Tour of Hainan: Masnada wins duel against Mader to take overall lead

Fausto Masnada in the yellow jersey at the Tour of Hainan.

The queen stage of the Tour of Hainan turned out to be a battle between Fausto and Gino as duellists Fausto Masnada and Gino Mäder carry the same first names as cycling greats Coppi and Bartali. Masnada, from Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec, is on the verge of winning the overall race in Danzhou as he now holds a two-second lead over the young prodigy of the Swiss national team. “I knew I was going well but I didn’t know the climb or my rivals,” said Masnada about the first-ever uphill finish at the Tour of Hainan. “It was a demanding race all the way because of the wind. I gave everything and I managed to make it. I climbed at my rhythm. Gino’s interest was to stay on my wheel because he was the virtual leader. I sped up to make a difference. At 600 meters to go, I looked behind and ...

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