Shanghai is just the start of bigger things for Wu

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 03 May, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 03 May, 2006, 12:00am

The Hong Kong cycling team were in a relaxed mood yesterday in Shanghai, but one of them had even more reason to feel happy.

For promising SAR youngster Wu was still coming to terms with being snapped up by Italian cycling team Lampre-Fondital.

'It's just too good to believe,' said Wu, on the eve of leading the SAR team for the inaugural Tour of Hong Kong-Shanghai which starts in the northern part of Shanghai city today.

'Riding for a Proteam is a very rare opportunity for a young rider like me and I will work hard most out of it.'

Wu signed a contract with an Italian agent appointed by the Proteam in Shanghai last week and the first race for Lampre will be the Tour of Qinghai Lake, China, in July.

'They are a side that have won stage races in the Tour de France before and also have captured the well-known Tour of Italy twice. There will be lots of things that I can learn from my teammates,' added the youngster, who turns 21 tomorrow.

Wu has signed a provisional three-year contract with the team and his first season with Lampre will begin in September at the completion of the cycling season in Europe.

After July's Qinghai Lake event, he will join his teammates in Europe for training and competition before returning to Hong Kong in early October when the SAR team will start their final preparation for the Asian Games.

'The next couple of months look like a probation period and if I can do well, they will recall me again next season,' said Wu, adding that his ultimate target would be racing in the Tour of France one day.