Hosking takes the win at women's Tour of Guangxi

Chloe Hosking finished off her three years at Alé Cipollini in style on Tuesday, winning the women's Tour of Guangxi in China in her final race for the Italian team as the Australian sprinter has signed with Rally UHC for the 2020 season.

Two climbs on the race route led to a reduced bunch sprint in Guilin, where Hosking was first over the line ahead of Tibco-SVB's Alison Jackson.

Marianne Vos (CCC-Liv) finished in third place, overtaking world champion Annemiek van Vleuten (Mitchelton-Scott) in the final race of the year to win the UCI Women's WorldTour classification.

How it unfolded

Held on the final day of the six-day men's stage race, the women's Tour of Guangxi covered 145.8km from the start south of Guilin to the finish in the centre of Guilin. The race was mostly flat, only punctuated by two back-to-back climbs of 2.1 and 4.3 kilometres, respectively. 

The second climb ended 42km from the finish, and after the descent there were still 30km left for dropped riders to chase back on.

A total of 87 riders started the race, and Pu Yixian (China Liv Pro Cycling) went on a long solo break early on. The unpertubed peloton let the Chinese rider get an advantage of almost five minutes. 

The speed picked up as the race came closer to the climbs. Setting a hard pace on the first climb, Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (CCC-Liv) reduced the peloton to around 45 riders and brought the peloton to within a minute of Pu.

Pu was caught on the second climb, while Yanshan Hill, and Moolman-Pasio crested the climb at the front of a group of some 25 riders to win the mountain classification. More riders came back in the descent that followed, and a peloton of about 40 riders reached Guilin together.

Despite a crash on the rain-wet roads on the final ten kilometres, most sprinters made it to the finishing straight. Vos started her sprint early, but Hosking came around the Dutchwoman to claim the victory.

World Ranking leader Lorena Wiebes (Parkhotel Valkenburg) wasn't racing, but neither was Marta Cavalli (Valcar Cylance), meaning that Wiebes won the light-blue UCI Women's WorldTour U23 classification jersey.

