Cheng Ji to become China's first Tour de France rider

Cheng Ji announced as part of Giant-Shimano's nine-man line-up for the 2014 Tour de France

Ji Cheng on stage one of the 2014 Dubai Tour

(Image credit: Graham Watson)

After doing so in the Giro d'Italia and Vuelta a España, Cheng Ji will become China's first participant in the Tour de France when the race starts in Yorkshire on July 5.

Ji will help team Giant-Shimano's sprinter Marcel Kittel and John Degenkolb.

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.