Courtesy of ex-Discovery Channel rider, Li Fuyu, there’s a chance Hengxiang Cycling may already be on the radar of some Euro-centric cycling fans. However, there’s more substance to the roster than an ex-ProTeam rider, most recently thanks to the new addition of Ma Guangtong.
With a little under two months until the third edition of the Tour of Beijing begins, a detailed overview of the parcours for Asia’s only WorldTour race has now been released. In breaking through the 1,000 metre elevation barrier for the first time, the event also seeks to shake off its image as one which … Continue reading
“Today, cycling is truly a global sport. The World Tour peloton is now made up of riders representing 44 countries. I would very much like to see the completion of a genuine ‘World Tour’, one in which the very best teams and riders in the world compete in some of the biggest markets in the … Continue reading
Team SKY, Lotto Belisol, BMC Racing Team, Garmin Sharp, ORICA-GreenEDGE; a small selection of the 19 men’s professional road cycling teams in cycling’s top division. I’m certain readers here would be able to recall all, or most of them, if put on the spot. Now, how many women’s teams come to mind? How about female … Continue reading
Eligible to race again following a two-year suspension for EPO use, Iran’s Mirsamad Pourseyedi Golakhor returned to the peloton in time to participate in arguably the hardest event on the UCI AsiaTour. His star-studded Tabriz Petrochemical Team took control of the 2’002km race from the third stage, which he won, opening a lead which would … Continue reading
When Sacha Modolo today won his sixth stage in this year’s Tour of Qinghai Lake, he joined an exclusive club of riders who have achieved the same feat in a single race. With a final stage remaining, he could become the first rider to ever win seven stages in one edition of an AsiaTour stage … Continue reading
In winning today’s 123 kilometre stage, Sacha Modolo joined Australian Allan Davis (2007) and Slovenian Luka Mezgec (2012) with five stage wins in a single edition of Tour of Qinghai Lake. Bardiani Valvole – CSF Inox’s unstoppable sprinter also took his home country’s total stage wins to 19, since the race was inaugurated in 2002.
With appearances in Tour of Qinghai Lake, Tour of Hainan and Tour of Taihu ticked off in the second-half of his 2012 season, Benjamin Giraud was in China a lot last year; the 27-year old Frenchman graced the podium seven times, but always with another rider standing taller beside him. Today, he finally made the … Continue reading
The worrying thing for Sacha Modolo’s rivals in this year’s Tour of Qinghai Lake is not the fact he won his fourth stage today, it’s the fact there are still four remaining. Does anyone else have a chance?
In May this year, Korea’s Cycling Federation advertised a unique opportunity on its website; the chance for one male Korean road cyclist to be a stagiaire on Australian ProTeam ORICA-GreenEDGE. With the rider due to be announced on or around July 30, Cycling iQ spoke with the team’s GM, Shayne Bannan, to find out more.
Points classification leader Sacha Modolo elevated the coveted green jersey further from the reach of his rivals, completing a hat-trick of victories in this year’s race so far and continuing to frustrate ProTeam squad Lampre-Merida’s search for its elusive first stage win in China.
By way of a monstrous 34.8km climb from 2’739m to 4’117m, Continental Team Astana’s Yevgeniy Nepomnyachshiy realized his first stage win in a UCI professional event and catapulted up into 2nd on GC behind Mirsamad Pourseyedi Golakhour, in the biggest shakeup of the general classification all week.
Under normal circumstances, individuals engaged in sporting activities above 4’000 metres are usually tethered to a safety apparatus of some sort. At 4’120 metres though – about the altitude a flight attendant offers passengers a hot towel – the only thing Tour of Qinghai Lake riders were clutching onto were a pair of handlebars; aluminium … Continue reading
Ignorance is bliss, or so the saying goes. As four early attackers in today’s 203km fifth stage pushed ahead of the peloton in 55kph headwinds, little did they know that, behind them, an innocent natural break had descended into farce for the rest of the field. The by-product? An unlikely winner in the form of … Continue reading
If victory in Xining last Sunday didn’t sufficiently inform his rivals, Sacha Modolo again demonstrated he is the man to beat should a bunch sprint materialise. Having earlier clinched the first intermediate sprint of today’s Tour of Qinghai Lake fourth stage – the race’s longest – the Italian repeated on arrival into Tianjun County, bringing his … Continue reading
In May 2011, Mirsamad Pourseyedi Golakhor was handed a 2 year suspension after testing positive for EPO. Today in Qinghai Province, China, the Tabriz Petrochemical Team rider made a triumphant return to the peloton, following the type of gruelling breakaway Iranian riders are famous for. But, in a new era where every achievement is subjected to higher … Continue reading
Breaking free from a five-man break that refused to yield to the urgency of a closing peloton, an animated David De La Fuente (Torku Sekerspor) secured his first Tour of Qinghai Lake stage win and added to a palmarès that has been sans victory since 2009. The 32-year old Spaniard had also done enough to … Continue reading
If rain dampened spirits within the peloton, it didn’t show on the faces of Bardiani Valvole – CSF Inox riders, as they led out Sacha Modolo to perfection in today’s inaugural stage of the 12th Tour of Qinghai Lake. Taking place at an introductory elevation of 2’100 metres – half that of the highest point … Continue reading
The most challenging professional road cycling event on the UCI AsiaTour calendar is back, going higher and further than before! Spreading 2,002 kilometers over 13 stages, two provinces and one autonomous region, China’s premier Hors Categorie stage race will severely test 22 teams en route to its climax of 4,120 metres above sea level.
