Hoskins wins final stage to secure overall victory

Nail-biting win in China for young Australian

Melissa Hoskins added a second stage win to her tally from the three day Tour of Chongming Island, and with it, she took the overall victory.

"We went into the day only three seconds down on the race lead," said Sports Director Dave McPartland. "We had a plan to go hard, early, for the three intermediate sprints. We didn't want to leave things until the final sprint even though it had the most bonus seconds. If we had gone for the intermediate sprints, the overnight leader [Monia Baccaille of MCipollini Giambenini] would have increased her lead."

The intermediate sprints offered up 3-2-1 seconds for 1st-2nd-3rd place. Following the plan outlined pre-race, GreenEdge-AIS raced aggressively early and lined up their sprint train for the first intermediate sprint. Hoskins took top honors with Baccaille sprinting to second.

"The first intermediate sprint brought us back one second on Baccaile," explained McPartland. "Mel was now two seconds outside the race lead."

GreenEdge-AIS gave a repeat performance for the second intermediate sprint, and Hoskins once again delivered.

"We had nearly the whole team bring Mel to the intermediate sprint line," noted McPartland. "I could tell they were feeling good. Mel won the second intermediate sprint, and Baccaile was second again. This gave us back one more second, and Mel was now only one second from the race lead."

Although the team had originally planned to contest the third intermediate sprint, the plan changed on the road.

"This is what impressed me," explained McPartland. "They worked out on their own that there really wasn't any point in going for the third sprint. I had worked this out in the car, too, but without radios I couldn't communicate it to them. I was happy when they dropped back and shared the same conclusion I had realized. It wasn't worth it to put the whole team on the front for the last intermediate sprint. If Mel won and Baccaile was second again, Mel would still need to win the stage to take the overall."

Having decided to sit out the third sprint, GreenEdge-AIS watched MCipollini Giambenini put their entire team on the sprint for Baccaille.

"Mel looked after herself on the final intermediate sprint," McPartland said. "She followed the leader and ran third in the sprint. This gave Baccaille two seconds over Hoskins in the sprint and three on the general classification. Basically, we headed into the final in the same position that we had been at the start of the day except that Baccaille's team had spent 100% of their energy on the third sprint while we held back."

GreenEdge-AIS controlled the closing kilometers to perfection.

"The whole team was fresh after having sat out the third sprint," noted McPartland. "They lined it up and took control ten kilometers from the finish. They delivered Mel perfectly to the line. She won the stage, and with the bonus seconds available at the line, she won the Tour by one second. She had to win the stage to win the race, and she did it. It was an awesome team effort and great sprinting by Mel, as well."

 

