April 24, 2018 (Pescadero, CA) — For the third year, Team TIBCO - Silicon Valley Bank will be lining up at the Tour of Chongming Island, the next stop on the UCI World Tour calendar. Included on the roster will be our three current National Champions, Nicolle Bruderer (Guatemala), Ingrid Drexel (Mexico) and Shannon Malseed (Australia), along with two former National Criterium Champions, Kendall Ryan (United States) and Alison Jackson (Canada).
Brodie Chapman (Australia), who recently placed in the top 20 at the UCI World Tour race, Fléche Wallonne Femmes, completes our six-rider squad for the Tour of Chongming Island, the first stage race of the UCI World Tour calendar this year.
The Tour of Chongming Island stands in sharp contrast to the previous month of Ardennes Classics racing. The three-day stage race begins on Thursday, April 26, in Chongming Xincheng Park and features mostly flat stages, favoring fast racing and sprint finishes. In last year’s race, Kendall Ryan sprinted to 6th in the last stage and will be looking to improve on that result with the support of the team in 2018.
Stages of the Tour of Chongming Island
4/26: Stage 1 - Chongming Xincheng Park › Chongming Xincheng Park (111.5k)
4/27: Stage 2 - Chongming Fenghuang Park › Chongming Xincheng Park (121.3k)
4/28: Stage 3 - Chongming Xincheng Park › Chongming Xincheng Park (126.5k)
Roster: Nicolle Bruderer (GTM), Brodie Chapman (AUS), Ingrid Drexel (MEX), Alison Jackson (CAN), Shannon Malseed (AUS) and Kendall Ryan (USA).
Learn more about the race here and follow along using #UCIWWT and #ChongmingIsland.
Pictured above: (Left) Team TIBCO - Silicon Valley Bank riders do a Q&A session and ride with Silicon Valley Bank's Shanhai team. (Right) Kendall, Jennifer and Nicky pose with local fans at last year's Tour of Chongming Island.