RESULTS

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1 Chloe Hosking (Aus) Ale Cipollini 3:58:46
2 Alison Jackson (Can) Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank
3 Marianne Vos (Ned) CCC-Liv
4 Arlenis Sierra (Cub) Astana Women's Team
5 Chiara Consonni (Ita) Valcar-Cylance Cycling
6 Tanja Erath (Ger) Canyon-SRAM
7 Hanna Tserakh (Blr) Minsk Cycling Club Continental
8 Ilaria Sanguineti (Ita) Valcar-Cylance Cycling
9 Emilia Fahlin (Swe) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope
10 Lauren Stephens (USA) Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank
11 Coryn Rivera (USA) Team Sunweb Women
12 Gracie Elvin (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott Women
13 Anastasiia Chursina (Rus) BTC City Ljubljana
14 Danique Braam (Ned) Lotto Soudal Ladies
15 Mieke Docx (Bel) Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport
16 Eugenia Bujak (Slo) BTC City Ljubljana
17 Jade Wiel (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope
18 Jiujin Li (Chi) People's Republic of China
19 Jesse Vandenbulcke (Bel) Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport
20 Tatsiana Sharakova (Blr) Minsk Cycling Club Continental
21 Urska Pintar (Slo) BTC City Ljubljana
22 Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (RSA) CCC-Liv
23 Wing Yee Leung (HKg) Hong Kong, China
24 Lin Feng (Chi) People's Republic of China
25 Darya Dziakola (Belarus) Minsk Cycling Club
26 Susanne Andersen (Nor) Team Sunweb Women
27 Alina Abramenka (Belarus) Minsk Cycling Club
28 Hannah Ludwig (Ger) Canyon-SRAM 0:00:05
29 Soraya Paladin (Ita) Ale Cipollini
30 Danielle Christmas (GBr) Lotto Soudal Ladies 0:00:08
31 Siying Lu (Chn) Gapyeong Cycling Team
32 Urska Bravec (Slo) BTC City Ljubljana 0:00:10
33 Xie Zhou (Chi) People's Republic of China
34 Leah Dixon (GBr) Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank
35 Ingrid Lorvik (Nor) Hitec Products-Birk Sport
36 Wu Peixiao (Chn) Gapyeong Cycling Team
37 Yixian Pu (Chn) Gapyeong Cycling Team
38 Silvia Pollicini (Ita) Valcar-Cylance Cycling
39 Urska Zigart (Slo) BTC City Ljubljana
40 Karlijn Swinkels (Ned) Ale Cipollini
41 Nastassia Kiptsikava (Blr) Minsk Cycling Club Continental
42 Jiahuan Yang (Chi) People's Republic of China
43 Ella Harris (NZl) Canyon-SRAM
44 Rotem Gafinovitz (Isr) Canyon-SRAM
45 Valerie Demey (Bel) CCC-Liv
46 Nina Kessler (Ned) Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank
47 Bo Yee Leung (HKg) Hong Kong, China
48 Marta Lach (Pol) CCC-Liv
49 Jiaqi Li (Chn) Gapyeong Cycling Team 0:00:16
50 Eri Yonamine (Jpn) Ale Cipollini
51 Hannah Barnes (GBr) Canyon-SRAM 0:00:21
52 Blanca Liliana Moreno Canchon (Col) Astana Women's Team 0:00:25
53 Christa Riffel (Ger) Canyon-SRAM 0:00:27
54 Yeima Torres Beltran (Cub) Astana Women's Team 0:00:32
55 Evita Muzic (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope 0:00:35
56 Charlotte Bravard (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope
57 Victorie Guilman (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope 0:00:37
58 Jeanne Korevaar (Ned) CCC-Liv 0:00:47
59 Hongyu Liang (Chn) Gapyeong Cycling Team 0:00:50
60 Xisha Zhao (Chi) People's Republic of China 0:01:12
61 Asja Paladin (Ita) Valcar-Cylance Cycling 0:01:29
62 Marta Tagliaferro (Ita) Hitec Products-Birk Sport 0:01:35
63 Pauliena Rooijakkers (Ned) CCC-Liv 0:01:36
64 Georgia Williams (NZl) Mitchelton-Scott Women 0:03:08
65 Emily Marcolini (Can) Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank
66 Lucy Kennedy (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott Women
67 Moniek Tenniglo (Ned) Mitchelton-Scott Women
68 Yue Chang (Chi) People's Republic of China 0:06:41
69 Jiajun Sun (Chi) People's Republic of China
70 Taisa Naskovich (Blr) Minsk Cycling Club Continental
71 Maria Apolonia van 'T Geloof (Ned) Ale Cipollini 0:06:44
72 Amalie Lutro (Nor) Hitec Products-Birk Sport 0:12:42
73 Chantal Hoffmann (Lux) Lotto Soudal Ladies
74 Danielle Khan (GBr) Lotto Soudal Ladies
75 Dalia Muccioli (Ita) Valcar-Cylance Cycling 0:12:49
76 Jeydy Pradera Bernal (Cub) Astana Women's Team
77 Bryony van Velzen (Ned) Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport
78 Jessica Allen (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott Women
79 Pernille Mathiesen (Den) Team Sunweb Women 0:12:51
OTL Pernille Larsen Feldmann (Nor) Hitec Products-Birk Sport
OTL Hoi Wah Leung (HKg) Hong Kong, China
OTL Chanella Stougje (Ned) Hitec Products-Birk Sport
OTL Thale Sofie Kielland Bjerk (Nor) Hitec Products-Birk Sport
DNF Xiaojuan Diao (HKg) Hong Kong, China
DNF Kelly Markus (Ned) Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport
DNF Julia Soek (Ned) Team Sunweb Women
DNF Sze Wing Ng (HKg) Hong Kong, China
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Cuban Cyclists to Compete in Italy’s Giro dell´Emilia

Cuban cyclists Arlenis Sierra, Heidy Praderas and Yeima Torres will compete next Saturday, October 5, in the 6th edition of the Giro dell’Emilia Internazionale, in Bologna, Italy, a 98.8 km race attended by 27 women´s teams.

According to the official website of the contest, the Astana Women’s Team will lineup, in addition to the three Cubans, Ukrainian Olga Shekel, Colombian Liliana Moreno and Kazakh Makhabbat Umutzhanova.

Sierra has climbed to 19 podiums in 2019 and currently appears ninth in the world ranking. She won the Cadel Evans Great Road Race in Australia, the road event of the Pan American Games of Lima, Peru, and the Premondiale Giro Toscana, in Italy, among other major races.

The captain of the Astana ranked second last year in the 5th edition of this same race behind Lithuania´s Rasa Leleyvite (Aromitalia Vaiano) and Danish Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (Cervelo-Bigla Pro Cycling).

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Cuban Cyclist Sierra conquers Giro de la Toscana

Cuban cyclist Arlenis Sierra conquered today the Premondiale Giro de la Toscana, finishing second in the second and final stage, played between the city of Lucca and this town.

Sierra, 26, and captain of the Astana Women's Team, thus achieved her tenth victory in an elite race of the world season. In the Italian test, Sierra won the prologue of two thousand 220 meters on Friday and then came second to the goal of the first segment, of 133.60 kilometers in Segromigno in Piano, a stretch decided by millimeter difference.