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Melissa Hoskins (Aus) Orica GreenEdge-AIS1:58:21 
2Monia Baccaille (Ita) MCipollini Giambenini  
3Liesbet De Vocht (Bel) Stichting Rabo Women Cycling Team  
4Shelley Olds (USA) AA Drink - Leontien.nl Cycling Team  
5Rochelle Gilmore (Aus) Faren Honda Team  
6Jessie MacLean (Aus) Orica GreenEdge-AIS  
7Jutatip Maneephan (Tha) Thailand  
8Xin Liu (Chn) China Chongming - Giant Pro Cycling  
9Romy Kasper (Ger) RusVelo  
10Emilie Moberg (Nor) Hitec Products - Mistral Home Cycling Team  
11Mei Yu Hsiao (Tpe) Axman Team Taiwan  
12Elena Cecchini (Ita) MCipollini Giambenini  
13Ah Reum Na (Kor) Korea  
14Marta Tagliaferro (Ita) MCipollini Giambenini  
15Dong Yan Huang (Chn) China Chongming - Giant Pro Cycling0:00:04 
16Chia Hui Lin (Tpe) Axman Team Taiwan  
17Judith Arndt (Ger) Orica GreenEdge-AIS0:00:06 
18Daniela Gass (Ger) Abus Nutrixxion  
19Jacqueline Hahn (Aut) Austria  
20Lucinda Brand (Ned) AA Drink - Leontien.nl Cycling Team  
21Supaksorn Nuntana (Tha) Thailand  
22Flavia Oliveira (Bra) Forno d'Asolo Colavita  
23Roxane Knetemann (Ned) Stichting Rabo Women Cycling Team  
24Lauren Kitchen (Aus) Stichting Rabo Women Cycling Team  
25Andrea Graus (Aut) Austria  
26Marta Bastianelli (Ita) MCipollini Giambenini  
27Lisa Brennauer (Ger) Team Specialized - lululemon  
28Isabelle Söderberg (Swe) AA Drink - Leontien.nl Cycling Team  
29Lucy Martin (GBr) AA Drink - Leontien.nl Cycling Team  
30Lang Meng (Chn) China Chongming - Giant Pro Cycling  
31Qianyu Yang (HKg) Hong Kong, China  
32Marlen Jöhrend (Ger) Abus Nutrixxion  
33Svetlana Bubnenkova (Rus) RusVelo  
34Zhao Juan Meng (HKg) Hong Kong, China  
35Rimma Luchshenko (Kaz) Kazakhstan  
36Ally Stacher (USA) Team Specialized - lululemon  
37Ho Hsiung Huang (Tpe) Axman Team Taiwan  
38Panawaraporn Boonsawat (Tha) Thailand  
39Xiao Ling Luo (Chn) China Chongming - Giant Pro Cycling  
40Hsiao Chia Tseng (Tpe) Axman Team Taiwan  
41Sari Saarelainen (Fin) Forno d'Asolo Colavita  
42Sun Ae Choi (Kor) Korea  
43Yu Hsuan Lee (Tpe) Axman Team Taiwan  
44Nontasin Chanpeng (Tha) Thailand  
45Uenia Fernandes Da Souza (Bra) Forno d'Asolo Colavita  
46Chaek-Yung Lee (Kor) Korea  
47Jessica Uebelhart (Swi) Forno d'Asolo Colavita  
48Emilia Fahlin (Swe) Team Specialized - lululemon  
49Bo Yee Leung (HKg) Hong Kong, China  
50Xiao Juan Diao (HKg) Hong Kong, China  
51Chloe Hosking (Aus) Team Specialized - lululemon  
52Rebecca Talen (Ned) Stichting Rabo Women Cycling Team  
53Charlotte Becker (Ger) Team Specialized - lululemon  
54Katie Colclough (GBr) Team Specialized - lululemon  
55Kim You-Ri (Kor) Korea  
56Martina Ritter (Aut) Austria  
57Wan Yiu Jamie Wong (HKg) China Chongming - Giant Pro Cycling  
58Johanna Bergseth (Nor) Hitec Products - Mistral Home Cycling Team  
59Wilaiwan Kunlapha (Tha) Thailand  
60Giuseppina Grassi Herrera (Mex) Faren Honda Team  
61Malgorzta Jasinska (Pol) MCipollini Giambenini  
62Alessandra Borchi (Ita) MCipollini Giambenini  
