This week: Alibaba shakes up global sports sector; Starkenn Sports to manufacture ‘high-end’ bicycles in India; Specialized announces global layoffs; European Bicycle Manufacturers’ Association (EBMA) appeals cancellation of Giant China’s dumping conviction; the value of a good brand spokesperson.
China’s sports industry is on the cusp of a boom unlike anything previously seen. But even with trillions of yuan on the line, will cycling be a beneficiary or just a second-tier sport ailing behind basketball and football?
This week: Giant wishes you a Happy MY2017; Biketo.com’s car vs bike brand analogy; Bicycle Cafe retail concept finds flavour in Cambodia; Deadline looms for 2015 Jelajah Malaysia prize money payments; Taiwan’s bicycle exports to Italy booming.
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.
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
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