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ST9 : Tour of Hainan :: Dangzhou-Chengmai – 165km

“Arman’s stage win is the Tour of Hainan highlight – the organizers made a decisive race and every day was a new challenge -“

DS Jaan Kirsipuu after stage nine at the Tour of Hainan -

Tuesday’s rolling stage from Dangzhou to Chengmai was the final day of racing in Hainan and the final race for Astana Pro Team in 2014 -

Arman Kamyshev won stage three into Yueliangwan, and Andrey Zeits finished third overall in the nine-stage race around China’s large tropical resort island -

Zeits also won the Best Asian Rider classification – the Pavlodar native has raced more than 14,000km this season in 93 calendar days of competition  – including the Giro d’Italia in May and the Vuelta a España in August and September -

 

 

ST8 : Tour of Hainan :: Wuzhishan-Danzhou – 154km

“Tomorrow will be difficult to change anything, because two teams are ahead of us and both are willing to work to defend their advantage -“

Alexandr Dyachenko after stage eight at the Tour of Hainan -

Dyachenko took KOM points at the beginning of Monday’s penultimate stage in this year’s Tour of Hainan, but a mostly flat road to the finish brought the peloton together for another field sprint -

Andrey Zeits, 25 seconds back, dropped from second overall to third as stagewinner Niccolo Bonifazio of Italy’s Lampre sprinted to take time bonuses and is now 22 seconds behind race leader Julien Antomarchi from France’s La Pomme Marseille -

Modern hotels and luxurious tourist comforts have greeted the peloton every day at the Tour of Hainan, with new roads and a new race schedule from years past -

Tuesday’s final stage into Chengmai is hilly at the start and finish, but it will be difficult to overcome a 25-second gap -

ST7 : Tour of Hainan :: Dongfang-Wuzhishan – 199km

“After the last climb we had 90 seconds on the leaders, but with Lampre chasing we had to attack the descent as well – a rough, wet, steep road through the jungle down to the finish – “

Andrey Zeits after stage seven at the Tour of Hainan – with three first category climbs, Sunday was the single most important day for General Classification -

Tropical rain again fell on the riders in Sunday’s five hours of racing from the seacoast into Hainan’s exotic bamboo jungle interior -

Zeits finished second on Sunday, one second behind stagewinner Julien Antomarchi of France, who now leads Andrey in the overall classification by 25 seconds with two days of competition to go – Zeits now leads the Best Asian Rider classification -

Teammate Alexandr Dyachenko and Zeits showed great strength on the third and final climb on Sunday, and by working together with Arman Kamyshev and Ruslan Tleubayev they effectively reduced the peloton to around 30 riders at the front with 20km to the finish -

Closer to the summit Astana Pro Team isolated key rivals from Lampre, as Dyachenko, Zeits and Antomarchi broke away to create an advantage of more than one minute over the top – but Antomarchi refused to work on the climb and only came to the front on the downhill -

Lampre was able to retake nearly one minute on the descent, and as Dyachenko lost contact Zeits was caught between trying to outsprint a fresh Antomarchi for the stage and trying to stay away from the approaching peloton -

ST6 : Tour of Hainan :: Sanya-Dongfang – 182km

“Antomarchi and Owsian – French and Polish riders who will be our main competitors to watch on Sunday in the mountains – Dyachenko and Kamyshev and I have the strongest team here and we will work out some tactics at the finish -“

Andrey Zeits after stage six at the Tour of Hainan -

Zeits and the rest of his teammates all finished together with stagewinner Nicolo Bonifazio of Italy, who moves into the leader’s jersey in General Classification ahead of tomorrow’s Queen Stage to Wuzishan -

A 5-man breakaway escaped on the mainly flat stage along Hainan’s southern coast on Saturday – after a chase the peloton caught the riders and finished all together under cloudy but dry skies after leaving the luxurious beach resort city of Sanya -

Sunday’s seventh stage is 199km long and features three first-category climbs before a fast 11-km descent to the finish in Wuzishan -

The 2014 Tour of Hainan races clockwise around the island, and this year began in the northern capital city Haikou, different than in years past with the grand depart and final stages in Sanya -

Monday’s finish in Chengmai is not flat, but Zeits and teammates agree that the greatest opportunity to win the overall classification comes Sunday in the mountains -

ST5 : Tour of Hainan :: Wanning-Sanya – 192km

“The second day of rain, that makes it harder – but Astana showed today in the first real climb of the race how strong we are – “

Andrey Zeits after stage five at the Tour of Hainan -

Zeits finished in the lead group of 24 riders with teammates Aleksandr Dyachenko, Ruslan Tleubayev and Arman Kamyshev – in front of the rest of the peloton by more than two minutes -

Rain should continue through the weekend, but Zeits, now 26 seconds behind overall leader Andrea Palini of Italy, said Sunday’s finish in Wuzishan, with two first-category climbs, could see Astana Pro Team move into the lead -

Tleubayev finished third on Friday, and is now seventh overall, with Kamyshev in fifth, 16 seconds back -

ST4 : Tour of Hainan :: Wengchang-Xinglong – 145km

“Three riders got into a breakaway and we couldn’t quite catch them – in the final 30km the rain and wind was heavy -“

Dmitriy Gruzdev after stage four at the Tour of Hainan -

French rider Julien Antomarchi won the rolling stage southward along the seacoast – a tailwind helped the breakaway of just three riders, and when rain began and the wind shifted, the peloton was unable to catch Antomarchi when he soloed to victory -

Ruslan Tleubayev finished fourth, two seconds behind Antomarchi, who now leads the overall classification by four seconds – Arman Kamyshev sits in seventh overall, 10 seconds down -

Sunday’s seventh stage is a full mountain finish and should decide the General Classification, with Astana Pro Team ready to react -