Stagiaire Shines at Tour of Hainan
28 October 2016
Race: Tour of Hainan, Stage 7
Start/Finish: Wuzhishan / Sanya, China
Distance: 127.4 kilometers
Sanya, China — Team Novo Nordisk stagiaire Quentin Valognes showed promising form on Friday’s stage 7 of Tour of Hainan, sprinting to a solid 12th place.
The 127.4-km stage featured a hilly profile with minor climbs at the start and mostly terrain flat towards the end. A break of seven riders was able to go clear soon after the start and eventually build a maximum gap of 3:00 before a full-gas peloton endeavored to hunt them down.
“Today was the first stage where the breakaway made a big effort to resist the peloton,” said Valognes, “so with 20-25km to go, it was full gas. And since the pace was so high fewer riders were able to make the sprint, which I liked.”
With 5km remaining, the peloton was back together, and the riders prepared for another animated sprint finish.
Max Walscheid (Team Giant – Alpecin) edged out Brenton Jones (Drapac Professional Cycling) to claim another stage win, and Valognes finished best for Team Novo Nordisk at 12th.
“My more experienced teammates gave me a lot of advice before and during the race,” Valognes said. “It’s good stuff and it really motivates me. Every guy on the team won’t hesitate to sacrifice himself for a teammate, and that gives me a lot of confidence. I’m also glad to see that I am recovering well, because it’s the first time that I’ve raced at this long of a distance, for 9 days and in a tropical climate.”
Team Novo Nordisk, the world’s first all-diabetes pro cycling team, continues racing tomorrow at the penultimate stage of Tour of Hainan, the 165.8-km stage 8 from Sanya to Qiongzhong.
- 1st: Max Walscheid (Team Giant – Alpecin): 2:51:45
- 2nd: Brenton Jones (Drapac Professional Cycling): “
- 3rd: Rafael Andriator (Wilier – Southeast): “
Team Novo Nordisk results:
- 12th: Quentin Valognes: “
- 12th: Andrea Peron: “
- 17th: Brian Kamstra: “
- 52nd: Joonas Henttala:”
- 78th: Chris Williams: “
(Photos: ©Anne Wu)