Wouter Wippert Wins Final Stage At 2014 Tour of Hainan

Peloton Cafe || 2014 Tour of Hainan - Wouter Wippert
Peloton Cafe || 2014 Tour of Hainan – Wouter Wippert (image copyright 7cycling)
Wouter Wippert has closed out the 2014 season in style for Drapac Professional Cycling, sprinting to victory from the day-long breakaway at the ninth and final stage of the Tour of Hainan, China. Wippert outsprinted fellow escapees Adrian Kurek (CCC Polstat Polkowice) and Taras Voropayev (Vino 4ever) at the end of the 165.7km stage with the peloton right on their tail in what was a nail-biting finish. For the Drapac sprinter, the result was a satisfying reward having finished on the podium on three occasions throughout the Tour of Hainan. ?I went up the road to take points for the green jersey,? Wippert explained. ?With 35km to go we still had two-and-a-half minutes on the peloton and I started to believe I could be in with a chance. ?The other guys attacked with 400 metres to go so I followed and then started my sprint with 250 metres to go.? The victory moved Wippert up to second place in the points classification, 24 points behind multiple stage winner Niccolo Bonifazio. For Drapac Directeur Sportif Henk Vogels, it was a case of mission accomplished with the squad figuring on five of the nine podiums, with Jonathan Cantwell runner-up on Monday, on top of Wippert?s strong result in the points classification. ?There?s three WorldTour teams here and we?ve gone toe-to-toe with them most days in the finales,? he said. ?I?m really happy with the results, it?s not been easy given we have only had four riders over the last few days. It?s a really nice way to end what?s been a long international season.?

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