Huang wins Tour of Chongming Island opener

Kirchmann second, Hosking third

Ting Ying Huang (Chinese Tapei) won the first stage of the Tour of Chongming Island on Friday. The young sprinter out-paced Canada's Leah Kirchmann (Team Liv Plantur) and Australia's Chloe Hosking (Wiggle High5) to take a remarkable victory in the Women's WorldTour event.

Huang will now wear the leader's jersey into the second stage on Saturday. 

All stages begin and end in Xincheng Park. The opening stage took the women's field along a 139.8km road race that ended in a bunch sprint along a wide boulevard. Wiggle High5 was responsible for reeling in a dangerous two-person breakaway that managed to escape with 40km to go. The break included Olga Zabelinskaya (BePink).

Wiggle High5 teammates worked together to reduce the gap from one minute to nothing with 15km to go, setting up the bunch sprint to the line. But it was Huang who came up victorious.

"In the last 40km a break of two got away which I was concerned about because Olga was in it. Dani [King], Mayuko [Hagiwara], Anna [Christian] and Amy [Roberts] worked hard to keep the gap under a minute and then closed it with about 15km to go with the help of some other teams," Hosking said in a team press release.

"Lucy and I were hanging out and talking about what we wanted to do in the sprint. My legs weren't great so I had said I'd lead her out for the sprint but in typical China style the finish was chaotic and there were so many crashes and near misses. Lucy lost my wheel and I was already in position so I just had to make the best out of the situation which today was third.

"Of course I wish it was the top step but given how my legs were feeling I'm not totally disappointed."

Stage 2 will take the peloton on a 112.8km race around the flat island roads.

Brief Results


#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Ting Ying Huang (Tpe) Chinese Republic Of Taipei3:21:25 
2Leah Kirchmann (Can) Team Liv-Plantur  
3Chloe Hosking (Aus) Wiggle High5  
4Maria Vittoria Sperotto (Ita) Servetto Footon  
5Pascale Jeuland (Fra) Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.86  
6Roxane Fournier (Fra) Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.86  
7Anna Trevisi (Ita) Alé Cipollini  
8Annalisa Cucinotta (Ita) Alé Cipollini  
9Jutatip Maneephan (Tha) Thailand  
10Jip Van Den Bos (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team  
11Mia Radotic (Cro) BTC City Ljubljana  
12Sheyla Gutierrez Ruiz (Spa) Cylance Pro Cycling  
13Marta Tagliaferro (Ita) Alé Cipollini  
14Sara Mustonen (Swe) Team Liv-Plantur  
15Chanella Stougje (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team  
General classification after stage 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Ting Ying Huang (Tpe) Chinese Republic Of Taipei3:21:15 
2Leah Kirchmann (Can) Team Liv-Plantur0:00:02 
3Annalisa Cucinotta (Ita) Alé Cipollini0:00:04 
4Chloe Hosking (Aus) Wiggle High50:00:06 
5Emilie Moberg (Nor) Hitec Products0:00:07 
6Lucy Garner (GBr) Wiggle High50:00:09 
7Maria Vittoria Sperotto (Ita) Servetto Footon0:00:10 
8Pascale Jeuland (Fra) Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.86  
9Roxane Fournier (Fra) Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.86  
10Anna Trevisi (Ita) Alé Cipollini  
11Jutatip Maneephan (Tha) Thailand  
12Jip Van Den Bos (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team  
13Mia Radotic (Cro) BTC City Ljubljana  
14Sheyla Gutierrez Ruiz (Spa) Cylance Pro Cycling  
15Marta Tagliaferro (Ita) Alé Cipollini  

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