Another sprint victory for Max Walscheid at Tour of Hainan


Max Walscheid sprinted to his second victory in two days at the Tour of Hainan, and remains the leader in the general and points classification.

With the start in Chengmai, the stage covered 159.4 km, with a cat. 4 climb along the way. The stage saw an eight-rider breakaway move clear, gaining four minutes before the bunch tightened the leash and reduce their gap. A bunch sprint always looked on the cards, and with 30km to go the advantage was being held at around two minutes.

In the finale, everything came back together and Team Giant-Alpecin were among those working hard at the head of the peloton and were the dominant sprint train going into the finale. Once again, Max Walscheid was the strongest and took an emphatic victory in the sprint finish.

Max Walscheid said after the stage: “I’m really happy to have won today and to keep the positive momentum going. The guys rode another fantastic race and we were always in control at the front of the peloton.

“The bunch sprint was a bit more hectic compared to yesterday with a slightly uphill finish, and a fight for position with other teams. I managed to find a gap with 500 meters to go and then I went full speed to the finish line. I am delighted with my second victory in two days and am really grateful to the team.”

Tour of Hainan 2016 – stage 4 results:

1 Max Walscheid (Giant-Alpecin)


2 Roberto Ferrari (Lampre-Merida)


3 Adrian Kurek (CCC Sprandi Polkowice)


4 Andrea Pasqualon (Roth)


5 Zsolt Der (Vorarlberg)


6 Rafael Andriato (Wilier – Southeast)


7 Ruslan Tleubayev (Astana)


8 Brenton Jones (Drapac)


9 Vasily Neustroev (Russia)


10 Francesc Zurita (Vorarlberg)



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