Another sprint finish on stage two at the Tour of Chongming Island

Fri 10 May 2019

The second stage of the Tour of Chongming Island finished with another bunch sprint with Sarah Roy finishing just outside the top ten as the stage was won by race leader Lorena Wiebes (Parkhotel-Valkenburg).

Mitchelton-SCOTT worked in the final kilometres to position Roy but as the sprint opened up from behind, the Australian sprinter was suddenly passed on the fast, slight downhill run in to the finish line.

Solo leader and sprints

At the start the race headed over a large main bridge that connects Chongming Island to the main land and Mitchelton-SCOTT took their chances to try and split up the races, but with fresh legs in the peloton the group remained in tact.

The first breakaway of the day came from one rider, Tatiana Sharapova (Minsk Cycling), who opened up a lead of around 30seconds after 40kilometres of racing and dangled ahead to take top points in the first intermediate sprint.

The peloton reeled Sharapova back in just before the sprints which were once again hotly contested. In the second and final intermediate sprint Wiebes took top points with Roy claiming second and some bonus seconds.

Another moves goes

With 40km remaining, directly after the sprint, two-riders jumped away from the peloton but always stayed within striking distance of the bunch led by race leaders Parkhotel-Valkenburg, the duo never gained more than a 40second advantage.

Olga Zabelinskaya (Cogeas Mettler) punctured from the front of the race, leaving just one-rider Valeriya Kononenko (Lviv Cycling Team) alone infront and subsequently she was quickly swallowed up by the fast approaching peloton with 18km remaining.

Everything looked set for a sprint after numerous attacks were neutralised coming into the final with Mitchelton-SCOTT sending all three riders, Jess Allen, Moniek Tenniglo and Alex Manly to the front of the bunch leading Roy into the final kilometre of the race.

The sprint opened up quickly with Wiebes powering to her second stage win and Roy finding herself caught a little further back to finish outside the top ten in 11th place.

Sarah Roy

"The team were awesome today, Moniek had a great day especially. She was with me in every important moment and looked after me super well. We all tried together to split things on the bridge in the wind but it wasn’t to be.

"We had a crack at the second intermediate sprint with Moniek doing a monster turn as there was some confusion with how far from the line we were and I also went too early and sprinted to the wrong line but it was good to test the legs and we were all then feeling confident for the final.

"It was up to Parkhotel in the race lead to control the main break of the day and we were riding well together, communicating without radios today. Moniek was unreal at navigating through the bunch in the final few kilometres and staying calm with me on her wheel.

"She found a gap with about 200metres before the final corner and drilled it which was our plan. I had let Alex in front so she could take over from Moniek but Weibes was on my wheel and unfortunately we ran out of legs and I didn’t feel the bunch coming, we bumped each other and ended up stuffing it up.

"That’s racing though, sometimes it takes everything to be perfect for you to have your day. There was no lack of commitment or trust, we stuck to the plan and did what we could. In hindsight perhaps we went a little early but we can discuss where we went wrong together and try again tomorrow as we expect it will be another sprint finish."

Tour of Chongming Island Stage 2 Results:

1. Lorena Wiebes (Parkhotel-Valkenburg) 3:05:25
2. Jutatip Maneephan (Thailand Women’s Cycling) +0:01
3. Lucy Garner (Hitec Products Birk Sport) +0:01
11. Sarah Roy (Mitchelton-SCOTT)

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