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De Gendt wins at Romandie, Bronzini in Chongming: Daily News Digest
Former world champion Giorgia Bronzini (Cylance Pro Cycling) was quickest at the end of the opening stage of the Tour of Chongming Island, blasting home first into Chongming Xincheng Park on Thursday. The Italian beat Kelly Druyts (Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport) and Silvia Persico (Valcar PBM).
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The 111.5 kilometre stage also started at Chongming Xincheng Park and was completely flat. Early on, former race winner Kirsten Wild (WiggleHigh5) made her intentions clear when she won the first intermediate sprint, beating Jolien D’hoore (Mitchelton Scott) and Chloe Hosking (Alé Cipollini).
However a dozen-rider break got clear prior to the second sprint, with Jutatip Maneephan (Thailand Women’s Cycling Team) taking the top bonus seconds ahead of Claudia Koster (Team Virtu Cycling) and Ingrid Drexel (Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank).
The last of the break were brought back inside the final 20 kilometres. Two riders, Corinna Lechner (BTC City Ljubljana) and Dalia Muccioli (Valcar PBM), then tested their luck but were unable to stay clear until the end. There were two big crashes inside the final three kilometres, with riders such as Kendall Ryan (Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank) and Ryan being caught behind and missing out on the chance of victory. Wild and D’hoore was similarly disadvantaged inside the final 500 metres, with Bronzini speeding to victory.
The three-day race continues on Friday with a flat 122.2km race from Chongming Fenghuang Park to Chongming Xincheng Park.