UCI-owned event creator/promoter Global Cycling Promotions copped flak on many aspects of its inaugural Tour of Beijing, including a dearth of spectators, pollution, location and even the very fact that it existed. Well, the race is here to stay until at least 2014, so GCP has focused on a more exciting route for the Chinese … Continue reading
Onwards and upwards. Not only does this simple phrase summarise the topography of today’s third stage, but it’s also a useful way to describe the fortunes of new race leader Hossein Alizadeh’s Tabriz Petrochemical Team. After a string of AsiaTour no-shows and confirmed financial troubles, the Iranian team has gotten it together in the right … Continue reading
Tour of Qinghai Lake’s 141 riders tackled the first of the 2012 edition’s ten categorised climbs today. A category-three 600-metre vertical ascent caused no problem for yesterday’s stage-runner-up Luka Mezgec (SAVA); taking top honours well ahead of sprint peers that found the going a lot tougher.