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Meanwhile, in China…

All cycling fans have their eyes set on the Tour de France, the most important race of the year. Additionally, the Giro d’Italia Women, which also holds a place of honor in the women's calendar, starts next Sunday. However, these are not the only races taking place these days, as more than 7000 kilometers away, in China, a men's ProSeries race, the Tour of Qinghai Lake, is also being held.


The Tour of Qinghai Lake 2024 consists of eight stages that coincide with the eight days of the Giro d’Italia Women. There will be three clear opportunities for sprinters (stages 1, 7, and 8), four hilly stages (stages 2, 4, 5, and 6), and a single mountain stage (stage 3), which, with 3683 meters of positive elevation and the climbs of Qingshashan Yakou (14 km at 4.6%) and Nie Jialiang (16.1 km at 5.9%), will undoubtedly determine the general classification.


Last year's winner Henok Mulueberhan (200) will wear the number 1 bib and is a GC contender along with climbers such as Jefferson Cepeda (200), Jason Osborne (200), Vadim Pronsky (200), Mario Aparicio (200), Riccardo Luca (200), Eric Fagúndez (200), and Willem Jakobus Smit (200).

For medium mountain stages, Marco Tizza (200), Kenneth Van Roy (200), Henri Uhlig (200), and Lennart Teugels (200) are also riders to watch, while for the sprints, Enrico Zanoncello (400), Gleb Syritsa (200), Timothy Dupont (200), Luca Colnaghi (200), Attilio Viviani (200), Jensen Plowright (200), and Lucas Carstensen (200) are some of the standout sprinters.

Photo: © Tour of Qinghai Lake