Bernal takes TT at Romandie, Becker best at Chongming Island: Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

April 28, 2018

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Becker wins stage 2 of Tour of Chongming Island

by VeloClub

Germany’s Charlotte Becker (Hitec Products-Birk Sport) was best on stage two of the Tour of Chongming Island, triumphing after a breakaway managed to stay clear to the line. Becker and four others managed to frustrate the sprinters’ teams, who gave the break too much of a gap and were unable to get it back by the line.

Second went to Australian champion Shannon Malseed (Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank), while Anastasia Iakovenko (BTC City Ljubljana) and Dalia Muccioli (Valcar PBM) also finished in the same time. A fifth member of the day’s break, Coralie Demay (FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope) rolled in three seconds back, while the bunch was a full one minute and 12 seconds in arrears.

The break took quite a while to get going, with the bunch disputing the first intermediate sprint, less than an hour after the start. This went to Jolien D’hoore (Mitchelton-Scott), who beat Thursday’s stage 1 winner Giorgia Bronzini (Cylance Pro Cycling) and Commonwealth Games champion Chloe Hosking (Alé Cipollini). The break finally went at the halfway point, with Becker taking the second intermediate sprint and the quintet’s advantage riding to over three and a half minutes.

The bunch reacted too late and the break raced in over a minute clear, with Becker quickest into Chongming Xincheng Park. She now leads overall, five seconds clear of Malseed, with Iakovenko at eight seconds. Bronzini has dropped to sixth overall, one minute and 13 second back.