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.
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.
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).
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