Chloe Hosking wins first Women’s WorldTour stage race at the Tour of Chongming Island
Rain came pouring down at the start of stage 3 of the Tour of Chongming Island today.
Chloe Hosking (Wiggle-High5) took to the start in the yellow leader’s jersey, defending it in the 99 kilometer stage, which consisted of nine laps on an 11 kilometer circuit.
Because of the bonus seconds Hosking took throughout the stage, she only needed to keep an eye on Leah Kirchmann (Team Liv-Plantur) in the final sprint to secure the overall victory.
“I picked up two seconds in the first intermediate sprint which took me to five seconds ahead of Leah and 11 seconds ahead of everyone else. After the second intermediate sprint I got the information from Nico, that barring disaster, the only person who could beat me was Leah as everyone else was 11 seconds behind me and you only pick up ten for the stage win”, Hosking explained in the Wiggle-High5 report on the stage.
As Ting Ying Huang (Chinese Tapei team) sprinted to her second victory in this race, in a chaotic and crash filled final, and Kirchmann didn’t take any of the finish line bonus seconds, Hosking won her second Tour of Chongming Island, seven year after she was victorious in Chongming for the first time.
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“It was also special to win the tour in front of my Mum on Mother’s Day. I was so glad to be able to share the moment with her”, Hosking added.
Disappointment at Team Liv-Plantur, as they leave China without any stage wins. “I’m disappointed with how things played out on the final stage, as the final result does not reflect how well we rode together as a team this whole week. I lost our lead-out train in the final, and then narrowly avoided crashing during the chaotic sprint in the rain,” Kirchmann was quoted on the team website.
Kirchmann does hope the team will benefit from the practice runs they had in China in future races: “We had a lot of opportunities to work on our lead out this week, which will serve us well in the upcoming races.”
To relive the first stage race in the 2016 Women’s WorldTour, watch the highlights video by the UCI:
You can also rewatch the last seventy minutes of the third stage:
Here’s our Velofocus gallery of stage 3 and Hosking’s victory in the 2016 Tour of Chongming Island.
Women’s WorldTour standings after the Tour of Chongming Island
1. Lizzie Armitstead (Boels-Dolmans) – 368 points
2. Chantal Blaak (Boels-Dolmans) – 343 points
3. Megan Guarnier (Boels-Dolmans) – 325 points
7. Leah Kirchmann (Team Liv-Plantur) – 235 points
10. Chloe Hosking (Wiggle-High5) – 169 points
11. Ting Ying Huang (Chinese Tapei team) – 156 points
Young rider classification
1. Kasia Niewiadoma (Rabo-Liv) – 24 points
2. Floortje Mackaij (Liv-Plantur) – 12 points
3. Jip van den Bos (Parkhotel Valkenburg) – 10 points
1. Boels-Dolmans – 1262 points
2. Wiggle-High5 – 845 points
4. Rabo-Liv – 733 points
The Women’s WorldTour continues on May 19th at the AMGEN Tour of California.