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Marini beats Mareczko to win stage 4

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Nicolas Marini (Nippo-Vini Fantini) wins stage four of the Tour of Taihu Lake

Nicolas Marini (Nippo-Vini Fantini) wins stage four of the Tour of Taihu Lake
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The green jersey in action

The green jersey in action
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The stage 4 podium

The stage 4 podium
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The break of the day survived until close to the finish

The break of the day survived until close to the finish
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Cameron Bayly in the leader's orange jersey

Cameron Bayly in the leader's orange jersey
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Nicolas Marini wins the stage four sprint

Nicolas Marini wins the stage four sprint
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The podium of the day

The podium of the day
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The organisers of the race

The organisers of the race
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The stage gets under way

The stage gets under way
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The start area before the start

The start area before the start
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The race passes through a rice field

The race passes through a rice field
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Outclassed by Jakub Mareczko in the first two stages dedicated to the sprinters, Nicolas Marini of Nippo-Vini Fantini took revenge himself by beating his younger Italian rival from Wilier-Southeast at the end of a very long sprint in Wujiang.

Thanks to finishing third Franco-Colombian Leonardo Duque of Delko Marseille-Provence-KTM grabbed four bonus seconds that enabled him to move up into the top in the overall classification. Now third at sixteen seconds, he has become a threat to race leader Cameron Bayly of Attaque Gusto who enjoyed his first day in the orange jersey of the Tour of Taihu Lake.

"Today my team again did a great job but unfortunately my lead out man Riccardo Stacchiotti had a puncture with three kilometres to go," Marini explained.

"At that point I put myself on Mareczko's wheel. I passed him before the line and the good legs I've had these days allowed me to stay ahead of him. With this victory, I've paid the team back. A stage win was the goal. Now I can look for more but without any pressure."

This was Marini's third win of the year, all collected in China, coming after stage 8 of the Tour of Qinghai Lake and stage 5 of the Tour of China I. In his second year as a professional, he has a fully Asian palmares with stage one of the Tour of Japan and the overall classification of the Tour of China II plus four stages last year. The 23-year old Italian is aiming for more in the future as he has already extended his contract with Nippo-Vini Fantini.

It looked like Mareczko was going to win again as he smartly chose the right side of the road for sprinting whereas the wind was blowing from the left, thus forcing Marini to a more difficult task.

"But I started from too far out," Mareczko admitted. "Marini has done well. It's been a head to head fight between and he got it. I had put the team at the front during the last lap to bring the breakaway back. We prepared the sprint really well."

All to play for in the overall classification

Muradjan Halmuratov from Beijing-Innova and Mehdi Rajabikaboodcheshmeh from Tabriz-Petrochemical were the two men in the lead at the half way point in the stage, with an advantage still superior to one minute until 15km to go. Echelons were expected but the wind wasn’t strong enough on the highway section to be covered six times back and forth to make for a 117.4km race.

"Life as a leader is stressful," noted Bayly who experienced that position for the first time ever at international level. "But it's good fun. I was controlling with my team. I had to make sure no GC guy was going away."

With three stages to go, the Attaque Gusto rider is now under the threat from Duque who took four seconds bonus throughout the third place in the final sprint and moved up to third overall the day after coming second uphill.

"In Europe, I was known as a sprinter," said the versatile rider from Marseille who will call it a career after the Tour of Taihu on Saturday.

"I'm on good form after the Tour of Hainan. I sprinted to third place and I remained in third place overall. On my 54 tooth gear, I couldn't go any faster. But I'll try to win the overall. I'll target more time bonus. It's possible the race will be decided on the last day."

Thursday's fifth stage from Nantong to Haimen on the banks of the Yangtze River Delta favours the sprinters again. The Tour of Taihu Lake ends on Sunday.

