‘Glorious debut’ in pro cycling for China Glory Cycling in Turkey

China Glory Cycling's first race was one to remember. After an easy run into the final, GCS was the most visible team in the race.

The Chinese team attacked three times in less than 20 kilometers time, and it was Sean Bennett who stayed away the longest, caught with only four kilometers to go.

“That is my style of racing,” Bennett said after the finish. “I like to race aggressively and it was cool to do that in the first race for this team as well.”

Maarten Tjallingii, the team’s manager, said he had goosebumps watching his pupils giving their all in the opening stage in Turkey. “It was fantastic to see them so actively in the front in the final,” he said.

The sports director in the race, Lionel Marie, was also very happy. “Lucas De Rossi and Reiner Honig were very active in the beginning of the race. In the final we showed our true identity: take every opportunity to make it an interesting race. We took responsibility with a smile.”

Marie: “The project only started in January, and here we were, coloring the race. I want to thank the Chinese cycling federation for their amazing support and we are already looking forward to the next stage.”