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Mareczko doubles up and moves into the lead

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Stage 2 of Tour of Taihu Lake

Stage 2 of Tour of Taihu Lake
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Stage 2 of Tour of Taihu Lake

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Stage 2 of Tour of Taihu Lake

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Stage 2 of Tour of Taihu Lake

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Stage 2 of Tour of Taihu Lake

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Jakub Mareczko wins stage 2

Jakub Mareczko wins stage 2
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Jakub Mareczko (Wilier-Southeast)

Jakub Mareczko (Wilier-Southeast)
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Stage 2 of Tour of Taihu Lake

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Stage 2 of Tour of Taihu Lake

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Italy's Jakub Mareczko of Willier-Southeast claimed his eleventh victory of the 2016 season as he doubled up at the Tour of Taihu Lake to move into the overall lead after stage 2 in front of the monumental Moon Hotel known as a landmark for the Zhejiang province. In another bunch gallop under the rain, he outsprinted Emils Liepins of Rietumu-Delfin and his arch-rival Nicolas Marini from Nippo-Vini Fantini.

"Today's finale was different than yesterday's with a false flat finish, Mareczko explained, so we paid attention to not coming out of the box too early, otherwise we'd have risked to be overtaken in the last few meters. I'm very happy with this win because it gives back the leader's jersey I brought home last year and this was my only opportunity to get it this year as it is an uphill finish tomorrow. To reach eleven victories makes it a good year for me but there are more stages to come and hopefully more success for me at the Tour of Taihu Lake."

Already the most successful Italian rider by the numbers this year, Mareczko has Peter Sagan's total of fourteen wins in sight to equal the Slovakian superstar as the world's most successful pro cyclist of the 2016 season.

North Carolina's Martz Alder (Attaque Team Gusto), Slovakia's Jozef Palcak (Dukla Banska Bystrica) and Guillermo Corella (Start Vaxes) formed the breakaway of the day until 10km to go when Vitalii Popkov (Lvshan Landscape) tried his luck for the second day in a row.

"I noticed that Willier rode pretty hard to get the previous break back," most aggressive rider of the day Alder described. "They kind of sat up. Two guys went. I just followed. It became a group of six. We worked OK together till we got to the sprints. It took us time to really work together. I ended up attacking. We got a nice group going but it was pretty obvious that Willier would bring us back but you never know. It didn't start raining until we got caught. We were more hoping for a wind change but it just rained so we had no chance to succeed. However, this Tour of Taihu Lake is awesome: great organization and good hotels. I love it."

"I wanted to win but Mareczko is very fast," declared second placed Liepins. "If the finish line was ten meters further, maybe I could have won. My team is made of strong guys, so we led the sprint from far out and I would have liked the sprint to last even longer. We are two sprinters, Maris Bogdanovics and myself, we help each other. We decided only within the last kilometer who we'd sprint for today. I'm here looking for my first international victory."

While 24-year-old Liepins raised his profile, Marini was satisfied with one more podium placing after his second place in Wuxi. "It was a head wind to finish and we rode slowly so we were all fresh", the Italian noted. "It started fast but as soon as the breakaway was gone, Southeast and us controlled for a bunch sprint finish. I couldn't do any better today. Tomorrow I'll take it easy because it's an uphill finish, after that I'll try to win a stage."

Stage 3 from Anji Economic Development Zone to Tianhuangping is an unprecedented route at the Tour of Taihu Lake with an 18km long climb to finish at 860 metres above sea level. 

