Race Clip - Chongming Island - 2014 UCI Women Road World Cup

The fifth race in the UCI Women Road World Cup takes place in China on Sunday May 18. Chongming Island is the third largest island in China and a province of Shanghai. It is located in the estuary of the Yangtze River. In 2013 Tetyana Riabchenko suprised the world and herself by winning the race, but she won't defend her title this year. The 130-kilometre race offers wide, flat roads with spectacular scenery as the peloton crosses the bridge and tunnel of Shanghai Changjiang Daqiao. Two sprints for the Sprint classification and one Queen of the Mountains await the international peloton. The biggest favourites for the win in China are Giant-Shimano's Kirsten Wild, former winner Shelley Olds of Alé Cipollini and former double World Champion Giorgia Bronzini. The Wiggle-Honda Italian came close to stage victories in the Women's Tour of Britain last week and travels to China with confidence. In 2013 she won the bunch sprint taking second place in the race. On Friday she won the third stage of the Tour of Chongming Island, beating Kirsten Wild. "I hope to be in a good shape for the World Cup. My goal is to podium again in this race. My Wiggle-Honda team has got what it takes." Bronzini names Kirsten Wild as her biggest rival. The Dutch sprinter has just won the first two stages of the Tour of Chongming Island which added to her season total of three stage victories and the overall in the Tour of Qatar, two stages in the Energiewacht Tour and victories in the Ronde van Gelderland and Novilon Cup. "Kirsten is a really strong sprinter, especially on the flat races," Bronzini said of her Dutch rival. "These races are good for her but are also good for me." The third favourite is former winner Shelley Olds. The Alé-Cipollini American has four wins this season already and numerous podium places including a third place in the Ronde van Drenthe World Cup race and third in the first three stages of the Tour of Chongming Island. The overall leader in the World Cup, Lizzie Armitstead of Boels-Dolmans has not travelled to China. The numbers two and three, Emma Johansson and Anna van der Breggen won't be present either, meaning Armitstead will retain her lead after the fifth round of the UCI Women Road World Cup. With Iris Slappendel's Rabo-Liv team not present in China, Astana Be Pink's Anna Maria Stricker could take the lead in the Sprint classification. The Italian is only down six points on Slappendel, and there are twelve points at stake on Sunday."

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