CyclingQuotes.com uses cookies for statistics and targeting ads. This information is shared with third parties.
ACCEPT COOKIES » MORE INFO »

Every day we bring you more pro-cycling news

Young Belkin rider escapes with Amorison from 15-rider breakaway, leaves his companion behind and takes a solo win on the first stage of the Tour of Hainan

MORENO HOFLAND

RIDER PROFILE
|
NEWS

TEAM JUMBO-VISMA

TEAM PROFILE
|
NEWS

TOUR OF HAINAN

RACE PROFILE
|
NEWS
20.10.2013 @ 18:01 Posted by Emil Axelgaard

Moreno Hofland (Belkin) took his first professional win in the final race of his first season with Belkin when the young Dutchman triumphed in the first stage of the Tour of Hainan. Having made it into a 15-rider breakaway with two of his teammates, he attacked with Frederic Amorison (Crelan) before riding away solo to take both the win and the first leader's jersey in the race.

 

When Moreno Hofland finished 3rd on the final stage of the Tour of Beijing, the talented Belkin sprinter made it clear that he planned to take his first professional win in the final race of his maiden season, the Tour of Hainan. The Chinese race kicked off with a short 85,6km stage today and Hofland fulfilled his promise on the very first occasion.

 

Early in the race, he joined teammates Tom Leezer and Jos Van Emden in a 15-rider breakaway that built up a gap that was big enough for the escapees to decide the win. Belkin used their strength in number and sent Hofland up the road, the Dutchman being joined by Frederic Amorision.

 

The front duo worked well together and were set to battle it out for the win in the final kilometres. Hofland relied on his fast finish and showed his speed when he opened up a massive 6-second gap on the finishing straight. Leezer made it a good day for Belkin when he won the sprint for 3rd, 17 seconds behind Hofland, while Theo Bos finished the Belkin domination by triumphing in the peloton's sprint for 16th.

 

With the win, Hofland is also the first leader of the race and takes a 16-second gap over Amorison into tomorrow's 175km second stage from Chengmai to Haikou. The 9-stage race finishes on October 28.

 

A short opener

The 8th edition of the Tour of Hainan, one of the biggest races on Chinese soil, kicked off with a 85,6km stage in Chengmai that started in the old town and finished in the city centre. Being mostly flat, the stage was expected to finish in a bunch sprint.

 

Several riders had, however, different plans and the race was off to a fast start with several attacks. When the race finally settled, a big 15-rider group had gone clear and was allowed to build up a gap.

 

A dangerous group

The group was made up of Kevin Peeters (Crelan-Euphony), William Walker (Drapac), Darren Lapthorne (Drapac), Connor McConvey (Synergy Baku), Moreno Hofland (Belkin), Tom Leezer (Belkin), Jos Van Emden (Belkin), Fabian Schnaidt (Champion System), Frederic Amorison (Crelan-Euphony), Jose Goncalves (La Pomme Marseille), Adrian Honkisz (CCC), Mykhailo Kononenko (Ukraine), Chris Williams (Novo Nordisk), Volodymyr Zagorodniy (Ukraine) and Dario Hernandez (Burgos BH) and so most of the big teams were represented in the break. This made it increasingly likely that the stage winner would be one of the escapees.

 

The breakaway riders battled it out for bonus seconds in the two intermediate sprints and Belkin showed its domination by claiming the first three spots on both occasions. The team also had things under control when the break had built up a gap that allowed it to contest the win and attacks started to get launched.

 

With 7km to go, Hofland and Amorison escaped and those  two riders worked well together to keep their former companions at bay. When they entered the finishing straight, Hofland showed his talents as a sprinter by relegating Amorison to 2nd. Leezer won the sprint for 3rd 17 seconds behind Hofland while Bos was first across the line from the peloton 45 seconds behind the stage winner.

 

Result:

1. Moreno Hofland 1.46.36

2. Frederic Amorison +0.06

3. Tom Leezer +0.17

4. Fabian Schnaidt

5. Mykhaylo Kononenko

6. Adrian Hinkisz

7. Kevin Peeters

8. Jos Van Emden

9. William Walker

10. Jose Goncalves

 

General classification:

1. Moreno Hofland 1.46.20

2. Frederic Amorison +0.16

3. Tom Leezer +0.26

4. Jos Van Emden +0.30

5. Fabian Schnaidt +0.33

6. Mykhaylo Kononenko

7. Adrian Hinkisz

8. Kevin Peeters

9. William Walker

10. Jose Goncalves

 

Points classification:

1. Moreno Hofland 26

2. Tom Leezer 17

3. Frederic Amorison 14

4. Jos Van Emden 12

5. Fabian Schnaidt 12

 

Teams classification:

