To the victors the spoils! Velo Project celebrate their team classification win at the Tour of Zhoushan Island, photo Renee Wootton

The Velo Project Women’s Cycling Team have continued their awesome start to their international campaign in China.  Kirsty McCallum, Elyse Fraser, Annamarie Lipp and Georgia Danford all starred in the Tour of Zhoushan Island II, with Lipp ending the race second overall.

Shengsi played host to both stages of the Tour of Zhoushan Island II with Kiwis Elyse Fraser, Kirsty McCallum, Annamarie Lipp, Georgia Danford, Britain’s Bethan Stubbs and Sweden’s Hanna Johansson lining up in Velo Project colours for the opening 83.7km stage.  Going up against them were the likes of the national teams of Vietnam, Malaysia, Iran, Chinese Taipei, Slovakia, Hong Kong, along with the China LIV Pro Cycling Team and Team Illuminate.

In the opening stage it was Jiajun Sun of Liaoning Cycling Team who finished at the head of a group of 24 riders who arrived at the finish line together.  In the main group were McCallum, Fraser and Lipp who all finished with the same time as Sun.  Kirsty McCallum was the best-placed of the trio, finishing 4th behind Sun, Arianna Fidanza of High Ambition 2020 JP International and Yixian Pu of China LIV Pro Cycling.  Elyse Fraser finished 6th and Annamarie Lipp 22nd.  

With time bonuses it meant that the Kiwi trio started stage 2 with 10 seconds to make up on Sun in order to advance up the general classification.

Stage 2, 85.35km in length could have come down to a second bunch sprint, but in fact it would be an attack by three riders that would shape the stage and with it the general classification.  Lisa Morzenti of High Ambition 2020 JP International, Thi Thu Mai Nguyen of the Vietnam National Team and Annamarie Lipp of Velo Project went on the attack and ended the day 19 seconds clear of the chasing peloton that featured overall leader Sun, Georgia Danford, Kirstie McCallum and Elyse Fraser.

The sprint for the line saw the Vietnamese rider take the stage plaudits and with it the overall title, with Lisa Morzenti in second place and Lipp in third.  Sun led the bunch home for 4th place, but her overall lead had been taken from her. Georgia Danford also produced a great sprint to finish 6th on the stage as Nguyen claimed the overall title by 6 seconds from Lipp; with Sun third. 

Great performances from Velo Project saw Kirsty McCallum finish 9th overall and Elyse Fraser slot into the top 20 with 19th overall.  The icing on the cake came in the fact that Velo Project’s success and consistency resulted in them taking the win in the team classification.

Annamarie Lipp led the GC charge for the team, taking second overall after a late flurry to finish 3rd in the final stage, photo Renee Wootton

General classification:

RankLast NameFirst NameCountryTeamResult
1NGUYENMaiVIE       VIETNAM5:06:04
2LIPPAnnamarieNZL       VELO PROJECT WOMEN’S CYCLING5:06:10
3SUNJiajunCHN       
5:06:17
4MORZENTILisaITA       EUROTARGET – BIANCHI – VITTORIA5:06:18
5FIDANZAAriannaITA       EUROTARGET – BIANCHI – VITTORIA5:06:20
6PUYixianCHN       CHINA LIV PRO CYCLING5:06:27
7LEUNGWing YeeHKG       HONG KONG, CHINA5:06:30
8LUSiyingCHN       CHINA LIV PRO CYCLING5:06:30
9MCCALLUMKirstyNZL       VELO PROJECT WOMEN’S CYCLING5:06:32
10WANGYatingCHN       
5:06:33
11FINDROVÁMarianaSVK       SLOVAKIA5:06:33
12JALALIYEHSeyedehmaryamIRI       ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF IRAN5:06:33
13SONGJunCHN       
5:06:33
14SHIXiaomengCHN       
5:06:33
15ZENGKe XinTPE       CHINESE TAIPEI5:06:33
16KASHIKIShokoJPN       TEAM ILLUMINATE5:06:33
17DEHGHANMandanaIRI       
5:06:33
18NGUYENThi ThiVIE       VIETNAM5:06:33
19FRASERElyseNZL       VELO PROJECT WOMEN’S CYCLING5:06:33
20PEIXIAOWuCHN       CHINA LIV PRO CYCLING5:06:33
21LIJiujinCHN       
5:06:33
22YAZDANISomayehIRI       ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF IRAN5:06:33
23HARGRAVEBreannaAUS       
5:06:33
24LIJiaqiCHN       CHINA LIV PRO CYCLING5:06:33
25TANJialeCHN       
5:06:38
26MENESES GONZALEZJessenia AlejandraCOL       TEAM ILLUMINATE5:06:45
27JOHANSSONHannaSWE       VELO PROJECT WOMEN’S CYCLING5:07:54
28PHANThi LieuVIE       VIETNAM5:09:07
29CHIUSheng HsinTPE       CHINESE TAIPEI5:11:15
30KARAGIANISDaphneUSA       TEAM ILLUMINATE5:11:17
31YEHYu ShuangTPE       CHINESE TAIPEI5:13:13
32DUEÑAS GOMEZYesi TatianaCOL       TEAM ILLUMINATE5:15:37
33SUHanyuCHN       
5:15:37
34DANFORDGeorgiaNZL       VELO PROJECT WOMEN’S CYCLING5:15:39
35MARAÑAJeremy GenesisPHI       
5:15:39
36CHOUHsuanTPE       CHINESE TAIPEI5:15:39
37FUShi QiHKG       
5:15:39
38CHENZi YinTPE       CHINESE TAIPEI5:15:39
39NGUYENThi Kim CuongVIE       
5:15:45
40YANGQianyuHKG       HONG KONG, CHINA5:15:45
41STUBBSBethanGBR       VELO PROJECT WOMEN’S CYCLING5:15:45
42LIANGHongyuCHN       CHINA LIV PRO CYCLING5:15:45
43PANGYaoHKG       HONG KONG, CHINA5:19:38
44SCHWEIZERDorisSUI       BIZKAIA – DURANGO5:20:05
45OHORIHiromiJPN       
5:23:09
46DINGQianqianCHN       
5:25:23
47AHMAD JUMRYNur AzrennaMAS       
5:26:44
48MACHÁLKOVÁPetraSVK       SLOVAKIA5:26:44
49BUIThi QuynhVIE       
5:26:44
50WANGTingtingCHN       
5:26:44
51PHAMLe Xuan HongVIE       
5:26:44
52SUNDanniCHN       
5:26:44
53TRANThi Tuyet NuongVIE       VIETNAM5:26:44
54WONGIrish MaePHI       
5:26:50
55DACUMOSMarianne GracePHI       
5:26:50
56KADLECOVAMonikaSVK       SLOVAKIA5:26:50
57LAMNganVIE       VIETNAM5:26:53
58MOHAMAD ZUBIRNur AisyahMAS       MALAYSIA5:28:55
59HANESOVALiviaSVK       SLOVAKIA5:34:14
60MOHD RADZIMasziyatonMAS       MALAYSIA5:36:31
61ARANAJamaecaPHI       
5:39:58
62MILLARDLexieUSA       TEAM ILLUMINATE5:39:58
63NGSze WingHKG       HONG KONG, CHINA5:44:35

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