The opening stage of the Tour of Chongming Island finished in a bunch sprint. Rachele Barbieri immediately showed her intentions and took a top-10 result.
After four years the peloton start in the Tour of Chongming Island again. A group of five riders animated the stage, but was caught with 20 kilometres to go. Several teams kept the pace high in the resuming kilometres, so the expected bunch sprint had to bring the decision. Rachele Barbieri was carrying the flag for Liv Racing TeqFind. In a hectic sprint she took a seventh place, the stage win went to Mylene de Zoete.
“It was nice to be back in the peloton again. I was hoping for a little bit more today, but I think I can be satisfied with the result. Tomorrow we will try again”, Barbieri told after the stage. Tomorrow the stage will start in Shanghai Changxing Island Country Park and will finish after 128,6 kilometers in Chongming New City Park. Another bunch sprint is expected.