Champion System Pro Cycling confirm Asian roster for 2012
The Chinese registered Champion System Pro Cycling Team has announced the heart of its Asian based roster and begins the task of helping develop Asian competitive cycling and presenting the continent's best athletes on the world stage.
Leading the group is 2008 Olympian Kin San WU. The Hong Kong rider has had a taste of the international peloton having been a 'trainee' for the Italian based Lampre team in 2006. He is the only 'Chinese' rider to have ever finished an Olympic road race and was the 2007 National Champion.
Countryman Steven WONG begins his 1st full season as a professional road rider with the new Champion System team. Wong is a 7 time continental BMX champion and decided early in 2011 to make the career switch to road cycling after attending a team training camp in January and realizing the challenge of pushing his limits to another level was an inspiring motive. Wong brings explosive speed to the CS roster and as his endurance develops he should become a major threat to the established field sprinters.
Adding proven speed to the roster is Malaysia's legendary sprinter Anuar Manan. Only 25 years old, Manan is arguably Asia's most recognized sprinter and has been largely responsible for the great growth in Malaysian cycling over the last half decade. He'll step up to a larger stage with the international Champion System squad, but should add to his 3 professional victories in 2011 as he now finds a team of experienced riders around him.
Highlighting the roster will be four talented riders from the People's Republic of China. Leading the group is former National Champion Xu GANG. GANG is also a former Lampre recruit and hales from the cosmopolitan region of Shanghai. The 27 year old was a 2011 stage winner at the difficult Tour of Korea.
2011 Tour of China's top Asian rider, Jiao PENGDA also comes to the team from the Max Success squad. PENGDA comes from the Gansu Province and has extensive experience throughout Asia.
Kun JAING made history in this year's Tour of Beijing making the decisive breakaway of the World Tour event's opening road stage and in winning the most aggressive rider jersey became China's 1st world Tour podium earner.
Also joining his country's 1st Professional Continental team, Biao LIU comes from the highland city of Xining in the Qinghai Province. The region has been developing an active cycling community over the last several years and their UCI HC rated Tour of Qinghai Lake put China on the international calendar as the mainland's 1st major cycling event.
"This is what the team is all about" commented Champion System Sport General Manager Ed Beamon. "We're going to provide an opportunity for these guys to integrate into the world professional cycling arena and hope they can become inspiration for the aspiring riders in their countries and provinces. We've selected riders from a variety of regions and cultures and I expect we will all learn a great deal from each other. China is a huge and diverse country and with athletes from five different regions, in combination with our other Asian athletes and international roster we have a great opportunity to play a role in the growth of the sport there.