The Australian Deon Locke (Champion System) won after a break-away and a lonely finish the fourth stage of the cycling race Tour of Hajnan. The second to cross the finishing line, 5 seconds after the winner was – riding also alone – the representative of China Ma Hainjun. The third contestant at the finishing line was (10 seconds after Locke) was Wong Kam Po (Hong Kong China Team).
In the pursuit after Locke together with Ma Hainjun and Wong Kam Po was also Tomasz Kiendyś (CCC Polsat Polkowice), but he did not manage to reach the finishing line before he was absorbed by the peloton. Eventually, Kiendyś completed the Sunday rivalry in the 105th place, 2.24 after the Australian.
To the finishing line, situated in the capital of the Hajnan island – Haikou, the peloton was brought by the Saturday winner Tom Veelers (Skil-Shimano). The peloton, in the final kilometres driven by Skil and Astana did not manage to catch up with the break-away, although they were really close. Even 15 km before the finishing line the advantage of the 3-rider group including Tomek Kiendyś, had an advantage of 2.30 over the peloton, and in front of them there was also the escaping alone Deon Locke, 45 seconds before the chase group. Then out of the chase group the Chinese rider attacked, and soon after him the representative of Hong Kong, leaving the Pole behind.
In the streets of Haikou Bartłomiej Matysiak (CCC Polsat Polkowice) finished as the 8th in the peloton and in the 11th place in the GC.
The Poles were visible in that stage from the very beginning. Even the first attack was a break away of 12 cyclists among whom there was also Paweł Charucki. However, because of the Pole’s big distance to the leader the break-away was not favourable for the Polish team and it had to be eliminated. What is more important about half of the escapee group were only 14 seconds behind the French rider leading in the general classification. Then the riders of CCC Polsat Polkowice came to the head of the peloton and after a dozen or so kilometres the peloton was riding all together again. That action certainly cost the Polish riders a lot of strength, which was felt by the escaping Kiendyś in the final stretch of the stage.
In the general classification the leader is still Julien Jules (Velo-Club La Pomme Marseille). In the second place there is Valentin Iglinski (Astana) – 7 seconds adrift of the leader, and Aleksander Schmitt (Team Eddy Merckx-Indeland), who achieved an advance by 24 places, is in the third place. The German is also 7 seconds behind the leader.
The highest in the ranking Pole is still Kamil Zieliński, who fell by two positions and now is holding the 16th place, Batek is 25th – both are 16 seconds behind the leader. The 33rd place in the GC is held by Mateusz Taciak, who compared with the Saturday stage advanced by one place and now is 21 seconds behind the leader.
3.28 seconds adrift of the leader is, in the 48th position, Bartłomiej Matysiak, the 77th place is held by Tomasz Kiendyś (7.31), the 93th – by Paweł Charucki (30.31), and the 102nd – by Sylwester Janiszewski (36.08).
After 4 stages, without changes to the teams classification, CCC Polsat Polkowice is holding the 7th place. Goex-TMC is leading.
On Monday the peloton will reach the half of this year’s Tour of Hainan. The 5th stage will start in Haikou and after under 152km it will reach Chengmai. Along the route there are two sprint stages (93 km and 133 km).
The results of stage 4 – 23.10. Wenchang – Haikou, 153.8 km
1. Deon Locke (Champion System) 3:50:07
2. Ma Hainjun (China) 0:00:05
3. Wong Kam Po (Hong Kong) 0:00:10
11. Bartłomiej Matysiak 0:00:15
39. Kamil Zieliński
56. Dariusz Batek
77. Sylwester Janiszewski
88. Mateusz Taciak
95. Paweł Charucki 0:00:25
105. Tomasz Kiendyś 0:02:24
source: s24, Tomasz Piechal