
40Yong Jian Wu (Chn) Jilun - Shakeland Cycling Team
41Hiu Fung Choy (HKg) Hksi Pro Cycling Team
42Lucas De Rossi (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence Ktm
43Ondrej Vendolsy (Cze) Team Dukla Praha
44Roberto Pinheiro Da Silva (Bra) Funvic Soul Cycles - Carrefour
45Volodymyr Gomenyuk (Ukr) Team Lvshan Landscape
46Francisco Chamorro (Arg) Funvic Soul Cycles - Carrefour
47Karim Khorrami (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Ccn Team
48Francisco Jarley Colorado Hernandez (Col) Rts - Santic Racing Team
49Tino Thömel (Ger) Rts - Santic Racing Team
50Ruslan Karimov (Uzb) Rts - Santic Racing Team
51Martz Alder (USA) Attaque Team Gusto
52Abolfazl Nazari Daghalian (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Ccn Team
53Riccardo Stacchiotti (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini
54Valerii Taradai (Ukr) Isd - Jorbi Continental Team
55Konrad Tomasiak (Pol) Start Vaxes - Partizan Cycling Team
56Akramjon Sunnatov (Uzb) Beijing Xds-Innova Cycling Team
57Yonder Godoy (Ven) Wilier Triestina-Southeast
58Behnam Ariyan (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Ccn Team
59Alex Diniz Correia (Bra) Funvic Soul Cycles - Carrefour
60Cameron Bayly (Aus) Attaque Team Gusto
61Andris Vosekalns (Lat) Rietumu-Delfin
62Carlos Alexandre Manarelli (Bra) Funvic Soul Cycles - Carrefour
63Sven Van Luijk (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team
64Rene Corella (Mex) Start Vaxes - Partizan Cycling Team
65Altanzul Altansukh (Mgl) /Ning Xia Sports Lottery Livall Cycling Team
66Darcy Ellerm-Norton (NZl) St George Merida Cycling Team
67Mehdi Rajabi (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Ccn Team
68Matthias Van Aken (Bel) Start Vaxes - Partizan Cycling Team
69Jan Andrej Cully (Svk) Dukla Banska Bystrica
70Wen Chung Huang (Tpe) Attaque Team Gusto
71Ali Khademi (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Ccn Team
72Nicholas Woods (Aus) St George Merida Cycling Team
73Patrik Tybor (Svk) Dukla Banska Bystrica
74Christopher Williams (Aus) Team Novo Nordisk
75Brodie Talbot (Aus) St George Merida Cycling Team
76Matyáš Strupek (Cze) Team Dukla Praha
77Giuseppe Fonzi (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Southeast
78Vladyslav Kreminskyi (Ukr) Isd - Jorbi Continental Team
79Vitalii Popkov (Rus) Team Lvshan Landscape
80Manabu Ishibashi (Jpn) Nippo - Vini Fantini
81Timur Maleev (Ukr) Isd - Jorbi Continental Team
82Alireza Asgharzadeh (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Ccn Team
83Jozef Palcak (Svk) Dukla Banska Bystrica
84Benjamin Harvey (Aus) St George Merida Cycling Team
85Thomas Rabou (Ned) Hengxiang Cycling Team
86Rinat Udod (Ukr) Isd - Jorbi Continental Team
87Meiyin Wang (Chn) Hengxiang Cycling Team
88Ma Guangtong (Chn) Hengxiang Cycling Team
89Ying Hon Yeung (HKg) Hengxiang Cycling Team
90Muradjan Halmuratov (Uzb) Beijing Xds-Innova Cycling Team
91Michal Kesl (Cze) Team Dukla Praha
92Matteo Draperi (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Southeast
93Enkhtaivan Bolor-Erdene (Mgl) /Ning Xia Sports Lottery Livall Cycling Team
94Juraj Lajcha (Svk) Dukla Banska Bystrica
95Vladimir Lopez (Col) /Ning Xia Sports Lottery Livall Cycling Team
