A bunch of blue-fuchsia-green jerseys in the head positions of the peloton in the massive sprint at the end of the 1st stage of Tour of Hainan (Chenmgai-Chenmgai, 85,4 km), but the victory went to Moreno Hofland (Belkin).
LAMPRE-MERIDA could not win, but it ruled the race standing thanks to the second place of Palini (2nd), Bonifazio (4th) and Ferrari (6th).
At the end of a very short stage, Chenmgai arrival offered to Palini (photo Bettini) the opportunity for a payback on Hofland, who had preceded him twice in Tour of Utah: unfortunately, also in China the values was kept and Palini was second behind the Dutch rider.
“It was not simple to be competitive in a such short stage, after a very long journey to reach Hainan – Palini explained – The sprint was open to many riders, I tried to follow Hofland but I could not overtake him.
Belkin is a very good team, but LAMPRE-MERIDA is even better and we’ll hit for sure the target“.
1- Hofland 1h56’30″
2- Palini s.t.
3- Rybin s.t.
4- Bonifazio s.t.
5- Brown s.t.
6- Ferrari s.t., 21- Mori s.t., 95- Bono s.t., 98- Xu s.t.
1- Hofland 1h56’20″
2- Palini 4″
3- Rybin 6″
4- Hernandez s.t.
5- Asadov 7″