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Drapacs Wippert Snatches another Hainan Podium
27 Oct, 2014
Drapac Professional Cycling’s Wouter Wippert returned to the podium at the Tour of Hainan on Saturday, claiming third place on Stage 6 after 182.1km.
 
Wippert finished in the bunch sprint behind winner Niccolo Bonifazio (Lampre-Merida) and runner-up Barry Markus (Belkin). It was the third time this week that the Drapac rider has finished among the place-getters at the Tour of Hainan.
 
A group of five riders spent a large portion of the race ahead of the peloton in a breakaway, before the race came back together in the final 20km.
 
It was a great team result for Drapac, with the squad now down to just five riders following the withdrawals of Floris Goesinnen and Malcolm Rudolph through illness.
 
“The last three kilometres were very hectic,” said Wippert.”The rest of the guys put me in a great position but Bonifazio and Markus were just faster today.”
 
Three stages remain in the race with at least two to be decided by the sprinters with Wippert and teammates Jonathan Cantwell, Ben Johnson, Jordan Kerby, and Travis Meyer planning on continuing his strong impact in Hainan.
 
“Hopefully we can do our best in the last two stages - there’s a big chance for two more sprints so we won’t be giving up,” Wippert said.

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