Italy's Chiara Consonni won stage three and the overall title in the UCI Women's World Tour race on Chongming Island in China ©Getty Images

Italy’s Chiara Consonni won the famously flat three-day Tour of Chongming Island, the penultimate stop in the International Cycling Federation (UCI) Women’s World Tour, which was taking place after a three-year break due to the coronavirus pandemic.

She finished with an overall time of 8hours 40min 21sec after winning the third and final stage sprint.

Second place overall went to Myleene de Zoete of The Netherlands, nine seconds behind, with Poland’s Daria Pikulik finishing third, one second further back.

The race, held in eastern China, involved stages in Chongming New City Park, Shanghai Changxing Island Country Park to Chongming New City Park, and then a third day’s racing within Chongming New City Park.

Consonni, riding for UAE Team ADQ, secured victory with a decisive sprint on the three-kilometres finishing straight in today’s concluding stage.

The 24-year-old from Ponte San Pietro moved past leader Martina Fidanza with 100 metres to go.

She finished on the day in a time of 2:47:47, with Pikulik, riding for the Human Powered Health team, second and Fidanza, riding for CERATIZIT-WNT Pro Cycling, third in the same time.

De Zoete, riding for CERATIZIT-WNT Pro Cycling, had won the first stage, while the second went to Belarusian Hanna Tserakh, riding for Li Ning Star Ladies.

In terms of the overall rankings for this season’s Tour, Demi Vollering of The Netherlands and SD Worx remains as unassailable leader on 4,891.86 points.

Her compatriot Annemiek van Vleuten, the Tokyo 2020 time trial champion and road race silver medallist, who has recently retired, has dropped from second to fifth overall, being replaced by the recently installed road race world champion Lotte Kopecky of Belgium and SD Worx, who has 27,35 points.

A third SD Worx rider, Marlen Reusser of Switzerland, is third on 2,512.86, with Canyon/SRAM Racing and Poland’s Katarzyna Niewiadoma fourth on 2,284.71 and Van Vleuten fifth on 2,114.57.