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In an exciting finale to Stage 2 of the Tour of Chongming Island, Australian National Champion Shannon Malseed sprinted to a second place finish behind Charlotte Becker in the UCI Women’s World Tour event. This is the top result for Team TIBCO - Silicon Valley Bank in the UCI Women’s World Tour this year.
With about 60km to go, Shannon launched an attack, riding away from the field solo until a band of 4 other riders joined her to form a solid breakaway. The riders charged through the second intermediate sprint point, with Shannon snagging 2nd to Becker and some bonus seconds, and the group continued to gain time on the field as teams struggled to organize.
The 121.3km stage include the highest point of the whole race - a 60 meter bridge crossing to Chongming Island from neighboring Changxing Island, which hosted the start of the race. As each of the stages at the Tour of Chongming Island, it usually comes down to a bunch sprint. But with Shannon and each of the other riders in the break fully committed, the group of five made it to the finish line with over a minute on the field, a strong GC advantage going into the final stage tomorrow.
“After the first time bonus we got aggressive with Nicky, Brodie and Shannon all taking cracks off the front of the field,” said Ed Beamon, Sports Director for Team TIBCO - Silicon Valley Bank. “Finally, Shannon was able to create a gap. When 4 riders bridged, it was game on, and we fully committed.”
“I’m so happy with today’s effort,” said Shannon Malseed after finishing second earlier today. “I saw my opportunity and went for it, never expecting to stay away but hoping to snag a second or two in the intermediate sprint. One of the riders in the break stopped working in the final kilometers, but at that point, the rest of us were fully committed and worked all the way to the end. It’s exciting that we were able to stay away, which is really not likely in this race.
"The best part of the whole day was seeing how excited the team was for me at the end of the race!"
Beamon added, “I am so proud of the way the entire team has performed here. Shannon got the podium, but it was a coordinated and committed effort that made it happen.”
Malseed is now in second GC, just five seconds behind Becker going into the final day, which will be 11 laps of a 11.5 city circuit. There are intermediate sprints with a maximum of six bonus seconds after the third and sixth lap, as well as 10 bonus seconds for the stage winner, guaranteeing an aggressive, exciting finale to the race.