HONG KONG could be part of world cycling's Triple Crown as Kent Tour of China organisers, Medalist Sports, make plans to tie the event with the Tour de France and Tour DuPont. The inaugural Tour of China, set to roll off in Hong Kong on October 26, promises to be a success with top professional teams like Motorola and Mapei having confirmed their participation. Mike Plant, president of Medalist Sports, said his objective is to form a cycling Triple Crown with a Tour in three continents - Asia, Europe and the United States. 'I've spoken to the Tour de France organisers, but they are not interested,' said Plant, whose company are also the organisers of the Tour DuPont. 'I'm hopeful they will see it differently in a couple of years when we've made the Tour of China the biggest cycling event in Asia.' The prologue, an individual time trial, of the Tour of China will be held at Sha Tin in Hong Kong on October 26 and the series will finish at Tiananmen Square in Beijing on November 5. The 600-kilometre Tour will comprise seven stops - Hong Kong, Shenzhen, Guangzhou and two each in Shanghai and Beijing. Said Plant: 'We couldn't hold the Tour with a typical stage race format because the road infrastructure does not permit us to ride from one city to another. So we have to reserve a day for travelling between cities. 'And this is already the end of the season for the top professionals, so we have to keep the mileage down and make it manageable for everybody.' Plant was at last month's Tour de France lobbying for support and the response has been encouraging with several top professional teams quickly accepting the invitation. Mapei is the world's number one professional team and includes among its top riders Tony Rominger. However, it is uncertain if the Swiss rider will compete in the Tour. And Plant said five-time Tour de France winner Miguel Indurain is unlikely to be among the starters although it is possible that the Spaniard's Banesto team may enter.