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Nicolas Marini (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini2:40:28
2Jakub Mareczko (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Southeast
3Leonardo Fabio Duque (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence Ktm
4Dusan Kalaba (Srb) Start Vaxes - Partizan Cycling Team
5Cristopher Mansilla Almonacid (Chi) Start Vaxes - Partizan Cycling Team
6Martijn Verschoor (Ned) Team Novo Nordisk
7Eduard Michael Grosu (Rom) Nippo - Vini Fantini
8Marco Zanotti (Ita) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team
9Tino Thömel (Ger) Rts - Santic Racing Team
10Zhao Jingbiao (Chn) Hengxiang Cycling Team
11Maris Bogdanovics (Lat) Rietumu-Delfin
12Rafael Andriato (Bra) Wilier Triestina-Southeast
13Quentin Valognes (Fra) Team Novo Nordisk
14Siarhei Papok (Blr) Minsk Cycling Club
15Emils Liepins (Lat) Rietumu-Delfin
16Yuriy Metlushenko (Ukr) Jilun - Shakeland Cycling Team
17Jos Koop (Ned) Start Vaxes - Partizan Cycling Team
18Yonder Godoy (Ven) Wilier Triestina-Southeast
19Gerd Keijzer (Ned) Team Novo Nordisk
20Erdenesuren Munkhtulga (Mgl) Ning Xia Sports Lottery Livall Cycling Team
21Juntao Meng (Chn) Team Lvshan Landscape
22Feng Qiao (Chn) Ning Xia Sports Lottery Livall Cycling Team
23Maksym Vasilyev (Ukr) Team Lvshan Landscape
24Zhang Zheng (Chn) Hengxiang Cycling Team
25Burr Ho (HKg) Hksi Pro Cycling Team
26Konrad Tomasiak (Pol) Start Vaxes - Partizan Cycling Team
27Rinat Udod (Ukr) Isd - Jorbi Continental Team
28Simin Adamek (Cze) Team Dukla Praha
29Vladimir Lopez (Col) Ning Xia Sports Lottery Livall Cycling Team
30Francisco Chamorro (Arg) Funvic Soul Cycles - Carrefour
31Meiyin Wang (Chn) Hengxiang Cycling Team
32Chunlong Zhang (Chn) Ning Xia Sports Lottery Livall Cycling Team
33Vladyslav Kreminskyi (Ukr) Isd - Jorbi Continental Team
34Jan Andrej Cully (Svk) Dukla Banska Bystrica
35Sergey Medvedev (Uzb) Beijing Xds-Innova Cycling Team
36Brodie Talbot (Aus) St George Merida Cycling Team
37Kwun Wa Law (HKg) Hksi Pro Cycling Team
38Benjamin Harvey (Aus) St George Merida Cycling Team
39Ilya Davidenok (Kaz) Rts - Santic Racing Team
40Alex Diniz Correia (Bra) Funvic Soul Cycles - Carrefour
41Peter Schulting (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team
42Massimo Graziato (Ita) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team
43Yong Jian Wu (Chn) Jilun - Shakeland Cycling Team
44Ruslan Karimov (Uzb) Rts - Santic Racing Team
45Artem Tesler (Ukr) Team Lvshan Landscape
46Sven Luijk (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team
47Akramjon Sunnatov (Uzb) Beijing Xds-Innova Cycling Team
48Giuseppe Fonzi (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Southeast
49Mehdi Rajabi (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Ccn Team
50Roberto Pinheiro Da Silva (Bra) Funvic Soul Cycles - Carrefour
51Ben Hill (Aus) Attaque Team Gusto
52Cameron Bayly (Aus) Attaque Team Gusto
53Juraj Lajcha (Svk) Dukla Banska Bystrica
54Karim Khorrami (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Ccn Team
55Yauhen Sobal (Blr) Minsk Cycling Club
56Ho San Chiu (HKg) Hksi Pro Cycling Team
57Gabriel Machado Da Silva (Bra) Funvic Soul Cycles - Carrefour
58Sofiane Merignat (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence Ktm
59Artur Tsvetkov (Ukr) Team Lvshan Landscape
60Andris Vosekalns (Lat) Rietumu-Delfin
61Thomas Vaubourzeix (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence Ktm
62Jan Kraus (Cze) Team Dukla Praha
63Sergiy Grechyn (Ukr) Jilun - Shakeland Cycling Team
