After padding her lead with bonus seconds and a stage win Saturday, Australian Chloe Hosking was able to hang on to win the overall at Tour of Chongming Island in China Sunday. The three-day event was the first stage race on the Women’s WorldTour (WWT) calendar and the first WWT win for Hosking’s Wiggle – High5 team.
“I’m so proud of our team,” Hosking said. “The girls really rose to the occasion today and rode like they were protecting the yellow jersey. I kind of felt like the proud mother hen sitting at the back of the peloton and just watching them control everything.”
Taiwan’s Ting Ying Huang came within one second of the 25-year-old winner on GC, but had to settle for her second stage win of the race on day three. Canadian Leah Kirchmann of Liv – Plantur was third in the final GC behind Huang, five seconds down on Hosking.
Frenchwoman Roxane Fournier was second in stage 3, ahead of Dutchwoman Ilona Hoeksma in the 99km race. The final day afforded a wet, chaotic finish sprint. Hosking opted to stay out of danger, finishing in the bunch. “The sprint was totally crazy and there were some big crashes so I just kept myself upright when I saw Leah [Kirchmann] wasn’t in the points,” Hosking added. “I mean, the yellow jersey wouldn’t look as good on if I had lost all my skin.”
For Hosking, winner of stage 4 at Ladies Tour of Qatar earlier this season, Chongming was her first GC win in a major stage race. The 17-race WWT continues May 19 with the four-day Amgen Tour of California.