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“The plan was to ride for Theo Bos but when we saw we were going to make it I just gave everything,” continued Hofland. “After a few attacks, I was able to follow Amorison. In the final kilometre, I waited and when I start...

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20.10.2013 @ 18:58 Posted by Jesper Ralbjerg

Moreno Hofland made a flying start to the Tour of Hainan. In the opening stage of the Chinese stage race the Belkin Pro Cycling Team neo-pro recorded his first win at the highest level. On the “Hawaii of China”, he also claimed the first leader’s jersey of the race.

 

“This is very cool,” said a happy Hofland. “I was good in Beijing, where I already finished third in the final stage and winning here feels great. I hoped I could pull it off, but that’s always easier said than done. Now I hope more victories will follow, for the team and for me as well.”

 

Supreme Belkin

Hofland forced a break of 15 riders along with his team-mates Tom Leezer and Jos van Emden. In both intermediate sprints between Chengmai and Chengmai old Town, the Belkin Pro Cycling Team ruled. On both occasions, Sports Director Michiel Elijzen’s riders claimed the first three spots. In the last seven kilometres, Hofland attacked along with Frederic Amorison (Crelan-Euphony).

 

“The plan was to ride for Theo Bos but when we saw we were going to make it I just gave everything,” continued Hofland. “After a few attacks, I was able to follow Amorison. In the final kilometre, I waited and when I started my sprint, I was instantly clear.”

 

Best start possible

Elijzen could not have wished for a better start to the Tour of Hainan. With the 29th win of the season in the pocket, the team will keep hunting for victory 30 - or maybe more.

“The boys were all very strong today. We were very dominant. We collected all the bonus seconds. I think we really have a chance to claim that 30th victory”, said Elijzen.

 

“Theo won the group sprint easily today, which is a good sign as I expect some more bunch kicks this week. The guys are all motivated and strong. We should be able to get that one additional win, and maybe more.”

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