64Rene Corella (Mex) Start Vaxes - Partizan Cycling Team
65Yehor Dementyev (Ukr) Isd - Jorbi Continental Team
66Ondrej Vendolsy (Cze) Team Dukla Praha
67Carlos Alexandre Manarelli (Bra) Funvic Soul Cycles - Carrefour
68Abolfazl Nazari Daghalian (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Ccn Team
69Daniele Colli (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini
70Volodymyr Gomenyuk (Ukr) Team Lvshan Landscape
71Matthias Van Aken (Bel) Start Vaxes - Partizan Cycling Team
72Francisco Jarley Colorado Hernandez (Col) Rts - Santic Racing Team
73Behnam Ariyan (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Ccn Team
74Kanstantsin Klimiankou (Blr) Minsk Cycling Club
75Ma Guangtong (Chn) Hengxiang Cycling Team
76Oleksii Kasianov (Ukr) Jilun - Shakeland Cycling Team
77Anton Ivashkin (Blr) Minsk Cycling Club
78Ali Khademi (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Ccn Team
79Michal Kesl (Cze) Team Dukla Praha
80Ying Hon Yeung (HKg) Hengxiang Cycling Team
81Corentin Cherhal (Fra) Team Novo Nordisk
82Hiu Fung Choy (HKg) Hksi Pro Cycling Team
83Christopher Williams (Aus) Team Novo Nordisk
84Matyáš Strupek (Cze) Team Dukla Praha
85Alireza Asgharzadeh (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Ccn Team
86Rik Ijzendoorn (Ned) Team Novo Nordisk
87Wen Chung Huang (Tpe) Attaque Team Gusto
88Altanzul Altansukh (Mgl) Ning Xia Sports Lottery Livall Cycling Team
89Vitalii Popkov (Rus) Team Lvshan Landscape
90Peeter Pruus (Est) Rietumu-Delfin
91Manabu Ishibashi (Jpn) Nippo - Vini Fantini
92Enkhtaivan Bolor-Erdene (Mgl) Ning Xia Sports Lottery Livall Cycling Team
93Murilo Affonso (Bra) Funvic Soul Cycles - Carrefour
94Adne Engelen (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team
95Wan Yau Lau (HKg) Hksi Pro Cycling Team
96Lucas De Rossi (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence Ktm
97Muradjan Halmuratov (Uzb) Beijing Xds-Innova Cycling Team
98Mirko Tedeschi (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Southeast
99Matteo Draperi (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Southeast
100Victor Nino Corredor (Col) Rts - Santic Racing Team
101Nicholas Woods (Aus) St George Merida Cycling Team
102Ka Hoo Fung (HKg) Hksi Pro Cycling Team
103Mauricio Ortega Ramirez (Col) Rts - Santic Racing Team
104Dilmurdjon Siddikov (Uzb) Beijing Xds-Innova Cycling Team
105Thomas Rabou (Ned) Hengxiang Cycling Team
106Michal Kohout (Cze) Team Dukla Praha
107Jozef Palcak (Svk) Dukla Banska Bystrica
108Abdullojon Akparov (Uzb) Beijing Xds-Innova Cycling Team
109Dostonbek Ollamov (Uzb) Beijing Xds-Innova Cycling Team
110Genki Yamamoto (Jpn) Nippo - Vini Fantini
111Armands Becis (Lat) Rietumu-Delfin
112Jay Dutton (Aus) St George Merida Cycling Team
113Tomas Harag (Svk) Dukla Banska Bystrica
114Patrick Sharpe (Aus) St George Merida Cycling Team
115Timur Maleev (Ukr) Isd - Jorbi Continental Team
116Jefferson Rueda Tobon (Col) Jilun - Shakeland Cycling Team
117Darcy Ellerm-Norton (NZl) St George Merida Cycling Team0:00:15
118Patrik Tybor (Svk) Dukla Banska Bystrica
119Martz Alder (USA) Attaque Team Gusto
120Milan Veltman (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team0:00:26
121Guy Kalma (Aus) Attaque Team Gusto0:00:37
122Roman Seliversov (Ukr) Isd - Jorbi Continental Team0:00:57
123Luke Parker (Aus) Attaque Team Gusto0:01:07
124Deins Kanepejs (Lat) Rietumu-Delfin0:01:10
125Cristobal Olavarria (Chi) Jilun - Shakeland Cycling Team0:01:28
126Riccardo Stacchiotti (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini
127Valerii Taradai (Ukr) Isd - Jorbi Continental Team0:01:52

