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Jolien D’hoore Blog: Chongming Island 2017

It was my first time doing the Tour of Chongming Island. A lot of people told me it’s a good race for me, because it’s a sprinters race.  After having some trouble with my visum I eventually arrived the day before. I went for a spin on my own but after a while I got lost. I found myself in the suburbs, the ‘ghetto’ of Chongming and also lost in translation, as nobody could understand me when I asked the way to the hotel. But I got back thanks to Google Maps. I have to admit, it was quite an expensive recovery ride.

I was really surprised by the atmosphere at the races. A lot of the locals came out to see us racing. And it turned out that my haircut is a real hit in China.

Stage 1 could finally start! Just before the first intermediate sprint there was already a big crash and I was the first one who went down. A little bit bruised and confused I jumped back on my bike. I didn’t want to end my race after only 30km after all the trouble I had to come to China. So I decided to at least finish the stage. We did a good lead out for Nettie and she finished in 4th position. After the race I went into the ambulance with some Chinese paramedics. I wouldn’t recommend it… But I had nothing broken, so good news for the next days in the tour! 

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Day 2 and 3 were all about sprinting (again). My legs felt good so I had a go. My team Wiggle-High 5 pulled off the best lead-out train. I was deeply impressed by the skills of our girls. We had a plan, and it worked out perfectly. I had goose bumps being in last position, following Nettie’s wheel and seeing the black train rolling down the Chinese roads. We won stage 2 and 3, all decided in a bunch sprint. What means we won GC too! My Chinese story didn’t start well but luckily I could end it in a good way.

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