The journey starts here: China Glory Cycling takes on the Tour of Turkey

One team, seven riders and another leap in China Glory Cycling’s rapid development: the team is about to start the Tour of Turkey. The stage race will be the team’s first-ever race and everyone is full of excitement and ambition.

China Glory Cycling is combining the Tour of Turkey with a training camp and travelled early to the country. Seven riders are selected to race the Tour of Turkey, while the others will be training every day.

Team’s manager Maarten Tjallingii is super happy to launch the 2022 season with China Glory Cycling. “We knew for quite some time that the Tour of Turkey was going to be our first race, and it has been a countdown till these days. This race will be memorable. We have developed so rapidly over the last few months, and now we are here, ready to show ourselves.”

For the Chinese riders in the line-up, Xianjing Lyu, Changquan Xu, and Nazaerbieke Bieken, racing the Tour of Turkey is a dream come true. “This is the European racing scene that I dreamed about,” Bieken says. “To finally be here, with my fellow countrymen and my international teammates, is very exciting. I cannot wait to take the start Sunday.”

The team is ambitious for the first race in its history. China Glory Cycling wants to show the China-red colours as much as possible, by getting into breakaways, but also by contesting sprints and the mountaintop finish in stage 4. Sports director Lionel Marie is sure everyone has got the level to perform, and together with a strong mindset, the team will be able to surprise.

“A top-10 in GC, with Sean Bennett or one of our Chinese riders, would be great. If we also can get a few breakaways, then our Tour is successful, because it is a big bunch full of WorldTour-riders and big names,” Marie says.

“Most important,” Marie continues, “is the fact that our Chinese riders and staff made it to Europe. We will be learning a lot from each other.”

Next to the three Chinese riders, and Sean Bennett, Dutch riders Etienne van Empel and Reinier Honig take the start. Lucas de Rossi makes it seven for the Chinese team in Turkey, which starts on Sunday, April 10.