In May 2011, Mirsamad Pourseyedi Golakhor was handed a 2 year suspension after testing positive for EPO. Today in Qinghai Province, China, the Tabriz Petrochemical Team rider made a triumphant return to the peloton, following the type of gruelling breakaway Iranian riders are famous for. But, in a new era where every achievement is subjected to higher … Continue reading
Breaking free from a five-man break that refused to yield to the urgency of a closing peloton, an animated David De La Fuente (Torku Sekerspor) secured his first Tour of Qinghai Lake stage win and added to a palmarès that has been sans victory since 2009. The 32-year old Spaniard had also done enough to … Continue reading
If rain dampened spirits within the peloton, it didn’t show on the faces of Bardiani Valvole – CSF Inox riders, as they led out Sacha Modolo to perfection in today’s inaugural stage of the 12th Tour of Qinghai Lake. Taking place at an introductory elevation of 2’100 metres – half that of the highest point … Continue reading
The most challenging professional road cycling event on the UCI AsiaTour calendar is back, going higher and further than before! Spreading 2,002 kilometers over 13 stages, two provinces and one autonomous region, China’s premier Hors Categorie stage race will severely test 22 teams en route to its climax of 4,120 metres above sea level.
Road cycling stars in the recent screenplay adaptation of a Chinese novel which explores the spirit of sport and the dynamics of cross-cultural relationships in modern-day China. Though it’s not along the same hard-core lines as ‘American Flyers’, the film hints at a growing institutional support for cycling on the mainland.
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.
Having held off his rivals for ten straight days, Iran’s Hossein Alizadeh clinched the title of 2012 Tour of Qinghai Lake winner by the slimmest of margins. After 1,854 kilometres of racing, only nine seconds separated Alizadeh from Cam Wurf, who rode brilliantly to leap past Giovanni Baez into second place.
Stage 12’s profile didn’t fully support the notion that a pure sprinter like Andrea Guardini could win; the Italian even had his own doubts if he could place highly. So when Guardini rounded the last corner of the race’s longest stage in a near-complete field of 108 riders, the odds of his third stage win … Continue reading
Luka Mezgec bagged his fourth win of this year’s Tour of Qinghai Lake today, cementing his status as the race’s most consistent sprinter. With two stages remaining, the Slovenian has every chance to match, or even better, Australian Alan Davis’ five stage haul in 2007.
Andrea Guardini is well on the way to his third hat-trick of stage wins his year, after taking out today’s 191 kilometre tenth stage. The day’s category three climb caused no challenges to the four jersey wearers, although race leader Hossein Alizadeh was joined by a familiar face on the presentation podium.