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May 9/12 19:35 pm - Tour of Chongming Island: Stage 1

Posted by Editoress on 05/9/12

Hoskins rules first Chongming Island stage

Melissa Hoskins (GreenEDGE-AIS) claimed her first professional road cycling victory in Asia today, after decisively winning the 73.4km opening stage of the three-day UCI Tour of Chongming Island stage race in China.  Hoskins outpaced 2010 Tour of Chongming Island medallist, and fellow Australian, Rochelle Gilmore (Faren Honda Team), with Monia Baccaille (MCipollini Giambenini) claiming third. On overall classification, Hoskins will begin tomorrow’s 118.4km stage as race leader, 7” ahead of Baccaille - in second place due to time bonuses won in today’s two intermediate sprints - while Gilmore lies in third overall, a further two seconds back.




21 year old Hoskins, also a former World Junior Team Pursuit champion (2009) and gold medal winner of the Scratch Race during the February round of the 2012 UCI Track World Cup, has been impressive on the road this year, even though her main objective is to make the Australian Track Cycling squad for this year’s Olympic Games in London. This is her first appearance at Chongming Island.




Now in its sixth year, the Tour of Chongming Island is gradually building a reputation as a hard race, despite its pancake-flat parcours and short stages. The UCI2.1-ranked event lies in close proximity to the fifth round of the Women’s UCI World Cup, which will also be held on Chongming Island this Sunday. The coupling of a highly-ranked stage race to a World Cup round means some of the world’s best female road cyclists come to China. As Gilmore cautioned minutes before today’s stage, “No team can afford to come here and treat it like a training race”.



Crash in the pack in final km


Even with the depth of talent in this year’s race, the two intermediate sprints, at 28.9km and 47km, ended up being a closed contest between Hoskins, Baccaille and Liesbet De Vocht (Stichting Rabo Women). The trio traded places on both occasions, with Hoskins and Baccaille claiming one win apiece on the first and second sprint, respectively. This boosted Hoskins’ confidence in what was expected by most teams to be a bunch sprint at the finish line.



The sprint

“I was confident I had a good team behind me,” said a bubbly Hoskins, on the way to receiving her yellow jersey. “At the first intermediate sprint, we had it all lined up and I was in perfect position. We knew that if we had it strung out like that at the finish with me in a good position, there was no way we could do anything bad. I knew I had the form for the bunch sprint, but I was very wary of riders like Chloe (Hosking) who may have been saving their efforts for the end.”



Hoskins wins

As it happened, Hosking (Team Specialized – Lululemon) wasn’t on form today, but riders from Hitec Products – Mistral Home and AA Drink – teams briefly animated the race with attacks. Unfortunately for those teams, a strong and assertive GreenEDGE squad successfully contained the field for the duration of the stage.

“Of course, we wanted a bunch sprint at the end,” explained Hoskins. “My team was absolutely fantastic. With five kilometres to go, they were on the front and we were ready to rock and roll. This is my first race with the team since the beginning of the year really, but they’ve looked after me so well I can’t see why we can’t hang onto the yellow jersey.”

Leaderboard after Stage 1
General classification (Yellow jersey) – Melissa Hoskins (GreenEDGE-AIS)
Points classification (Green jersey) - Melissa Hoskins (GreenEDGE-AIS)
Best Asian Rider classification (Blue jersey) – Lang Meng (China Chongming – Giant)
Best team classification by time – MCipollini Giambenini
Best Asian team classification by time - China Chongming - Giant

More Quotes
David McPartland (Team Manager – GreenEDGE-AIS)

“The team worked fantastic today. I can’t say how happy I am to finally have a sprinter in our ranks. For the last couple of months, we haven’t had the luxury of having a pure sprinter in our team so the plan today was to make sure we went for every intermediate sprint because every second is important in a race like this. Melissa took the bonuses early, which is also good for team morale; the other teams were already on the back foot after that. Our team is well organized and because of that we’re going to get results.

With the new sponsor (Orica) coming on board we can’t be happier. This is the best way to reward Orica for their investment. Hopefully we can continue these results for the rest of the tour.



