Tour of Beijing paves way for Chinese WorldTour team

Ruisong Zhang, Tour of Beijing 2011

Last week's Tour of Beijing helped Chinese riders bridge the gap to the top ranks in Europe. An eight-man national team raced alongside 18 WorldTour teams, an important step for future professionals and a potential Chinese ProTeam.

"It's the first time for them to compete in a high-level race," team manager, Niu Hongtao told Cycling Weekly. "There's a good chance for them to learn. They are very excited for this chance, even if they don't get a great result."

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