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.
BMC Hincapie Development team notched up its second stage win in China today, courtesy of a small break that achieved the rare feat of remaining ahead in a circuit race without being snuffed out metres from the finish. Despite being caught in a finish line tumble, Stefan Schumacher takes home the Tour of China II … Continue reading
Earlier this week, 11 Japanese riders and personnel quietly left the Tour of China amidst a tense Sino-Japan landscape which continues to make broadsheet headlines. The group’s departure was either elected or forced, depending on which of the few related reports are accepted as true. Cycling iQ spoke with two of the group for additional insight.
Just like his Formula 1 namesake, Stefan Schumacher started today’s 18.2 kilometre individual time trial in pole position and never looked back. Even an on-course mechanical wasn’t enough to stop the former Grand Tour rider from winning by a comfortable margin.
A misreading of the elements by Team Type 1’s key sprinter Alexander Serebryakov presented Leonid Krasnov his opportunity to leverage the tactical nous and speed hardwired into his DNA, thus handing Rusvelo its first stage win since the Tour of Qinghai Lake in July.
On current form, it’s not out of the realm of possibility that Alexander Serebryakov could win this race. With yet another ten seconds of time bonuses from today’s stage win in the bag, the soon-to-be-out-of-contract sprinter needs only one more stage win to tie with current yellow jersey Stefan Schumacher.
If Alexander Serebryakov was today’s biggest winner, the biggest loser was Aisan Racing Team’s Taiji Nishitani. A stage winner last week, the diminutive Japanese sprinter was ejected from the race, along with his team, allegedly due to concerns for their safety amidst the ugly Japan-China land rights dispute. With that, Nishitani’s chances of winning the 2012 … Continue reading
If not for today’s 6.2 kilometre prologue, the three day void that lies between ‘Tour of China I’ & ‘Tour of China II’ – with the underlying motive to keep teams in China for as long as possible to give local sponsors value for money – would have been an almost unforgivable dead space. The … Continue reading
Tyler Magner of BMC Hincapie-Sportswear Development Team looked as surprised as anyone when he took his first big stage win in the UCI elite ranks today. Formerly a stagiaire with Team Type 1, the 21-year old led a trifecta of fellow young-guns across the line to conclude a stage finish shrouded in a fog of questionable … Continue reading
After resting on Taiji Nishitani’s shoulders for less than 24 hours, the sprinter’s blue jersey was (figuratively; it would have been a mighty tight fit otherwise) handed over to Team Type 1 – Sanofi’s Alexander Serebryakov. It was the big Russian’s second Tour of China stage win, and there are plenty of opportunities left for more.