Tour of Chongming Island World Cup: Tetyana Riabchenko solos to victory

Vos continues to lead World Cup

The name of Ukraine’s Tetyana Riabchenko of Chirio Forno d’Asolo popped up for the first time on the international cycling scene after she  won the fifth leg of the 2013 World Cup on the island of Chongming in China.

While a bunch sprint finish was highly expected on this flattish terrain, she escaped with 15 kilometers to go and resisted the return of the peloton, led to the line by former world champion Giorgia Bronzini from Wiggle-Honda. However, they were not threat to Marianne Vos who retained the lead in the UCI World Cup without making the trip to the far East.

“I can’t believe I’ve managed to win," said an emotional Riabchenko after the finish. 

“I was far from being a favorite and I didn’t think I could beat them but I took my chance and they didn’t catch me. In the last 500 metres, I kept looking behind to make sure that my dream was coming true. I’ve prepared well for this race, in altitude but also on flat roads like here.

"It was my first time in China. It was very hot today and it has made the race hard for everyone. Also during the three-day stage this week, I’ve broken away a few times but it didn’t work out. Luck has been on my side today. It’s hard to realize but it’s an enormous satisfaction.”

Riabchenko was clever enough to realize that she had scored important UCI points for the qualification of Ukrainian riders for the world championship in Florence at the end of September. The 23-year-old from Kiev added: “I’ve also made it due to work. I’m not a sprinter, so I only rode with the intention of breaking away as I did a few times during the stage race this week with my good friend and former teammate Anastasia Chulkova [of RusVelo].

"In this race we’ve enjoyed wide roads. It was less dangerous than the racing we’re used to in Europe.” In fact, roads were so wide that the members of the peloton hesitated with regards to which side to choose at 2.5km to go mark as they were chasing with a deficit superior to thirty seconds from the lone leader.

How it unfolded

The fifth edition of the Tour of Chongming Island started in the splendor of the Oriental Sports Center of Shanghai in front of the Aquatic Center that hosted the 2011 swimming world championships. It was a 126.8km route via the Pudong International Airport, the Shanghai Yangtze River tunnel and bridge with a passage under sea level and a peak at 73 meters in the middle of the bridge named after former People’s Republic of China president Jiang Zemin. Several teams had the intention to split the peloton in that part of the course normally exposed to crosswinds, bearing in mind the tactic used by the Specialized-lululemon team one year ago, but it was a sunny and beautiful day at the office with not enough wind to make a difference.

Following a few unfruitful skirmishes, Aude Biannic of the French national team took her chance to go clear off the peloton after 82 kilometres of racing. She stayed away for 22 kilometres and got a maximum lead of 40 seconds.

“I had the feeling that the peloton was playing with me, so I targeted the hot spot sprint at km 100 before gearing up for the final sprint”, the Breton rider commented. “We didn’t have a top sprinter, so we wanted to do well as a team and we did with three riders in the top 20 and the third place in the teams classification.”

At least Biannic’s enterprise inspired Riabchenko, who successfully stayed clear off the fast furious chase led by Orica-AIS and Wiggle Honda. The Australian team had high ambitions for Emma Johansson in the individual World Cup standings. Crossing the line in fourth position, she scored 30 points – less than half of the 75 points awarded to the winner who didn’t have any from the first four legs – and moved up to second place overall, 72 points down on Vos.

