Boris takes it back

29-Nov-2017 09:32

Last years winner of the Tour of Hainan Boris Shpilevsky (Russia) now has a nine second lead in this years event after being runner up to Korean Park Seon Ho (Seoul) after stage 5.

158Km of motorway. Straight and flat.  That was the story of stage 5 of the 2009 Tour of Hainan.  Riders set off from the capital of Hainan Haikou, following the coast before setting out the journey to Chengmai along the motorway. At 30Km 18 riders quickly made 30 seconds on the group, working well together to try and get clear.  By 50Km the break had two minutes advantage, and was joined several other riders making the size of the break to 34 riders. Kazakhstan took it upon them selves to chase down the break, and sure enough the strength of the main bunch began to reel back the break.

After the break was caught, Wang Mei Ying (Trek Marco-Polo), Cheung King Wai (Hong Kong) and Slovenian Gasper Svab attacked and gave themselves a two minute gap.  Carmiooro A-Style felt the urgency putting in a big effort to retain the yellow jersey. The Russians and Nutrixxion Sparkasse also started to help out with the finish line within 15Km.

The break was caught and with the last couple of kilometres having a steep descent the speed was high as the bunch all together came onto the finishing straight.  Riders spread across the wide road, but in the end it was Park Seon Ho (Seoul) taking the win ahead of now yellow jersey wearer Boris Shpilevsky (Russia).