Hong Kong's Ho Siu-lun was outsprinted by Australian rider Glen Chadwick right on the line in yesterday's fourth stage of the Tour of South China Sea in Zhuhai - but Ho gained some consolation in defeat. Ho and Chadwick came together in the sprint home at the end of the 108km criterium raced around the city's purpose-built motor racing circuit with Chadwick of the Giant Asia Racing team finishing a shade stronger in two hours, 29 minutes and 43 seconds. Chadwick won the race by half a bike's length. Germany's Andreas Muller was third - 10 seconds behind. Ho was handed the blue jersey for the top Asian rider in the tour that includes Hong Kong, China and Macau riders. 'It's all very well being handed the blue jersey, but what I want is the yellow jersey. I still have hope of wearing it,' said Ho, who is fifth behind overall leader Nicholas White of South Africa. 'We have a break [today] and then we race in Macau in probably the toughest stage. I am stronger in road racing and I am hoping for victory. I was so close today and if everything goes as planned, I might be wearing the yellow jersey going into the final stage on New Year's Eve. Who knows?' said 22-year-old Ho, who is 44 seconds behind White. It might be wishful thinking for Ho, but Hong Kong's rising star has been confident of a stage win in the Tour since winning bronze in the 53km madison at this year's Asian Games in Pusan - with teammate Wong Kam-po. Ho is not only playing catch-up with White, he has been thrust into the role as Hong Kong's number one rider in the Tour after defending champion Wong suffered another setback in his hopes of winning a fifth title. The 1998 Asian Games road race gold medallist struggled home in 36th place in yesterday's stage, and although he shared the same time as third-place finisher Muller, it was another day to forget for the champion, who still trails White by one minute and 12 seconds. 'I didn't have it today and I think Ho Siu-lun has a better chance of doing well in this Tour. It's going to be tough for him though. Competition is very strong this year,' said Wong. Hong Kong have yet to win a stage in a Tour dominated by overseas riders. Wong also came close when he finished second in Boxing Day's 96.2km second stage in Tsing Yi. And Ho came close too, although the youngster felt Chadwick was the better sprinter on the day. 'He [Chadwick] got the better of me and I felt I couldn't go with him in the end. But I am happy to have finished on the podium,' said Ho.