Full Results
1 Tetyana Riabchenko (Ukr) Chirio Forno D'Asolo 3:04:17  
2 Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Wiggle Honda 0:00:12  
3 Amy Pieters (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano    
4 Emma Johansson (Swe) Orica-AIS    
5 Sara Mustonen (Swe) Faren-Let's Go Finland Team    
6 Marta Tagliaferro (Ita) MCipollini Giordana    
7 Marta Bastianelli (Ita) Faren-Let's Go Finland Team    
8 Kim De Baat (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team    
9 Oksana Kozonchuk (Rus) RusVelo    
10 Julia Martisova (Rus) Chirio Forno D'Asolo    
11 Janneke Kanis (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano    
12 Rochelle Gilmore (Aus) Wiggle Honda    
13 Aurore Verhoeven (Fra) France National Team    
14 Pascale Jeuland (Fra) France National Team    
15 Chloe Hosking (Aus) Hitec Products UCK    
16 Elena Cecchini (Ita) Faren-Let's Go Finland Team    
17 Roxane Fournier (Fra) France National Team    
18 Elena Kuchinskaya (Rus) RusVelo    
19 Ashlynn Van Baarle (Ned) Faren-Let's Go Finland Team    
20 Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Hitec Products UCK    
21 Ana Bianca Schnitzmeier (Ger) Wiggle Honda    
22 Lucy Martin (GBr) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team    
23 Emilie Moberg (Nor) Hitec Products UCK    
24 Daniela Gass (Ger) Squadra Scappatella    
25 Fanny Riberot (Fra) France National Team    
26 Maria Giulia Confalonieri (Ita) Faren-Let's Go Finland Team    
27 Christina Perchtold (Aut) Squadra Scappatella    
28 Anastasia Chulkova (Rus) RusVelo    
29 Diao Xiaojuan (HKg) Team Hong Kong China    
30 Valentina Scandolara (Ita) MCipollini Giordana    
31 Melissa Hoskins (Aus) Orica-AIS    
32 Anna Zita Maria Stricker (Ita) MCipollini Giordana    
33 Lee Minhye (Kor) Korea National Team    
34 Meng Zhaojuan (HKg) Team Hong Kong China    
35 Kim Seulgi (Kor) Korea National Team    
36 Cecilie Gotaas Johnsen (Nor) Hitec Products UCK    
37 Annette Edmondson (Aus) Orica-AIS    
38 Yanthi Fuchiyanti (Ina) Indonesia National Team    
39 Aizhan Zhaparova (Rus) RusVelo    
40 Simona Frapporti (Ita) BePink    
41 Leung Bo Yee (HKg) Team Hong Kong China    
42 Supuksorn Nuntana (Tha) Thailand Natonal Team    
43 Yulia Blindyuk (Rus) RusVelo 0:00:17  
44 Martine Bras (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team    
45 Beatrice Bartelloni (Ita) Wiggle Honda    
46 Romy Kasper (Ger) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team    
47 Nina Kessler (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team    
48 Claudia Häusler (Ger) Team TIBCO    
49 Wilaiwan Kunlapha (Tha) Thailand Natonal Team 0:00:18  
50 Malgorzata Wojtyra (Pol) BePink    
51 Chantal Blaak (Ned) Team TIBCO    
52 Malgorzta Jasinska (Pol) MCipollini Giordana 0:00:21  
53 Tatiana Guderzo (Ita) MCipollini Giordana 0:00:23  
54 Sung Eun Gu (Kor) Orica-AIS 0:00:24  
55 Shelley Olds (USA) Team TIBCO 0:00:26  
56 Kim Eun Hee (Kor) Korea National Team    
57 Yang Qianyu (HKg) Team Hong Kong China    
58 Chanpeng Nontasin (Tha) Thailand Natonal Team    
59 Kim Youri (Kor) Korea National Team 0:00:28  
60 Meng Lang (Chn) China Chongming    
61 Huang Dongyan (Chn) China Chongming    
62 Fitriani Fitriani (Ina) Indonesia National Team    
63 Shi Lina (Chn) China Chongming    
64 Jessica Uebelhart (Swi) Chirio Forno D'Asolo    
65 Kamonwan Winyoowijak (Tha) Thailand Natonal Team    
66 Monika Kiraly (Hun) Squadra Scappatella    
67 Wong Wan Yiu Jamie (HKg) China Chongming    
68 Lee Jumi (Kor) Korea National Team    
69 Valentina Carretta (Ita) MCipollini Giordana    
70 Lucy Garner (GBr) Team Argos-Shimano    
71 Panwaraporn Boonsawat (Tha) Thailand Natonal Team 0:00:36  
72 Septianis Ratna Dewi (Ina) Indonesia National Team 0:00:37  
73 Loes Gunnewijk (Ned) Orica-AIS    
74 Whitney Gaggioli (USA) Chirio Forno D'Asolo    
75 Jessie MacLean (Aus) Orica-AIS    
76 Liu Wai Ting (HKg) Team Hong Kong China 0:00:42  
77 Melanie Spath (Irl) Team TIBCO 0:00:48  
78 Thea Thorsen (Nor) Hitec Products UCK 0:00:51  
79 Jutta Nieminen (Fin) Faren-Let's Go Finland Team 0:00:54  
80 Audrey Cordon (Fra) France National Team 0:01:02  
81 Aude Biannic (Fra) France National Team    
82 Willeke Knol (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano 0:01:05  
83 Amy Roberts (GBr) Wiggle Honda 0:01:29  
