Imperious sprint in the Chinese race: "The enormous work of my companions repaid"
Andrea Guardini finds his way back to success by imposing himself in the sprint of the fourth stage of Tour of Hainan (Qionghai-Wanning, 142 km) in front of Ballerini (Androni-Sidermec) and Looij (Monkey Town). After being out of the games in the first stage due to a fall and having placed fourth and fifth, the Italian has hit the victory thanks to a good hint and the great work of his team Bardiani-CSF.
“I felt the duty to win to repay the enormous effort that my teammates have made since the first stage to put me in the best conditions. Today, finally, I did it: I’m very happy “said Guardini.
“The stage of yesterday, in particular, had left me very embittered. It is difficult to digest the fact that your teammates work for over 200 km and then, in a few meters, you can not finalize. Today I had to take revenge, to prove to them and to myself that I deserve trust. It’s a huge satisfaction “.
“In today’s sprint we have been impeccable. Getting untangled in these situations is never easy. Sprints are not very linear and the competition is fierce. There are tough contenders and you must have clear ideas, as well as so much cold blood, to manage the final kilometers. The best move was the attack of Wackermann 5 km from the finish, which allowed us to remain covered and leave the burden of pulling to other teams. Maestri and Simion piloted me very well in the last km, then I thought only to push the pedals as hard as I could “.
“On paper, from here to the end of the race, there are still four good opportunities to try to present us a new success. As we have seen every sprint is a story in itself, but we will be there “concluded Guardini.
For the #GreenTeam today’s victory is the number nine in 2018. Guardini had already raised his arms to the sky twice in season, both at the Tour de Langkawi, while the professional palmares fly at 43.
The Bardiani-CSF experience on the roads of the Tour of Hainan (the last race of the year) will continue for five more stages, including the queen scheduled for Tuesday (eighth and penultimate fraction).
It is possible to follow the live stages, every morning, on Eurosport TV channel.