The Tour of Chong Ming Island World Cup was held yesterday on the Chinese island, close to Shanghai. The World Cup was the pinnacle race after an opening three day stage race held last week, serving as a warm up for the main event.
Team Hitec Products went into the race with the defending champion, the team’s Dutch sprint star, Kirsten Wild. With the flat courses with wide roads and nearly no wind each stage ended in a bunch sprint. Hitec took control each day and formed a lead out train with Lauren forming a key role as one of the final two lead out positions in the train. The team delivered Kirsten to two stage wins in the opening tour along with the overall general classification win and the points jersey win. However in the World Cup Kirsten was just heated by 2 X world Champion Giorgia Bronzini.
“I had a great week racing with the girls on Chong Ming Island, in this type of racing it really needs to be a strong team effort to set up one rider for a chance to win, we did this and although we missed the victory in the WC, we rode really well as a team and I think it’s exciting for some more races to come”
Lauren also won the queen of the mountain competition, taking maximum points on the top of the bridge that joins Chong Ming island to China mainland.
“It wasn’t the plan, I was just following to make sure Hitec was at the front and I saw the chance to take the points without too much energy, it’s a good sign for next week”
Lauren will now turn her attention to the second week in China at the Tour of Zhoushan Island which begins on Wednesday.
Photo: Lauren and Kirsten after Kirsten wins stage one. Photo credit: Anton Vos