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Re: 2018 Women's WorldTour
« on: April 29, 2018, 22:05 »
Stage 2 was marginally less flat - but only because the race crossed a bridge from one island to another.

About halfway through the stage, #hitec Charlotte Becker, #tibco #champau Shannon Malseed, #btc #champru Anastasia Iakovenko, #valcar Dalia Muccioli & #futuroscope Coralie Demay got away. With two current and two former national champions, this was a strong break, and they built a substantial advantage.

The peloton didn't seem all that interested in chasing, and with 27km to go, the gap was 3'34". At the finish, 1'12" remained, but that was enough for the first real breakaway win in Chongming since it has a high-quality field.[1] Becker won the sprint.

Cyclingnews reporting:
Tour of Chongming Island: Charlotte Becker wins stage 2 from breakaway
Becker takes rare breakaway victory at Tour of Chongming Island

Stage 3 was a circuit race, 11 laps à 11.5 km. Intermediate sprints after 3 & 6 laps, a 'mountain' sprint after 9 laps, and what was bound to finally be a sprint royale after 11 laps.

Malseed didn't really contest the intermediate sprints, instead #hitec & #tibco cooperated to keep the race together. A few short-lived attacks on laps 7 & 8, but eventually it came down to the sprint.
#virtu hit the lead-out, #mts #champbe Jolien D'hoore was boxed in a bit behind them, #wiggle Kirsten Wild launched from the left, and though D'hoore was fastest at the end, she couldn't get past the Dutchwoman.

Wild wins final sprint in Tour of Chongming Island
Wild dedicates Chongming sprint victory to her team

 1. In 2013, the peloton was led the wrong way, meaning that a solo rider got through, and in 2011, the favourites distanced the field in the wind.
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