At the tender age of 21, Ji Min Jung (KSPO) secured his first Elite Men’s National RR title last weekend. Jung finished alone well ahead of AsiaTour regulars Sung Baek Park (KSPO) and Chan Jae Jang (Champion System Pro Cycling Team).
As China’s bicycle market has exploded in recent years, so too have the number of races held on the mainland. But to most outsiders, including cyclists from Taiwan and Hong Kong, the model of grassroots road cycling development remains a mystery. Cycling iQ* offers an explanation of the framework.
Loh Sea Keong created history for himself and his OCBC Singapore Pro Cycling team in Putrajaya today, becoming the first Malaysian winner of Jelajah Malaysia since the race joined the UCI AsiaTour in 2007. 2013 Azerbaijan National Road Race Champion, Samir Jabrayilov, took out the final stage.
Anthony Giacoppo made it two wins for Huon Salmon – Genesys Wealth Advisers in the 2013 Jelajah Malaysia, outsprinting Mohd Harrif Salleh to take today’s 206.3km stage from Johor Bharu to Melaka.
Terengganu Cycling Team again demonstrated why they are consistently amongst the favourites in a bunch sprint, with Mohd Harrif Salleh re-discovering his sprint legs to take today’s third Jelajah Malaysia stage in Pontian.
Australian Aaron Donnelly romped clear from a small group to win today’s 197.6km second stage, but third-placed Loh Sea Keong wore the brightest smile, taking over the yellow jersey – and a small treasure of others – from Synergy Baku’s Kirill Pozdnyakov.
Not even the palpable haze blanketing Jelajah Malaysia could choke the momentum of Synergy Baku Cycling Project’s excellent inaugural season as Kirill ‘The Killer’ Pozdnyakov launched his winning attack just two kilometres from the finish line to claim victory in the 188km first stage.
Of all the results sheets that have landed in the Cycling iQ inbox this year, never has there been such a large DNF percentage than in this year’s Japanese National Road Race Championships. 180 kilometres, 125 starters, 109 DNF’s. In shocking conditions, Yukiya Arashiro (Team Europcar) rode away from the field and captured his second Elite … Continue reading
As the 100th edition of Le Tour sucks up most of the available column inches for the next month, many smaller UCI races will have an even harder time than usual to claw their way onto the news radar. For Jelajah Malaysia, a local institution now in its 50th year, a change in scheduling could … Continue reading
Michael Cuming today secured the biggest win of his pro cycling career with victory at the 2013 Tour de Korea; demonstrating remarkable resilience after attrition reduced his Rapha Condor JLT team to three at a critical point in the race.
Seoul Cycling Team’s Ho Sung Cho garnished his 39th birthday cake with a sprinkle of victory in today’s 7th Tour de Korea stage. Cho’s third UCI AsiaTour stage win this season took place in front of his wife and daughter, who stood with a ‘Happy Birthday Dad’ sign alongside her father on the podium.
Champion System Pro Cycling Team’s Zachary Bell leveraged his sprint prowess in today’s damp and mist-enshrouded sixth stage, leading home a group of 10 breakaway companions which included Rapha Condor JLT’s Michael Cuming. Hong Kong’s Cheung King Lok rolled in with the bunch several minutes later, handing Cuming the overall race lead with only two … Continue reading
South Africa’s Team MTN-Qhubeka charged home to take first place in today’s 25.5km Team Time Trial, overcoming a 46″ deficit incurred at the intermediate time check (after 10.6km) to eventual second-place-getter Champion System Pro Cyling Team. Rapha Condor JLT finished strongly to take third.
To celebrate the introduction of a Team Time Trial to this year’s race, Cycling iQ and Tour de Korea are combining resources to put together a live results board for the stage. It’s pretty simple, but we hope it will add a little more value to the experience for those tuning in.
Eric Young clinched a second stage victory in his first Tour de Korea on a damp transitional stage from Yeongju to Chungju. His team (Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies) took control of the peloton in the final 5km, usurping MTN-Qhubeka who dismissed a dangerous three-man breakaway in the run to the finish.
The breakaway survived for a third successive day in Korea but this time the bunch was breathing down the neck of Stage 3 winner Liu Hao. The Max Success Sports (MSS) rider typically calls the boards of China’s track scene home and it was through sheer force of will that the omnium specialist survived by … Continue reading
Former US National Crit Champion Eric Young (Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies) today banked another Tour de Korea stage win for his Optum team, continuing the legacy of the US squad’s great success at the 2012 edition, from which Ken Hanson and Alex Candelario took a combined three-stage haul. Hong Kong’s Cheung King Lok meanwhile sailed into yellow.
Kristian Sbaragli (MTN-Qhubeka) has claimed his first win of 2013 and the race lead in the opening stage of the 2013 Tour de Korea. The sprinter’s South African teammate, Martin Wesemann, forced the day’s decisive move to follow him until just inside the 5km banner, giving Sbaragli a backseat ride to a career highlight.