CYCLING: New Dutch star Wiebes sweeps all three stages to win the Tour of Chongming Island

New Dutch cycling star Lorena Wiebes (Photo: Wikipedia)

Just 20 years old, the newest of the deep list of Dutch women’s cycling stars is Lorena Wiebes.

In her second season on the UCI Women’s World Tour, she won silver medals in two of the spring Classics, the Three Days of DePanne and Gent-Wevelgem and dominated the Tour of Chongming Island by winning all three stages on her way to a 22-second victory over Thailand’s Jutatip Maneephan.

All of the stages were flat, sprinter’s races and Wiebes managed to get to the line first each time, with multiple riders being awarded the same in each stage.

True, this was nowhere near the strongest field on the Women’s World Tour this season, but a win is a win and Wiebes is quickly building a resume to be respected. She’s now fourth in the seasonal Women’s World Tour standings (590) behind leader Annemiek van Vleuten (NED: 850). Summaries:

UCI Women’s World Tour/Tour of Chongming Island
Shanghai (CHN) ~ 9-11 May 2019
(Full results here)

Stage 1 (102.7 km): 1. Lorena Wiebes (NED), 2:29:29; 2. Lotte Kopecky (BEL), 2:29:29; 3. Nina Kessler (NED), 2:29:29; 4. Lucy Garner (GBR), 2:29:29; 5. Marta Tagliaferro (ITA), 2:29:29.

Stage 2 (126.6 km): 1. Wiebes (NED), 3:05:25; 2. Jutatip Maneephan (THA), 3:05:25; 3. Garner (GBR), 3:05:25; 4. Kessler (NED), 3:05:25; 5. Pascale Jeuland-Transchant (FRA), 3:05:25.

Stage 3 (118.4 km): 1. Wiebes (NED), 2:52:01; 2. Maneephan (THA), 2:52:01; 3. Kopecky (BEL), 2:52:01; 4. Xia Sha Zhao (CHN), 2:52:01; 5. Garner (GBR), 2:52:01.

Final Standings: 1. Lorena Wiebes (NED), 8:26:14; 2. Jutatip Maneephan (THA), +0:22; 3. Lotte Kopecky (BEL), +0:27; 4. Nina Kessler (NED), +0:35; 5. Lucy Garner (GBR), +0.37; 6. Marta Tagliaferro (ITA), +0.37; 7. Tatsiana Sharakova (BLR), +0:38; 8. Maaike Boogaard (NED), +0:38; 9. Valeriya Kononeko (UKR), +0:39; 10. Pascale Jeuland-Tranchant (FRA), +0:41.