Chloe Hosking announced her contract renewal with Alé Cipollini on Monday. The Australian was a marquee signing by the Italian team for 2017. Hosking’s contract was notable by a non-traditional set-up that allowed her to split her season between Europe and Australia. She will return to Europe full-time in 2018.
“It was really easy to make the decision to re-sign,” said Hosking. “I’ve been really happy with the team this year: the girls, the staff, the equipment, the organisiation. It’s been a stress-free environment for me, and I could easily see myself here for another year.
I shouldn’t be writing this blog. I have a post grad uni assignment due on Sunday that I haven’t started and my brain power would be undoubtedly better used completing, or at least starting, that. But, I think of my parents and know that in the long run, they would be more disappointed in me not writing a blog about my first World Tour win of 2017 than failing my assignment.
My Dad will tell you that the stars aligned — he wouldn’t actually, he’s very practical — to bring me the win at the third stage of the OVO Women’s Tour of Britain. A combination of factors coming together perfectly at the same time to net me the result I had wanted.
Chloe Hosking closed out Tour of Chongming Island with a third place finish on stage three. The result was enough to seal the deal on the points jersey and the team classification. It was a successful three-day block of racing for the Australian who arrived with unknown form following a month-long break from racing.
Chloe Hosking overcame a late race mechanical to finish in second place behind Kirstin Wild (Cylance) on the opening stage of the Tour of Chongming Island on Friday. The stage result combined with bonus seconds earned on intermediate sprints put Hosking atop the general classification board with two stages left to race. In additional to the yellow leader’s jersey, Hosking also earned the green points jersey as sprint classification leader.
Chloe Hosking took her first European win of the season at Drentse Acht van Westerveld on Sunday. The 143-kilometre Dutch one-day classic ended in a reduced bunch sprint in Dwingeloo. Hosking won by a comfortable margin over Lotte Kopecky (Lotto Soudal Ladies) and world champion Amalie Dideriksen (Boels-Dolmans).
As I alluded to in my last blog post, even though the entire peloton may have felt like we had aged about 50 years after Omloop het Nieuwsblad we lined up to race the next day in another Belgian classic; Omloop van het Hageland.
There is no soft opening in bike racing. When the season starts we all turn into blood thirsty vampires hungry for a kill — or a win in non-metaphorical language — like a plague has run rampant through the peloton.
Chloe Hosking exceeded expectations at the Santos Women’s Tour where she sprinted to one stage victory and two stage podiums to earn the green points classification jersey.
“It lets me know on I’m the right track,” said Hosking. “The TDU was never a target for me. To come away so successful is a really pleasant surprise. It’s definitely something that I will use to motivate my training for the next few weeks leading into the spring. I want to have some really big results in the classics, and these results in Australia show me I’m on the right track.”
Chloe Hosking proved fastest in a two-women drag race to win the third stage of the Santos Women’s Tour. The victory in Lyndoch on Monday solidified Hosking’s hold on the sprint leader’s jersey that she earned following her third-place finish on stage two.
Chloe Hosking has been dreaming of rainbows since the 2016 UCI Road World Championships were awarded to Doha, Qatar three years ago.
Sprint friendly courses don’t come along often, and Hosking knew that the winning a world title in the Qatari desert might present her only opportunity to pull on the coveted rainbow jersey.
“I wasn’t quiet about it,” Hosking said. “I went in wanting the rainbows.”