Nakajima Yasuharu wins second stage as Jules retained overall lead in Tour of Hainan 2011

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Nakajima Yasuharu wins second stage as Jules retained overall lead in Tour of Hainan 2011

Aisan Racing team’s Nakajima Yasuharu showed his good attempt and won the second stage of Tour of Hainan 2011 on Friday, October 21.Justin Jules (Velo-Club La Pomme Marseille) wrapped up the overall leader’s yellow jersey.

The Japanese road racing cyclists set fastest time of 3 hours, 43 minutes and 39 seconds to cover the distance of 88.6 kilometres. Kenny Van Hummel of Skil-Shimano grabbed second place with 59 seconds down to the Japanese rider.

After winning the stage, Yasuharu told the media, "I think climbing the mountain is the most difficult thing for me today, but I just want to go, go, go because finishing line is my target. Winning the stage should also be attributed to teammates who helped me when I fell behind."

The race leader’s Jules ranked third with the same timing of Van Hummel while Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (MTN Qhubeka) and Danielle Colli (Geox-TMC).

With few kilometres to go, the group of three breakaway riders gain a lead including, Julien Antomarchi (Velo-Club La Pomme Marseille), Ma Hainjun (China National Team) and Xavier Florencio (Geox-TMC).

The trio managed to take few seconds over the peloton but Antomarchi launched attacked and secured a lead in the first intermediate sprint. However, the trio were caught by the peloton and the new group is formed including, David Gutierrez (Geox-TMC), Valentin Iglinskiy (Astana) and Gruzdev Dmitri (Astana).

Iglinskiy tried his best to take a lead but Gutierrez displayed his good sprinting ability and snatched the second sprint. In the final kilometres, Van Hummel and Yasuharu working fine together but Yasuharu increased his pace and cross the finish line first.

Van Hummel added, "I know No.73 Nakajima Yasuharu went far from most riders, more than one minute faster than I did. But I had not enough information from the commissaires and so made mistakes. I think No.73 did a good job."

The result showed that 75 cyclists crossed the finish line with the same timing of runner-up while Thomas Vaubourzeix (Velo-Club La Pomme Marseille) failed to gain a lead and snatch 76th spot with the difference of 1 minute and 12 seconds.

Jules maintained his overall lead with the timing of 7 hours, 57 minutes and 10 seconds while Iglinskiy was in second spot with 5 seconds and Adam Phelan of Drapac secured third with 10 seconds down to Jules.

The next stage will run in Xinglong and finish in Wenchang and all the cyclists will cover the distance of 161.6 kilometres.