Cyclists right on track for victory

PUBLISHED : Monday, 07 October, 2002, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 07 October, 2002, 12:00am

Hong Kong has more medal chances in today's cycling 40 kilometre points race at the Asian Games with Wong Kam-po and Ho Siu-lun back in action.

Ho won a gold medal in this event at the All China Games last November, but this time will need to keep a close eye on the tactics of strong Korean and Iranian riders, as well as those from Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan who deprived Wong of victory in the road race last week.

The two must wait and see how the race pans out to decide their strategy, said Alex Wong of the Hong Kong Cycling Association.

'It's an exciting event because the race can change so quickly,' he said.

The race will last about one hour. Points are awarded every fifth lap (of a 333-metre track) when the pack dives into a one-lap sprint. The top four placed riders after each sprint receive points, and the gold goes to the rider with most accumulated points after 40km.

With some cunning, both SAR riders have a chance of winning medals.

'When Ho won the gold at the All China Games, it was purely because of tactics. It could easily have been Wong who won the gold and it really depends on what happens in the heat of the moment,' said Wong. The race starts at 2pm today.