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jakub Mareczko (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Southeast3:08:05
2Emils Liepins (Lat) Rietumu-Delfin
3Nicolas Marini (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini
4Maris Bogdanovics (Lat) Rietumu-Delfin
5Roberto Pinheiro Da Silva (Bra) Funvic Soul Cycles - Carrefour
6Jingbiao Zhao (Chn) Hengxiang Cycling Team
7Yehor Dementyev (Ukr) ISD - Jorbi Continental Team
8Luke Parker (Aus) Attaque Team Gusto
9Yuriy Metlushenko (Ukr) Jilun - Shakeland Cycling Team
10Dusan Kalaba (Srb) Start Vaxes - Partizan Cycling Team
11Ben Hill (Aus) Attaque Team Gusto
12Marco Zanotti (Ita) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team
13Massimo Graziato (Ita) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team
14Quentin Valognes (Fra) Team Novo Nordisk
15Simin Adamek (Cze) Team Dukla Praha
16Cristopher Mansilla Almonacid (Chi) Start Vaxes - Partizan Cycling Team
17Erdenesuren Munkhtulga (Mgl) Ning Xia Sports Lottery Livall Cycling Team
18Francisco Ramon Chamorro Pana (Arg) Funvic Soul Cycles - Carrefour
19Martijn Verschoor (Ned) Team Novo Nordisk
20Rafael Andriato (Bra) Wilier Triestina-Southeast
21Ruslan Karimov (Uzb) RTS - Santic Racing Team
22Mahdi Rajabikaboodcheshmeh (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical CCN Team
23Riccardo Stacchiotti (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini
24Artur Tsvetkov (Ukr) Team Lvshan Landscape
25Maksym Vasilyev (Ukr) Team Lvshan Landscape
26Jos Koop (Ned) Start Vaxes - Partizan Cycling Team
27Konrad Tomasiak (Pol) Start Vaxes - Partizan Cycling Team
28Kwun Wa Law (HKg) HKSI Pro Cycling Team
29Feng Qiao (Chn) Ning Xia Sports Lottery Livall Cycling Team
30Siarhei Papok (Blr) Minsk Cycling Club
31Peeter Pruus (Est) Rietumu-Delfin
32Leonardo Fabio Duque (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM
33Tino Thömel (Ger) RTS - Santic Racing Team
34Burr Ho (HKg) HKSI Pro Cycling Team
35Chunlong Zhang (Chn) Ning Xia Sports Lottery Livall Cycling Team
36Daniele Colli (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini
37Juntao Meng (Chn) Team Lvshan Landscape
38Cristobal Olavarria (Chi) Jilun - Shakeland Cycling Team
39Eduard Michael Grosu (Rom) Nippo - Vini Fantini
40Lucas De Rossi (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM
41Deins Kanepejs (Lat) Rietumu-Delfin
42Kristian Zimany (Svk) Dukla Banska Bystrica
43Rinat Udod (Ukr) ISD - Jorbi Continental Team
44Yonder Godoy (Ven) Wilier Triestina-Southeast
45Rik Van Ijzendoorn (Ned) Team Novo Nordisk
46Artem Tesler (Ukr) Team Lvshan Landscape
47Gabriel Machado Da Silva (Bra) Funvic Soul Cycles - Carrefour
48Juraj Lajcha (Svk) Dukla Banska Bystrica
49Vladimir Lopez (Col) Ning Xia Sports Lottery Livall Cycling Team
50Matteo Draperi (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Southeast
51Sergiy Grechyn (Ukr) Jilun - Shakeland Cycling Team
52Sofiane Merignat (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM
53Anton Ivashkin (Blr) Minsk Cycling Club
54Ying Hon Yeung (Chn) Hengxiang Cycling Team
55Cameron Bayly (Aus) Attaque Team Gusto
56Giuseppe Fonzi (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Southeast
57Andris Vosekalns (Lat) Rietumu-Delfin
58Yong Jian Wu (Chn) Jilun - Shakeland Cycling Team
59Volodymyr Gomeniuk (Ukr) Team Lvshan Landscape
60Sven Van Luijk (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team
61Francisco Jarley Colorado Hernandez (Col) RTS - Santic Racing Team
62Guangtong Ma (Chn) Hengxiang Cycling Team
63Ali Khademi (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical CCN Team
