Wang Meiyin claimed the yellow jersey from Niccolo Bonifazio (Lampre-Merida) at the conclusion of today’s stage 3 in Yueliangwan.
Meiyin’s victory in the second intermediate sprint led him to the first position overall, as none of the top 3 previous highest ranked riders, Bonifazio, Andrea Palini and Moreno Hofland, managed to score on the finish line where Arman Kamyshev from Kazakhstan emerged as stage 3 winner of the ninth Tour of Hainan. So after three stages, all three Pro Teams in contention (Belkin, Lampre-Merida and Astana) have bagged a success.
“One kilometer away from that intermediate sprint point, about twenty riders had broken away and started to fight for time bonus”, Wang explained. “Very few of them remained behind me when I accelerated and I was lucky to gain the time bonus . It’s not only an honor for me but it’s an honor for Chinese people that I’m wearing the yellow jersey in such a big race. Now I want to retain the lead with the help of my team in order to make Chinese people even prouder.”
“I remained boxed in”, Bonifazio said. “The strong side wind was the source of a mistake. I rode too far right.” Second placed Maksym Averyn from Synergy Baku Cycling Project also praised Astana’s good job. “I tried to win but it’s also nice to get a podium finish in an important race like the Tour of Hainan”, the sprinter from Azerbaijan noted. “In the last thirty kilometers, there was a strong side wind, so it was really important to be in a good position. My team did a great job to keep me in the top 5 or 6 all the time but there was one rider faster than me. Astana also did a great job. They made the race very active at the end.”
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