Champion System Pro Cycling Team’s Anuar Manan narrowly missed the podium Sunday on Stage 2 of the Tour of Hainan.
The 145.6-kilometer stage, which didn’t feature a single kilometer of flat terrain, ran from Wanning to Wenchang. Four riders hit the line almost simultaneously in a sprint that had to be determined by photo finish. Manan, who won Stage 5 of last year’s Tour of Hainan, took fourth behind stage winner and fellow Malaysian rider, Saufi Mat Senan (Terengganu Pro Asia).
Champion System General Manager Ed Beamon said heading into the final 500 meters, the team had its lead-out riders well-placed to assist Manan.
“I think Anuar has shown he has the speed to take a stage win here; we just need to give him a clean shot,” Beamon said.
Nearly the entire field finished with the same time as Senan. The runner-up on the stage, Alexander Serebryakov (Team Type 1-Sanofi), gained a time bonus, which moved him into the overall leader’s jersey.
Monday’s 194-km stage begins in Wenchang and features a categorized climb just 15 km from the start before running downhill into Haikou.