63Whitney Gaggioli (USA) Forno d'Asolo Colavita  
64Madeleine Olsson (Swe) AA Drink - Leontien.nl Cycling Team  
65Marie Voreland (Nor) Hitec Products - Mistral Home Cycling Team  
66Makhabbat Umutzhanova (Kaz) Kazakhstan  
67Thea Thorsen (Nor) Hitec Products - Mistral Home Cycling Team  
68Verena Absalyamova (Rus) RusVelo  
69Natalia Boyarskaya (Rus) RusVelo  
70Lisa Pleyer (Aut) Austria  
71Jariya Chumluae (Tha) Thailand  
72Yulia Blindyuk (Rus) Faren Honda Team  
73Aliya Kargaliyeva (Kaz) Kazakhstan  
74Federica Primavera (Ita) Forno d'Asolo Colavita0:00:17 
75Luisa Tamanini (Ita) Faren Honda Team  
76Myfanwy Galloway (Aus) Faren Honda Team  
77Claudia Schlager (Aut) Austria  
78Tone Hatteland Lima (Nor) Hitec Products - Mistral Home Cycling Team  
79Shara Gillow (Aus) Orica GreenEdge-AIS0:00:22 
80Ana Bianca Schnitzmeier (Ger) Abus Nutrixxion  
81Rachel Neylan (Aus) Abus Nutrixxion0:00:25 
82Marieke Van Wanroij (Ned) AA Drink - Leontien.nl Cycling Team  
83Amanda Spratt (Aus) Orica GreenEdge-AIS0:01:17 
84Alexis Rhodes (Aus) Orica GreenEdge-AIS  
DNFLise Nöstvold (Nor) Hitec Products - Mistral Home Cycling Team  
DNFValentina Ylbrikht (Kaz) Kazakhstan  
DNSSarah Düster (Ger) Stichting Rabo Women Cycling Team  
DNSEvgeniya Romanyuta (Rus) RusVelo  
DNSGu Sung Eun (Kor) Korea  
Final general classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Melissa Hoskins (Aus) Orica GreenEdge-AIS6:44:49 
2Monia Baccaille (Ita) MCipollini Giambenini0:00:01 
3Liesbet De Vocht (Bel) Stichting Rabo Women Cycling Team0:00:26 
4Shelley Olds (USA) AA Drink - Leontien.nl Cycling Team0:00:27 
5Rochelle Gilmore (Aus) Faren Honda Team0:00:30 
6Jutatip Maneephan (Tha) Thailand0:00:36 
7Emilie Moberg (Nor) Hitec Products - Mistral Home Cycling Team  
8Xin Liu (Chn) China Chongming - Giant Pro Cycling  
9Romy Kasper (Ger) RusVelo  
10Jessie MacLean (Aus) Orica GreenEdge-AIS  
11Mei Yu Hsiao (Tpe) Axman Team Taiwan  
12Marta Tagliaferro (Ita) MCipollini Giambenini  
13Elena Cecchini (Ita) MCipollini Giambenini  
14Ah Reum Na (Kor) Korea  
15Chloe Hosking (Aus) Team Specialized - lululemon  
16Dong Yan Huang (Chn) China Chongming - Giant Pro Cycling0:00:40 
17Chia Hui Lin (Tpe) Axman Team Taiwan  
18Lucy Martin (GBr) AA Drink - Leontien.nl Cycling Team0:00:42 
19Flavia Oliveira (Bra) Forno d'Asolo Colavita  
20Daniela Gass (Ger) Abus Nutrixxion  
21Andrea Graus (Aut) Austria  
22Isabelle Söderberg (Swe) AA Drink - Leontien.nl Cycling Team  
23Marlen Jöhrend (Ger) Abus Nutrixxion  
24Jacqueline Hahn (Aut) Austria  
25Charlotte Becker (Ger) Team Specialized - lululemon  
26Marta Bastianelli (Ita) MCipollini Giambenini  
27Rimma Luchshenko (Kaz) Kazakhstan  
28Svetlana Bubnenkova (Rus) RusVelo  
29Qianyu Yang (HKg) Hong Kong, China  
30Ally Stacher (USA) Team Specialized - lululemon  
31Lang Meng (Chn) China Chongming - Giant Pro Cycling  
32Hsiao Chia Tseng (Tpe) Axman Team Taiwan  
33Nontasin Chanpeng (Tha) Thailand  
34Lucinda Brand (Ned) AA Drink - Leontien.nl Cycling Team  
35Lauren Kitchen (Aus) Stichting Rabo Women Cycling Team  