64Altanzul Altansukh (Mgl) Ning Xia Sports Lottery Livall Cycling Team
65Alex Diniz Correia (Bra) Funvic Soul Cycles - Carrefour
66Jan Andrej Cully (Svk) Dukla Banska Bystrica
67Ondrej Vendolsky (Cze) Team Dukla Praha
68Akramjon Sunnatov (Uzb) XDS
69Peter Schulting (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team
70Wen Chung Huang (Tpe) Attaque Team Gusto
71Guy Kalma (NZl) Attaque Team Gusto
72Zheng Zhang (Chn) Hengxiang Cycling Team
73Abolfazl Nazari Daghalian (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical CCN Team
74Enkhtaivan Bolor-Erdene (Mgl) Ning Xia Sports Lottery Livall Cycling Team
75Matthias Van Aken (Bel) Start Vaxes - Partizan Cycling Team
76Karim Khorrami (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical CCN Team
77Benjamin Harvey (Aus) St George Merida Cycling Team
78Meiyin Wang (Chn) Hengxiang Cycling Team
79Patrik Tybor (Svk) Dukla Banska Bystrica
80Carlos Alexandre Manarelli (Bra) Funvic Soul Cycles - Carrefour
81Behnam Ariyan (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical CCN Team
82Christopher Williams (Aus) Team Novo Nordisk
83Murilo Ferraz Affonso (Bra) Funvic Soul Cycles - Carrefour
84Alireza Asgharzadeh (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical CCN Team
85Timur Maleev (Ukr) ISD - Jorbi Continental Team
86Vitalii Popkov (Rus) Team Lvshan Landscape
87Patrick Sharpe (Aus) St George Merida Cycling Team
88Jay Dutton (Aus) St George Merida Cycling Team
89Brodie Talbot (Aus) St George Merida Cycling Team
90Manabu Ishibashi (Jpn) Nippo - Vini Fantini
91Muradjan Halmuratov (Uzb) XDS
92Rene Guillermo Corella Braun (Mex) Start Vaxes - Partizan Cycling Team
93Ilya Davidenok (Kaz) RTS - Santic Racing Team
94Hiu Fung Choy (HKg) HKSI Pro Cycling Team
95Mauricio Ortega Ramirez (Col) RTS - Santic Racing Team
96Thomas Vaubourzeix (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM
97Gerd De Keijzer (Ned) Team Novo Nordisk
98Kanstantsin Klimiankou (Blr) Minsk Cycling Club
99Michal Kohout (Cze) Team Dukla Praha
100Sergey Medvedev (Uzb) XDS
101Armands Becis (Lat) Rietumu-Delfin
102Abdullojon Akparov (Uzb) XDS
103Dostonbek Ollamov (Uzb) XDS
104Ho San Chiu (HKg) HKSI Pro Cycling Team
105Hoo Fung Ka (HKg) HKSI Pro Cycling Team
106Darcy Ellerm-Norton (NZl) St George Merida Cycling Team
107Dilmurdjon Siddikov (Uzb) XDS
108Rueda Tobon Jefferson (Col) Jilun - Shakeland Cycling Team
109Oleksii Kasianov (Ukr) Jilun - Shakeland Cycling Team
110Victor Nino Corredor (Col) RTS - Santic Racing Team
111Thomas Rabou (Ned) Hengxiang Cycling Team
112Wan Yau Lau (HKg) HKSI Pro Cycling Team
113Michal Kesl (Cze) Team Dukla Praha
114Jan Kraus (Cze) Team Dukla Praha0:00:32
115Roman Seliverstov (Ukr) ISD - Jorbi Continental Team0:00:34
116Jozef Palcak (Svk) Dukla Banska Bystrica
117Mirko Tedeschi (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Southeast0:00:42
118Valerii Taradai (Ukr) ISD - Jorbi Continental Team0:00:47
119Tomas Harag (Svk) Dukla Banska Bystrica
120Corentin Cherhal (Fra) Team Novo Nordisk
121Martz Alder (USA) Attaque Team Gusto
122Nicholas Woods (Aus) St George Merida Cycling Team
123Adne Van Engelen (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team
124Vladyslav Kreminskyi (Ukr) ISD - Jorbi Continental Team
125Oleksandr Golovash (Ukr) Minsk Cycling Club0:01:54
126Yauhen Sobal (Blr) Minsk Cycling Club0:02:18
127Matyá_ Strupek (Cze) Team Dukla Praha0:02:52
128Genki Yamamoto (Jpn) Nippo - Vini Fantini0:03:30
129Milan Veltman (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team
DNFStanislau Bazhkou (Blr) Minsk Cycling Club

