The 2.2-ranked ‘Tour of Nansha’, to be held 19-21 November in Guangdong – China’s most populous province – is now one of seven UCI AsiaTour stage races scheduled to take place in China within the second-half of this year.
In a wide-ranging interview with Swiss broadsheet ‘SonntagsZeitung’, BMC owner Andy Rihs also says there is no better marketing machine than pro cycling and describes Floyd Landis’ positive doping test in the Tour de France as the worst moment in his life.
When Cycling iQ contacted India’s Specialized Kynkyny Cycling Team last month for a follow-up article on the team, little did we know that a few of its riders were days away from boarding a Belgium-bound plane for a two-month stint of racing.
Two years after its formation, SKCT was outgrowing the domestic racing scene and team sponsor Specialized was just beginning to penetrate the market through its combined distribution-retail partnership with Bangalore-based retailer ‘Bums On The Saddle’. Team founder Vivek Radrahkrishnan, however, found himself facing a dilemma.
Almost four years have passed since Cycling iQ first investigated an ambitious amateur road cycling team from Bangalore aspiring to become India’s first UCI Continental cycling team. In the first part of a two-part article, we check to see what developments, if any, have happened in that time.
Despite suffering a brief setback with a mechanical issue inside the last 25km of today’s final Tour de Korea stage, 20 year-old Caleb Ewan held his composure to win the last intermediate sprint and effectively sew-up overall victory with the newly-secured time bonus.
With the added motivation of a stage win in front of his parents, who had flown over from Australia as a surprise, race leader Caleb Ewan threw everything he had at the line today, beating second-placed Patrick Bevin (Avanti Racing Team) by a bike length.
Having won the opening stage of this year’s Tour de Korea, the superior climbing form of Wouter Wippert’s sprint rivals in later stages meant he wasn’t fresh enough when it mattered. Today however, the Drapac sprinter benefited from a good night’s rest and a perfect lead-out from teammate Graeme Brown.
After being narrowly beaten by the faster-finishing Paddy Bevin (Avanti Racing Team) yesterday, Caleb Ewan was determined not to let the Kiwi get the better of him again today.
Avanti Racing Team’s Patrick Bevin narrowly beat ORICA-GreenEDGE’s star sprinter and race leader Caleb Ewan today, in a hot and humid 207km stage. The versatile Kiwi’s win follows recent stage victories at the Herald Sun Tour and Tour de Taiwan, in which he also won the Points classification and placed second overall in the KOM … Continue reading
It was a case of same but different for Korea’s newly-adopted cycling son, Caleb Ewan (ORICA-GreenEDGE). The diminutive 20-year old repeated his stage win performance from yesterday but was also able to pull on the yellow race leader’s jersey for the first time, in addition to jerseys for leading the Points and Best Young Rider … Continue reading
Koreans have been quick to throw their support behind Australian Cycling’s ‘Boy Wonder’ Caleb Ewan, thanks in no small part to learning about his Korean roots. Today in Muju, Ewan – whose mother is Korean – delivered a “homecoming” victory of sorts, clearly beating Avanti Racing Team’s Patrick Bevin and race leader Wouter Wippert (Drapac … Continue reading
Drapac Pro Cycling’s sprint gun Wouter Wippert was a decisive winner of today’s opening 189.1km stage which finished in Gumi, Gyeongbuk province. The 24 year old Dutchman, making his first appearance at Tour de Korea, sealed his victory ahead of KSPO’s Seo Joonyong and Park Sungbaek.
A reliable, if somewhat inert, mainstay of the UCI AsiaTour since its inception in 2005, the eight-day Tour de Korea has recently sprung into life. Elevated from UCI2.2 to UCI2.1 status in 2014, Korea’s only professional road cycling event will this year host a WorldTeam for the first time in its 15-year history.
Following up from his acclaimed 2013 martial arts flick Unbeatable, the award-winning Hong Kong director has turned his attention to the world of professional cycling.
Taiwanese bicycle manufacturer Merida Bikes (Merida Industry Co., Ltd.) has released a limited edition road bike in collaboration with Taiwan’s first WorldTour cyclist and Lampre-Merida rider, Feng Chun-Kai.
In a continuation of the “How far would you go?” series, Cycling iQ investigates the destinations to which female pro cyclists travel in order to secure a place on a pro cycling team, with a particular focus on non-European road cyclists.
First held in 2012, and as one of only two UCI AsiaTour events to be held in Indonesia this year, the International Tour de Banyuwangi Ijen is a young race with great potential to leverage the tourism appeal of a place that locals refer to as “the Sunrise of Java”.
In the last decade of composite everything, the release of a new aluminium road bike should elicit little more than wearied acknowledgement from a carbon-centric industry. Yet push aside the Alpha this and invisible weld that on this month’s latest product release from Trek, and you’ll see conventions being broken.
An existing three-day domestic road cycling stage race in Malaysia’s southernmost state of Johor is seeking to register with the International Cycling Union (UCI) to attract overseas participants, but will persistent problems within Malaysia’s National Cycling Federation (MNCF) hinder progress?