uses cookies for statistics and targeting ads. This information is shared with third parties.

Every day we bring you more pro-cycling news

Dutch sprinter takes his third consecutive win in another bunch sprint finish as he beats Rico Rogers and Kevin Peeters; his teammate Hofland defends his overall lead

Photo: Cor Vos




23.10.2013 @ 14:18 Posted by Simon Knudstrup

The Bos (Belkin) is simply unstoppable in the Tour of Hainan. Today the Dutch sprinter took his third consecutive win on the 4th stage of the race by beating Rico Rogers (Synergy Baku) and Kevin Peeters (Crelan) in the bunch sprint. His teammate Moreno Hofland finished 23rd and so defended his overall lead over Frederic Amorison (Crelan).


Having taken his 8th win of the season, Theo Bos claimed yesterday that he would stop winning as it would be hard to beat his 2013 tally in the future. However, the Dutch sprinter didn't keep his word as he continued his domination of the Tour of Hainan on the fourth stage.


For the third day in a row, the stage ended in a bunch sprint and as it had been the case on the first two occasions, Bos was in a class of his own. Having once again being delivered perfectly to the line by lead-out man Lars Boom, he powered clear and easily beat Rico Rogers and Kevin Peeters to take his third and Belkin's fourth win in the race.


However, one thing was different from the two previous stages. Today Bos' teammate and overall leader Moreno Hofland was boxed in and so couldn't stay on the wheel of the wheel of the team's designated sprinter. He drifted back in the peloton to finish 23rd in the same time as Bos and so Belkin failed in their quest to make it three 1-2s in a row.


Hofland didn't score any bonus seconds but as none of his main rivals did so either, he kept his 33-second lead over 2nd placed Frederic Amorison.


The lead may come a bit more under pressure on tomorrow's 218,6km 5th stage which contains two category 2 climbs along the way from Wanning to Sanya. The final of those comes, however, more than 50km from the finish and as the final part is completely flat, another bunch sprint is the likely outcome.


One for the sprinters

The 183,6km fourth stage of the Tour of Hainan was more hilly than the previous ones as it included the first categorized climb of the race. As the final part was completely flat, it was, however, expected that the day would be another one for the sprinters.


As it had been the case on the first three days, the stage was off to a really fast start but this time a group got clear early in the race. Belkin had three riders in the break but as Hofland was not there, the team decided to close it down.


A trio goes clear

Instead, a 3-rider group escaped and Thomas Rostollan (La Pomme Marseille), Vitaly Buts (Ukraine) and Liu Yilin (Hengxiang) were allowed to build up a maximum gap of 5.28. The trio picked up the points in the first two intermediate sprints while Buts beat Rostollan in the KOM sprint to take the first mountains jersey in the race.


Belkin started to chase in the peloton and they gradually got closer to the front trio. Yilin was the first to get dropped by his companions and a little later, Rostollan also fell off the pace. Yilin was caught in time for the third intermediate sprint where Anuar Manan (Synergy Baku) picked up one bonus second but the Malaysian lost his lead in the Asian riders' competition to Yilin.


Rostollan was also swallowed up by the peloton but Buts did a good job of keeping the peloton at bay. With 15km to go, he was 1.25 ahead of the main group but he was unable to keep his speed all the way to the finish. 10km from the line, he was caught and so all was set for another big bunch sprint. Once again, Belkin dominated the final kilometres with Boom giving Bos a perfect lead-out that allowed the Dutch sprinter to take his third stage win.



1. Theo Bos 4.18.12

2. Rico Rogers

3. Kevin Peeters

4. Boris Shpilevsky

5. Yuri Metlushenko

6. Yannick Martinez

7. Anuar Manan

8. Bartlomiej Matysiak

9. Jose Concalves

10. Justin Jules


General classification:

1. Moreno Hofland 13.40.45

2. Frederic Amorison +0.33

3. Tom Leezer +0.43

4. Kevin Peeters +0.45

5. Fabian Schnaidt +0.47

6. William Walker

7. Jos Van Emden

8. Christopher Williams

9. Theo Bos +0.48

10. Jose Goncalves +0.50


Points classification:

1. Moreno Hofland 62

2. Theo Bos 48

3. Fabian Schnaidt 40

4. Yury Metlushenko 35

5. Kevin Peeters 31


Mountains classification:

1. Vitaliy Buts 5

2. Thomas Rostollan 3

3. Yilin Liu 2

4. Christophe Premont 1


Teams classification:

1. Belkin 41.04.28

2. Crelan-Euphony +0.34

3. Drapac +0.49

4. Ukraine

5. La Pomme Marseille +1.13



Bycykling 101: Navigering i byens gader og cykelvenlige... 27.11.2023 @ 12:11The 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 @ 17:21

Currently no news in this list

36 years | today
Rebecca WIASAK
40 years | today
Matthew LLOYD
41 years | today
47 years | today
49 years | today