Most aggressive rider
#Rider Name (Country) Team
1Martz Alder (USA) Attaque Team Gusto

General classification after stage 2
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jakub Mareczko (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Southeast5:36:00
2Nicolas Marini (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini0:00:06
3Karim Khorrami (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical CCN Team0:00:07
4Cameron Bayly (Aus) Attaque Team Gusto
5Deins Kanepejs (Lat) Rietumu-Delfin
6Riccardo Stacchiotti (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini0:00:08
7Yonder Godoy (Ven) Wilier Triestina-Southeast0:00:09
8Ilya Davidenok (Kaz) RTS - Santic Racing Team0:00:10
9Peeter Pruus (Est) Rietumu-Delfin0:00:11
10Giuseppe Fonzi (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Southeast0:00:12
11Patrik Tybor (Svk) Dukla Banska Bystrica
12Christopher Williams (Aus) Team Novo Nordisk
13Timur Maleev (Ukr) ISD - Jorbi Continental Team0:00:13
14Jingbiao Zhao (Chn) Hengxiang Cycling Team
15Meiyin Wang (Chn) Hengxiang Cycling Team
16Ben Hill (Aus) Attaque Team Gusto0:00:14
17Tino Thömel (Ger) RTS - Santic Racing Team
18Maris Bogdanovics (Lat) Rietumu-Delfin0:00:16
19Thomas Vaubourzeix (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM
20Peter Schulting (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team
21Murilo Ferraz Affonso (Bra) Funvic Soul Cycles - Carrefour0:00:17
22Enkhtaivan Bolor-Erdene (Mgl) Ning Xia Sports Lottery Livall Cycling Team
23Vitalii Popkov (Rus) Team Lvshan Landscape0:00:18
24Leonardo Fabio Duque (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM0:00:19
25Siarhei Papok (Blr) Minsk Cycling Club0:00:21
26Andris Vosekalns (Lat) Rietumu-Delfin
27Zheng Zhang (Chn) Hengxiang Cycling Team0:00:22
28Altanzul Altansukh (Mgl) Ning Xia Sports Lottery Livall Cycling Team
29Rafael Andriato (Bra) Wilier Triestina-Southeast
30Lucas De Rossi (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM0:00:23
31Armands Becis (Lat) Rietumu-Delfin0:00:24
32Eduard Michael Grosu (Rom) Nippo - Vini Fantini
33Volodymyr Gomeniuk (Ukr) Team Lvshan Landscape
34Benjamin Harvey (Aus) St George Merida Cycling Team
35Darcy Ellerm-Norton (NZl) St George Merida Cycling Team0:00:25
36Roberto Pinheiro Da Silva (Bra) Funvic Soul Cycles - Carrefour
37Patrick Sharpe (Aus) St George Merida Cycling Team0:00:26
38Maksym Vasilyev (Ukr) Team Lvshan Landscape
39Yehor Dementyev (Ukr) ISD - Jorbi Continental Team
40Martijn Verschoor (Ned) Team Novo Nordisk
41Ondrej Vendolsky (Cze) Team Dukla Praha
42Mahdi Rajabikaboodcheshmeh (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical CCN Team0:00:27
43Rene Guillermo Corella Braun (Mex) Start Vaxes - Partizan Cycling Team
44Muradjan Halmuratov (Uzb) XDS
45Guy Kalma (NZl) Attaque Team Gusto
46Mauricio Ortega Ramirez (Col) RTS - Santic Racing Team0:00:28
47Emils Liepins (Lat) Rietumu-Delfin
48Brodie Talbot (Aus) St George Merida Cycling Team0:00:30
49Gabriel Machado Da Silva (Bra) Funvic Soul Cycles - Carrefour0:00:31
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 Club0:00:32
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 Team0:00:33
59Abolfazl Nazari Daghalian (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical CCN Team
60Oleksii Kasianov (Ukr) Jilun - Shakeland Cycling Team
61Thomas Rabou (Ned) Hengxiang Cycling Team
62Sergiy Grechyn (Ukr) Jilun - Shakeland Cycling Team0:00:34
63Konrad Tomasiak (Pol) Start Vaxes - Partizan Cycling Team0:00:35
64Matteo Draperi (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Southeast
65Guangtong Ma (Chn) Hengxiang Cycling Team