For the 24th edition of the Tuscan classic, the Astana team was also formed by Cuban Heidy Praderas, Ukrainian Olga Shekel, the Colombian Liliana Moreno and the Kazakhs Faina Potapova and Svetlana Pachshenko.

In addition, 25 clubs and national teams from Russia, South Africa, Israel and Ukraine participated.

The competition served as a prelude to the World Road Cycling Championship, from September 22 to 28 in Great Britain, where the elite category women will play the individual route on the final day.

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Arlenis Sierra: Antillean Power on Wheels at any Level

When cyclist Arlenis Sierra first entered the elite of road cycling, at least in the Western hemisphere with her medal in the Pan-American Games of Guadalajara, Mexico 2011, not many people thought that the girl from Manzanillo, born on December 7, 1992 would achieve through sheer pedaling be one of the best road cyclist worldwide today.

She has at present joined the new politics of overseas recruiting for Cuban sportsmen, the member of the prestigious club Astana Women´s Team Kazakh. She treasures among her more praiseworthy yields of 2017 that she finished tenth in the general classification in the Italy Tour. This also won her to enter the top ten list of the best athletes of the year in Cuba in 2017.

Year 2017?

"A very important year in the road, I achieved results that we thought impossible, among other things by ignorance and lack of competition against cyclist of that level. I cannot minimize the world medal of 2016 in the track, and the two medals of the Pan-American championship.

I honestly fell off the bicycle at the end, but that is an always present risk in our sport. I have been given the chance to renovate contract with Astana and I’d like at least to repeat the yields achieved in 2017.

After so many negative outcomes there must be something good coming afterwards and that is my drive starting from January in each training session, because in February I resume the competitive season".

Actually a lesion prevented you from attending the road world championship when you were at your best. What happened? Tell me about your experience in this first year with the club?

"Lesions and setbacks are there. I was competing in the Pan-American Games and I fell. That kept me from attending the Road World Championship, a competition I have not experienced. As for the Club, life dynamics is not so complicated. I live home alone, and I join the other girls prior an important competition.

Despite not living together 100% of the time we get along quite well among team members. As for being my first year I can say that adaptation was positive in many ways."

You finished tenth in the Italy Tour, one of the strongest of the planet. Can you tell us about the competition and what you felt competing against top-class cyclists?

"That was a quite surprising outcome although the first day when I was in the team competition I was a little behind. Individual races helped me to climb positions little by little. I didn't plan to finish among the first ten because there were almost 160 competitors, and it’s a race that requires the hell of a strong will. In fact, I consider it the toughest I have run. Ten stages, each one with its difficulties."

What makes you a road cyclist?

"I don’t know myself which is my strongest attribute. Sometimes I do a lot of sprints and I ascend normal, at times I invert the strategy. I believe that in the road I am really balanced, with a bit of each ingredient and that has helped me to ascend so far."

Do you plan to compete on the tracks in the Central American and the Caribbean Games of Barranquilla? Cuba has always been strong in there.

I’m not planning on leaving the tracks. I’ll keep running the road for points, the scratch and some team event when necessary. I don't run individual pursuit, nor speed neither Omnium. Maybe be I’m not in the best shape to face the tracks, since I have to give priority to road events and the club’s competitive chronogram starting in February, but I won't begin the training to face the track tests until April. The road will be something more normal. Between February and April I will almost have races every week. It will be very intense, but not impossible."

What was the best result in 2017? Were you surprised after being chosen among the best ten athletes of the year?

"Pretty surprised and somewhat contradictory. Every result is very important to me. If I don't win a medal and I finished fourth I always give my best. That is the secret for us, high-yield sportsmen. We are not always judged fairly, because sometimes only medals count, without knowing all that comprises a possible result. Last year I won a medal in the World Championship and I didn't have the honor of being among the best. God works in mysterious ways. I am really very happy of having been in that unique group.

I’d like to thank all those who have supported me, those who follow my career, and those who cheered me up when lesions set in, I even I thought that the last one was more complicated, a broken clavicle and shoulder, but luckily is not something that takes me a lot of rehab time, that is nothing serious. I’d specially like to thank my family, my people… ".

What to expect of year 2018?

"First, with the luck of renovating my contract I want to win a medal in the Road World Cups, to participate again in the Tour of California, the Tour of Italy and to participate for the first time in the Tour de France for women.

Break the curse and join the World Championship of Road that seems excessively strong for bikers, since there is a stretch of two mountains of six kilometers and it ends with a mountain of nine kilometers. At least I want to live the experience. I cannot predict a result, but just as always I will pedal with all my might."

Amilkal Labañino Valdés / Cubasi Translation Staff

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