Tom Veelers won stage 3 of the cycling race of Tour of Hainan. The 27-year-old rider from Skil-Shimano turned out to be the quickest contestant after a field sprint. The Saturday distance from Xinglong to Wenchang was 161 kilometres long, and the average speed in that stage was 41.5 km/h.
The second place at the finishing line of stage three was taken by another representative of Skil-Shimano, Kenny van Hummel. The third contestant was the Malaysian rider, Hariff Salleh (Terengganu Cycling Team).
The highest ranked Pole was Sylwester Janiszewski, who took the 22nd place.
The Saturday stage went around five big cities – Xinglong, Wanning, Longgun, Qionghai and Wenchang. In the streets thousands of people cheered on the cyclists, standing along the route of the race. Like yesterday, the third stage of the race ended with a field sprint. The team of Skil-Shimano excellently led out the Dutchman Veelers, who achieved the stage win.
In the general classification the leading is maintained by the Frenchman Justin Jules (Velo Club La Pomme Marseille), who is 7 seconds quicker than the Kazakh rider Valetnin Iglinski (Astana) and by 11 seconds faster than the representative of the Republic of South Africa Reinhardt Janse van Rensburg (MTN Quebeka).
Among the Polish rider the highest position in the GC is held by Zieliński, who has dropped 7 position lower compared with the previous day. He is holding now the 14th place, 16 seconds behind the leader of the race. Another advance in the individual classification was achieved by Dariusz Batek (3 positions up), who is holding the 20th place, the same length of time behind Jules as Zieliński.
In the teams classification the leading has been taken over by the team of Skill-Shimano, that advanced by three positions. One place up moved Astana and they are second, while on the lowest step of the podium of that ranking is Team Eddy Merckx (2 places higher). CCC Polsat Polkowice without changing their position, 5 seconds behind the leader, holding the 7th place.
On Sunday the next, fourth stage of the race. This time the riders will move from Wenchang to the capital of the island – Haikou. The stage will be just under 164 km long. It will be a flat stretch with tree sprint stages (the 1st in the 45 km, the 2nd in the 77 km and the 3rd in the 97 km).
Stage 3 – 22.10. Xinglong – Wenchang, 162.9 km
1. Tom Veelers (Skil – Shimano) 3:53:30
2. Kenny van Hummel (Skil – Shimano)
3. Hariff Salleh (Terengganu Cycling Team)
22. Sylwester Janiszewski
32. Bartłomiej Matysiak
51. Tomasz Kiendyś
58. Kamil Zieliński
80. Mateusz Taciak
86. Paweł Charucki
source: s24.pl, Tomasz Piechal