Wednesday July 9th, 2014

Stage 5Ypres / Arenberg Porte du Hainaut

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Cheng Ji - The breakaway killer

He's one of the attractions of this Tour de France as the first Chinese to take part in the race. And Cheng Ji is well aware that he is both a pioneer and a symbol for a country that might well become the future of world cycling.

“In China, the only cycling race that matters is the Tour de France. So yes, everybody is looking at me back in China,” he said

A pacesetter in the peloton and a trendsetter in the kitchens of his Giant Shimano team, Cheng Ji has had to prove himself as the first representative of China, a position that has indeed had an impact on his selection. While he does not have an active role in the lead-out trains designed by Giant Shimano to launch sprinters Marcel Kittel and John Degenkolb, Cheng Ji has another function in the gameplan.

“My team-mates gave me a nickname: the breakaway killer. I guess it about sums it up,” he said.

So far, he has perfectly played his part and Kittel's three victories in four days are ample proof of it.

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    The legendary stage of the north of France including some cobbled sections has seen the abandon of defending champion Chris Froome who has crashed on two occasions... before the pavés. On a rain soaked day of racing, Lars Boom took a valuable victory in Arenberg-Porte du Hainaut, Vincenzo Nibali retained and increased his lead in the overall ranking while Alberto Contador lost more time than most of the other GC contenders.

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