D'hoore to lead Mitchelton-SCOTT women's sprint ambitions at the Tour of ChongmingTue 24 Apr 2018
Mitchelton-SCOTT women head to China for the Tour of Chongming Island this week with last year’s overall winner Jolien D’Hoore eager to continue her success in the sprinter's race.
D’hoore has displayed top sprinting form so far this season throughout the Belgian classics with a win in Driedaagse de Panne plus multiple sprint podium placings and will lead a strong Mitchelton-SCOTT sprint squad at the three-day race.
The Chinese tour takes place on Chongming Island, close to Shanghai, and is generally a race for the sprinters with three-days of pan-flat racing.
The women’s WorldTour event has concluded with the same finishing line each year and is well known by many of the riders and teams.
Jolien D’hoore - 2017 winner
"It’s never easy to win a race a second year in a row but I’m confident and going well. This race suits me and I’ve got a strong team around me.
"The racing is all about the intermediate sprints and the final sprint, it’s building up towards that moment. It’s a typical race where sprinters come to their full potential.
"The team has some serious horse power with three girls coming off the Commonwealth games, so I’m looking forward to a good week with the team."
"This event is raced over big, smooth wide roads with no wind or hills. It's the polar opposite to the spring classics that have just finished up.
"There's not a lot of opportunities for breaks to stay away so for us, it is perfect lead-out practice and we're looking forward to nailing our sprint train.
"Finishing on the same finish line with just some subtle variations within the last few kilometres means we have the opportunity to find what works best for our new sprint team this year.
"We have a super strong team heading to China and with Jolien who won the tour last year I'm really excited to see what we can do together.
Previously in Chongming
Last year Sarah Roy was the team’s most consistent stage finisher concluding the race with fourth place overall and back in 2012 Melissa Hoskins won the event when the team was named ORICA-AIS.
Thursday, 26th April: Stage 1, Chongming Park Square, 112km
Friday, 27th April: Stage 2, Chonming Fenghuang Park to Chongming Park Square, 121km
Saturday, 28th April: Stage 3, Chongming Park Square, 126km
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