The road cycling season ain’t over yet: CGS drops down to Romania

The Turul Romaniei will be China Glory Cycling’s next race. The six-day stage race, starting in Satu Mare and finishing in the capital Bucharest, will undoubtedly be exciting racing.

There is something for everybody in this year’s Turul Romaniei. There is a prologue, some hilly stages and a mountain stage. The only thing ‘missing’ is a mountaintop finish.

China Glory Cycling brings two Chinese cyclists to Romania. Nazaerbieke Bieken and Xianjing Lyu make their appearances on Romanian roads, after having finished the UCI World Mountain Bike Championships last month.

Good opportunity for results

During this season, the two Chinese riders showed a good progression curve. Every race they showed up a little bit stronger. The Turul Romaniei, a race in which WorldTour-teams are missing, can be a great challenge for the two representatives from China.

Nazaerbieke Bieken, the most experienced Chinese cycling in the team, expects numerous opportunities for him and his companion Xianjing Lyu during this race. “We have recovered from the Worlds”, he says, “and here are opportunities for good results for us.”

Having tougher races in the legs, and competing on a slightly lower level than they are already used to, might be the next step for Bieken and Lyu in their development, for instance by going for breakaways or dictate stage finals. Lyu: “We expect to have solid results in the stages here. We strive for good final rankings too. This race can be a good one to race our confidence.”

Lucas De Rossi causes some French influence on the team, while Reinig Honig and Etienne van Empel carry the Dutch flag. Last but not least, Matteo Malucelli will take the start in the Turul Romaniei. He will be particularly looking forward to the flat stages to have a go in mass sprints.

The Turul Romaniei starts on the sixth of September and finishes on the eleventh.