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Hangzhou, UCI sign tour agreement


30 Mar 2012
Hangzhou, China: The President of the International Cycling Union (UCI), Mr Pat McQuaid, travelled to China this week to sign an agreement with the authorities of Hangzhou with a view to organising the first edition of the Tour of Hangzhou, a UCI WorldTour stage race which will be held in the week following the Tour of Beijing. At its meeting on February 10, the UCI’s Professional Cycling Council (PCC) approved the launch of this project, which truly gets underway with the signing of the agreement.

For the city of Hangzhou, which is part of an important tourist area 200 km south-west of Shanghai and which has more than 8 million inhabitants, the agreement was signed by the Deputy Mayor, Chen Xiaoping, in the presence of the Secretary Huang and the Director of the Hangzhou Sports Bureau, Zhao Rongfu.

The UCI President declared: “This agreement represents the first step in a new phase of our development strategy. After the Tour of Beijing, China offers us a second fantastic opportunity to promote the image of cycling in the world’s biggest country. "I am convinced that those in charge of this initiative are perfectly capable of meeting the other administrative deadlines necessary to obtain a place in the UCI WorldTour.”

Planned to take place over five days (Wednesday to Sunday), the race will be organised by Hangzhou city’s administrative services in collaboration with Global Cycling Promotion (GCP), the UCI’s development unit, according to the same methods as those set up for the 2011 Tour of Beijing.

Source: UCI Press Services
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