Chinese trio to continue European racing at Grand Prix CriquielionFri 11 May 2018
Chinese UCI Continental team Mitchelton-BikeExchange line up for the 25th edition of the Grand Prix Criquielion in Belgium on Sunday looking to maximise the experience and opportunity in this period of European racing for their Chinese contingent.
After gaining their first taste of one day Italian racing at the Circuito del Porto in Cremona last weekend Bi Wenhui, Jhiang Zhihui and Sun Xiaolong head to Belgium and into the northern European heartland of one day bike racing.
Multiple track medallist Callum Scotson will lead the team alongside compatriot Harry Sweeny with Colombian climber Brayan Chaves completing the line-up and now well into his own first stint of European competition.
Brayan Chaves (COL, 20)
Callum Scotson (AUS, 21)
Harry Sweeny (AUS, 19)
Bi Wenhui (CHI, 25)
Jhiang Xhihui (CHI, 24)
Sun Xiaolong (CHI, 23)
First held in 1991 in honour of former World Champion Claude Criquielion and covering 175kilometres around the Belgian village of Deux-Acren in the region of Wallonia.
A tough one-day event, Mitchelton-BikeExchange will be competing against a mixed field of Pro-Continental and Continental teams with the big Belgian teams usually dominating a sprint finish.
“I'm looking forward to the race GP Criquellion this weekend. I raced there two years ago, and I think it suits me quite well with laps of a hard, cobbled climb in the second half of the race.”
“After track worlds and commonwealth games earlier in the year I'm now feeling settled here in Europe and ready to have a good go at the next few races coming up.”
Sport director Dave Sanders:
“For our Chinese riders in particular, this race provides them with another opportunity to gain more valuable experience of European racing and working within the team, learning about position and conserving energy in what will be a challenging race.”
“Callum has some experience here from two years ago and knows what to expect – fast and aggressive closing circuits and it will be important to be positioned well over the cobbled climb.
“All in all, we are looking to come through the race without any issues and with all our guys finishing, Brayan has gained a lot of experience and confidence over the last few weeks and this will be another important stepping stone in his development.”