84 Rachana Azizah (Ina) Indonesia National Team 0:02:01  
85 Chiara Agnelli (Ita) Chirio Forno D'Asolo 0:03:32  
86 Emily Collins (NZl) Wiggle Honda 0:04:02  
DNF Tone Hatteland Lima (Nor) Hitec Products UCK    
DNF Giulia Donato (Ita) BePink    
DNF Daniela Levi (Isr) BePink    
DNF Sarah Rijkes (Aut) Squadra Scappatella    
DNF Wahyuti Sri Rahayu (Ina) Indonesia National Team    
World Cup standings - Individuals
1 Marianne Vos (Ned) Rabobank Liv/Giant 249 pts
2 Emma Johansson (Swe) Orica-AIS 177  
3 Ellen Van Dijk (Ned) Specialized-lululemon 159  
4 Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Hitec Products UCK 156  
5 Anna van der Breggen (Ned) Sengers Ladies Cycling Team 76  
6 Tetyana Riabchenko (Ukr) Chirio Forno D'Asolo 75  
7 Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Wiggle Honda 58  
8 Annemiek van Vleuten (Ned) Rabobank Liv/Giant 56  
9 Elizabeth Armitstead (GBr) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team 45  
10 Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Orica-AIS 42  
11 Kirsten Wild (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano 38  
12 Chloe Hosking (Aus) Hitec Products UCK 36  
13 Amy Pieters (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano 35  
14 Ashleigh Moolman (RSA) Lotto Belisol Ladies 35  
15 Amanda Spratt (Aus) Orica-AIS 30  
16 Loes Gunnewijk (Ned) Orica-AIS 28  
17 Sara Mustonen (Swe) Faren-Let's Go Finland Team 27  
18 Chantal Blaak (Ned) Team TIBCO 27  
19 Adrie Visser (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team 27  
20 Marijn De Vries (Ned) Lotto Belisol Ladies 27  
21 Alena Amialiusik (Blr) BePink 25  
22 Marta Tagliaferro (Ita) MCipollini Giordana 24  
23 Shelley Olds (USA) Team TIBCO 24  
24 Carmen Small (USA) Specialized-lululemon 22  
25 Marta Bastianelli (Ita) Faren-Let's Go Finland Team 21  
26 Kim De Baat (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team 18  
27 Amber Neben (USA) Pasta Zara-Cogeas 18  
28 Rossella Ratto (Ita) Hitec Products UCK 18  
29 Pascale Jeuland (Fra) France 16  
30 Oxana Kozonchuk (Rus) RusVelo 15  
31 Jessie Daams (Bel) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team 14  
32 Julia Martisova (Rus) Chirio Forno D'Asolo 11  
33 Janneke Busser Kanis (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano 10  
34 Katarzyna Pawlowska (Pol) GSD Gestion-Kallisto 10  
35 Christine Majerus (Lux) Sengers Ladies Cycling Team 10  
36 Rochelle Gilmore (Aus) Wiggle Honda 9  
37 Trixi Worrack (Ger) Specialized-lululemon 9  
38 Lisa Brennauer (Ger) Specialized-lululemon 9  
39 Aurore Verhoeven (Fra) Team Futurumshop 8  
40 Pauline Ferrand Prevot (Fra) Rabobank Liv/Giant 8  
41 Lauren Kitchen (Aus) Wiggle Honda 8  
42 Charlotte Becker (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano 8  
43 Carlee Taylor (Aus) Lotto Belisol Ladies 7  
44 Simona Frapporti (Ita) BePink 7  
45 Liesbet De Vocht (Bel) Rabobank Liv/Giant 7  
46 Elena Kuchinskaya (Rus) RusVelo 7  
47 Edwige Pitel (Fra) France 6  
48 Christel Ferrier-Bruneau (Fra) Faren-Let's Go Finland Team 6  
49 Roxane Knetemann (Ned) Rabobank Liv/Giant 6  
50 Inga Cilvinaite (Ltu) Pasta Zara-Cogeas 6  
51 Elena Cecchini (Ita) Faren-Let's Go Finland Team 5  
52 Fabiana Luperini (Ita) Faren-Let's Go Finland Team 5  
53 Roxane Fournier (Fra) France 4  
54 Annelies Dom (Bel) Cyclelive Plus-Zannata 4  
55 Vera Koedooder (Ned) Sengers Ladies Cycling Team 4  
56 Amélie Rivat (Fra) Vienne Futuroscope 3  
57 Megan Guarnier (USA) Rabobank Liv/Giant 3  
58 Ashlynn Van Baarle (Ned) Faren-Let's Go Finland Team 2  
59 Lucie Pader (Fra) France 2  
60 Noemi Cantele (Ita) BePink 1  
61 Jolien D'Hoore (Bel) Lotto Belisol Ladies 1  
62 Mascha Pijnenborg (Ned) Team Futurumshop 1  
World Cup standings - Teams
1 Rabobank Liv/Giant 329 pts
2 Orica - AIS 277  
3 Hitec Products UCK 210  
4 Specialized - lululemon 199  
5 Boels Dolmans Cycling Team 104  
6 Team Argos - Shimano 91  
7 Sengers Ladies Cycling Team 90  
8 Chirio Forno D'Asolo 86  
9 Wiggle Honda 75  
10 Lotto Belisol Ladies 70  
11 Faren - Let's Go Finland Team 66  
12 Team TIBCO 51  
13 France 36  
14 Bepink 33  
15 Pasta Zara - Cogeas 24  
15 MCipollini Giordana 24  
17 RusVelo 22  
18 GSD Gestion - Kallisto 10  
19 Cyclelive Plus - Zannata 4  
20 Vienne Futuroscope 3  
21 Team 1  
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