Chloe Hosking (Wiggle High5) won stage two of the Tour of Chongming Island to take the race lead and set up overall victory in the three-day Women’s WorldTour event.
The Australian beat Canada’s Leah Kirchmann (Team Liv Plantur) and Jip van den Bos (Parkhotel Valkenburg) in a close sprint finish.
Hosking now leads Kirchmann by four seconds with one stage left to race.
"Today was a very different day from yesterday," Hosking said in a team press release. “It was windy and the course was a lot more technical which was a lot a better for our team so we wanted to take full advantage of that. We had highlighted a point about 15km from the finish line where we knew there would be crosswinds but as it turned out Liv-Plantur hit it about 20km earlier and totally shattered the peloton catching out a lot of the main General Classification riders. Dani [King] and I were there and rolled with them but it all came back together which was a bummer but I do think it took a bit of sting out of the peloton’s legs.
"It sounds stupid but as soon as the race started I just had a good feeling in my legs so I went for both intermediate sprints and picked up 5 of the maximum 6 bonus seconds on offer. That was a big confidence boost," she added.
"In the final I was sort of just surfing trains between Alé-Cipollini and Liv and just went at the right moment. With the down hill sprint I knew that I could start my sprint a bit earlier and it paid off.
"I'm so pleased to get the win today for the team but there's still one more day to go."
|#||Rider Name (Country) Team||Result|
|1||Chloe Hosking (Aus) Wiggle High5||2:43:46|
|2||Leah Kirchmann (Can) Team Liv-Plantur|
|3||Jip Van Den Bos (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team|
|4||Emilie Moberg (Nor) Hitec Products|
|5||Annalisa Cucinotta (Ita) Alé Cipollini|
|6||Sheyla Gutierrez Ruiz (Spa) Cylance Pro Cycling|
|7||Mia Radotic (Cro) BTC City Ljubljana|
|8||Sungeun Gu (Kor) Korea|
|9||Roxane Fournier (Fra) Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.86|
|10||Arianna Fidanza (Ita) Astana Pro Team|
|11||Hyunji Kim (Kor) Korea|
|12||Jermaine Post (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team|
|13||Simona Frapporti (Ita) Hitec Products|
|14||Tereza Medvedova (Svk) Bepink|
|15||Sara Mustonen (Swe) Team Liv-Plantur|
|#||Rider Name (Country) Team||Result|
|1||Chloe Hosking (Aus) Wiggle High5||6:04:52|
|2||Leah Kirchmann (Can) Team Liv-Plantur||0:00:04|
|3||Ting Ying Huang (Tpe) Taiwan||0:00:09|
|4||Annalisa Cucinotta (Ita) Alé Cipollini||0:00:11|
|5||Jip Van Den Bos (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team||0:00:15|
|6||Roxane Fournier (Fra) Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.86||0:00:16|
|7||Emilie Moberg (Nor) Hitec Products|
|8||Mia Radotic (Cro) BTC City Ljubljana||0:00:18|
|9||Lucy Garner (GBr) Wiggle High5|
|10||Sheyla Gutierrez Ruiz (Spa) Cylance Pro Cycling||0:00:19|
|11||Pascale Jeuland (Fra) Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.86|
|12||Jutatip Maneephan (Tha) Thailand|
|13||Maria Vittoria Sperotto (Ita) Servetto Footon|
|14||Sara Mustonen (Swe) Team Liv-Plantur|
|15||Simona Frapporti (Ita) Hitec Products|
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