Taiji Nishitani secured his second stage win of 2012 in Xiangyang today and was rewarded with enough points to elevate him into the lead of the Tour of China points classification. With the Japan Cup a little over a month away, the diminutive sprinter may also find himself at the top of the AsiaTour individual … Continue reading
Not for the first time this year, Team Type 1 – Sanofi demonstrated its fast-twitch capacity extends beyond Alexander Serebryakov, with Aldo Ino Ilesic giving the squad its second win in two days. The race’s first categorised climbs also heralded the opening of the KOM classification, but offered little challenge to the general classification leaders.
Rain, damn rain. It’s uncomfortable enough on a point-to-point stage, but its insidious nature is amplified when added to a tight-cornered city circuit race. Despite the potential hazards and the 50kph average speed, all 124 starters finished today’s second stage in Xi’an city safely – with Team Type 1’s Alexander Serebryakov leading the field home.
Combine a mid-season vacuum with two cancelled races in Iran, and it feels like the UCI AsiaTour never left China. Several teams from July’s Tour of Qinghai Lake were back on familiar ground again, with a few additions thrown in to keep things fresh.
Subscribers to the “more is better” philosophy will appreciate having not one, but two, Tours of China on the UCI AsiaTour calendar this year. Following two years of a relatively compact schedule, the race has now been split into two, with an aggregate distance just shy of 1,050 kilometres.
In this week’s edition of Twintel: Giant and Merida shareholders watch paper fortunes rise and rise; whilst Sonova shareholders go after Director, and BMC owner, Andy Rihs. Tour of China doubles up. New market entries by Boardman and Specialized. Team Sky does its own bike reviews, and Flight Centre Limited’s bike sales take off.