Known as the ‘International Azerbaijan Tour’ until last year, this hard-man’s race, held in Iran’s East Azerbaijan province, enters its 28th year with the new ‘Tour of Iran’ label. Local riders have been victorious in 19 of those 27 editions held to date, and they will be looking to re-claim the title after Spaniard Javier … Continue reading
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.
Newly upgraded to UCI2.1 status for 2013, the 16th edition of the Tour of Japan looks certain to be a cracking race. From 19-26 May, 16 teams, including Italian ProTeam Lampre-Merida, will tackle a challenging 582-kilometre parcours which is not to be underestimated.
Riders from ProTeam ORICA-GreenEDGE are set to feature amongst a peloton of select ProContinental and Continental teams in Friday night’s 2013 OCBC Cycle Singapore Professional Criterium which, in its fifth year, will feature a start-list that many races on the AsiaTour would be proud to have, but few could afford.
Despite the fundamental challenge of squeezing in a wide variety of terrain and balance into a four-day format, Le Tour de Filipinas’ organising committee has again delivered a superb parcours which is certain to catch out at least a few international riders who may underestimate – thanks to their relative anonymity on the global stage … Continue reading
Amidst a top-quality field that includes four ProContinental teams, and with the absence of defending champion Rhys Pollock, Australia’s Drapac Cycling team is guaranteed a challenging week ahead if it wishes to focus its efforts on the general classification prize for a second successive year in this year’s Tour de Taiwan.
From 07-17 March, India hosts the Asian Cycling Championships for the third time in the event’s 50 year history. Most of the Asian Cycling Confederation’s 41 eligible nations will send their best riders to New Delhi to contest across road and track cycling disciplines. The winner of the men’s road race will leave India with … Continue reading
The AsiaTour expands its reach again this season as, for the first time in history next week, a UCI-sanctioned professional road cycling race takes place in Vietnam. From 17-22 December, 21 teams will race 794 kilometres in and around the nation’s largest urban population of Ho Chi Minh City.
Three stages, and 300 kilometres of racing; the Tour of Fuzhou is also the third UCI pro road cycling race held in China so far this season in a 2013 UCI Asia Tour that is not yet a month old. This new event, taking place in southeast China’s Fujian province, has thankfully added an element … Continue reading
Malaysia’s Le Tour de Langkawi is arguably the pinup event in the first half of the AsiaTour calendar. Though the 2.HC-ranked Tours of Qatar and Oman have superior funding, ‘LTdL’ delivers colour, passion, energized racing and professionalism in spades. The route of the 18th LTdL, from February 21 to March 2, was announced in Kuala Lumpur … Continue reading