With the Tour of Guangxi the last WorldTour race of the season is over. It was only the 2nd edition of the race, but many believe it can become as big as the Tour de France. “We hope that the Tour of Guangxi will become one of the biggest cycling races in the world”, says Wang Jianlin, the boss of the Wanda Group.
China is working on a cycling culture and the UCI has been working together with Wanda Group, the company of the Chinese billionaire Wang Jianlin, for a couple of years to accomplish this culture. One of the main goals is making cycling 1 of biggest sports in China.
The bicycle is already a popular means of transport and with the support of such a gigantic company behind the sport and with fantastic sceneries, cycling has a lot of potential in China. Wang’s ultimate goal is to become the owner of the WorldTour together with the UCI as Wanda is already a long-term partner of the UCI and the collaboration works well together.
“It was a nice second edition of the Tour of Guangxi,” says chairman Tom Van Damme about the Chinese stage race. “Unfortunately, the weather has been a bit disappointing, the organization is finished, it is a course that is perfect for the end of the season, I can only hear the riders and the teams praising.”
Only 3 of the 6 stages were on TV. “That is a concern of the UCI”, says Van Damme. “According to the specifications, all stages must be broadcast or at least a nice summary of each stage has to be put on TV.” And that has not happened now, but that must surely happen next year, which is one of the problems that will be discussed with the organization.
“For the WorldTour, it is important to be present in one of the world’s largest economic powers. Wanda Sports Group is a financially strong partner and we have every interest in further developing this competition.”
Fabio Jakobsen takes the team’s 73rd win of 2018, wrapping up the points classification at the Tour of Guangxi.
What a way to round off a superb year for Quick-Step Floors! The Tour of Guangxi was the season’s 37th and final World Tour event and the squad made sure off going out with a bang, after Fabio Jakobsen capped off the perfect job of his teammates and blasted through the rain to a clear victory in Guilin, where the second edition of the Asian race concluded.