World Time Trial Champion Tony Martin blitzed the opening individual time trial (ITT) around Beijing’s Olympic Park course, dispatching the 11.3km distance in 13 minutes, 34 seconds (50km/h average speed) to secure the red leader’s jersey. Problem is, almost nobody was there to see it.
Asia’s first WorldTour professional road cycling event will be held in Beijing, 5-9 October, but it didn’t happen by chance. Global Cycling Promotion, a relatively new commercial division of cycling’s Swiss-based governing body, the UCI, is owner and promoter of this event. Alain Rumpf, GCP’s director and keen rider himself, elaborates.