Saturday Sunday 12th May, it’s the fifth round of the UCI Road World Cup, the Tour of ChongMing Islandin China. This is a race on the long, wide, flat roads of ChongMing Island in the Yangtze river, connected to Shanghai by the beautiful bridge and tunnel, and the race uses both.
It’s very definitely a race for the sprinters. The “mountains” point comes when they ride up the ramp onto the bridge, and the roads have meant while riders have dropped off the back, and there can be echelon-ing, it ends up in a bunch sprint. It is usually very rainy, though, and the wind can make it a very tough race indeed – certainly no easy ride, this one!
The website is mostly in Chinese, and google translate hates that, but there’s some information on the parcours in English in this report of the press conference (google translated into English) – but if you want some more on the race, Melissa Hoskins has a race preview on the ORICA-AIS website of the World Cup and and the Tour of ChongMing Island stage race, which ran 8th-12th May. Because the Island isn’t a large one, the stage race runs on a lot of the same roads. Here’s the video we’ve had of that so far, and much more info below the jump:
Here are race reports with photos, by CJ Farquharson, on WomensCycling.net – Stage 1, Stage 2 and Stage 3 – and here are all the results, on CyclingFever. Race reports from Stage 1 from Argos-Shimano, Wiggle Honda, Hitec and ORICA; Stage 2 reports from Wiggle, Hitec, ORICA and Argos; and very happy race report from Stage 3 by ORICA, after Nettie Edmondson won the race, and by Argos, after Garner’s 3rd in GC. (It was a lovely podium – Edmondson, Chloe Hosking 2nd and Lucy Garner 3rd – this race was Hosking’s first big win in her career, back in 2009, and it’s the first time on an elite UCI stage race podium for both Edmondson and Garner. Nice!)
Riders and World Cup implications
CyclingFever’s startlist is probably the best for the World Cup – and note, no World Cup leader Marianne Vos! That doesn’t mean that anyone will overtake her in the current World Cup standings – after Flèche, she has 249 points, with Ellen van Dijk, who’s not there either, in second on 159. It’s 75 points for the winner of each WC race, 50 for 2nd and 35 for 3rd, 30 for 4th, then 27, 24, 21, 18, 15, 11 for 10th, then 1 point increments down to 20th – so while this could be good for Emma Johansson (currently 4th in the rankings on 147) and Elisa Longo Borghini (3rd, on 155), and they could both overtake Van Dijk, it is more about the ongoing narrative of the competition, rather than changing things too much at the top.
How to follow the race
Following the race live is hard, because of the Chinese internet restrictions, but Anton Vos is out there, and Hitec manager Karl Lima has been tweeting live updates – and you can try my live race update twitter list. And of course, all of the people who had information on the Stage Race will have info about the race, we’ll make a post on Podium Café, I’ll put any videos up here, and we’ll link to everything we see in our next women’s cyling podcast! So make sure you check back – it’ll be a fun race.