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.
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”.
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?
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
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.