This week: 2015 bicycle market data from Japan’s Bicycle Promotion Institute; Inabike, Indonesia’s annual bicycle exhibition; 2015 Australian National Cycling Participation Survey; Bicycle Trade magazine; Korea’s booming bicycle industry.
Despite suffering a brief setback with a mechanical issue inside the last 25km of today’s final Tour de Korea stage, 20 year-old Caleb Ewan held his composure to win the last intermediate sprint and effectively sew-up overall victory with the newly-secured time bonus.
With the added motivation of a stage win in front of his parents, who had flown over from Australia as a surprise, race leader Caleb Ewan threw everything he had at the line today, beating second-placed Patrick Bevin (Avanti Racing Team) by a bike length.
Having won the opening stage of this year’s Tour de Korea, the superior climbing form of Wouter Wippert’s sprint rivals in later stages meant he wasn’t fresh enough when it mattered. Today however, the Drapac sprinter benefited from a good night’s rest and a perfect lead-out from teammate Graeme Brown.
After being narrowly beaten by the faster-finishing Paddy Bevin (Avanti Racing Team) yesterday, Caleb Ewan was determined not to let the Kiwi get the better of him again today.
Avanti Racing Team’s Patrick Bevin narrowly beat ORICA-GreenEDGE’s star sprinter and race leader Caleb Ewan today, in a hot and humid 207km stage. The versatile Kiwi’s win follows recent stage victories at the Herald Sun Tour and Tour de Taiwan, in which he also won the Points classification and placed second overall in the KOM … Continue reading
It was a case of same but different for Korea’s newly-adopted cycling son, Caleb Ewan (ORICA-GreenEDGE). The diminutive 20-year old repeated his stage win performance from yesterday but was also able to pull on the yellow race leader’s jersey for the first time, in addition to jerseys for leading the Points and Best Young Rider … Continue reading
Koreans have been quick to throw their support behind Australian Cycling’s ‘Boy Wonder’ Caleb Ewan, thanks in no small part to learning about his Korean roots. Today in Muju, Ewan – whose mother is Korean – delivered a “homecoming” victory of sorts, clearly beating Avanti Racing Team’s Patrick Bevin and race leader Wouter Wippert (Drapac … Continue reading
Drapac Pro Cycling’s sprint gun Wouter Wippert was a decisive winner of today’s opening 189.1km stage which finished in Gumi, Gyeongbuk province. The 24 year old Dutchman, making his first appearance at Tour de Korea, sealed his victory ahead of KSPO’s Seo Joonyong and Park Sungbaek.
A reliable, if somewhat inert, mainstay of the UCI AsiaTour since its inception in 2005, the eight-day Tour de Korea has recently sprung into life. Elevated from UCI2.2 to UCI2.1 status in 2014, Korea’s only professional road cycling event will this year host a WorldTeam for the first time in its 15-year history.