Tour of Chongming Island 2013
Stage 1 -Garner wins opening stage
Chongming New City Cup, Chongbei Stage, 73.4km
(Argos-Shimano) won the opening stage of the 2013 Tour of Chongming Island.
It was always going to come down to a bunch sprint. A crash in the final 2km
disrupted the leading bunch. In the end it was the 2012 Junior World Road
champion Lucy Garner (Argos-shimano) who won the bunch kick ahead of Chloe
Hosking (Hitec) and Oxana Kosonchuck (Rusvelo).
The short very flat first stage of 73.4km stage had 99 starters and two intermediate sprints. The first sprint was almost a clean sweep by Orica-AIS, they were beaten however by fellow Australian Chloe Hosking (Hitec), Annette Edmondson and Emma Johansson (Orica-AIS) managed second and third. The second sprint was again dominated by Orica-AIS, Edmondson was first ahead of Johansson and Sarah Mustonen (Faren-Let's Go Finland).
Garner (Argos-shimano) was over the moon with her first
professional win, “I'm so happy to have taken the stage win and
yellow jersey for the team. The girls looked after me for the whole race and
did a great job.” said Garner on twitter after the win
McPartland (Sport Director Orica-AIS) was frustrated with stage 1
result, “ With the team we’ve got here, we’re still
confident." said McPartland.
On the first
stage of the Tour of Chongming Island, Emma Johansson was the top finisher
for ORICA-AIS in fourth place. A late race crash took out the team’s
leader of the day, Nettie Edmondson, within the last two kilometres. Lucy
Garner (Argos-Shimano), the current Junior Road World Champion and
relatively unknown at the elite level, took the top honours on the day.“The
plan for the day was for the sprinters, of course,” said
McPartland. “Here in China we have three sprinters who are potential
winners, but we decided to support Nettie today based on her fitness and the
make-up of the rest of the field.”
Nettie took second in the first intermediate sprint and won the second
sprint, I knew we were in really good shape,” continued McPartland. “I
made the call to support her in the final sprint without first trying to
split the field. We were confident in her speed and fitness to go for the
win against the bunch.”
plan unfolded to perfection until two kilometres to go when an unfortunate
crash took Edmondson out of contention. “Without any time to react,
a rider turned into Nettie and she had nowhere to go. It was very
frustrating because the girls said the lead out was spot on,”
Edmondson's disappointment was hard to disguise, she walked away from the
crash relatively unscathed. She has a sore wrist but it seems as if she will
be able to finish the three day tour. With the bonus seconds she snagged
during the two intermediate sprints, Edmondson will start stage two in third
overall, 5" behind Garner and 4" behind Hosking.
more I think about this result and how the race will unfold, I realise that
the tour is not out of reach,” concluded McPartland. “
With the team we’ve got here, we’re still confident. Garner didn’t
take any bonus seconds prior to the finish, so that works to our favour.
Chloe Hosking, who finished second
on the stage and won the first intermediate sprint, remains a threat, but we
can do this.”
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