36Sun Ae Choi (Kor) Korea  
37Roxane Knetemann (Ned) Stichting Rabo Women Cycling Team  
38Bo Yee Leung (HKg) Hong Kong, China  
39Yu Hsuan Lee (Tpe) Axman Team Taiwan  
40Zhao Juan Meng (HKg) Hong Kong, China  
41Judith Arndt (Ger) Orica GreenEdge-AIS  
42Ho Hsiung Huang (Tpe) Axman Team Taiwan  
43Alessandra Borchi (Ita) MCipollini Giambenini  
44Martina Ritter (Aut) Austria  
45Panawaraporn Boonsawat (Tha) Thailand  
46Sari Saarelainen (Fin) Forno d'Asolo Colavita  
47Rebecca Talen (Ned) Stichting Rabo Women Cycling Team  
48Jessica Uebelhart (Swi) Forno d'Asolo Colavita  
49Kim You-Ri (Kor) Korea  
50Wan Yiu Jamie Wong (HKg) China Chongming - Giant Pro Cycling  
51Malgorzta Jasinska (Pol) MCipollini Giambenini  
52Lisa Brennauer (Ger) Team Specialized - lululemon  
53Katie Colclough (GBr) Team Specialized - lululemon  
54Chaek-Yung Lee (Kor) Korea  
55Uenia Fernandes Da Souza (Bra) Forno d'Asolo Colavita  
56Wilaiwan Kunlapha (Tha) Thailand  
57Whitney Gaggioli (USA) Forno d'Asolo Colavita  
58Natalia Boyarskaya (Rus) RusVelo  
59Madeleine Olsson (Swe) AA Drink - Leontien.nl Cycling Team  
60Xiao Juan Diao (HKg) Hong Kong, China  
61Marie Voreland (Nor) Hitec Products - Mistral Home Cycling Team  
62Thea Thorsen (Nor) Hitec Products - Mistral Home Cycling Team  
63Jariya Chumluae (Tha) Thailand  
64Shara Gillow (Aus) Orica GreenEdge-AIS0:00:58 
65Ana Bianca Schnitzmeier (Ger) Abus Nutrixxion  
66Marieke Van Wanroij (Ned) AA Drink - Leontien.nl Cycling Team0:01:01 
67Supaksorn Nuntana (Tha) Thailand0:01:46 
68Xiao Ling Luo (Chn) China Chongming - Giant Pro Cycling  
69Makhabbat Umutzhanova (Kaz) Kazakhstan  
70Aliya Kargaliyeva (Kaz) Kazakhstan  
71Rachel Neylan (Aus) Abus Nutrixxion0:01:48 
72Johanna Bergseth (Nor) Hitec Products - Mistral Home Cycling Team0:01:51 
73Alexis Rhodes (Aus) Orica GreenEdge-AIS0:01:53 
74Verena Absalyamova (Rus) RusVelo0:02:08 
75Tone Hatteland Lima (Nor) Hitec Products - Mistral Home Cycling Team0:02:19 
76Myfanwy Galloway (Aus) Faren Honda Team  
77Claudia Schlager (Aut) Austria  
78Federica Primavera (Ita) Forno d'Asolo Colavita0:02:47 
79Amanda Spratt (Aus) Orica GreenEdge-AIS0:02:51 
80Lisa Pleyer (Aut) Austria0:02:59 
81Yulia Blindyuk (Rus) Faren Honda Team0:03:02 
82Emilia Fahlin (Swe) Team Specialized - lululemon0:03:04 
83Luisa Tamanini (Ita) Faren Honda Team0:03:16 
84Giuseppina Grassi Herrera (Mex) Faren Honda Team0:03:50 
Points classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Melissa Hoskins (Aus) Orica GreenEdge-AIS61 pts
2Monia Baccaille (Ita) MCipollini Giambenini59 
3Shelley Olds (USA) AA Drink - Leontien.nl Cycling Team25 
4Rochelle Gilmore (Aus) Faren Honda Team24 
5Liesbet De Vocht (Bel) Stichting Rabo Women Cycling Team18 
6Chloe Hosking (Aus) Team Specialized - lululemon12 
7Jessie MacLean (Aus) Orica GreenEdge-AIS9 
8Charlotte Becker (Ger) Team Specialized - lululemon8 
9Romy Kasper (Ger) RusVelo7 
10Jutatip MANEEPHAN6 

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