Andrea Guardini (Bardiani – CSF) has Friday, the fourth stage in the wielerronde van Hainan (Chn/2.BC) won. After a stage of about 142 km from Qionghai and Wanning defeated the 29-year-old Italian in a broken bunch sprint and his compatriot Davide Ballerini (Androni Giocatolli-Sidermec) and Dutchman Andre Looij (Monkey Town).
The Swiss Dylan Page (Swiss Cycling Team) retains the yellow jersey. Joeri Stallaert (Team Vorarlberg Santic), the only Belgian participant in Hainan, came as 24th across the finish line.
The Chinese Niu Yikui (Mitchelton-BikeExchange) and the Retard Maral-Erdene Batmunkh (Terengganu) tried with a breakaway in the fourth bunch sprint in a row to escape, but were less than 5 km from the finish line caught.
Saturday puts the pack 178,4 km between Wanning and Lingshui. There are four climbs on the programme of third and second category), though the last 70 km have been declining.
The thirteenth Round of Hainan ends next week Wednesday (October 31). The eindlaureaat follows on the roll of honour of the Italian rider Jacopo Mosca (Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia).