04 May Tour of Chongming Race Preview (2.WWT)
Two months after the inaugural race of the UCI WWT at the historic city of Siena, it is now turn for Chongming Island, Shanghai, People’s Republic of China. The fourteenth edition of Tour of Chongming (previously part of the defunct UCI Women’s World Cup) will witness the seventh round of the UCI Women’s World Tour, and both the first stage race of the newborn series and the first round outside European soil.
On Friday, May 6th Chongming Island will be again the center of women’s cycling holding the first stage race of the UCI WWT series. Despite the general lack of information around this race and its organisers, live HDTV streaming will be available.
Chongming cycling races have been held since 2003, thus this will be the 14th 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 the sixth bicycle carnival, promoting cycling and sports in the Chinese Island.
UCI WWT Race Schedule:
- Strade Bianche, ITA – 05/03/16
The current British, Commonwealth and World champion Lizzie Armitstead (Boels-Dolmans) won last Saturday the second edition of Strade Bianche Women Elite, the first race ever of the UCI Women’s WorldTour, covering 121km from Siena to Siena. On the final climb to the finish line Lizzie overtook her breakaway partners, European champion Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Rabobank Liv) and Swedish rider Emma Johansson (Wiggle High5).
- Women’s WorldTour Ronde van Drenthe, NED – 12/03/16Dutch rider Chantal Blaak (Boels-Dolmans) won last Saturday the second event of the UCI WWT, the Ronde van Drenthe, covering 138.3km from Hoogeveen to Hoogeveen. On the final sprint she overtook her breakaway partners, Australian rider Gracie Elvin (Orica-AIS), German rider Trixi Worrack (Canyon SRAM) and Dutch rider Anna van der Breggen (Rabobank Liv).
- Trofeo Alfredo Binda – Comune di Cittiglio, ITA – 20/03/2016Current world champion Lizzie Armitstead (Boels Dolmans Cycling Team) won in Cittiglio, repeating the feat that she achieved at the 2015 edition. After being dropped from the six-rider chasing group at the fourth Orino climb, the defending champion came back to the group and hastily launched an attack that was intended to set up her teammate Megan Guarnier for victory. However, nobody reacted to Armitstead’s powerful move and resulted to be the race winning move. Her teammate Megan Guarnier sprinted for the second place, while Jolanda Neff (Servetto Footon), who had aggressively attack and led the race over the final kilometres of the course, finished in third place.
- Gent-Wevelgem In Flanders Fields, BEL – 27/03/16Dutch rider Chantal Blaak (Boels-Dolmans) soloed to her second UCI WWT victory at Gent-Wevelgem. The Dutch rider slipped away from the seventeen-rider breakaway with around 10km to the finish line. Despite her compatriot van Vleuten efforts, Blaak immediately gained a gap that was never closed. She reached the finish line with over a minute advantage ahead of a seven-rider chasing group.
- Ronde van Vlaanderen / Tour des Flandres, BEL – 03/04/16
Current world champion Lizzie Armitstead (Boels Dolmans Cycling Team) won in Oudenaarde, East Flanders continuing Boels Dolmans outstanding winning streak. It was her first victory in her third participation at Ronde van Vlaanderen. The reigning road world, Commonwealth and national champion got away with Emma Johansson (Wiggle High5) just after the Oude Kwaremont and the duo managed to stay away from the eight-rider chasing group. Despite the chasing efforts of four riders at the chasing group, Emma and Lizzie had respectively one and three teammates at the group that obviously did not collaborate on the chase, the two riders were able to maintain their gap until the finish line. In a very close sprint the British rider defeated the Swedish.
- La Flèche Wallonne Féminine, BEL – 20/04/15
Dutch rider Anna van der Breggen (Rabobank Liv) reedit her victory at the top of Mur de Huy. The Dutch rider broke away with 2012 Flèche Wallonne winner Evelyn Stevens (Boels Dolmans) between the race’s penultimate climb (Côte de Cherave) and the final climb to the finish line in Huy. Despite the fact that Stevens sat on van der Breggen’s wheel during their breakaway, van der Breggen distanced Stevens in the final 150 meters to the finish. American road champion Megan Guarnier rounded out the podium, finishing 20 seconds behind the Dutch winner.
- Tour of Chongming Island, CHN – from 06/05/16 to 08/05/16
- Amgen Tour of California, USA – from 19/05/16 to 22/05/16
- Philadelphia International Cycling Classic, USA – 05/06/16
- Aviva Womens Tour, GBR – from 15/06/16 to 19/06/16
- Giro d’Italia Internazionale Femminile, ITA – from 01/07/16 to 10/07/16
- La Course by Le Tour de France, FRA – 24/07/16
- Prudential Ride London, GBR – 30/07/15
- Crescent Vargarda UCI Women’s WorldTour, SWE – 19/08/16
- Crescent Vargarda UCI Women’s WorldTour TTT, SWE – 21/08/16
- GP de Plouay-Bretagne, FRA – 27/08/16
- LA MADRID CHALLENGE By La Vuelta, ESP – 11/09/16
UCI Women’s WorldTour Individual Ranking
|1||Elizabeth Armitstead||Boels Dolmans||368|
|2||Chantal Blaak||Boels Dolmans||343|
|3||Megan Guarnier||Boels Dolmans||325|
UCI Women’s WorldTour Youth Ranking
|1||Katarzyna Niewiadoma||Rabobank Liv||24|
|2||Floortje Mackaij||Liv Plantur||12|
|3||Alexis Ryan||Canyon SRAM||10|
Women’s WorldTour Team Ranking
From Friday, May 6th until Sunday, May 8th
|Friday, May 6th, 1st stage||139,8 km|
|Saturday, May 7th, 2nd stage||112,8 km|
|Sunday, May 8th, 3rd stage||99 km|
|Total course length (in km)||351,6|
A total of 14 teams and 83 riders will participate in this edition of Tour de Chongming. Sheyla Gutiérrez will be our Spanish representatives at the seventh UCI WWT race. The most controversial race of the UCI WWT calendar will not count with the presence of some of the best teams of the international peloton such as Boels Dolmans, Rabobank Liv, Canyon SRAM or Orica-AIS.
1st stage: Chongming Island – Changxing Island – Chongming Island: 139,8 km
The longest stage of the race. Similar to the previous editions of the race it is held between the East of Chongming Island and Changxing 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: Lucy Garner Our outsider: Arianna Fidanza
2nd stage: Chongming Island – Chongming Island: 112,8 km
The second stage of the race. It is somehow similar to the previous editions of the race as it is held on the West part of Chongming Island. Two intermediate sprints will be contested as well as a “hill” sprint. As in the first stage anything but a bunch sprint will came as a surprising finale.
Our favourite: Lotta Lepistö Our outsider: Sheyla Gutiérrez
3rd stage: Chongming Island: 99 km
The final stage of the race. Again very similar to the previous editions final stage of the race. Riders will have to complete 9 laps to a 11-kilometre circuit in the South part of Chongming Island. Two intermediate sprints will be contested as well as a “hill” sprint. The race will likely finish with a bunch sprint.
Our favourite: Chloe Hosking Our outsider: Emilie Moberg
Favourites & Outsiders
Leah Kirchmann, Chloe Hosking, Lotta Lepistö
Arianna Fidanza, Emilie Moberg, Marta Tagliaferro
Roxane Fournier, Lucy Garner, Anna Trevisi, Fanny Riberot
Olga Zabelinskaya, Sheyla Gutiérrez, Annalisa Cucinotta, Pascale Jeuland, Simona Frapporti
Our favourite: Chloe Hosking
Our outsider: Sheyla Gutiérrez
Who to watch
15 top riders to watch
Dutch rider Kirsten Wild (Hitec Products) won the 2015 Tour of Chongming Island. The Dutch sprinter claimed both the overall and points classification. French rider Roxane Fournier (Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.86) and Italian rider Annalisa Cucinotta (Alé Cipollini) finished in second and third place respectively. In 2015, Wild won both the first and the second stage of the race, while Roxane Fournier (France) won the final stage.
Former World champion Giorgia Bronzini (Wiggle Honda) won the fifth round of the defunct UCI Women’s World Cup in Chongming. The Italian rider outsprinted Dutch rider Kirsten Wild (Hitec Products) and French rider Fanny Ribérot (France), who finished in second and third place respectively.
Highlights of 2015 Tour of Chongming (Both UCI RWC and stage race)
Live TV Streaming
Friday, May 6th 14:00 local time: 1st stage Tour of Chongming Island at CCTV-5 (Sports) Live
Saturday, May 7th 14:00 local time: 2nd stage Tour of Chongming Island at CCTV-5 (Sports) Live
Sunday, May 8th 16:00 local time: 3rd stage Tour of Chongming Island at CCTV-5 (Sports) Live
A few Twitter accounts and hashtags to follow the race (among others):
Post race highlights
The highlights of the race will be transmitted by CCTV-5, it is uncertain when UCI (if so) will be able to post them though.