HONG KONG'S leading cyclist Wong Kam-po was knocked out of contention in the Kent Tour of China by a nasty crash near the finish line in the second stage in Guangzhou. Kam-po, the 1991 Asian junior champion and the only Hong Kong rider to qualify for next year's Atlanta Olympic Games, was holding his own among the professionals before the accident. The 22-year-old finished 57th out of 104 riders in the 4.2 kilometre prologue, an individual time trial in which he clocked five minutes and 32.02 seconds to trail USPro's tour leader Steve Hegg by less than half a minute. Kam-po beat a host of top professionals including Belgium's Jo Planckaert, Britain's Max Sciandri and Italians Davide Cassani and Gianni Bugno, a two times former world champion. The young Hong Kong ace was again in the middle of the pack in stage one of the tour in Shenzhen, a 54 kilometre road race in which all 104 riders were accredited with the same time as stage winner Damian Nazon of France. However, disaster struck Kam-po in the second stage in Guangzhou when he was involved in a collision 30 metres from the finish line of the 145 kilometre race. Kam-po was up with the leading group and everybody was jostling for a good position for the sprint when Germany's Sascha Henrix was bumped by another rider and lost his balance, resulting in an ugly crash. Unfortunately Kam-po was among the casualties, suffering bruises all over his body and badly spraining his right wrist. Again, all the riders were awarded the same time and Kam-po held on to his overall 57th position. But the wrist injury proved costly in the third stage, a 70 kilometre criterium race in Shanghai, when Kam-po performed well below par and lost considerable time. He finished 98th in one hour, 39 minutes and 24 seconds, almost seven minutes behind stage winner Planckaert. 'I was very hopeful of gaining a creditable overall result because my form is very good after the altitude training and World Championships in Colombia,' Kam-po said. 'I was very pleased with my effort in the prologue. 'I was actually doing very well until I got tangled up in this accident. 'My wrist was hurting so much that I couldn't even peel a banana. 'I couldn't grip the handlebar tightly, so I wasn't able to paddle with full power,' the young cyclist said. Kam-po's overall ranking has slipped to 96th place, with teammates Ng Kwok-wah and Hui Chak-bor having overtaken him. Other Hong Kong riders in the tour are Man Wai-chung, John Prosser, Leung Chi-hang and Tse Wing-man. Ten professional teams and five national squads, including Hong Kong, are taking part in the inaugural tour which finishes with two more races in Beijing on the weekend.