General classification after stage 4
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Cameron Bayly (Aus) Attaque Team Gusto10:57:25
2Giuseppe Fonzi (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Southeast0:00:15
3Leonardo Fabio Duque (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence Ktm0:00:16
4Yonder Godoy (Ven) Wilier Triestina-Southeast0:00:18
5Meiyin Wang (Chn) Hengxiang Cycling Team0:00:24
6Peter Schulting (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team0:00:25
7Ilya Davidenok (Kaz) Rts - Santic Racing Team0:00:26
8Mauricio Ortega Ramirez (Col) Rts - Santic Racing Team0:00:35
9Oleksii Kasianov (Ukr) Jilun - Shakeland Cycling Team0:00:40
10Thomas Vaubourzeix (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence Ktm0:00:50
11Eduard Michael Grosu (Rom) Nippo - Vini Fantini0:00:56
12Lucas De Rossi (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence Ktm0:00:57
13Ben Hill (Aus) Attaque Team Gusto0:01:02
14Francisco Jarley Colorado Hernandez (Col) Rts - Santic Racing Team0:01:08
15Murilo Affonso (Bra) Funvic Soul Cycles - Carrefour0:01:15
16Sven Luijk (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team0:01:24
17Alex Diniz Correia (Bra) Funvic Soul Cycles - Carrefour
18Sergiy Grechyn (Ukr) Jilun - Shakeland Cycling Team
19Gabriel Machado Da Silva (Bra) Funvic Soul Cycles - Carrefour0:01:29
20Ying Hon Yeung (HKg) Hengxiang Cycling Team
21Kanstantsin Klimiankou (Blr) Minsk Cycling Club
22Victor Nino Corredor (Col) Rts - Santic Racing Team
23Peeter Pruus (Est) Rietumu-Delfin0:01:38
24Yehor Dementyev (Ukr) Isd - Jorbi Continental Team0:01:39
25Zhang Zheng (Chn) Hengxiang Cycling Team0:01:46
26Thomas Rabou (Ned) Hengxiang Cycling Team0:02:22
27Manabu Ishibashi (Jpn) Nippo - Vini Fantini0:02:29
28Akramjon Sunnatov (Uzb) Beijing Xds-Innova Cycling Team0:02:36
29Alireza Asgharzadeh (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Ccn Team0:02:41
30Michal Kohout (Cze) Team Dukla Praha0:02:50
31Zhao Jingbiao (Chn) Hengxiang Cycling Team0:03:08
32Jefferson Rueda Tobon (Col) Jilun - Shakeland Cycling Team0:03:13
33Artem Tesler (Ukr) Team Lvshan Landscape
34Behnam Ariyan (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Ccn Team0:03:14
35Vitalii Popkov (Rus) Team Lvshan Landscape0:03:19
36Altanzul Altansukh (Mgl) Ning Xia Sports Lottery Livall Cycling Team0:03:20
37Matteo Draperi (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Southeast0:03:22
38Rene Corella (Mex) Start Vaxes - Partizan Cycling Team
39Vladimir Lopez (Col) Ning Xia Sports Lottery Livall Cycling Team0:03:23
40Mirko Tedeschi (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Southeast0:03:25
41Ondrej Vendolsy (Cze) Team Dukla Praha0:03:27
42Riccardo Stacchiotti (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini0:03:30
43Ma Guangtong (Chn) Hengxiang Cycling Team
44Jan Andrej Cully (Svk) Dukla Banska Bystrica0:03:31
45Carlos Alexandre Manarelli (Bra) Funvic Soul Cycles - Carrefour0:03:33
46Enkhtaivan Bolor-Erdene (Mgl) Ning Xia Sports Lottery Livall Cycling Team0:03:34
47Adne Engelen (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team0:03:36
48Rik Ijzendoorn (Ned) Team Novo Nordisk0:03:38
49Abolfazl Nazari Daghalian (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Ccn Team0:03:40
50Burr Ho (HKg) Hksi Pro Cycling Team
51Wen Chung Huang (Tpe) Attaque Team Gusto0:03:43
52Rinat Udod (Ukr) Isd - Jorbi Continental Team0:03:46
53Jay Dutton (Aus) St George Merida Cycling Team0:03:47
54Yong Jian Wu (Chn) Jilun - Shakeland Cycling Team0:03:49
55Matthias Van Aken (Bel) Start Vaxes - Partizan Cycling Team0:03:59
56Ali Khademi (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Ccn Team0:04:00
57Abdullojon Akparov (Uzb) Beijing Xds-Innova Cycling Team0:04:04
58Muradjan Halmuratov (Uzb) Beijing Xds-Innova Cycling Team0:04:42
59Brodie Talbot (Aus) St George Merida Cycling Team0:04:50
60Dilmurdjon Siddikov (Uzb) Beijing Xds-Innova Cycling Team0:04:53
61Juntao Meng (Chn) Team Lvshan Landscape0:05:00
