Crash affects the final of the first stage at the Tour of ChongmingThu 26 Apr 2018
A crash in the final one kilometre of the opening stage of the Tour of Chongming ruined Mitchelton-SCOTT’s chances to contest the sprint finish.
The pan-flat stage finished with a bunch sprint as predicted, with Georgia Bronzini (Cylance) avoiding the crash to sprinting to the victory and into the overall race lead.
The opening 50kilometres of the 112km first stage was fairly inactive with one compact peloton. With 50kilometres to go a group of 10riders clipped off the front including Jenelle Crooks and opened up a 45second advantage.
With almost all team’s with a clear sprinter in the team, the breakaway’s chances were slim and they were swallowed up with 10kilometres remaining.
With seconds up for grabs during the stage in the intermediate sprints, there were many lead-out trains with Alexandra Manly, Sarah Roy and Gracie Elvin helping Jolien D’hoore to take some bonus seconds in the first sprint with second place.
Crash ruins chances
With all the team’s prepared for a bunch sprint on wide roads and a straight finish, the fight for the front position caused a large crash in the peloton with just one kilometre remaining.
Many of the race favourites came down including three Mitchelton-SCOTT riders, thankfully all without serious injury and able to finish the stage despite coming away with a result.
“We were aiming to lead-out Jolien for the intermediates as well as the finish. She was second in the first sprint and it was a good opener for all of us.
“Jenelle made it into the main break of the day and they took the seconds on the second sprint. Wiggle-High5 rode the break back with about 10km to go and the lead-out trains started coming together.
“There was a big crash with most of the Ale-Cipollini team with a few km to go. We stayed together and tried to get Jolien in position for the last sprint, but with 400metres to go there was another big crash in the front that took out most of the favourites.
“Roy, Jolien and I were all involved, luckily we are all ok and overall we are happy with how everyone is feeling and we will make up for it in the next two days.”
Tour of Chongming results:
1. Georgia Bronzini (Cylance)
2. Kelly Druyts (Dolcini Van Eyck)
3. Silvia Persico (Valcar)
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