Roglic wins Romandie; Becker, Paternoster take surprise wins: Daily News Digest

by Matt de Neef

April 30, 2018

In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Primoz Roglic wins the Tour de Romandie; Charlotte Becker takes overall win at Tour of Chongming Island; Richard Carapaz takes out the Vuelta Asturias; Surprise win for 18-year-old Letizia Paternoster at Festival Elsy Jacobs; Lieuwe Westra opens up on TUE use for performance enhancement; Chapter2 launches new aero road frameset; Becoming a sports director; Tour of Chongming Island stage 3 with Wiggle High5; Updating the Daily News Digest.

Charlotte Becker takes overall win at Tour of Chongming Island

by Simone Giuliani

It was the third and final stage of the Tour of Chongming on Saturday and the sprinters finally got to fight it out for the victory, with Kirsten Wild (Wiggle High5) powering through to the line first. However, the final tour standings were unshifted as there was little chance of reeling in the long general classification leads carved out by the break the day before.

For a tour known as one for the sprinters, things hadn’t been falling their way so far. A crash-filled run to the line in the first stage of the Women’s WorldTour (WWT) race took many out of contention and in the second stage the break spoiled their chances. But with Hitec Products and Tibco-SVB keeping a tight rein on the breaks to keep the overall lead of Charlotte Becker and Aussie champion Shannon Malseed in tact, and the sprinters determined to have their day, it wasn’t surprising the bunch was together as the city circuit race drew to a close.

It came down to a charge for the line. Wild leapt out of the bunch early to avoid getting boxed in and powered through to take the checkered flag ahead of Jolien d’Hoore (Mitchelton-Scott) and Giorgia Bronzini (Cylance).

While the big teams may have dominated the top spots on the final stage, it was the teams we don’t often see on a WWT podium that were celebrating unexpected successes overall thanks to their stage 2 getaway. Becker (Hitec Products) was first, with Malseed (Tibco-SVB) second and Anastasia Iakovenko (BTC City Ljubljana) third.

Next stop on the Women’s WorldTour is the Tour of California from May 17-19.

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