03 May Tour of Chongming Island Preview (2.WWT)
After the inaugural edition of the Ardennes Week it is turn for Chongming Island, People’s Republic of China. The fifteenth edition of Tour of Chongming Island (previously part of the defunct UCI Women’s World Cup) will witness the ninth round of the UCI Women’s World Tour, and both the first stage race and the first round outside European soil of the 2017 series.
On Friday, 5 May Chongming Island will be again the center of women’s cycling holding the first stage race of the UCI WWT 2017 series. Chongming cycling races have been held since 2003, thus this will be the 15th consecutive year. Since 2007 the races, a stage race and a one-day race, have been included in the UCI cycling calendar. Firstly, the one-day race was a time trial but it was later replaced in 2010 by a World Cup one-day event, which was held until the end of the series in 2015. Throughout the event, organisers will simultaneously host a bicycle carnival, promoting cycling and sports in the Chinese Island. Like in 2016 race organisers announced that the race will have live HDTV streaming available.
Tour of Chongming Island offers a unique opportunity for sprinters, having the flatter UCI WWT stage race course of the series. Despite its flat race course the stage race will once again have an already well-established QOM classification, perhaps in an attempt to test the Spanish sprinter’s proverb (the one who states that a sprinter gets dropped or loses touch on a bridge).
From Friday, 5 May until Sunday, 7 May
The final stage of the race. Very similar to the previous editions final stage of the race. Riders will have to complete 11 laps to a 11-kilometre circuit with two intermediate sprints contested as well as a “hill” sprint. The stage will likely finish with a bunch sprint.
Our favourite: Chloe Hosking Our outsider: Mia Radotic
Stage 2: Changxing Island – Chongming Island 135.4km Local Time: 13:00 until 16:30 approx (UTC +8)
The longest stage of the race. Different race course as in the previous editions of the race but similarly held between the Changxing Island and East of Chongming Island. Two intermediate sprints will be contested as well as a “hill” sprint. Despite it will likely end on bunch sprint it will probably be the hardest stage of race.
Our favourite: Jolien D’hoore Our outsider: Nina Kessler
Stage 3: Chongming Island –Chongming Island 111.6km Local Time: 12:10 until 14:55 approx (UTC +8)
The final stage of the race. It is somehow similar to the second stage of the 2016 edition as it is held on the West part of Chongming Island. Two intermediate sprints will be contested as well as a “hill” sprint. Similarly to the previous stages anything but a bunch sprint will came as a surprising finale.
Our favourite: Kirsten Wild Our outsider: Emilie Moberg
Favourites & Outsiders
Marta Bastianelli, Sarah Roy, Lauren Kitchen
Annette Edmondson, Emilie Moberg, Ting Ying Huang, Arianna Fidanza
Sheyla Gutiérrez, Nina Kessler, Valentina Scandolara, Tatsiana Sharakova, Zhao Juan Meng
Our favourite: Chloe Hosking
Our outsider: Nina Kessler
Sheyla Gutiérrez (Cylance), will be our only Spanish representative at the 2017 edition of Tour of Chongming Island, the first UCI WWT stage race of the 2017 series.. A total of 18 teams, including 14 UCI Women Elite teams and two national teams, will participate in this edition of Tour de Chongming.
Who to follow
15 riders to watch in Chongming Island
Australian rider Chloe Hosking (Wiggle High5) won in Chongming, Shanghai the seventh round of the inaugural UCI WWT. It was her first overall victory in her seventh participation at the Chinese stage race (she finished second in 2013 behind Nettie Edmondson). It was her first win ever as well as for her team, Wiggle High5, at the then newborn UCI WWT. Ting Ying Huang (Chinese Taipei) and Leah Kirchmann (Liv Plantur) completed the podium, one and five seconds behind the Australian rider respectively.
How to follow the race
Once again Tour of Chongming Island will be broadcast live:
- Chinese channel CCTV-5
It is posible (as in the previous edition), but yet unknown, that the race will be streamed lived on a non-georestricted media.
A few Twitter accounts and hashtags (among others) to follow the race:
A few Facebook accounts: