UCI Road Women World Cup: Second Win for Wild

Posted: May 19, 2014 by kirisyko in Bike, Road cycling
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Elena Cecchini of the Estado de Mexico Faren squad finished second and Giorgia Bronzini (Wiggle Honda) came in third. This is Wild’s second individual World Cup victory after the Open de Suède Vårgårda in 2010.

Coming into the race Wild was the big favourite. The 31-year old won the first two stages and the overall of the Tour of Chongming Island stage race earlier in the week. This World Cup victory is her 12th of the season in total.

The 130-kilometre race on the island of Chongming, in the estuary of the Yangtze river near Shanghai, started off in rainy conditions but soon the sun came out. The same went for the crowds lining the roads of the island to see the 96 riders of 17 teams race by.

Apart from small attacks by lone riders like Wiggle Honda’s Emilia Fahlin or duo’s like Julia Soek (Giant-Shimano) and Katrin Garfoot (Australia) nothing stuck. The pace in the peloton was kept high by the teams of the race’s favourites: Wild, Bronzini and Shelley Olds (Alé Cipollini)

Wiggle Honda worked hard for former world champion Bronzini but started their bunch sprint lead out too early. In the final corner they led the bunch but on the final straight to the finish Kirsten Wild proved to be the strongest of the field today.

Lizzie Armitstead (Boels-Dolmans) keeps a comfortable lead in the overall world cup standings. Wild adds 120 points to her 66 points today and enters the top ten of the UCI Women Road World Cup overall standings.

With only one Queen of the Mountain sprint on the iconic Shanghai Changjiang Daqiao bridge, won by Hitec’s Sara Olsson, the leading position of Pauline Ferrand Prevot (Rabo Liv) in that classification was not threatened.

Ferrand Prevot does lose the jersey of best young rider to today’s runner up Elena Cecchini. Both riders are now at 18 points.

Another UCI Women Road World Cup leader jersey changed shoulders today. Iris Slappendel’s sprint jersey which she took in the first race of the season in Drenthe will move to Australia. With two wins in the intermediate sprints Rebecca Wiasak of the Australian national team took the jersey off the Dutch woman’s shoulders.

The next race in the UCI Women Road World Cup, the Sparkassen Münsterland Giro, takes place on the third of August in Germany.

Photo: Wild rejoicing after reaching her second win of the season in Chongming

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