66Francisco Ramon Chamorro Pana (Arg) Funvic Soul Cycles - Carrefour
67Vladyslav Kreminskyi (Ukr) ISD - Jorbi Continental Team0:00:36
68Wen Chung Huang (Tpe) Attaque Team Gusto
69Jozef Palcak (Svk) Dukla Banska Bystrica0:00:38
70Ying Hon Yeung (Chn) Hengxiang Cycling Team
71Victor Nino Corredor (Col) RTS - Santic Racing Team
72Martz Alder (USA) Attaque Team Gusto0:00:39
73Francisco Jarley Colorado Hernandez (Col) RTS - Santic Racing Team
74Jay Dutton (Aus) St George Merida Cycling Team0:00:40
75Michal Kesl (Cze) Team Dukla Praha
76Chunlong Zhang (Chn) Ning Xia Sports Lottery Livall Cycling Team
77Manabu Ishibashi (Jpn) Nippo - Vini Fantini
78Cristopher Mansilla Almonacid (Chi) Start Vaxes - Partizan Cycling Team0:00:41
79Carlos Alexandre Manarelli (Bra) Funvic Soul Cycles - Carrefour
80Rueda Tobon Jefferson (Col) Jilun - Shakeland Cycling Team
81Erdenesuren Munkhtulga (Mgl) Ning Xia Sports Lottery Livall Cycling Team
82Luke Parker (Aus) Attaque Team Gusto
83Yuriy Metlushenko (Ukr) Jilun - Shakeland Cycling Team0:00:42
84Gerd De Keijzer (Ned) Team Novo Nordisk
85Hoo Fung Ka (HKg) HKSI Pro Cycling Team
86Sergey Medvedev (Uzb) XDS
87Rik Van Ijzendoorn (Ned) Team Novo Nordisk0:00:43
88Artur Tsvetkov (Ukr) Team Lvshan Landscape
89Nicholas Woods (Aus) St George Merida Cycling Team0:00:45
90Burr Ho (HKg) HKSI Pro Cycling Team
91Quentin Valognes (Fra) Team Novo Nordisk0:00:46
92Dilmurdjon Siddikov (Uzb) XDS
93Simin Adamek (Cze) Team Dukla Praha0:00:50
94Wan Yau Lau (HKg) HKSI Pro Cycling Team
95Massimo Graziato (Ita) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team
96Akramjon Sunnatov (Uzb) XDS
97Rinat Udod (Ukr) ISD - Jorbi Continental Team0:00:51
98Vladimir Lopez (Col) Ning Xia Sports Lottery Livall Cycling Team
99Daniele Colli (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini0:00:53
100Ali Khademi (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical CCN Team
101Juntao Meng (Chn) Team Lvshan Landscape
102Dusan Kalaba (Srb) Start Vaxes - Partizan Cycling Team0:00:54
103Adne Van Engelen (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team
104Kristian Zimany (Svk) Dukla Banska Bystrica
105Cristobal Olavarria (Chi) Jilun - Shakeland Cycling Team0:00:55
106Hiu Fung Choy (HKg) HKSI Pro Cycling Team
107Alireza Asgharzadeh (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical CCN Team
108Sofiane Merignat (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM
109Jan Kraus (Cze) Team Dukla Praha
110Yong Jian Wu (Chn) Jilun - Shakeland Cycling Team0:00:56
111Juraj Lajcha (Svk) Dukla Banska Bystrica0:00:59
112Matthias Van Aken (Bel) Start Vaxes - Partizan Cycling Team0:01:00
113Dostonbek Ollamov (Uzb) XDS0:01:02
114Abdullojon Akparov (Uzb) XDS0:01:03
115Ruslan Karimov (Uzb) RTS - Santic Racing Team0:01:04
116Corentin Cherhal (Fra) Team Novo Nordisk0:01:06
117Ho San Chiu (HKg) HKSI Pro Cycling Team0:01:09
118Feng Qiao (Chn) Ning Xia Sports Lottery Livall Cycling Team0:01:15
119Roman Seliverstov (Ukr) ISD - Jorbi Continental Team0:01:33
120Kwun Wa Law (HKg) HKSI Pro Cycling Team0:01:37
121Oleksandr Golovash (Ukr) Minsk Cycling Club0:01:57
122Mirko Tedeschi (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Southeast0:02:01
123Tomas Harag (Svk) Dukla Banska Bystrica0:02:07
124Valerii Taradai (Ukr) ISD - Jorbi Continental Team0:02:17
125Yauhen Sobal (Blr) Minsk Cycling Club0:02:53
126Matyá_ Strupek (Cze) Team Dukla Praha0:03:29
127Milan Veltman (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team0:04:06
128Genki Yamamoto (Jpn) Nippo - Vini Fantini0:04:14
129Jos Koop (Ned) Start Vaxes - Partizan Cycling Team0:12:04

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