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Kirsten Wild closes the Tour of Chongming Island with Stage 3 Victory

Wiggle High5 Pro Cycling’s Kirsten Wild closed what has been a mixed Tour of Chongming Island on the best possible way with victory in the third stage in Chongming Xincheng Park. The Dutch super sprinter overcame the injuries she sustained in the crash that marred the end of stage one to defeat former Wiggle High5 Pro Cycling riders Jolien D’hoore (Mitchelton-Scott) and Giorgia Bronzini (Cylance Pro Cycling) in the race for the line.

“It’s really nice. I’m really happy with it!” Wild said afterwards.

“For the team it was a really good win,” she added. “We had really good communication, and I think it really was a team win, and that makes it really special. I think that everybody felt really happy about it. Everybody had a really big part in this win. You can’t win a sprint alone and everybody feels that too, I think.

“It’s a WorldTour race, so I think it’s good for the team that we are competing against the best sprinters. It’s quite a high-level race in terms of sprinters, so that’s nice!”

Wild’s victory comes at the end of a mixed race for the black and orange team, where a huge crash on the opening day ruined what had been some perfect teamwork, and the second day saw an almost unheard of breakaway victory in the pan flat Chinese race.

“Actually the whole week was a bit strange,” Wild confirmed. “The first day it all worked perfectly. The first intermediate sprint was from the book; the second one there was a breakaway so that didn’t matter, and in the final we were in a perfect position but I crashed.

“The second stage there was a breakaway, and everybody was like ‘you can do it,’ ‘you can do it,’ and no one did it!” she laughed.

“Today worked really well,” Wild explained. “We could find each other really well, the six of us. It’s quite complicated normally. I think we lost each other a bit in the last kilometre, but still it really worked very well.

“Nettie was the last one in the train and she delivered me in the perfect position.”

Wild was not the only Wiggle High5 Pro Cycling rider on the final podium, as fellow sprinter Lucy Garner was confirmed as the winner of the Polka-Dot Jersey of the Mountains Classification. Despite having enough points to guarantee victory, provided she finished the stage, Garner’s route to victory was far from simple.

“We had some bad luck,” Wild explained. “Lucy had a mechanical and they’re really strict about chasing behind the cars, so she wasn’t allowed to. She was so far back, so she almost lost the mountain jersey but she made it!”

Wild’s victory is her second of the season for Wiggle High5 Pro Cycling, and feels all the more special to the triple Track World Champion considering the crash that ruined the finish of stage one.

“I think I underestimated a bit the effects of the crash,” she said. “My leg hurts quite a lot – the muscle in my leg – and I hit my head quite hard on the ground, so my neck and my shoulder are sore.

“I actually landed on someone else, so I don’t have so much road rash – just a bit on my shoulder – but I had a chainring in my leg, and I have bruises everywhere. I just landed on everything!

“But luckily I didn’t land too much on the ground. If you look back on the SRM I could just say that we went over 50kph and then zero!” she laughed.

Result Stage 3
1. Kirsten Wild (Wiggle High5 Pro Cycling)
2. Jolien D’hoore (Mitchelton-Scott)
3. Giorgia Bronzini (Cylance Pro Cycling)

Photos: Sean Robinson/Velofocus

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