UCI Road World Cup 2013
Tour of Chongming Island 2013
UCI World Cup, round 5 - Tour of Chongming Island - Surprise win for Riabchenko
Oriental Sports Centre, Shanghai - Chongxi Town, Chongming Island, 126.8 km
Ukrainian Tetyana Riabchenko (Forno d'Alsolo) rode home solo in China's World cup in a disastrous finish for the the peloton. The chasing bunch who were closing in fast, went off course with 3km to go, taking valuable world cup points from the potential challengers to Vos. Giorgia Bronzini (Wiggle Honda) won the bunch kick ahead of Amy Pieters (Argo-shomano) and Johansson.
The win was the first world cup win for the Chirio Forno D'Asolo team. Tetyana Riabchenko broke away in a late-race counterattack and managed to stay away until the finish in Chonging Avenue. She was riding strongly, but her victory was confirmed when the leading riders in the chasing peloton took a wrong turn with just a couple of kilometres remaining in the race and lost valuable time.
The race was marked with breakaways and attacks throughout the 126.8 kilometre journey from Shanghai’s Oriental Sports Center back to Chongming Island. Best Asian rider in the preceding three-day Tour of Chongming Island, Eun Hee Kim (Korea) and Qianyu Yang (Hong Kong) broke away before the 8 kilometres long Chanjiang Tunnel under the River Yangtze. They stayed away until the climb of the Yangtze River bridge and the sidewinds combined to bring an end to their duel effort.
About twenty kilometres later, French National Team rider, Aude Blannici, made a strong and long-lived attack. She was able to stay away and extend her lead on the part of the course which ran on smaller roads, off the highways which were used for more than half of the race. Blannici stayed away until the race rejoined the larger roads and the peloton began to organise for the anticipated sprint finish.
After the Frenchwoman had been caught, Riabchenko tried her luck and counterattacked. The Ukrainian led in the closing kilometres with a slender lead and within sight of the chasers. With about two kilometres remaining, the course turned left from Yulinqiao Road into Gulangyu Road. The official parcours was on the right hand side of the road, the usual driving side in China. However, the riders at the front of the peloton erroneously turned sharp left into the divided street and were caught on the wrong side of the shrubs and trees separating the directions of travel.
The peloton rode on to the next crossroads, a gap in the lane separators and passed beneath the tapes used to divide the road there and rejoined the correct carriageway, on the right. By then though, the damage was done. The chase to Riabchenko was over and the sprint trains which had been forming were left in chaos too. The bunch sprint was ragged, but Giorgia Bronzini (Wiggle Honda) had the speed to take second ahead of Amy Pieters (Argos Shimano).
Some teams protested that the error occurred because the left carriageway was not blocked off and was unmarshalled. But those directeurs sportif with either memory of a similar incident at Ronde van Vlaanderen a few years ago, or with knowledge that the rules put the onus on the riders to follow the course, shrugged and sportingly conceded that the peloton took the wrong course.
Despite Marianne Vos's absence from China, she holds 72 point advantage ahead of Emma Johansson (Orica-AIS) with three world cup races left.
Chirio Forno D'Asolo were happy to take the victory and Riabchenko’s team-mate, Whitney Gaggioli pointed out that “we keep trying these attacks and sometimes, things stick. Tetyana put herself in the right place, [by counterattacking] and she had to be there up front to get the luck afterwards.”
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