Race: Tour of Hainan/ Stage 7
Distance: 199.3 kilometers
Overview: Sunday’s nearly 200-kilometer race started fast despite 1,500 meters of climbing ahead. Team Novo Nordisk raced aggressively from the start in an attempt to get into the day’s break, but no riders were able to get into the front group. The final Category 1 climb, situated 10 kilometers from the finish, shattered the peloton. Julien Antomarchi (Team La Pomme Marseille 13) took the win one second ahead of Andrey Zeits (Astana Pro Team) while the rest of the field rolled in one-by-one.
“The last two stages should be sprints, so I would like to try again,” Team Novo Nordisk’s Andrea Peron said. “I hope to get lucky and finally find some space for a good final sprint.”
Results: Julien Antomarchi (Team La Pomme Marseille 13) climbed to the win and took the overall race lead followed by Andrey Zeits (Astana Pro Team) and Niccolo Bonifazio (Lampre-Merida).
Team Novo Nordisk, the world’s first all-diabetes pro cycling team, continues racing at the Tour of Hainan on Monday when Stage 8 starts in Wuzhishan. The 154.1-km race features three intermediate sprints and two categorized climbs before finishing in Danzhou.