Tour of Hainan: Małecki in the break, Stosz active in the sprint

Kamił Małecki was part of the breakaway of the day in stage 3 of Tour of Hainan. In another sprinting battle Max Walscheid took the win, becoming also the new GC leader.

Kamil Małecki pulled away early into the 208-kilometer stage. He was joined in the front by Mirko Tedeschi (Wilier – Southeast), Lachlan Norris (Drapac Professional Cycling), Clement Koretzky (Team Vorarlberg), Guangtong Ma (Wisdom – Hengxiang Cycling Team), Nazaerbieke Bieken (Hy Sport – Look Continental Cycling), Carlos Ospina (RTS – Monton Racing) and Oleksandr Prevar (Kolss BDC Team). They established over 5-minute lead.

Kamił Małecki didn’t settle only with presence in the escape. He wanted to make the most of it and decided to fight for the KOM jersey. He won the only cat. 4 climb of the day and tied Jingbiao Zhao (Wisdom – Hengxiang Cycling Team) as the leader of the classification. Zhao kept the jersey though, since he was higher in the GC standings after the stage.

With 40km to go the breakaway split. CCC Sprandi Polkowice rider was not able to make the cut and returned to the bunch.

After next few attacks, De Rossi emerged in the lead. He was the last man to get caught, with 16km to go. There were some attackers trying to go away late, but the sprinter teams had things all under control.

For the third consecutive time the winner came from bunch gallop. It was a very tight sprint and the photo finish was useful to decide who was first at the line. It was Max Walscheid (Giant-Alpecin) who took the honors, defeating Andrea Pasqualon (Team Roth) and Tino Thomel (RTS – Monton Racing).

This time Patryk Stosz was the team’s finisher, claiming 12th place.