1. Belkin 5.20.22

2. Crelan-Euphony +0.34

3. Drapac +0.49

4. Ukraine

5. La Pomme Marseille +1.13

MORE NEWS:

VIEW SELECTED

The Best Danish Cyclist To Bet On At 2022 Tour De France 13.01.2022 @ 15:262022 Upcoming Tournament Overview 03.01.2022 @ 09:45Best Place to Find Stand-Up Paddleboards 16.06.2021 @ 08:16What are Primoz Roglic’s Chances to Win 2021 Tour de Fr... 17.03.2021 @ 08:37Amazing victory by young champion Sarah Gigante 04.02.2021 @ 14:21Three reasons why cycling is one of the best ways to ex... 28.09.2020 @ 12:03Why do businesses use meeting room managers? 14.09.2020 @ 13:42Five things that you can do, if you want to gain more f... 20.08.2020 @ 15:38One for the road 09.06.2020 @ 15:25List of CyclingQuotes previews 07.05.2020 @ 13:20Blue Energy: room for all interests 26.08.2019 @ 12:56Get your daily dose of exercise at home 08.07.2019 @ 10:443 good advice to be able to afford your favorite bike 25.02.2019 @ 12:32Cycle through gorgeous landscapes 22.10.2018 @ 21:41Balance Your Economy and Diet and Start Saving Money 08.10.2018 @ 11:18Stay Safe: 3 Helmets That Can Keep Your Head Protected... 20.07.2018 @ 07:59Planning to bet on Tour De France - Bet types and strat... 24.05.2018 @ 14:18Basics of cycling betting 25.10.2017 @ 13:10Bauer moves to ORICA-SCOTT 28.08.2017 @ 10:45End of the road for CyclingQuotes 08.01.2017 @ 16:00Rui Costa confirms Giro participation 07.01.2017 @ 12:55Van Avermaet: I am not afraid of Sagan 07.01.2017 @ 09:45Unchanged course for E3 Harelbeke 07.01.2017 @ 09:32Jenner takes surprise win at Australian U23 Championships 07.01.2017 @ 08:53No replacement for Meersman at Fortuneo-Vital Concept 06.01.2017 @ 19:14Barguil with two goals in 2017 06.01.2017 @ 19:06More details about French Vuelta start emerges 06.01.2017 @ 14:16Kristoff to start season at Etoile de Besseges 06.01.2017 @ 14:10Ion Izagirre announces schedule for first year at Bahrain 06.01.2017 @ 12:40JLT Condor optimistic for Herald Sun Tour 06.01.2017 @ 09:19Haas leads Dimension Data trio in fight for Australian... 06.01.2017 @ 09:15Sagan spearheads Bora-hansgrohe at Tour Down Under 06.01.2017 @ 09:12Henao and Thomas lead Sky Down Under 06.01.2017 @ 09:09Bauer crowned New Zealand TT champion 06.01.2017 @ 08:33Van der Poel ready to defend Dutch title 05.01.2017 @ 21:00Pantano ambitious for first Tour with Trek 05.01.2017 @ 20:41Landa with new approach to the Giro 05.01.2017 @ 20:36Sunweb Development Team sign Goos and Zepuntke 05.01.2017 @ 20:27Dumoulin confirms Giro participation 05.01.2017 @ 20:19Bauer targets victories in Quick-Step debut 05.01.2017 @ 20:16Gaviria and Boonen lead Quick-Step in San Juan 05.01.2017 @ 20:13Team Sunweb presented in Germany 05.01.2017 @ 20:09ASO take over major German WorldTour race 05.01.2017 @ 11:01Team Sunweb unveil new jersey 05.01.2017 @ 10:54Reactions from the Australian TT Championships 05.01.2017 @ 08:27Dennis defends Australian TT title 05.01.2017 @ 08:21Scotson takes back to back U23 TT titles in Australia 05.01.2017 @ 08:15Utrecht on track to host 2020 Vuelta 04.01.2017 @ 18:28Pre-season setback for Talansky 04.01.2017 @ 17:56Kristoff: It's not impossible for me to win in Rou... 04.01.2017 @ 17:49Boom close to first cyclo-cross win in LottoNL debut 04.01.2017 @ 17:40UAE Abu Dhabi make late signing of Arab rider 04.01.2017 @ 17:36UAE Abu Dhabi unveil new jersey 04.01.2017 @ 17:30BMC unveil race schedule 04.01.2017 @ 17:21Androni sign Costa Rican super talent 04.01.2017 @ 17:13

Currently no news in this list

Chiara CAPUZZO
31 years | today
Andrey KARASSEV
34 years | today
Oscar ALVAREZ
45 years | today
Claire THOMAS
50 years | today
Nassim SAIDI
28 years | today

© CyclingQuotes.com