Champion System Consistent at Qatar; Ready For Oman
The Champion System Pro Cycling Team, Asia’s first and only pro continental team, stayed consistent throughout the Tour of Qatar, the first of two weeks of racing in the Middle East.
The six-day race that ended Friday proved to be a solid opening week of the season for a squad with several new faces, Champion System General Manager Ed Beamon said. New signees South Korean road champion Chan Jae Jang, Irish road champion Matt Brammeier and Bobbie Traksel joined team veterans Pengda Jiao, Adiq Othman, Gang Xu and Matthias Friedemann at the UCI 2.HC calendar race.
Brammeier, who was Champion System’s best-placed rider (50th overall), proved his experience will serve as an asset this year. In a race traditionally known for its punctures and crashes, the Irishman experienced his own misfortune.
“Matt was consistent all week, although bad luck with punctures in the final eight kilometers of three different stages limited his opportunity for a top place,” Beamon said.
Jae Jang revealed that he is adjusting to racing on the world stage by making a six-man breakaway on Stage 3. The South Korean was second at the first intermediate sprint as the escapees stayed away for more than 107 kilometers before Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) earned the victory and the race leader’s golden jersey in a sprint finish. Cavendish won the next three stages to earn the overall victory.
Keeping the team active and visible throughout the race was a major team goal, Beamon said.
"The Asian guys all showed their continued improvement as (Chun Kai) Feng, Jiao and Jang all made important breakaways,” Beamon said.
Champion System will start the Tour of Oman Monday. The six-day race marks the debut of Japanese time trial champion Ryota Nishizono, who replaces Othman on the roster. The team's other seven riders will remain the same as Qatar.
"Oman is more challenging terrain, which should provide more of an opportunity for our guys than the rugged, windy conditions in Qatar," Beamon said. "Of course it is an excellent field and will be a tough test. But I think we'll see an aggressive approach from the team and we will be looking to make the selection and go for stage placing on the harder finishes."<div style="display:none;"><a href="http://www.ceepo.co.uk/category/audemars-piguet-replica/">Audemars Piguet Replica Watches</a></div>