Patryk Stosz showcased his power in the last stage of Tour of Hainan, breaking away and finishing in the top 15 in the bunch sprint.
On the last day of 11th edition of Tour of Hainan, the riders faced 88-kilometer course from Qiongzhong to Xinglong. The stage was mostly flat, with just one cat.4 climb with 15 kilometers to go, so a bunch sprint finish was expected. Branislau Samoilau approached the final day sitting in 15th place overall.
It was the last chance for the “orange squad” to make their presence known in 2016 season and Patryk Stosz took full advantage of it. He went clear with three other riders : Zhang Zheng (Wisdom – Hengxiang Cycling Team), Olekxiy Kasianov (Jilun Shakeland Cycling Team) and Andrii Bratashchuk (Kolss BDC Team). The sprinters teams didn’t let them gain too much space, as the maximum gap never exceeded 1:30.
With 40 kilometers to go the bunch split and CCC Sprandi Polkowice riders were well represented in the front group. They set high pace to make sure that those who lost ground, don’t return. Unfortunately none of other teams contributed and it all came back together.
With 30 kilometers remaining Stosz and two other escapees got reeled in and the lone leader Kasianova was joined by Thomas Vaubourzeix (Delko Marseille Provence KTM) and Liu Jianpeng (Wisdom – Hengxiang Cycling Team). At this point the peloton was already at full speed and caught also that trio inside last 10 kilometers.
Just like every other flat stage of this year’s Tour of Hainan, it was all decided in a bunch sprint and for the fifth time Max Walscheid (Giant-Alpecin) was the fastest. He outsprinted Roberto Ferrari (Lampre – Merida) and Brenton Jones (Drapac Professional Cycling). Despite being one of the most aggressive riders of the day, Patryk Stosz still found some power in the legs and managed to take 14th place at the line.
Branislau Samoilau came in in the bunch and secured his 15th place overall. Alexey Lutsenko (Astana) defended his yellow jersey and claimed the final win in the general classification.