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