Former US National Crit Champion Eric Young (Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies) today banked another Tour de Korea stage win for his Optum team, continuing the legacy of the US squad’s great success at the 2012 edition, from which Ken Hanson and Alex Candelario took a combined three-stage haul. Hong Kong’s Cheung King Lok meanwhile sailed into yellow.
Kristian Sbaragli (MTN-Qhubeka) has claimed his first win of 2013 and the race lead in the opening stage of the 2013 Tour de Korea. The sprinter’s South African teammate, Martin Wesemann, forced the day’s decisive move to follow him until just inside the 5km banner, giving Sbaragli a backseat ride to a career highlight.
Coming back higher and harder than in 2012, the 12th Tour de Korea (09-16 June) ditches a full north-to-south traverse in favour of elevation and compactness. With fourteen categorised climbs, including two C1’s, and a 25.5km team time trial, only a genuine all-rounder should emerge victorious.
Champion System Pro Cycling Team today advanced its position as the leading investor in Asian road cycling talent with the addition of reigning national champions Ryota Nishizono (Time Trial, Japan) and Chanjae Jang (Road Race, Korea). China’s Xu Gang, who also recently renewed his national champion status, returns for his second season in a team … Continue reading
After eight days and 880 kilometres of racing, the 2012 Tour de Korea peloton returned to the outskirts of South Korea’s capital, Seoul, for its farewell stage. Though much had unfolded over the week prior, yellow jersey Sung Baek Park’s lead over his two closest rivals was so tenuous that today’s stage was far from … Continue reading
When general classification leader Sung Baek Park came forward to pull on a fresh yellow jersey at the end of today’s seventh Tour de Korea stage, it was the first time all day the KSPO rider had been visible for any significant period of time. One team manager called it “the most disgraceful example of … Continue reading
2007 Tour de Korea champion and multiple stage winner Sung Baek Park (KSPO) returned to his former glory in style today; taking a decisive stage victory in Yeongju and slipping into the yellow jersey by a lean three seconds over Optum’s Alexander Candelario. Chan Jae Jang, keeper of the leader’s jersey since stage three, now … Continue reading
On paper, the Tour de Korea progressed today. After yesterday’s fourth stage was cancelled, every stakeholder – the riders, officials, organizers, sponsors, media and fans – in this year’s Tour de Korea hoped for a great race. The convoy rolled out amidst the promised fine weather and the stage finished status quo ante amongst the … Continue reading
With a ‘100% possibility of rain’ forecast on local media channels last night, there was never any doubt about the wet conditions riders would face today. Still, the downpour at the start area only revealed its impact on the roads once the race was active. Less than three kilometres outside of the neutral zone, officials … Continue reading
A cruel finale blunted the lingering suspense of a stage-long escapade by two riders in today’s third Tour de Korea stage. Not only were 2011 Tour de Korea points jersey winner, Paul Odlin (Subway Cycling Team), and 2009 British Road Cycling Champion, Kristian House (Rapha Condor-Sharp), unable to hold off their pursuants until the finish, … Continue reading