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UCI WorldTour: a successful Tour of Beijing in prospect




A delegation from the International Cycling Union (UCI) travelled to Beijing last week to ensure that all elements necessary for a successful first edition of the Tour of Beijing were present.

The Tour of Beijing is a stage race on the UCI WorldTour calendar which will take place from 5th to 9th October.

The UCI delegation went over the course proposed by the event’s local organisation committee. Even though the final route is still to be confirmed, there is no doubt that it will guarantee an excellent sporting level and will allow spectators worldwide to discover some of the symbolic sites of the Chinese capital and its magnificent region.

At the end of the visit, Alain Rumpf, head of the project at the UCI and Global Cycling Promotion Director was enthusiastic: “The work being carried out by the organisers meets the UCI’s requirements and we are impressed by what they have already achieved. It is pleasing to note that Beijing’s local authorities, in line with the heritage of the 2008 Olympic Games, are strongly committed to the success of a high-level event that will without doubt become one of the important annual events on the international sports scene.”

The city of Beijing has taken on an ambitious strategy to promote environmentally friendly transport and to become one of the not-to-be-missed centres of international sport. The Tour of Beijing, which will also provide the Chinese capital with an effective tool for promoting tourism, will surely play an important role with this double prospect in mind.

For the UCI, the Tour of Beijing is an important milestone for the lasting globalisation of cycling, particularly in China and on the Asian continent. The appearance of this new race will benefit the whole of the cycling family: from the riders, to teams, sponsors, National Federations and, of course, all the world’s cycling-lovers.


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