Tour of Guangxi 2018

So that’s it, the 2018 season is officially over! I know people give races in China a hard time but the criticism is quite unfair. As far as race safety goes they’re in a different league to any other race on the calendar, they offer great prize money and good hotel facilities for the teams too. My only complaint is having a joint podium with the mens race sucks: You finish the race, soaking wet. Go back to the hotel for a couple of hours, start working on photos having to keep an eye on how far the men’s race has to go, then have to go out in the pouring rain again for an hour just to take the podium photos. It’s really inconvenient for teams and photographers alike!

Chiara Consonni ‘walks like an Egyptian’ from sign on

Christa Riffel before heading to the start line

The peloton begin in damp conditions

Georgia Williams battles through the rain

Dalia Muccioli speeding along at the 30km mark

Lex Albrecht and the first of her many attempts to escape

The peloton along big, wide road

Boats moored at the riverside

Lex Albrecht attacks again

Fans at the roadside

Amanda Spratt leads the bunch into the foot of the climb

Alena Amialiusik first in line to follow Kennedy’s attack

Lucy Kennedy quickly gets a gap on the first climb

Lucy Kennedy and Elena Pirrone lead into the second climb

Lucy Kennedy and Elena Pirrone approach the top of the second climb

The chase group aren’t far behind

Mieke Docx battles to the top of the final climb

Alison Jackson & Georgia Williams speeds toward the sprint point and the $1000 prize

Dalia Muccioli jumps on an attack from Amialiusik and Zabelinskaya

Alena Amialiusik worked really hard in the closing kilometres

The final sprint at GREE Tour of Guangxi Women’s World Tour 2018

Arlenis Sierra Canadilla wins ahead of Hannah Barnes and Sara Mustonen

Alena Amialiusik: “I like China!”

Arlenis Sierra and Sofia Bertizzolo try out local traditional robes whilst killing time before the podium

Race winner, Arlenis Sierra steps onto the podium in the pouring rain

The end of an era, Wiggle High5 arrive at the UCI Cycling Gala

Valcar PBM are ready to get the off season party underway!

Entertainment begins at The UCI Cycling Gala

Alena Amialiusik waits for dinner to arrive

CANYON//SRAM Racing receive their award for their win at the World Championship Team Time Trial. Host: “Hannah, would you like to say a few words?”, Hannah: “Err, no!” 🙂

Sofia Bertizzolo receives her award for winning the youth classification of the UCI Women’s WorldTour

Kendall Ryan, Alice Cobb and Brodie Chapman pose for photos

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