The only Asian race on WorldTour calendar is also the final stage race of the season. #PinkArgyle lines-up for Tour of Guangxi with ambitions in the sprints, carried by Dan McLay, and for the general classification with Rigoberto Uran. The team will be heavily supported by EF China, whose students and employees will be roadside throughout the race.
“Tour of Guangxi is a new race, and it’s winning more and more popularity,” said sport director Ken Vanmarcke. “For sprinters, it’s an excellent race. Of the six stages, we expect five sprint days and one general classification day on stage four.”
The overall winner will likely be decided in the Mashan Nongla Scenic Spot. Stage four includes the only category one climb, a 3.5 kilometer uphill dash to the line.
“With Uran, we’re here to ride for the best result overall,” said Vanmarcke. “He’s fresh off Lombardia, and we saw that he was in great shape all week in Italy. We’re confident in what we can expect from him.
“For all the other days, we have a strong team that will support McLay in the sprints,” Vanmarcke added. “We want him to show the pink jersey in the finishes.”
The team looks to its pink-clad co-workers to provide an extra reason to chase results.
“We did an event with Hong Kong on Friday, and we have more events coming later this week,” said Vanmarcke. “The passion of all the EF people is contagious for the riders. The team feels the support of EF and its staff, and it motivates us all to try harder. Seeing the pink flags, the cheering on the side of the road, it gives the riders a boost. It’s a two-way working relationship and a two-way exchange of energy. It helps us all perform at our top level.”
The EF China crew is also excited for the week.
“We’re delighted to welcome and cheer on EF’s pro cycling team at Tour of Guangxi,” said EF China CEO Jacob Toren. “Our riders are totally EF – international, driven and dedicated professionals who athletically prove that ‘nothing is impossible.’ We have a long history with supporting international sports events, such as the Olympics and the Asian Games. We believe in connecting people to foster growth, friendships and understanding.”