Champion hails Wong Kam-po return
Newly crowned Hong Kong road race champion Cheung King-wai said the return of veteran Wong Kam-po for the National Games would be a big boost for his team.
Cheung won yesterday's Hong Kong Road Race Championships at Bride's Pool Road in Tai Po when he finished the seven-lap 105 kilometre race in two hours, 47 minutes and 58.42 seconds, beating fellow Hong Kong team member Ho Burr by less than a second in a sprint. The third and fourth places went to two other Hong Kong team riders - Cheung King-lok and Choi Ki-ho respectively.
Wong, 40, who announced last week he would come out of retirement for the National Games to be held in Shenyang in September, finished seventh, nine minutes behind the winner.
"[Wong] is still a big name among many Chinese riders and his presence will give us a big boost," said Cheung. "He will definitely be a target for the mainlanders due to his impressive track record and we can take advantage of his presence by using different strategies in the race."
Wong admitted he was a little rusty but was confident of being fully fit for the Games.
"I had a chat with our head coach Shen Jinkang and he wanted me to be part of the team for the National Games," said Wong, who has won three gold and one bronze over the last four editions of the National Games since 1997.
"This is a very important event for Hong Kong and I am happy the coach still believes I have a role to play. Don't ask me whether I will stay in the team after the National Games as I haven't given it a thought yet. Let's focus on the Shenyang Games at this stage."
Wong and his fellow team members will race in today's time trial at Fei Ngo Shan Road in Sai Kung before leaving for the China National Road Race Championships in Inner Mongolia.
A six-member squad will then be selected for the National Games.