Cecilie and Elisa with climber and sprint jerseys in 'Tour of Zhoushan Island'
2 stage wins for Cecilie in Tour of Zhoushan Island (UCI
The 'China campaign' ended successful for Team Hitec Products. On the first hilly stage, Elisa and Cecilie managed to get in a break of 9. Elisa attacked with Bronzini (Wiggle-Honda). Bronzini won the stage and Elisa 2nd. Cecilie had an unfortunate puncture with 4 km togo, after winning both intermediate sprints and KOMs.
The second stage was flat, and saw an impressive Hitec Products sprint train, leading out Cecilie to beat the 'sprinter queen' Bronzini with 10 small centimeters. A fitting revenge for Cecilie from the day before!
On the last stage, Thea, Tone and Emilie attacked hard before the hills, and a break of 6 formed after the first hill (unfortunately including race leader Bronzini). Cecilie attacked with Elina Kuchinskaya (Rusvelo), and the duo stayed away with 20 seconds to the chasers. In the final, Cecilie dropped Kuchinskaya and soloed to her second consecutive stage win! Elisa was 5th on the last stage, Emilie 8th, Thea 27 and Tone 40.
In the final GC Bronzini won with 14 seconds to Elisa on second place, while Cecilie was no 3, Emilie 12, Thea 26 and Tone 40. We also won the team competition, and the climbers and sprinters jerseys.
DS Steven Sergeant stated: "The team work here was fantastic. Every rider did their share, and Im proud of them and the results in China"
Messy finish in the Tour of Chongming
Island World Cup
We actually rode one of our better races this year in the 5th round of the world cup in Shanghai. We covered attacks and looked after each other in the early stages, and the late soloattacks of first Aude Biannic (France) and then Tetyana Riabchenko (Forno d'Asolo) seemed under control, in the final kilometers however, with Riabchenko well in sight, things went wrong and the peloton took a wrong turn, and at this time the Hitec Products girl were well at the front with the train for Chloe Hosking set up. Not just valuable time was lost, but we never got time to reorganize and the sprint were not a success. In the mean time, Riabchenko duly won her first UCI-win. We managed to get some valuable WC points with Chloes 15th and Elisas 20th place, but all in all it was a dissapointing end to a good race. At the finish line, in the initial frustration some teams wanted to protest, and winner of the peloton sprint Giorgia Bronzini didnt go to the podium. In the new world cup ranking, Elisa Longo Borghini drops to 4th place while the team as a whole rise to 3d place.
Team: Chloe Hosking, Tone Hatteland Lima, Cecilie Gotaas Johnsen, Elisa Longo Borghini, Emilie Moberg and Thea Thorsen
Race report from CJ Farcuharson
New WC ranking
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After working hard throughout the three day Tour of Chongming Island Hitec Products fell an agonizing one-second short of claiming the overall title, however the team’s sprinter Chloe Hosking claimed the race’s Green points classification. Read more.
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The Tour Of Chongming Island.
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Team: Elisa Longo-Borghini, Chloe Hosking, Cecilie Johsen, Thea Thorsen, Emilie Moberg, Tone Hatteland.