96Anton Ivashkin (Blr) Minsk Cycling Club
97Yauhen Sobal (Blr) Minsk Cycling Club
98Peter Schulting (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team
99Ho San Chiu (HKg) Hksi Pro Cycling Team
100Jay Dutton (Aus) St George Merida Cycling Team
101Ilya* Davidenok (Kaz) Rts - Santic Racing Team
102Oleksandr Golovash (Ukr) Minsk Cycling Club
103Wan Yau Lau (HKg) Hksi Pro Cycling Team
104Adne Van Engelen (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team
105Ka Hoo Fung (HKg) Hksi Pro Cycling Team
106Guy Kalma (Aus) Attaque Team Gusto
107Kristian Zimany (Svk) Dukla Banska Bystrica
108Oleksii Kasianov (Ukr) Jilun - Shakeland Cycling Team
109Patrick Sharpe (Aus) St George Merida Cycling Team
110Cristobal Olavarria (Chi) Jilun - Shakeland Cycling Team
111Dilmurdjon Siddikov (Uzb) Beijing Xds-Innova Cycling Team
112Sergiy Grechyn (Ukr) Jilun - Shakeland Cycling Team
113Murilo Affonso (Bra) Funvic Soul Cycles - Carrefour
114Thomas Vaubourzeix (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence Ktm
115Dostonbek Ollamov (Uzb) Beijing Xds-Innova Cycling Team
116Kanstantsin Klimiankou (Blr) Minsk Cycling Club
117Corentin Cherhal (Fra) Team Novo Nordisk
118Jefferson Rueda Tobon (Col) Jilun - Shakeland Cycling Team
119Roman Seliversov (Ukr) Isd - Jorbi Continental Team
120Daniele Colli (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini
121Stanislau Bazhkou (Blr) Minsk Cycling Club
122Victor Nino Corredor (Col) Rts - Santic Racing Team
123Abdullojon Akparov (Uzb) Beijing Xds-Innova Cycling Team
124Michal Kohout (Cze) Team Dukla Praha
125Mauricio Ortega Ramirez (Col) Rts - Santic Racing Team
126Jan Kraus (Cze) Team Dukla Praha
127Genki Yamamoto (Jpn) Nippo - Vini Fantini
128Tomas Harag (Svk) Dukla Banska Bystrica0:00:19
129Mirko Tedeschi (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Southeast0:01:02
130Jos Koop (Ned) Start Vaxes - Partizan Cycling Team0:11:06

General classification after stage 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Oleksandr Golovash (Ukr) Minsk Cycling Club2:27:58
2Karim Khorrami (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Ccn Team0:00:04
3Cameron Bayly (Aus) Attaque Team Gusto
4Riccardo Stacchiotti (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini0:00:05
5Yonder Godoy (Ven) Wilier Triestina-Southeast0:00:06
6Jakub Mareczko (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Southeast0:00:07
7Nicolas Marini (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini
8Ilya* Davidenok (Kaz) Rts - Santic Racing Team
9Peeter Pruus (Est) Rietumu-Delfin0:00:08
10Giuseppe Fonzi (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Southeast0:00:09
11Patrik Tybor (Svk) Dukla Banska Bystrica
12Christopher Williams (Aus) Team Novo Nordisk
13Timur Maleev (Ukr) Isd - Jorbi Continental Team0:00:10
14Zhao Jingbiao (Chn) Hengxiang Cycling Team
15Meiyin Wang (Chn) Hengxiang Cycling Team
16Deins Kanepejs (Lat) Rietumu-Delfin
17Ben Hill (Aus) Attaque Team Gusto0:00:11
18Tino Thömel (Ger) Rts - Santic Racing Team
19Maris Bogdanovics (Lat) Rietumu-Delfin0:00:13
20Thomas Vaubourzeix (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence Ktm
21Peter Schulting (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team
