Inaugural Tour of Beijing preparations gather pace

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The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) has hailed this October's inaugural Tour of Beijing, China, as an 'important milestone' in the globalisation of professional cycle racing.

UCI delegates travelled to China last week to inspect the course of the five-day Tour of Beijing (October 5-9, 2011) and talk to organisers as part of the process of granting a four-year World Tour licence to the event. The World Tour is the UCI's top tier of races, and includes all three Grand Tours, Spring Classics, and other prominent stage and one-day races.

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