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
1Tetyana Riabchenko (Ukr) Chirio Forno D'Asolo3:04:17 
2Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Wiggle Honda0:00:12 
3Amy Pieters (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano  
4Emma Johansson (Swe) Orica-AIS  
5Sara Mustonen (Swe) Faren-Let's Go Finland Team  
6Marta Tagliaferro (Ita) MCipollini Giordana  
7Marta Bastianelli (Ita) Faren-Let's Go Finland Team  
8Kim De Baat (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team  
9Oksana Kozonchuk (Rus) RusVelo  
10Julia Martisova (Rus) Chirio Forno D'Asolo  
11Janneke Kanis (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano  
12Rochelle Gilmore (Aus) Wiggle Honda  
13Aurore Verhoeven (Fra) France National Team  
14Pascale Jeuland (Fra) France National Team  
15Chloe Hosking (Aus) Hitec Products UCK  
16Elena Cecchini (Ita) Faren-Let's Go Finland Team  
17Roxane Fournier (Fra) France National Team  
18Elena Kuchinskaya (Rus) RusVelo  
19Ashlynn Van Baarle (Ned) Faren-Let's Go Finland Team  
20Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Hitec Products UCK  
21Ana Bianca Schnitzmeier (Ger) Wiggle Honda  
22Lucy Martin (GBr) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team  
23Emilie Moberg (Nor) Hitec Products UCK  
24Daniela Gass (Ger) Squadra Scappatella  
25Fanny Riberot (Fra) France National Team  
26Maria Giulia Confalonieri (Ita) Faren-Let's Go Finland Team  
27Christina Perchtold (Aut) Squadra Scappatella  
28Anastasia Chulkova (Rus) RusVelo  
29Diao Xiaojuan (HKg) Team Hong Kong China  
30Valentina Scandolara (Ita) MCipollini Giordana  
31Melissa Hoskins (Aus) Orica-AIS  
32Anna Zita Maria Stricker (Ita) MCipollini Giordana  
33Lee Minhye (Kor) Korea National Team  
34Meng Zhaojuan (HKg) Team Hong Kong China  
35Kim Seulgi (Kor) Korea National Team  
36Cecilie Gotaas Johnsen (Nor) Hitec Products UCK  
37Annette Edmondson (Aus) Orica-AIS  
38Yanthi Fuchiyanti (Ina) Indonesia National Team  
39Aizhan Zhaparova (Rus) RusVelo  
40Simona Frapporti (Ita) BePink  
41Leung Bo Yee (HKg) Team Hong Kong China  
42Supuksorn Nuntana (Tha) Thailand Natonal Team  
43Yulia Blindyuk (Rus) RusVelo0:00:17 
44Martine Bras (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team  
45Beatrice Bartelloni (Ita) Wiggle Honda  
46Romy Kasper (Ger) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team  
47Nina Kessler (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team  
48Claudia Häusler (Ger) Team TIBCO  
49Wilaiwan Kunlapha (Tha) Thailand Natonal Team0:00:18 
50Malgorzata Wojtyra (Pol) BePink  
51Chantal Blaak (Ned) Team TIBCO  
52Malgorzta Jasinska (Pol) MCipollini Giordana0:00:21 
53Tatiana Guderzo (Ita) MCipollini Giordana0:00:23 
54Sung Eun Gu (Kor) Orica-AIS0:00:24 
55Shelley Olds (USA) Team TIBCO0:00:26 
56Kim Eun Hee (Kor) Korea National Team  
57Yang Qianyu (HKg) Team Hong Kong China  
58Chanpeng Nontasin (Tha) Thailand Natonal Team  
59Kim Youri (Kor) Korea National Team0:00:28 
60Meng Lang (Chn) China Chongming  
61Huang Dongyan (Chn) China Chongming  
62Fitriani Fitriani (Ina) Indonesia National Team  
63Shi Lina (Chn) China Chongming  
64Jessica Uebelhart (Swi) Chirio Forno D'Asolo  
65Kamonwan Winyoowijak (Tha) Thailand Natonal Team  
66Monika Kiraly (Hun) Squadra Scappatella  
67Wong Wan Yiu Jamie (HKg) China Chongming  
68Lee Jumi (Kor) Korea National Team  
69Valentina Carretta (Ita) MCipollini Giordana  
70Lucy Garner (GBr) Team Argos-Shimano  
71Panwaraporn Boonsawat (Tha) Thailand Natonal Team0:00:36 
72Septianis Ratna Dewi (Ina) Indonesia National Team0:00:37 
73Loes Gunnewijk (Ned) Orica-AIS  
74Whitney Gaggioli (USA) Chirio Forno D'Asolo  
75Jessie MacLean (Aus) Orica-AIS  
76Liu Wai Ting (HKg) Team Hong Kong China0:00:42 
77Melanie Spath (Irl) Team TIBCO0:00:48 
78Thea Thorsen (Nor) Hitec Products UCK0:00:51 
79Jutta Nieminen (Fin) Faren-Let's Go Finland Team0:00:54 
80Audrey Cordon (Fra) France National Team0:01:02 
81Aude Biannic (Fra) France National Team  
82Willeke Knol (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano0:01:05 
