Benhamouda Just Outside Top 10 at Tour of Hainan

By teamnovonordisk

Race: Tour of Hainan, stage 6

Start/Finish: Changjiang/Sanya, China

Distance: 220 kilometers

SANYA, CHINA – Team Novo Nordisk felt the crosswinds again on Thursday at the Tour of Hainan, on a long southerly jaunt down the west coast of China’s tropical tourist destination for five hours of stage six.

Heat and humidity again took their toll on the peloton, and in anticipation of Friday’s Queen Mountain Stage into the hilly interior of Hainan Island, the 113 remaining riders in the peloton let a small breakaway build a four-minute gap before snapping to attention and commencing the chase. Once again the race would end in a mass sprint, Team Novo Nordisk available with two riders at the finish.

A crowded finish line opened to Mehdi Benhamouda and Umberto Poli on Thursday, who now have seven top 15s between them at the 2017 Tour of Hainan, steady results their young professional careers, with marked improvement stage by stage as fatigue and difficulty increase. On Friday there will be a pause in this style of flat racing in favor of the climbers until after the mountains.

Joonas Henttala:

Generally hot conditions again today, so the bigger teams were taking it all with anticipation of the climbing on tomorrow’s Queen …read more

Via:: Team Novo Nordisk