Kenny Van Hummel from Skil-Shimano won the sixth stage of Tour of Hainan with the finishing line in Danzhou. The Frenchman Justin Jules (La Pomme Marseille) is still the leader of the general classification. The Dutch rider defeated in the final sprint the Malaysian rider Hariff Salleh (Terengganu Cycling Team) and the Swiss cyclist Peter Erdin (Atlas Personal).
– The race is harder and harder – said Mateusz Taciak after the finish on Tuesday. – That stage was already very difficult, and the tomorrow’s one is expected to be even worse. You can see that Astana got down to work and they are going to win that race.
The highest position out of the Polish riders was reached by Bartłomiej Matysiak (CCC Polsat Polkowice), who was ranked in the 22nd place. In the GC the places on the podium have not changed. Jules is still leading, before Valentin Iglinski from Astana and Alexander Schmitt (Team Eddy Merckx).
The highest ranked Polish rider is still Dariusz Batek – the 23rd place, 16 seconds behind the leader. The 26th place is held by Zieliński (16 seconds adrift of the leader), who had on Tuesday 20 seconds subtracted from the gap between him and the leader by the referees, because they did not notice signals of the defect by the member of Piotr Wadecki’s group in the protected zone 3 km before the finishing line. On Tuesday it was corrected and Zieliński is again 16 seconds behind the leading French rider. The 33rd position in the GC is held by Taciak – 21 seconds behind the leader, the 45th place is held by Matysiak – 3.28, the 74th by Kiendyś – 7.31, the 89th by Charucki – 30.31 and the 97th by Janiszewski – 36.22.
The best team after six stages of Tour of Hainan is GEOX-TMC. The second place is held by Drapac, and the third Skil-Shimano. The Polish CCC Polsat Polkowice is in the 7th position.
On Wednesday the 7th stage of the race around that tropical island. The Peloton will ride from Danzhou to Dongfang, a port town on the western coast of the Hajnan island and it will ride 196 km. Along the route there are three sprint stages located by the organizers of the race (55 km, 88 km, 134 km) and three climbs (33 km – cat. 3, 41 km – cat. 3, 64 km – cat. 2).
The results of stage 6 – 25.10. Chengmai – Danzhou, 197.8 km
1. Kenny van Hummel (Skil-Shimano)
2. Hariff Salleh (Terengganu Cycling Team)
3. Peter Erdin (Atlas Personal)
22. Bartłomiej Matysiak
43. Dariusz Batek
61. Tomasz Kiendyś
73. Kamil Zieliński
81. Mateusz Taciak
90. Paweł Charucki
92. Sylwester Janiszewski 0:00:14
source: s24.pl, Tomasz Piechal