In Sanya, LAMPRE-MERIDA offered to the cycling fans an amazing show, ruling the 5th stage of Tour of Hainan (start from Xinglong, lenght 192,8 km).
This is today outcome of the blue-fuchsia-green team: victory and leadership of the overall classification for Palini, second place in the stage for Bonifazio and leader jersey in the points standing for Palini.
The course of the stage was more demanding than the previous days ones, so there was a selection in the bunch.
On the summit of the last climb of the stage (27 km to go, 5 km of lenght), ten riders were leading the race and Mori was among them. In the downhill and the plain to the arrival, Palini, Bonifazio and Ferrari could join the head of the race, forming with other riders a group of 22 cyclists that battled in the final sprint.
Mori and Ferrari worked to support Palini and Bonifazio, who obtained a great double in the rain (photo).
“This victory is the result of my good condition, of my strong will and of a perfect support by the team – Palini explained – I did not give up on the climb, so I could recover the head group: I still had energies, I was feeling good and so I was very happy when also Ferrari and Mori reached the leading bunch.
They were great in preparing the sprint for me and Bonifazio and I’m very happy I could win”.
1- Palini 4h32’51″
2- Bonifazio s.t.
3- Telubayev s.t.
4- Kamishev s.t.
5- Astafyev s.t.
20- Ferrari s.t., 24- Mori s.t., 55- Xu 3’09″, 62- Bono s.t.
1- Palini 17h54’55″
2- Bonifazio 6″
3- Antomarchi s.t.
4- Wang 14″
5- Kamishev 16″