2019 Tour of Chongming Island attracts world's best cyclists

Lorena Wiebes (Parkhotel Valkenburg) won stage 1 of the Tour of Chongming Island on Thursday. 

Lorena Wiebes, a 20-year-old from Parkhotel Valkenburg (PHV), won the Yellow (general classification), Green (points classification) and Blue (best Asia classification) jerseys at 2:29:29 in the first stage of the Tour of Chongming Island on Thursday. Lotte Kopecky (Lotto Soudal) finished second, while Nina Kessler (Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank) rounded out the podium.

Eighteen teams — each consisting of six cyclists — compete in the main races. With 347.7 kilometers to cover in three days, this year’s course is as much a test of endurance as it is a display of the island’s natural beauty. The races pass through virtually every town on the island, as well as a string of travel destinations such as Changxing Phoenix, Dongping Forest and Mingzhu Lake parks.

The race will run through Saturday.

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