TOUR OF HAINAN: JACOPO MOSCA AND LUCA PACIONI ON THE SPOTLIGHT IN STAGE 5

A new brilliant victory for Manuel Belletti in the 5th stage of the Tour of Hainan that today has seen the first big selection in the peloton as the central part has created some gaps between the riders with the main bunch who counted only 60 units.

The high pace has cancelled for more than 70 kms every attempt of breakaway with the team Wilier Triestina – Selle Italia that was represented by Ilia Koshevoy, Jacopo Mosca, Luca Pacioni and Simone Velasco.

Jacopo Mosca has confirmed his attacking style of racing joining an attack of Davide Orrico and Alessandro Tonelli with 23 kms to go. The three italian riders were followed few kms later by Gino Mader, Guillaume Boivin and Peter Schulting.

The armony between the escapees ended with 10 kms to go and then, after a serie of attacks, the dreams of Jacopo Mosca were broken with 1500 metres to go.

In the final sprint the team was giving all to Luca Pacioni and the romagnolo rider was able to end in 6th place carrying on his streak of top 10 started in january.

Tomorrow stage 6 from Lingshui to Wuzhishan where last year Jacopo Mosca achieved his first professional before winning the general classification few days later.

STAGE RESULTS

1 Manuel Belletti
2 Jannik Steimle
3 Raymond Kreder

6 Luca Pacioni
20 Simone Velasco
48 Jacopo Mosca
60 Ilia Koshevoy 1’24”
101 Jakub Mareczko 18’25”
109 Alex Turrin
110 Simone Bevilacqua

GENERAL CLASSIFICATION

1 Manuel Belletti
2 Raymond Kreder 7″
3 Davide Ballerini 17″

14 Jacopo Mosca 23″
21 Simone Velasco 24″
24 Luca Pacioni
61 Ilia Koshevoy 12’29”
109 Jakub Mareczko 19’53”
119 Simone Bevilacqua 23’36”
122 Alex Turrin 36’24”

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