22Murilo Affonso (Bra) Funvic Soul Cycles - Carrefour0:00:14
23Enkhtaivan Bolor-Erdene (Mgl) /Ning Xia Sports Lottery Livall Cycling Team
24Vitalii Popkov (Rus) Team Lvshan Landscape0:00:15
25Leonardo Fabio Duque (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence Ktm0:00:16
26Siarhei Papok (Blr) Minsk Cycling Club0:00:18
27Andris Vosekalns (Lat) Rietumu-Delfin
28Zhang Zheng (Chn) Hengxiang Cycling Team0:00:19
29Altanzul Altansukh (Mgl) /Ning Xia Sports Lottery Livall Cycling Team
30Rafael Andriato (Bra) Wilier Triestina-Southeast
31Lucas De Rossi (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence Ktm0:00:20
32Jan Kraus (Cze) Team Dukla Praha
33Armands Becis (Lat) Rietumu-Delfin0:00:21
34Eduard Michael Grosu (Rom) Nippo - Vini Fantini
35Volodymyr Gomenyuk (Ukr) Team Lvshan Landscape
36Benjamin Harvey (Aus) St George Merida Cycling Team
37Darcy Ellerm-Norton (NZl) St George Merida Cycling Team0:00:22
38Roberto Pinheiro Da Silva (Bra) Funvic Soul Cycles - Carrefour
39Patrick Sharpe (Aus) St George Merida Cycling Team0:00:23
40Maksym Vasilyev (Ukr) Team Lvshan Landscape
41Yehor Dementyev (Ukr) Isd - Jorbi Continental Team
42Martijn Verschoor (Ned) Team Novo Nordisk
43Ondrej Vendolsy (Cze) Team Dukla Praha
44Mehdi Rajabi (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Ccn Team0:00:24
45Muradjan Halmuratov (Uzb) Beijing Xds-Innova Cycling Team
46Guy Kalma (Aus) Attaque Team Gusto
47Mauricio Ortega Ramirez (Col) Rts - Santic Racing Team0:00:25
48Brodie Talbot (Aus) St George Merida Cycling Team0:00:27
49Gabriel Machado Da Silva (Bra) Funvic Soul Cycles - Carrefour0:00:28
50Alex Diniz Correia (Bra) Funvic Soul Cycles - Carrefour
51Kanstantsin Klimiankou (Blr) Minsk Cycling Club
52Marco Zanotti (Ita) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team
53Anton Ivashkin (Blr) Minsk Cycling Club0:00:29
54Michal Kohout (Cze) Team Dukla Praha
55Behnam Ariyan (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Ccn Team
56Jan Andrej Cully (Svk) Dukla Banska Bystrica
57Artem Tesler (Ukr) Team Lvshan Landscape
58Sven Van Luijk (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team0:00:30
59Abolfazl Nazari Daghalian (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Ccn Team
60Oleksii Kasianov (Ukr) Jilun - Shakeland Cycling Team
61Stanislau Bazhkou (Blr) Minsk Cycling Club
62Rene Corella (Mex) Start Vaxes - Partizan Cycling Team
63Thomas Rabou (Ned) Hengxiang Cycling Team
64Sergiy Grechyn (Ukr) Jilun - Shakeland Cycling Team0:00:31
65Emils Liepins (Lat) Rietumu-Delfin
66Konrad Tomasiak (Pol) Start Vaxes - Partizan Cycling Team0:00:32
67Matteo Draperi (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Southeast
68Ma Guangtong (Chn) Hengxiang Cycling Team
69Francisco Chamorro (Arg) Funvic Soul Cycles - Carrefour
70Yauhen Sobal (Blr) Minsk Cycling Club
71Vladyslav Kreminskyi (Ukr) Isd - Jorbi Continental Team0:00:33
72Wen Chung Huang (Tpe) Attaque Team Gusto
73Milan Veltman (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team
74Matyáš Strupek (Cze) Team Dukla Praha0:00:34
75Ying Hon Yeung (HKg) Hengxiang Cycling Team0:00:35
76Victor Nino Corredor (Col) Rts - Santic Racing Team
77Jozef Palcak (Svk) Dukla Banska Bystrica0:00:36
