D'hoore sixth after unexpected breakaway stays away on stage two at the Tour of Chongming

Fri 27 Apr 2018

Known as a ‘sprint’ race, the Tour of Chongming island saw an unexpected breakaway survive all the way to the finish line on today’s second stage of the tour.

Despite a chase, Mitchelton-SCOTT had to settle for sixth place as Jolien D’hoore won the bunch kick with Charlotte Becker (Hitec-Products) staying away to win the stage from the breakaway. 

Five ruin sprint chances

The longest day of the three-day race, a 126kilometre stage was predicted to finish with a large bunch sprint, however, five riders, Corailie Demay (FDJ), Anastasia Lakovenko, Charlotte Beker (Hitec-Products), Dalai Mucciold (Valcar) and Shannon Malseed (Tibco) formed a strong and dangerous breakaway after 60kilometres of racing. 

The five riders were able to open up a maximum advanatge of three minute 45seconds before a trio of chaser started their attempt to bridge across to the leaders.

Before the leaders broke away, D'hoore was once again present in the intermediate sprints, taking top points in the first sprint to gain more valuable bonus seconds.

Too late

With 15kilometres to go the leaders advantage dropped to just over two minutes with three chasers dangling around one minute adrift, unable to make the junction.

Mitchelton-SCOTT, alongside Wiggle-HIgh5 and Hitec-Products led the chase and with nine kilometres to go the three chase riders were caught but finally it proved to be too much to catch the front five.

The leaders survived away to the finish line to steal the stage win with Becker now moving into the race lead with one day remaining.

Jolien D'Hoore - 6th place

"Nobody expected that the breakaway should stay away until the finish. We were pulling with the team but we didn’t get that much help from other teams.

"It seems like nobody wanted to sprint for victory which was a shame. I felt a lot stronger than yesterday and my legs feel powerful.

"Thankfully we are all okay after the crash yesterday, with no major injuries. Just some bruises but nothing that stops us from riding our bikes."

Tour of Chongming results:

1. Charlotte Becker (Hitec-Products)
2. Shannon Malseed (Tibco) 
3. Anastasia Lakovenko
6. Jolien D’hoore (Mitchelton-SCOTT) +1:12

General classification after stage 2

1. Charlotte Becker (Hitec-Products) 

Photo courtesy of Getty Images