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2012 World Cup - Tour of Chongming Island
 
By Bart Hazen
Date: 5/14/2012
2012 World Cup - Tour of Chongming Island
 

2012 World Cup - Tour of Chongming Island
Shelley Olds takes World Cup win in China for AA Drink - Leontien.nl. American best in bunch sprint over Melissa Hoskins and Monia Baccaille. Photos..

Shelley Olds (AA Drink - Leontien.nl) has won the World Cup in Chongming Island, China (May 13). The American was the best in the bunch sprint over Tour of Chongming Island winner Melissa Hoskins and Italian stage winner Monia Baccaille. Chloe Hosking and Rochelle Gilmore completed the top five. Marianne Vos, not racing in China, retains the overall lead.

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Shelley Olds takes the win. Photo © 2012 Tour of Chongming Island/

This year's course was very different to the previous two editions. The parcours took the riders from Pudong on the mainland to the finish on Chongming Island. During the race the riders had to go through the Changjiang Tunnel and Bridge. 18 kilometers of water crossings.

In the first half of the race the bunch remained together. Riding towards the Bridge GreenEdge and Hitec tried to create something but didn't succeed. Actually there was no significant breakaway during the whole race as the sprinters teams controlled the race perfectly. AA Drink-Leontien.nl, Orica-GreenEdge, MCipollini and Rabobank were at the front to launch their sprinter. The sprint was across the full width of the road with a photo finish to decide the winner of the race. After studying the photo finish Shelley Olds was announced as winner with Melissa Hoskins in second and Baccaille in third.

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Outsprints Hoskins and Baccaille for the win. Photo © 2012 Tour of Chongming Island/

“It’s been a long season of not racing for me,” said Olds earlier this week, on the first morning of the Tour of Chongming Island stage race. “I had a broken wrist for the last six weeks. This is my second race back, but really the first one where I feel ready to race. My 2012 objective was the Olympics until I had this injury, but I’m trying to get back on my feet and have fun. It’s been really tough, but it’s not the end of the world.”

“It was pretty clear who the strongest teams were in the sprints and who was going to take control in the final,” explained Olds, “and it happened again today just like it happened in the Tour of Chongming. You had GreenEDGE do a fantastic lead-out and also MCipollini lined up in a train. So we decided our best bet was to find a place in one of those trains and I had Lucinda Brand as my girl who kept me there. She was the key to my win today. In the last 500 metres, the race was becoming boxed in but she found a small hole and got us out of it. She allowed me to have a clear line to the finish. Without Lucinda today, I wouldn’t have won.”

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Olds takes first World Cup win in her career. Photo © 2012 Tour of Chongming Island/

With a World Cup victory to her name, Olds appeared weightless during her short walk to the winner’s podium, but seemed unsure whether today’s win was enough for a London call-up. “It’s a big result,” stated Olds. “I’m not sure if it gets me to the Olympics, but I think a World Cup win was one of the automatic qualifiers. I’m hopeful that I’ll be in London; I find out at the end of May. It’s very, very, good news today, so I’m trying not to get excited (about the Olympics). Today, I’m just happy to feel good again in cycling and share this win with my team, who put this together. I haven’t raced with the team too much all year; Tour of Chongming Island is one of the first times we’ve all come together. During those three days, we just needed to keep trying, keep believing in one goal and stick with it. We’ve got a great group of mentally and physically strong women, and we just kept at it and got better every day.”

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Shelley Olds. Photo © 2012 Tour of Chongming Island/

Result
1 OLDS Shelley LNL 3:11:51 -- --
2 HOSKINS Melissa GEW -- -- --
3 BACCAILLE Monia MCG -- -- --
4 HOSKING Chloe SLU -- -- --
5 GILMORE Rochelle FHT -- -- --
6 BECKER Charlotte SLU -- -- --
7 DE VOCHT Liesbet RBW -- -- --
8 MARTIN Lucy LNL -- -- --
9 BRAND Lucinda LNL -- -- --
10 JÖHREND Marlen NXX -- -- --

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The winning AA Drink - Leontien.nl team. Photo © 2012 Tour of Chongming Island/

11 DÜSTER Sarah RBW -- -- --
12 MANEEPHAN Jutatip THA -- -- --
13 LIU Xin GPC -- -- --
14 HSIAO Mei Yu ATT -- -- --
15 HUANG Dong Yan GPC -- -- --
16 BUBNENKOVA STOLBOVA Svetlana RVL -- -- --
17 NA AHREUM KOR -- -- --
18 MOBERG Emilie HPU -- -- --
19 RHEE CHAEKYUNG KOR -- -- --
20 BOONSAWAT Panwaraporn THA -- -- --

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Some animation before the start. Photo © 2012 Tour of Chongming Island/

21 KASPER Romy RVL -- -- --
22 GASS Daniela NXX -- -- --
23 CHOE SUNAE KOR -- -- --
24 GRAUS Andrea AUT -- -- --
25 SÖDERBERG Isabelle LNL -- -- --
26 HAHN Jacqueline AUT -- -- --
27 LIN Chia Hui ATT -- -- --
28 SCHNITZMEIER Ana Bianca NXX -- -- --
29 DIAO Xiao Juan HKG -- -- --
30 YANG Qian Yu HKG -- -- --

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84 riders lined up for the World Cup. Photo © 2012 Tour of Chongming Island/

31 OLIVEIRA Flavia FCL -- -- --
32 LEE Yu Hsuan ATT -- -- --
33 LUO Xiao Ling GPC -- -- --
34 HUANG Ho Hsun ATT -- -- --
35 LEUNG Bo Yee HKG -- -- --
36 CECCHINI Elena MCG -- -- --
37 RITTER Martina AUT -- -- --
38 LIMA Tone Hatteland HPU -- -- --
39 BERGSETH Johanna HPU -- -- --
40 NÖSTVOLD Lise HPU -- -- --

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The riders had 18 km of water crossings with a bridge and a tunnel. Photo © 2012 Tour of Chongming Island/

41 NONTASIN Chanpeng THA -- -- --
42 THORSEN Thea HPU -- -- --
43 VAN WANROIJ Marieke LNL -- -- --
44 ABSALYAMOVA Verena RVL -- -- --
45 KITCHEN Lauren RBW -- -- --
46 KNETEMANN Roxane RBW -- -- --
47 GRASSI HERRERA Giuseppina FHT -- -- --
48 VORELAND Marie HPU -- -- --
49 OLSSON Madelene LNL -- -- --
50 TSENG Hsiao Chia ATT -- -- --

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The weather conditions were bad compared with the stage race. Photo © 2012 Tour of Chongming Island/

51 FERNANDES DA SOUZA Uenia FCL -- -- --
52 JASINSKA Malgorzta MCG -- -- --
53 TAMANINI Luisa FHT -- -- --
54 TALEN Rebecca RBW -- -- --
55 BASTIANELLI Marta MCG -- -- --
56 MENG Zhao Juan HKG -- -- --
57 PLEYER Lisa AUT -- -- --
58 BOYARSKAYA Natalya RVL -- -- --
59 UEBELHART Jessica FCL -- -- --
60 BRENNAUER Lisa SLU -- -- --

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The sprinters teams controlled the race all day. Photo © 2012 Tour of Chongming Island/

61 SAARELAINEN Sari FCL -- -- --
62 BLINDYUK Yulia FHT -- -- --
63 CHUMLUAE Jariya THA -- -- --
64 KUNLAPHA Wilaiwan THA -- -- --
65 WONG Wan Yiu Jamie GPC -- -- --
66 MENG Lang GPC -- -- --
67 KIM YOU RI KOR -- -- --
68 FAHLIN Emilia SLU -- -- --
69 NEYLAN Rachel NXX 3:12:00 -- +9
70 GAGGIOLI Whitney FCL -- -- --
71 TAGLIAFERRO Marta MCG -- -- --
72 BORCHI Alessandra MCG -- -- --
73 MACLEAN Jessie GEW 3:12:02 -- +11
74 COLCLOUGH Katie SLU -- -- --
75 STACHER Ally SLU 3:12:09 -- +18
76 ARNDT Judith GEW 3:12:18 -- +27
77 SCHLAGER Claudia AUT 3:13:20 -- +1:29
78 VECCHIO Stefania FHT 3:13:25 -- +1:34
79 GILLOW Shara GEW -- -- --
80 PRIMAVERA Federica FCL 3:13:32 -- +1:41
81 GALLOWAY Myfanwy FHT 3:13:33 -- +1:42
82 SPRATT Amanda GEW 3:13:45 -- +1:54
83 RHODES Alexis GEW -- -- --


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