62Ka Hoo Fung (HKg) Hksi Pro Cycling Team0:05:06
63Sergey Medvedev (Uzb) Beijing Xds-Innova Cycling Team0:05:14
64Yauhen Sobal (Blr) Minsk Cycling Club0:05:51
65Hiu Fung Choy (HKg) Hksi Pro Cycling Team0:05:58
66Mehdi Rajabi (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Ccn Team0:06:06
67Anton Ivashkin (Blr) Minsk Cycling Club0:06:14
68Marco Zanotti (Ita) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team0:06:17
69Dostonbek Ollamov (Uzb) Beijing Xds-Innova Cycling Team0:06:26
70Wan Yau Lau (HKg) Hksi Pro Cycling Team0:06:32
71Sofiane Merignat (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence Ktm0:06:37
72Jan Kraus (Cze) Team Dukla Praha
73Maris Bogdanovics (Lat) Rietumu-Delfin0:06:46
74Konrad Tomasiak (Pol) Start Vaxes - Partizan Cycling Team0:06:47
75Karim Khorrami (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Ccn Team0:06:54
76Emils Liepins (Lat) Rietumu-Delfin0:06:55
77Martijn Verschoor (Ned) Team Novo Nordisk0:07:25
78Deins Kanepejs (Lat) Rietumu-Delfin0:07:47
79Cristobal Olavarria (Chi) Jilun - Shakeland Cycling Team0:07:55
80Volodymyr Gomenyuk (Ukr) Team Lvshan Landscape0:08:12
81Maksym Vasilyev (Ukr) Team Lvshan Landscape0:08:14
82Vladyslav Kreminskyi (Ukr) Isd - Jorbi Continental Team0:08:29
83Patrick Sharpe (Aus) St George Merida Cycling Team0:08:45
84Ruslan Karimov (Uzb) Rts - Santic Racing Team0:08:54
85Matyáš Strupek (Cze) Team Dukla Praha0:09:11
86Valerii Taradai (Ukr) Isd - Jorbi Continental Team0:09:51
87Chunlong Zhang (Chn) Ning Xia Sports Lottery Livall Cycling Team0:10:03
88Luke Parker (Aus) Attaque Team Gusto0:10:07
89Jakub Mareczko (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Southeast0:10:35
90Ho San Chiu (HKg) Hksi Pro Cycling Team0:10:41
91Nicolas Marini (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini0:11:03
92Rafael Andriato (Bra) Wilier Triestina-Southeast
93Christopher Williams (Aus) Team Novo Nordisk0:11:19
94Siarhei Papok (Blr) Minsk Cycling Club0:11:28
95Armands Becis (Lat) Rietumu-Delfin0:11:31
96Benjamin Harvey (Aus) St George Merida Cycling Team
97Roberto Pinheiro Da Silva (Bra) Funvic Soul Cycles - Carrefour0:11:32
98Dusan Kalaba (Srb) Start Vaxes - Partizan Cycling Team0:11:35
99Jozef Palcak (Svk) Dukla Banska Bystrica0:11:45
100Michal Kesl (Cze) Team Dukla Praha0:11:47
101Cristopher Mansilla Almonacid (Chi) Start Vaxes - Partizan Cycling Team0:11:48
102Erdenesuren Munkhtulga (Mgl) Ning Xia Sports Lottery Livall Cycling Team
103Yuriy Metlushenko (Ukr) Jilun - Shakeland Cycling Team0:11:49
104Gerd Keijzer (Ned) Team Novo Nordisk
105Artur Tsvetkov (Ukr) Team Lvshan Landscape0:11:50
106Nicholas Woods (Aus) St George Merida Cycling Team0:11:52
107Quentin Valognes (Fra) Team Novo Nordisk0:11:53
108Simin Adamek (Cze) Team Dukla Praha0:11:57
109Daniele Colli (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini0:12:00
110Martz Alder (USA) Attaque Team Gusto0:12:01
111Juraj Lajcha (Svk) Dukla Banska Bystrica0:12:06
112Corentin Cherhal (Fra) Team Novo Nordisk0:12:13
113Feng Qiao (Chn) Ning Xia Sports Lottery Livall Cycling Team0:12:22
114Tino Thömel (Ger) Rts - Santic Racing Team0:12:29
115Guy Kalma (Aus) Attaque Team Gusto0:12:40
116Andris Vosekalns (Lat) Rietumu-Delfin0:12:41
117Roman Seliversov (Ukr) Isd - Jorbi Continental Team0:13:11
118Patrik Tybor (Svk) Dukla Banska Bystrica0:13:29
119Timur Maleev (Ukr) Isd - Jorbi Continental Team0:14:24
120Francisco Chamorro (Arg) Funvic Soul Cycles - Carrefour0:14:46
121Massimo Graziato (Ita) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team0:15:01
122Darcy Ellerm-Norton (NZl) St George Merida Cycling Team0:15:21
123Genki Yamamoto (Jpn) Nippo - Vini Fantini
124Kwun Wa Law (HKg) Hksi Pro Cycling Team0:15:48
125Tomas Harag (Svk) Dukla Banska Bystrica0:16:18
126Milan Veltman (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team0:20:18
127Jos Koop (Ned) Start Vaxes - Partizan Cycling Team0:23:11

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