GreenEDGE Continental Team continues with Chinese focus in 2019Tue 12 Mar 2019
GreenEDGE Cycling will increase its presence in Asia in 2019, with the team’s Chinese-registered UCI Continental Team, Mitchelton-BikeExchange, to race a predominately Asian circuit this season.
The team will once again sit alongside the organisation’s UCI WorldTour men’s and women’s outfits, Mitchelton-SCOTT, and will meet this week for their first camp before kicking off their season at the Le Tour de Langkawi (April 6-13) and Tour de Iskandar Johor (17-21 April).
Having previously travelled on the under-23 European circuit, with a few Asian appearances, the team will switch focus this year.
The 2019 season will remain largely based in China, with the team seeking starts across the full Asian calendar.
GreenEDGE Cycling’s Continental Team will continue to have a large focus on the development of Chinese cycling, and has once again worked with the national federation to sign six Chinese riders for 2019, of which five return from last year.
In addition, the team also has two international riders in Brayan Chaves (Colombia) and James Oram (New Zealand).
- BI Wenhui (CHN, 25) – returning rider
- BIEKEN Nazhaerbieke (CHN, 24) – returning rider
- CHAVES Brayan (COL, 21) – returning rider
- HAO Ran (CHN, 21) – new rider
- JIANG Zhihui (CHN, 24) – returning rider
- LIU Jiankun (CHN, 23) – returning rider
- NIU Yikui (CHN, 24) – returning rider
- ORAM James (NZL, 25) – new rider
- James Victor (AUS)
- Andrew Smith (RSA)
- Dave Sanders (AUS)
Shayne Bannan – General Manager:
“We believe a heavier focus on the Asian circuit is a better way forward for all parties at the current time and we’re excited about the plans for this season.
“The team are currently meeting on Hainan Island for their first team camp and it’s really pleasing to see the return of five of our Chinese riders from last year. We saw their improvement last year, and we think another season of exposure to our international set up will prove really beneficial.”
“Whilst the full racing calendar is yet to be finalised, we’re looking forward to kicking off the year at the Tour of Langkawi next month.”