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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 -

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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 -

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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 -

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ST3 : Tour of Hainan :: Haikou-Yueliangwan – 135km

“We were all working for Ruslan today, but in a group sprint it’s always chaos – I found myself in the best position at the best moment and then found victory inside the chaos -“

Arman Kamyshev, who won stage three at the Tour of Hainan on Wednesday -

Kamyshev and his teammates found themselves in the bright tropical sun, chasing a dangerous 5-man breakaway on a rolling course across three intermediate sprint points -

With just a few kilometers to go two riders from the breakaway remained in front by nearly a minute, and Dmitriy Gruzdev and Andrey Zeits took to the front to close the gap and set up designated sprinter Ruslan Tleubayev for a shot at the sprint finish -

In the confusion and strong winds that met the peloton all day, Tleubayev found himself in a good position, but for the finish line Kamyshev was even better, and with no need to communicate, the two riders acknowledged their shared team interest and Arman rode to victory -

 

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ST2 : Tour of Hainan :: Chengmai-Haikou – 207km

“We will work for Ruslan every day in the sprint – Dyachenko, Zeits and Kamyshev look really sharp, and we will be ready on stage seven to race for the General Classification – “

Jaan Kirsipuu after stage two at the Tour of Hainan – from Chengmai resort into capital city Haikou -

Ruslan Tleubayev finished eighth in a mass sprint won by Nicolo Bonifazzio from Italy – all Astana Pro Team riders finished in the same time ahead of Wednesday’s stage three -

Tleubayev arrived in Hainan only on the night before the first stage of competition, due to visa requirements, and is adjusting to time and temperature differences quickly -

Tuesday’s stage began on the shores of the Nandu river in Chengmai, home to Hainan island’s television and radio program production offices and coffee plantations, and climbed mid-stage to a plateau before descending to the seacoast and the busy Haikou metropolis -

 

 

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ST1 : Tour of Hainan :: Chengmai-Chengmai – 84km

“It’s good weather in Hainan, and our main goal for General Classification will be stage seven -“

Andrey Zeits after stage one at the Tour of Hainan -

Zeits and the entire Astana Pro Team squad finished with the same time at stagewinner Moreno Hofland of the Netherlands -

Monday’s opening stage for the 8-day 2014 Tour of Hainan was a short circuit race in the northern city of Chengmai, a change from previous starts in Sanya on the southern coast of the tropical island -