Wippert surges from winning breakway, Antomarchi crowned in Chengmai
excerpts from Tour of Hainan
Another rider who’d really like to come back to the Chinese island is Antomarchi but at this stage he’s got no guarantee of having a contract with a professional cycling team in 2015. “This is my first ever victory in a stage race overall”, the Frenchman noted. “It’s a great one, in a very well organized H.C. race. This is a big step in my career and I hope it’s not the end. I wasn’t a favorite before the start because of the three Pro Teams (Astana, Belkin and Lampre-Merida) in contention and I was also not sure of my own shape. I’ve been kind of lucky to win stage 4 as logically the bunch should have caught me but it gave me the time bonus I needed to secure the lead in the queen stage. Tactically, we’ve worked really well as a team. It’s a surprise that I win but it’s a nice surprise.”
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