TNN Tackles Penultimate Stage at Tour of Hainan
29 October 2016
Race: Tour of Hainan, Stage 8
Start/Finish: Sanya / Qiongzhong, China
Distance: 165.8 kilometers
Qiongzhong, China —At 165.8 kilometers, Saturday’s stage 8 of the Tour of Hainan wasn’t the longest of the 9-day race, but with four categorized climbs it proved to be one of the most challenging.
The peloton set a high pace in the opening kilometers, discouraging any breakaway attempts, and the bunch held tightly together for first 50km. But after 55km of racing, a group of nine riders managed to break free and eventually built a maximum gap of 3:50.
The peloton shattered on the race’s penultimate climb (featuring an average gradient of 8.1%), and Team Novo Nordisk riders Brian Kamstra and Joonas Henttala emerged with the chase group.
At 30km to go, the break had been reeled in, and the lead group of 22 riders prepared for the sprint. Alexey Lutsenko (Astana Pro Team) won the day and retains the yellow jersey. Kamstra and Henttala finished best for Team Novo Nordisk at 39th and 40th respectively.
Team Novo Nordisk, the world’s first all-diabetes pro cycling team, continues racing tomorrow at the final stage of Tour of Hainan, the 145.5-km stage 9 from Qiongzhong to Xinglong.
- 1st: Alexey Lutsenko (Astana Pro Team): 4:13:50
- 2nd: Rafael Andriato (Wilier – Southeast): “
- 3rd: Andrea Pasqualon (Team Roth): “
Team Novo Nordisk results:
- 39th: Brian Kamstra: 3:18 behind Lutsenko
- 40th: Joonas Henttala: “
- 95th: Chris Williams: 22:10
- 98th: Quentin Valognes: “
- DNS: Andrea Peron
(Photos: ©Anne Wu)