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Mareczko took the biggest win of his career by winning the bunch sprint on stage 6 of the Tour of Hainan; Palini and Modolo rounded out the top 3 and Modolo defended the lead

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25.10.2015 @ 16:34 Posted by Emil Axelgaard

The sixth bunch sprint finish of the Tour of Hainan saw a fourth different winner as 21 year old Italian neo-pro Jakub Mareczko of Southeast claimed his first real pro victory after Andrea Palini, Sacha Modolo and Benjamin Giraud took the laurels on the Chinese island. Modolo retained the overall lead with an advantage of nine seconds over Palini.

 

After a very fast start to the 174km stage, Julien El Fares (Team Marseille 13 KTM) managed to break clear alone and was chased by Mykhaylo Kononenko (Ukraine). The Ukrainian was unable to close the gap and returned to the bunch. The Frenchman established a 5-minute lead, but the solo ride took its toll on him and he was caught at the 82 kilometer mark.

 

The next move included Yikui Niu (China Yindongi Hainan – Wildto Cycling) and Me Guangtong (Hengxiang Cycling Team). Josef Cerny (CCC Sprandi) and Rafaa Chtioui (Skydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team – Al Ahli Club) joined them. They merged but Cerny couldn’t maintain the pace and was dropped. At the maximum point, the leading trio’s advantage was at 2 minutes.

 

This time the chasing process was very precise and the bunch reeled the last survivor, Niu, in with 4 kilometers to go. For the sixth consecutive time, the stage came down to a bunch sprint finish. Today it was Jakub Mareczko who was the fastest, as he outsprinted Andrea Palini (Skydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team – Al Ahli Club) and race leader Sacha Modolo (Lampre – Merida). Mareczko was smart enough to wait till the last minute after Drapac led the field in the run in to the final sprint with a curve 700 metres before the line. Modolo looked to have taken a good advantage of the Australian again before his young compatriot passed him. Palini completed the fully Italian podium.

 

Tomorrow's seventh stage should be another one for the sprinters before Tuesday's queen stage which is likely to shape the GC.

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