78Francisco Jarley Colorado Hernandez (Col) Rts - Santic Racing Team
79Jay Dutton (Aus) St George Merida Cycling Team0:00:37
80Michal Kesl (Cze) Team Dukla Praha
81Chunlong Zhang (Chn) /Ning Xia Sports Lottery Livall Cycling Team
82Manabu Ishibashi (Jpn) Nippo - Vini Fantini
83Cristopher Mansilla Almonacid (Chi) Start Vaxes - Partizan Cycling Team0:00:38
84Carlos Alexandre Manarelli (Bra) Funvic Soul Cycles - Carrefour
85Jefferson Rueda Tobon (Col) Jilun - Shakeland Cycling Team
86Erdenesuren Munkhtulga (Mgl) /Ning Xia Sports Lottery Livall Cycling Team
87Luke Parker (Aus) Attaque Team Gusto
88Yuriy Metlushenko (Ukr) Jilun - Shakeland Cycling Team0:00:39
89Gerd De Keijzer (Ned) Team Novo Nordisk
90Ka Hoo Fung (HKg) Hksi Pro Cycling Team
91Sergey Medvedev (Uzb) Beijing Xds-Innova Cycling Team
92Martz Alder (USA) Attaque Team Gusto0:00:40
93Rik Van Ijzendoorn (Ned) Team Novo Nordisk
94Artur Tsvetkov (Ukr) Team Lvshan Landscape
95Genki Yamamoto (Jpn) Nippo - Vini Fantini0:00:41
96Burr Ho (HKg) Hksi Pro Cycling Team0:00:42
97Nicholas Woods (Aus) St George Merida Cycling Team0:00:43
98Quentin Valognes (Fra) Team Novo Nordisk
99Dilmurdjon Siddikov (Uzb) Beijing Xds-Innova Cycling Team
100Simin Adamek (Cze) Team Dukla Praha0:00:47
101Wan Yau Lau (HKg) Hksi Pro Cycling Team
102Massimo Graziato (Ita) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team
103Akramjon Sunnatov (Uzb) Beijing Xds-Innova Cycling Team
104Rinat Udod (Ukr) Isd - Jorbi Continental Team0:00:48
105Vladimir Lopez (Col) /Ning Xia Sports Lottery Livall Cycling Team
106Daniele Colli (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini0:00:50
107Ali Khademi (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Ccn Team
108Juntao Meng (Chn) Team Lvshan Landscape
109Dusan Kalaba (Srb) Start Vaxes - Partizan Cycling Team0:00:51
110Adne Van Engelen (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team
111Kristian Zimany (Svk) Dukla Banska Bystrica
112Cristobal Olavarria (Chi) Jilun - Shakeland Cycling Team0:00:52
113Hiu Fung Choy (HKg) Hksi Pro Cycling Team
114Alireza Asgharzadeh (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Ccn Team
115Sofiane Merignat (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence Ktm
116Yong Jian Wu (Chn) Jilun - Shakeland Cycling Team0:00:53
117Juraj Lajcha (Svk) Dukla Banska Bystrica0:00:56
118Roman Seliversov (Ukr) Isd - Jorbi Continental Team
119Matthias Van Aken (Bel) Start Vaxes - Partizan Cycling Team0:00:57
120Dostonbek Ollamov (Uzb) Beijing Xds-Innova Cycling Team0:00:59
121Abdullojon Akparov (Uzb) Beijing Xds-Innova Cycling Team0:01:00
122Ruslan Karimov (Uzb) Rts - Santic Racing Team0:01:01
123Corentin Cherhal (Fra) Team Novo Nordisk0:01:03
124Ho San Chiu (HKg) Hksi Pro Cycling Team0:01:06
125Feng Qiao (Chn) /Ning Xia Sports Lottery Livall Cycling Team0:01:12
126Mirko Tedeschi (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Southeast0:01:16
127Tomas Harag (Svk) Dukla Banska Bystrica0:01:17
128Valerii Taradai (Ukr) Isd - Jorbi Continental Team0:01:27
129Kwun Wa Law (HKg) Hksi Pro Cycling Team0:01:34
130Jos Koop (Ned) Start Vaxes - Partizan Cycling Team0:12:01

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