Sprinters eager for the chance to shine in Chongming IslandMon 6 May 2019
Mitchelton-SCOTT women head to China later this week for the 10th Women’s WorldTour race of the season, the Tour of Chongming Island, as the three-day flat race marks the transition from one-day Classics racing to the start of the stage racing period.
The race is known for it’s flat, wide open roads and is welcomed by the pure sprinters. The Australian outfit head to the race with options and an open attitude for some aggressive style racing, with a small but strong team including super domenstiques Jess Allen and Moniek Tenniglo, TDU stage winner Grace Brown and Sarah Roy, a card to play, if things do come down to a sprint.
Newly crowned points race world champion Alex Manly will join the team for her first road race of the season with the Australian outfit.
With two stages starting and finishing in the same location, the riders and team’s have the opportunity to practice the finish and lead-out’s to try and get things right. Each stage is fairly short just 125-126kilometres and with almost no technical sections, flat and wide open roads, it is often hard for breakaways to stay away but intermediate sprints with bonus seconds on offer often helps to light up the race.
The team’s best result was back in 2012 with a second place overall from former rider Melissa Hoskins. In 2017 Roy finished just off the podium in fourth place and last year a crash on stage one effected a lot of the team’s riders and subsequently effected any real chances of a solid overall finish in the event.
“I’m looking forward to China, I've raced Chongming two-years ago and I'm looking forward to going back with the team and try to get some results. The race is typically a sprinters race with wide and fast roads. I do prefer the gnarly types of races like the classics but it's good to go to races like this a have a crack at a result too.
“We are taking a smaller team but strong team of five riders. The tour will give us a great opportunity to practice leading out Sarah Roy in the bunch sprints but also be aggressive and try to win from smaller or solo break aways.”
“China is always a nice welcome back on the flat roads for a track cyclist like myself. I'm looking forward to joining the team again, seeing where I am at and helping the team go for a win.”
Alejandro Gonzales- Sport Director
“We are going with the idea of doing some good preparation towards sprint finish, and we have Roy for the sprints.
“We always want to do well and Chongming is all about getting the sprint train ready for the upcoming races. The form is there, sprints are always a lottery and we’ve got our ticket.
It is first race for Alex Manly back on the road for a while, so we will take day by day and fix individual goals for her.”
Tour of Chongming Island Race Details:
Thursday, 9th May: Stage 1: Chongming Xincheng Park - Chongming Xincheng Park, 115km
Friday, 10th May: Stage 2: Chongming Fenghuang Park - Chongming Fenghuang Park, 121.3km
Saturday, 11th May: Stage 3: Chongming Xincheng Park - Chongming Xincheng Park, 126.5km
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