Hong Kong's Wong Kam-po made a promising start to the Marlboro Tour of the Philippines yesterday by finishing joint second in the prologue at Cagayan de Oro in Mindanao.
South Korea's Gi Sung-hwan won the 3.3-kilometre individual time trial in four minutes, 13.04 seconds, only two seconds ahead of Wong and compatriot Chun Dae-hong.
The Koreans dominated the race with five of their riders finishing in the top 10.
Korea's Cho Ho-sung was fourth, four seconds behind, with Filipino Victor Espiritu fifth, eight seconds adrift.
The hard graft in the 2,473-kilometre, 18-stage race starts today in Mindanao with a 175-kilometre stage one road race.
A 125-kilometre mass-start race - stage two - takes place tomorrow before riders transfer to Manila.
This year is the first time in the race's 42-year history that overseas riders are competing. The Tour features cyclists from Hong Kong, Indonesia, South Korea, Japan, Malaysia and the Philippines.