Race: Tour of Hainan/ Stage 6
Distance: 182.1 kilometers
Overview: Saturday’s 182.1-kilometer stage saw a hectic start heading out of Sanya with the riders covering more than 50 km in the first hour of racing. Team Novo Nordisk was determined to get into the day’s breakaway, and all the riders were seen at the front covering attacks. Finally, Stephen Clancy escaped with four other riders. The peloton was only willing to give them a gap of three and a half minutes, yet the escapees worked well together. The peloton did not reel them in until the final four kilometers, setting up a sprint finish. Niccolo Bonifazio (Lampre-Merida) took the win with Team Novo Nordisk’s Andrea Peron sprinting to eighth place, the team’s best result of the race.
“It was a good day for the team alright,” Clancy said. “It was a hard day, but the breakaway worked well together for over 120 kilometers. Despite getting caught, we still topped off the stage with a top ten finish for the team, so we are happy.”
Results: Niccolo Bonifazio (Lampre-Merida) took the win ahead of Barry Markus (Belkin Pro Cycling Team) and Wouter Wippert (Drapac Professional Cycling).
Team Novo Nordisk, the world’s first all-diabetes pro cycling team, continues racing at the Tour of Hainan on Sunday with the race’s queen stage. The 199.3-km stage features three intermediate sprints and three Category 1 climbs before finishing in Wuzhishan.
(Photo: ©Anne Wu)