Champion System Pro Cycling Team’s Kun Jiang was part of a four-man breakaway on Stage 3 of the Tour of Hainan.
The 194-kilometer stage ran from Wenchang to Haikou, a race Champion System General Manager Ed Beamon said he knew was one for the sprinters. So he advised his riders to create a dangerous break.
“We wanted to pressure the sprinter’s teams to try to get their sprinters a bit more isolated at the finish,” Beamon said.
Along with the three others, Jiang made the main breakaway on the stage. After a long day out front, RusVelo, Team Type 1-Sanofi and La Pomme Marseille pulled the field within reach of the escapees 15 kilometers from the finish.
Teammate Gang Xu launched a counterattack, but it was neutralized with five kilometers to go, setting the stage for a bunch sprint. Following a crash inside the final three kilometers that split the field, Alexander Serebryakov (Team Type 1-Sanofi) took the stage win for the second consecutive day and retained the leader’s jersey.
Tuesday’s third stage of the nine-day race travels from Haikou to Chengmai. It features one categorized climb and three intermediate sprints.