Cylance Pro Cycling’s top U23 racer, Sheyla Gutiérrez (ESP), rides strong at the Women’s World Tour level at Tour of Chongming, placing 14th overall in General Classification and 4th in the U23 category.
The three stages of Tour of Chongming offered 139.8km road race for stage one, followed by a 112.8km road race on stage two, and concluded with a 99km stage three. During the three days of racing, for a total of 351.6km, there were also three cat four climbs and six intermediate sprints, which gave bonifications that served to shake up the General Classification standards.
On the first stage, Ting Ying Huang of Chinese Taipei took the victory with Liv-Plantur’s Leah Kirchmann in second and Wiggle High5’s Chloe Hosking in third in a long race of 3h 25min. Cylance’s Sheyla Gutiérrez sprinted to 12th with the lead peloton.
"This was my first time in China and it is pretty different than other races," said Sheyla. "For sure it’s a kind of race for sprinters but it was more fun that i could imagine. The team worked perfect and I did my best in each bonus sprint and for the final sprints. Each day was better."
For the second stage, Hosking, Kirchman and Dutch racer Jip Van Den Bos (Team Parkhotel Valkenburg) took the podium, while Gutiérrez finish 6th, and her General Classification put her at 10th overall.
On the final stage, Huang won again while Roxane Fournier of the French team Poitou.Charentes-Futuroscope and Dutch racer Illona Hoeksma of Parkhotel Valkenburg rounded out the podium while Gutiérrez sprinted to a solid 5th place. Overall, racers Hosking, Huang, and Kirchman secure the final lead as victors. Gutiérrez overall points put her in 14th in GC.
"Having a young team here without a pure sprinter I think we did pretty good," added Director Sportif Manel Lacambra. "We were present in many breaks and we had always good performance in front of the race. I am proud of this team and we are looking forward for the next block of races in USA."
Next up for Cylance Pro Cycling will be their first race on U.S. soil in 2016, as the Amgen Tour of California starts on May 19.