83Amy Roberts (GBr) Wiggle Honda0:01:29 
84Rachana Azizah (Ina) Indonesia National Team0:02:01 
85Chiara Agnelli (Ita) Chirio Forno D'Asolo0:03:32 
86Emily Collins (NZl) Wiggle Honda0:04:02 
DNFTone Hatteland Lima (Nor) Hitec Products UCK  
DNFGiulia Donato (Ita) BePink  
DNFDaniela Levi (Isr) BePink  
DNFSarah Rijkes (Aut) Squadra Scappatella  
DNFWahyuti Sri Rahayu (Ina) Indonesia National Team  
World Cup standings - Individuals
1Marianne Vos (Ned) Rabobank Liv/Giant249pts
2Emma Johansson (Swe) Orica-AIS177 
3Ellen Van Dijk (Ned) Specialized-lululemon159 
4Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Hitec Products UCK156 
5Anna van der Breggen (Ned) Sengers Ladies Cycling Team76 
6Tetyana Riabchenko (Ukr) Chirio Forno D'Asolo75 
7Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Wiggle Honda58 
8Annemiek van Vleuten (Ned) Rabobank Liv/Giant56 
9Elizabeth Armitstead (GBr) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team45 
10Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Orica-AIS42 
11Kirsten Wild (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano38 
12Chloe Hosking (Aus) Hitec Products UCK36 
13Amy Pieters (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano35 
14Ashleigh Moolman (RSA) Lotto Belisol Ladies35 
15Amanda Spratt (Aus) Orica-AIS30 
16Loes Gunnewijk (Ned) Orica-AIS28 
17Sara Mustonen (Swe) Faren-Let's Go Finland Team27 
18Chantal Blaak (Ned) Team TIBCO27 
19Adrie Visser (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team27 
20Marijn De Vries (Ned) Lotto Belisol Ladies27 
21Alena Amialiusik (Blr) BePink25 
22Marta Tagliaferro (Ita) MCipollini Giordana24 
23Shelley Olds (USA) Team TIBCO24 
24Carmen Small (USA) Specialized-lululemon22 
25Marta Bastianelli (Ita) Faren-Let's Go Finland Team21 
26Kim De Baat (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team18 
27Amber Neben (USA) Pasta Zara-Cogeas18 
28Rossella Ratto (Ita) Hitec Products UCK18 
29Pascale Jeuland (Fra) France16 
30Oxana Kozonchuk (Rus) RusVelo15 
31Jessie Daams (Bel) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team14 
32Julia Martisova (Rus) Chirio Forno D'Asolo11 
33Janneke Busser Kanis (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano10 
34Katarzyna Pawlowska (Pol) GSD Gestion-Kallisto10 
35Christine Majerus (Lux) Sengers Ladies Cycling Team10 
36Rochelle Gilmore (Aus) Wiggle Honda9 
37Trixi Worrack (Ger) Specialized-lululemon9 
38Lisa Brennauer (Ger) Specialized-lululemon9 
39Aurore Verhoeven (Fra) Team Futurumshop8 
40Pauline Ferrand Prevot (Fra) Rabobank Liv/Giant8 
41Lauren Kitchen (Aus) Wiggle Honda8 
42Charlotte Becker (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano8 
43Carlee Taylor (Aus) Lotto Belisol Ladies7 
44Simona Frapporti (Ita) BePink7 
45Liesbet De Vocht (Bel) Rabobank Liv/Giant7 
46Elena Kuchinskaya (Rus) RusVelo7 
47Edwige Pitel (Fra) France6 
48Christel Ferrier-Bruneau (Fra) Faren-Let's Go Finland Team6 
49Roxane Knetemann (Ned) Rabobank Liv/Giant6 
50Inga Cilvinaite (Ltu) Pasta Zara-Cogeas6 
51Elena Cecchini (Ita) Faren-Let's Go Finland Team5 
52Fabiana Luperini (Ita) Faren-Let's Go Finland Team5 
53Roxane Fournier (Fra) France4 
54Annelies Dom (Bel) Cyclelive Plus-Zannata4 
55Vera Koedooder (Ned) Sengers Ladies Cycling Team4 
56Amélie Rivat (Fra) Vienne Futuroscope3 
57Megan Guarnier (USA) Rabobank Liv/Giant3 
58Ashlynn Van Baarle (Ned) Faren-Let's Go Finland Team2 
59Lucie Pader (Fra) France2 
60Noemi Cantele (Ita) BePink1 
61Jolien D'Hoore (Bel) Lotto Belisol Ladies1 
62Mascha Pijnenborg (Ned) Team Futurumshop1 
World Cup standings - Teams
1Rabobank Liv/Giant329pts
2Orica - AIS277 
3Hitec Products UCK210 
4Specialized - lululemon199 
5Boels Dolmans Cycling Team104 
6Team Argos - Shimano91 
7Sengers Ladies Cycling Team90 
8Chirio Forno D'Asolo86 
9Wiggle Honda75 
10Lotto Belisol Ladies70 
11Faren - Let's Go Finland Team66 
12Team TIBCO51 
15Pasta Zara - Cogeas24 
15MCipollini Giordana24 
18GSD Gestion - Kallisto10 
19Cyclelive Plus - Zannata4 
20Vienne Futuroscope3 
21Team Futurumshop.nl1 
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