Stage 1: Chongbei, 73.4 km
1 Melissa Hoskins (Aus) Orica GreenEDGE 1:49:21
2 Rochelle Gilmore (Aus) Faren Honda
3 Monia Baccaille (Ita) MCipollini Giambenini
4 Charlotte Becker (Ger) Team Specialized - lululemon
5 Marta Bastianelli (Ita) MCipollini Giambenini
6 Lucy Martin (GBr) AA
7 Elena Cecchini (Ita) MCipollini Giambenini
8 Emilie Moberg (Nor) Hitec Products - Mistral Home Cycling Team
9 Evgeniya Romanyuta (Rus) Rusvelo
10 Lang Meng (Chn) China Chongming-Giant
11 Liesbet De Vocht (Bel) Stichting Rabo Women Cycling Team
12 Zhao Juan Meng (HKg) Hong Kong China Team
13 Jutatip Maneephan (Tha) Thailand National Team
14 Gu Sung Eun (Kor) Korean National Team
15 Daniela Gass (Ger) Abus Nutrixxion
16 Shelley Olds (USA) AA
17 Xin Liu (Chn) China Chongming-Giant
18 Stefania Vecchio (Ita) Faren Honda
19 Flavia Oliveira (Bra) Forno D'Asolo Colavita
20 Ah Reum Na (Kor) Korean National Team
21 Andrea Graus (Aut) Australian National Team
22 Valentina Ylbrikht (Kaz) Kazakhstan National Team
23 Isabelle Söderberg (Swe) AA
24 Panawaraporn Boonsawat (Tha) Thailand National Team
25 Giuseppina Grassi Herrera (Mex) Faren Honda
26 Marlen Jöhrend (Ger) Abus Nutrixxion
27 Nontasin Chanpeng (Tha) Thailand National Team
28 Hsiao Chia Tseng (Tpe) Axman Team Taiwan
29 Lise Nöstvold (Nor) Hitec Products - Mistral Home Cycling Team
30 Svetlana Bubnenkova (Rus) Rusvelo
31 Rimma Luchshenko (Kaz) Kazakhstan National Team
32 Lauren Kitchen (Aus) Stichting Rabo Women Cycling Team
33 Romy Kasper (Ger) Rusvelo
34 Jacqueline Hahn (Aut) Australian National Team
35 Roxane Knetemann (Ned) Stichting Rabo Women Cycling Team
36 Alessandra Borchi (Ita) MCipollini Giambenini
37 Dong Yan Huang (Chn) China Chongming-Giant
38 Mei Yu Hsiao (Tpe) Axman Team Taiwan
39 Ally Stacher (USA) Team Specialized - lululemon
40 Qianyu Yang (HKg) Hong Kong China Team
41 Jessie Maclean (Aus) Orica GreenEDGE
42 Tone Hatteland Lima (Nor) Hitec Products - Mistral Home Cycling Team
43 Malgorzta Jasinska (Pol) MCipollini Giambenini
44 Makhabbat Umutzhanova (Kaz) Kazakhstan National Team
45 Bo Yee Leung (HKg) Hong Kong China Team
46 Yu Hsuan Lee (Tpe) Axman Team Taiwan
47 Marta Tagliaferro (Ita) MCipollini Giambenini
48 Lucinda Brand (Ned) AA
49 Verena Absalyamova (Rus) Rusvelo
50 Wilaiwan Kunlapha (Tha) Thailand National Team
51 Sari Saarelainen (Fin) Forno D'Asolo Colavita
52 Sun Ae Choi (Kor) Korean National Team
53 Luisa Tamanini (Ita) Faren Honda
54 Myfanwy Galloway (Aus) Faren Honda
55 Xiao Ling Luo (Chn) China Chongming-Giant
56 Ana Bianca Schnitzmeier (Ger) Abus Nutrixxion
57 Shara Gillow (Aus) Orica GreenEDGE
58 Kim You-Ri (Kor) Korean National Team
59 Judith Arndt (Ger) Orica GreenEDGE
60 Chloe Hosking (Aus) Team Specialized - lululemon
61 Claudia Schlager (Aut) Australian National Team
62 Martina Ritter (Aut) Australian National Team
63 Katie Colclough (GBr) Team Specialized - lululemon
64 Supaksorn Nuntana (Tha) Thailand National Team
65 Rebecca Talen (Ned) Stichting Rabo Women Cycling Team
66 Whitney Gaggioli (USA) Forno D'Asolo Colavita
67 Emilia Fahlin (Swe) Team Specialized - lululemon
68 Marieke Van Wanroij (Ned) AA
69 Chia Hui Lin (Tpe) Axman Team Taiwan
70 Jessica Uebelhart (Sui) Forno D'Asolo Colavita
71 Thea Thorsen (Nor) Hitec Products - Mistral Home Cycling Team
72 Aliya Kargaliyeva (Kaz) Kazakhstan National Team
73 Wan Yiu Jamie Wong (HKg) China Chongming-Giant
74 Natalia Boyarskaya (Rus) Rusvelo
75 Johanna Bergseth (Nor) Hitec Products - Mistral Home Cycling Team
76 Madeleine Olsson (Swe) AA
77 Alexis Rhodes (Aus) Orica GreenEDGE
78 Ho Hsiung Huang (Tpe) Axman Team Taiwan
79 Xiao Juan Diao (HKg) Hong Kong China Team all s.t.
80 Lisa Brennauer (Ger) Team Specialized - lululemon 0:47
81 Uenia Fernandes Da Souza (Bra) Forno D'Asolo Colavita
82 Federica Primavera (Ita) Forno D'Asolo Colavita
83 Sarah Düster (Ger) Stichting Rabo Women Cycling Team all s.t.
84 Chaek-Yung Lee (Kor) Korean National Team 0:51
85 Marie Voreland (Nor) Hitec Products - Mistral Home Cycling Team
86 Yulia Blindyuk (Rus) Faren Honda both s.t.
87 Jariya Chumluae (Tha) Thailand National Team 0:58
88 Li Huang (Chn) China Chongming-Giant
89 Rachel Neylan (Aus) Abus Nutrixxion
90 Lisa Pleyer (Aut) Australian National Team
91 Amanda Spratt (Aus) Orica GreenEDGE all s.t.
DNS Xiao Fei Wang (HKg) Hong Kong China Team


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