Roy sprints to sixth on the opening stage of the Tour of Chongming IslandThu 9 May 2019
The first day at the Tour of Chongming Island finished with a predicted bunch sprint where Mitchelton-SCOTT rider Sarah Roy launched to sixth place on the wide, open road sprint.
After an aggressive final with continuous attacks, the race remained together for the final dash to the line which was won by Lorena Wiebes (Parkhotel-Valkenburg.)
Sprints along the way
Two intermediate sprints and one categorised climb added to the action for the day’s fairy short 102km stage. Both sprints after 15.3km and 68km carried hotly contested bonus seconds for the first three riders across the line and therefore animated these parts of the race.
Roy just missed out on some seconds taking fourth place on the second sprint as Wiebes won both sprints along the way before taking the final victory on the line, which puts her into the race lead with a buffer over the rest of the peloton.
Crashes add to the chaos
A few crashes within the race saw gaps opening up with Mitchelton-SCOTT rider Grace Brown, unfortunately one of the riders to go down. Mitchelton-SCOTT were then down on numbers coming into the final part of the race but raced well, with Jess Allen and Moniek Tenniglo covering all the moves and late attacks to keep Roy in contention as the race barrelled towards the finish line.
As predicted, the day finished with a large bunch sprint and on the wide open roads, with the same finished used in every edition of the race over the past years, many teams and riders knew that timing was key to the sprint victory. The sprint opened up and Roy powered to the line to take sixth place.
Tomorrow is the longest stage of the race 126km followed by a final 115km day.
“The stage was generally quite tame although the sprint primes were heavily contested. We just followed the first one and for the second one we tried with a small lead out. Unfortunately there was a crash with many riders going down including Grace. I started super early and finished outside of the bonuses in fourth.
"There was a twisty section on narrow roads more like paths around a lake that ended with about 20kilometres to go and then a lot of attacks went.
“We were down to just three riders, Jess (Allen), Moniek (Tenniglo) and me. Moniek and Jess covered almost everything and I chipped in a little bit.
“It was quite hard and fast, and hectic for the last few kilometres. I felt really good out there and was excited for the sprint but just couldn’t find my way out until it was too late. Tomorrow’s a new day.”
Tour of Chongming Island - Stage 1 Results:
1. Lorena Wiebes (Parkhotel-Valkenburg) 2:29:29
2. Lotte Kopecky (Lotto-Soudal) ST
3. Nina Kessler (Tibco-Silicon Valley) ST
6. Sarah Roy (Mitchelton-SCOTT) ST
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