UCI Road World Cup 2012
Tour of Chongming Island 2012 - Shelly Olds sprints to victory
Shanghai Pudong - Chongming, 120km
Shelly Olds (AA Drink) secured her first world cup victory. In the closest finish in the race history, Olds just secured the win ahead of Melissa Hoskins (Orica-AIS) and Monia Bacaille (MCippollini Giambenini).
year was a
very different course to the previous two editions. The parcours ran from
Pudong on the mainland, to the finish on Chongming Island via the Changjiang
Tunnel and Bridge, 18 kilometres of water crossings.
roads and active protection from the teams to ensure it was a sprinters
finish ensured the bunch stayed together for the first half of the race. A
strong tailwind to the tunnel seemed to discourage breakaways. The tunnel
was warm and still, a stark contrast to the bridge just a few kilometres
later. The elevation and openness of the bridge meant that the peloton was
buffeted by a strong cross wind from the right. As they climbed to the crown
of the bridge and the “Climbing Competition Point”, various teams went
to the front to try to create a breakaway. But the other teams were too
attentive and closed down the gaps which Hitec Mistral Home and
GreenEDGE-AIS tried to create. Also at the front and wishing to close down
any breakaway accelerations were the MCippollini and Rabobank Women’s
a flurry of action on the road which descended off the bridge and through
some typical, tree-lined narrow Chongming Island lanes, the bunch slowed
considerably. There was in fact no significant breakaway during the whole
race. This is considered to be a sprinter’s race and the sprinters’
teams were keen to keep things together for a sprint at the finish.
the finish, the teams’ “trains” formed in the wide, suburban streets
and the final corner with 700 metres to go was safely negotiated by all. The
acceleration at the in the last 300 metres was considerable and the top
speed was maintained by the
sprinters as they contested the finale. Shelley Olds (AA Drink), Melissa
Hoskins (Orica-AIS) and Monia Baccaille (MCipollini) were at the front and
they spread across the full width of the finish line in their collective
effort. Each rider threw her bike forward at the line, but it was Shelly
Olds who prevailed by a smallest of margins. Melissa Hoskins was second and
Monia Baccaille, third. This was one of the closest finishes in the short
history of the World Cup on Chongming Island.
Vos (Rabobank Women’s team) who chose not to travel to China, maintained
her UCI World Cup series lead and will wear the leader’s jersey at the
next round in Vargarda, Sweden in August.
Shelly Olds (AA Drink) won her first World Cup victory. The American commented afterwards that she had “enjoyed the tunnel and the bridge and all of the roads were great”, she added that she had “expected more to happen on the bridge, but it didn’t. My team did a great job bringing me in to the finish and I would like to thank them all. I couldn’t have done it without them”.
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