The Champion System Pro Cycling Team notched its best finish so far at the Tour of Hainan with Anuar Manan taking second in a bunch sprint on Stage 4 Tuesday.
Manan was only bested by Alexander Serebryakov (Team Type 1-Sanofi), who won his third consecutive stage to hold onto the leader’s jersey.
“The boys had Anuar in great shape, but Serebryakov got past him,” Champion System General Manager Ed Beamon said.
Manan, fourth on Sunday's stage and winner of Stage 5 here last year, said he has been analyzing the race and felt confident in his form and his teammates' skill to deliver him to the line.
"I've been observing the race in the past few days and I am in good shape,” Manan said. “My teammates have been very supportive, so I have the confidence to have multiple wins this year.”
The 163.9-kilometer stage began in a flurry with a 36-man breakaway escaping in the first three kilometers of racing. The peloton brought everything together a few kilometers later and a counterattack of 13 riders was launched that included Champion System’s Jiao Pengda.
With approximately 50 km remaining and the peloton chasing hard, Pengda and five others, attacked from the front group. These escapees were caught with fewer than 10 kilometers to go as the field set up for a bunch finish.
Wednesday’s stage runs from Chengmai to Danzhou and features one categorized climb and three intermediate sprints.