Tour of Beijing faces smog and police

Tour of Beijing 2011

The Tour of Beijing celebrated its first ever stage on Wednesday. The opening time trial was affected slightly by smog and the government's policing.

"You don't think about [the smog] in the race, but when you stop, you realise just how much your lungs are burnt," Nicolas Roche told Cycling Weekly. "Feels like smoking cigarettes? Probably, and a lot of them."

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