World Wide Cycling
After the Tour of South China Sea, a UCI 2.5 stage race in Hong Kong, China and Macau (click here for a report) an event took place at Hong Kong Cycle Classic. This is a pro-criterium with some of the world’s best professionals at the start. Some World and Olympic Champions have been invited, among them David Millar, the current World Champion Time Trial.
Marco Polo Cycling Club raced with the following team:
Mifune from Japan, Masa was the best Asian professional in Europe. He used
to race for Colnago-Landbouwkrediet team.
Bradford, the current Australian national champion and Oceania Champion!
and Sama’I from Indonesia, the two strongest sprinters from Indonesia.
They are riders from the Indonesian Wismilak team, next year this team will
upgrade to the UCI Trade Team 3 status. Wismilak is a partner-team from Marco
Conijn, a reliable domestic from the Netherlands.
a strong rider from Hong Kong.
from the Marco Polo Cycling Club team, some of the Marco Polo Cycling Team, trade team riders will raced
together with the Sierra Nevada team from the USA.
Wilson from Australia, Remko Kramer from the Netherlands and Felix Rohrbach from
Germany and Chris Baumann and Troy White from the USA.
The Hong Kong Cycle Classic a 96 km Criterium - Central Wanchai District, Hong Kong
The start of the Hong Kong Cycle Classic 2004, with in the frontrow Olympic Champions: Scott McGrory and Brett Aitken and World Champions: David Millar, Bruno Risi and Franz Stocher. (Photo: Francis Cerny, Nikon Camera)
race was in the center of Hong Kong, the start and finish were in front of the
Photos, by Francis Cerny and Cor Vos:
with the Hong Kong skyline as background.
course went around the Expo Centre one of the famous landmarks of Hong Kong.
peloton passing the high buildings of downtown Hong Kong, in the middle, David
Masahiko Mifune in the jersey of the Marco Polo Cycling Club Hong Kong.
Masahiko Mifune winning the first Hong Kong Cycle Classic.
The Olympic and World Champions before the start of the race:
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Warming-up. David Millar. Franz Stocher. Scott McGrory.
Tim Wilson. Dragon dance. The Champions at the start.
After the first lap.
Oceania Champion, Chris Bradford pulling the frontgroup.
David Millar missed the break.
Kam Po Wong (at the right) also missed the break
Scott McGrory in the frontgroup.
David Millar gave up.
Franz Stocher pulling the peloton.
After the race:
Winner Masahiko Mifune giving an interview.
Masahiko Mifune with the cup.
The reception after the race at the Dutch consulate general residence.