Winner of the final stage of last year’s Tour of Japan, Aisan Racing Team’s Taiji Nishitani picked up where he left off, putting his long-range sprinting ability to good use with a strong ITT performance in today’s opening stage of the 2013 Tour of Japan in Sakai, Osaka Prefecture.
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.
Two veterans of the sport squared off in yesterday’s 197.6km Melaka Governor Cup, but it was CCN Cycling Team’s resident 46 year-old Lex Nederlof who usurped Singapore’s tenacious Sea Keong Loh, after the two stole away from a break in the final laps of a challenging circuit that claimed 30% of the field through attrition.
Speculation over a potential merger of the Asian Cycling Confederation’s and Oceania Cycling Confederation’s respective annual cycling championships has been building over the last year, but a video promotion recently uploaded by a national cycling federation certainly adds an air of imminence – though perhaps fruition will come later than the video suggests.
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
71 cyclists from 24 nations assembled at the Buddh International FI Circuit near Delhi, India, to participate in the 156.2 kilometer Elite Men’s Road Race at the 2013 Asian Cycling Championships last weekend. Cycling iQ and local freelance writer Praveen Kumar combined resources, secured a media pass and witnessed the race for the coveted White Jersey … Continue reading
From the first day the Cycling iQ blog started, I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know a core group of individuals that share a similar objective: discover and broadcast information held captive inside Asia’s growing, but at-times seldom-reported, professional road cycling scene. In his own words, Malaysian journalist Shamshul Fitri shares his passion for … 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.
In addition to the Formula 1 Indian Grand Prix, the Buddh International Circuit, which lies 50km southeast of India’s capital city New Delhi, also host bike races, but usually of the motored variety. Yesterday, Asia’s best time triallists took to the rare-as-hens-teeth-in-India-smooth parcours to contest the Asian Cycling Championships’ Elite Men’s Time Trial.