Top 20 for TNN at the opening stage of Tour of Hainan

05 October 2023

The Tour of Hainan kicked off with a bang as Team Novo Nordisk secured two top 20 finishes. The opening stage covered a swift 93 km along the beautiful Hainan Island coastline, with Hamish Beadle securing a remarkable 15th place, setting the tone for a triumphant day, closely followed by Quinten de Graeve in the 16th position.

Gennady Mikhaylov, Sports Director:

“The team rode really well today. The peloton stayed together the whole race, and the stage finished in a bunch sprint.”

“Hamish was positioned well in the final sprint, but he was closed in by other riders at the end. It was a close one, but he secured a fantastic 15th place. Quinten was also excellent, finishing right behind him in 16th. It’s a great start to the Tour of Hainan, and we’re looking forward to the next stages.”

Hamish Beadle (NZL):

“It was good to test the legs out today. I felt really good in the sprint, but I lost positioning in the final 300m. We need to work on some things as a team, but overall, it was a good day for us. Now that the nerves are out of the system, we will try again tomorrow.”

Photo credits: Santic Cycling

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