Blue-fuchsia-green riders flied once again to the victory in Tour of Hainan, thanks to the success by Bonifazio in the 6th stage (Sanya-Dongfang, 182,1 km) of the Chinese race.
The Italian neopro also conquered the leadership of the overall classification.
Thanks to this victory, the successes for LAMPRE-MERIDA in Hainan are 3, 2 of them were conquered by Bonifazio, and 3 are the leader jerseys obtained by the riders directed by Simone Pedrazzini.
Bonifazio won 5 times in this season, LAMPRE-MERIDA’s victories are 26.
The stage was not demanding, so 5 attackers could escape from the peloton after 50 km in the race, but Team LAMPRE-MERIDA controlled them thanks to Xu Gang and Bono, who limited the gap at no more than 3′.
The chase was completed at 2500 mt to go, in time for allowing Ferrari to start his support as lead out man for Bonifazio.
“Another perfect performance by the team produced another victory – Bonifazio commented – Today everyone in LAMPRE-MERIDA was great and I’m happy I could achieve this success, despite a problem in the sprint when Palini, who was protecting my rear wheel, almost crashed.
I was aware there would have been many opportunities for the sprinters here in Hainan, that’s why I trained heavily in order to be ready to exploit these occasions”.
1- Bonifazio 4h02’18″
2- Markus s.t.
3- Wippert s.t.
4- Jules s.t.
5- Kankovsky s.t.
15- Palini s.t., 42- Mori s.t., 44- Ferrari s.t., 123- Bono 24″, 124- Xu s.t.
1- Bonifazio 21h57’09″
2- Palini 4″
3- Antomarchi 10″
4- Wang 18″
5- Kamyshev 20″