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Tour of Chongming Island 2012 - Shelly Olds sprints to victory

Shanghai Pudong - Chongming, 120km

Race Writeup

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). 

This 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.

Wide 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 teams.

After 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.

For 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.

Marianne 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.

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Comments

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”.

 

Results - Top 10 - click here to see full result

Position Name Team Time/Gap
1 Shelley Olds LNL 3:11:51
2 Melissa Hoskins GEW "
3 Monia Baccaille MCG "
4 Chloe Hosking SLU "
5 Rochelle Gilmore FHT "
6 Charlotte Becker SLU "
7 Liesbet De Vocht RBW "
8 Lucy Martin LNL "
9 Lucinda Brand LNL "
10 Marlen Jöhrend NXX "

 

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World Cup Classification Top 10 - click here to see full standings

Position Name Team Drenthe Binda Flanders Fleche Chongming Total
1  Marianne Vos  Rabo Women  75 75 50 200
2  Judith Arndt GreenEDGE-AIS  10 30 75 24 139
3  Emma Johansson  Hitec Products Mistral  35 27 9 15 86
4  Kirsten  Wild  AA-Drink 50 30 80
5 Shelley Olds AA Drink 75 75
6  Evelyn Stevens  Specialized-Lululemon 75 75
7  Trixi Worrack  Specialized Lululemon 27 35 62
8  Adrie Visser  Skil-Argos 24 5 27 56
9  Monia Baccaille  MCipollini Giambenini 18 35 53
10  Pauline Ferrand Prevot Rabo Women 11 21 10 10 52

 

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