Photo gallery: Underdog wins first stage of the UCIWWT Tour of Chongming Island
It was a pleasant surprise when around 50 kilometers from the finish line, a livestream by China Central Television (CCTV) was published to watch stage 1 of the UCIWWT Tour of Chongming Island live.
It was a closed race though, with Wiggle-High5, PC Futuroscope and Team Liv-Plantur controlling the bunch and a couple of unsuccessful attempts of individual riders trying to get away.
Anna Trevisi (Alé Cipollini) and Olga Zabelinskaya (BePink) were able to escape the peloton just a little while, but as was expected, even they couldn’t prevent a bunch sprint. It looked like it was going to be Wiggle-High5 versus Liv-Plantur on the line, but ultimately it was Ting Ying Huang of the Chinese Tapei team that won stage 1.
Huang isn’t a name we’ve heard a lot before, but the 25-year-old has some good results to her name already. She won the road race of the Asian championships in 2015 and finished 8th in the GC of the 2015 Tour of Chongming Island.
Last month, she participated in the Joe Martin Stage Race p/b Nature Valley, taking sixth in stage 2 and an 11th place in stage 3.
It’s therefore not entirely unexpected that she was able to pull this off, but she did come from an underdog position with the strong sprinter teams at the start.
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Take a look at the Velofocus photo gallery of stage 1.
Stage 1 was the longest stage in the 2016 Tour of Chongming Island with a total of 139.8 kilometers. This is what the peloton will face in the second stage tomorrow: