Giant sponsor supports inclusion of first Chinese national in Tour team

Ji Cheng on stage one of the 2014 Dubai Tour

(Image credit: Graham Watson)

Giant-Shimano has been the subject of wanting sponsorship speculation this season but the foremost bike manufacturer has reiterated its commitment to the WorldTour team and backed the inclusion of Chinese rider Cheng Ji in its Tour de France squad.

Ji was a surprise addition to the Tour team announced on Wednesday and stands to generate added exposure as the first Chinese national to start the Grand Tour, no less alongside reigning sprint supreme Marcel Kittel as well as co-leader John Degenkolb.

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