Where is pro cycling and cycling culture in China going? For most of the year, this question circles in a small fishbowl of new media (like this blog). However, the recent Tour of Beijing has helped the discussion spill over into much larger ponds, including that of China’s state-owned Xinhua News Agency.
Before the UCI Women’s World Cup race in China last Sunday, media personnel were given two choices: 1) take the photographer’s bus, sans race radio, and stop at fixed points to take photos, or; 2) take the media car, with race radio, direct to the finish and not see the race until the end. Hmm.
After a difficult start to her 2012 season, Shelley Olds has turned her fortunes around in the space of 500 metres. The 31-year-old Boston-raised American came to China with doubts about her form, having broken her wrist at the Trofeo Alfredo Binda World Cup race in Italy only six weeks prior.
In 2010, the Tour of Chongming Island stage race doubled up with the fifth round of the UCI Women’s World Cup, also held in Chongming. The formula worked well, and the “partner race” concept is now in its third successive year. 2012 sees the World Cup race start in Shanghai’s Pudong New Area for the … Continue reading
Melissa Hoskins secured overall Tour of Chongming Island victory today and handed her GreenEDGE-AIS team its first ever stage race win in Asia. Only three seconds separated Hoskins from incumbent yellow jersey Monia Baccaille (MCipollini Giambenini) at the start of today’s 79.2km ‘Shanghai East Beach – Chenjia Town Cup’ circuit race, but Hoskins gathered enough … Continue reading
Former two-time Italian National Road Cycling Champion and 2011 Tour of Chongming Island third place-getter Monia Baccaille (MCipollini Giambenini) stole the show in today’s 118.4 kilometre ‘Chongming New City Cup’ stage.
Melissa Hoskins (GreenEDGE-AIS) claimed her first professional road cycling victory in Asia today, after decisively winning the 73.4km opening stage of the three-day UCI Tour of Chongming Island stage race in China.