08 May Tour of Chongming Island Race Review (2.WWT)
Australian rider Chloe Hosking (Wiggle High5) won today in Chongming, Shanghai the seventh round of the 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 newborn UCI WWT. Ting Ying Huang (Chinese Taipei) and Leah Kirchmann (Liv Plantur) completed the podium, 1 and 5 seconds behind the Australian rider respectively.
Australian Hosking won the sprint classification too. Swedish rider Emilia Fahlin (Alé Cipollini) won the mountain classification, while Dutch rider Jip van den Bos (Parkhotel Valkenburg) claimed young classification victory.
As in previous editions of the stage race, all stages resulted in bunch sprints and its final overall winner was decided due to time bonuses at both the intermediate sprints and the finish line of each stage. Despite the fact that Chloe Hosking won only one stage, she won the race overall as she took more time bonuses than her rival Ting Ying Huang, who won two stages and was the main surprise of the race. Canadian rider Leah Kirchmann narrowly missed the stage victory twice but managed to finished on the overall podium in third place.
Historic performance from Spanish rider Sheyla Guitérrez (Cylance) who finished in twelfth, sixth and fifth position at the three stages of the Tour of Chongming Island. She finished 14th overall just 21″ behind Chloe Hosking, in which it is the best performance of a Spanish rider at the newborn UCI WWT series. She now sits on 35th position at UCIWWT Individual Ranking with 40 points. Very valuable UCI points for Spain in the final Olympics Qualification weeks.
The longest stage of the race held between the East of Chongming Island and Changxing Island. Two intermediate bonuses sprints were contested as well as a “hill” sprint. In the final bunch sprint Chinese Taipei’s Ting Ying Huang outsprinted Canadian rider Leah Kirchmann and Australian rider Chloe Hosking, who finished in second and third place respectively.
The second stage of the race was held on the West part of Chongming Island. Two intermediate sprints were contested as well as a “hill” sprint. As in the first stage it end up with a bunch sprint. Australian rider Chloe Hosking, who became the new leader of the race, claimed the victory ahead of Canadian rider Leah Kirchmann and Dutch rider Jip van den Bos. Swedish rider Emilia Fahlin, who won the QOM sprint of the stage, secured the QOM jersey before the final stage.
It was mainly a battle among Hosking, Huang and Kirchmann for the yellow jersey at the final stage of Tour of Chongming Island. Both the Australian Hosking and the Canadian Kirchmann got some time bonuses at the first intermediate sprint of the criterium-stage. The stage race ended up with a bunch sprint, somehow messy due to a crash in the final meters of the stage, that was won by Chinese Taipei’s Ting Ying Huang. French rider Roxane Fournier (Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.86) and Dutch rider Ilona Hoeksma (Parkhotel Valkenburg) finished in second and third place respectively.
Next UCI WWT race will start on Wednesday 19th May 2016, as the Women’s WorldTour Amgen Tour of California will be held in California, USA. The UCI WWT rankings remain as follows:
UCI Women’s WorldTour Individual Ranking
|35||Sheyla Gutiérrez||Cylance Pro Cycling||40|
UCI Women’s WorldTour Youth Ranking
|1||Katarzyna Niewiadoma||Rabobank Liv||24|
|2||Floortje Mackaij||Liv Plantur||12|
|3||Jip van den Bos||Parkhotel Valkenburg||10|
Women’s WorldTour Team Ranking
Highlights Tour de Chongming Island (2.WWT)