Asia's top road racer Wong Kam-po has received offers from two Italian professional teams at the Tour of Langkawi, meaning he has prospects of competing in May's Giro d'Italia, the world's second-biggest cycling event. Hong Kong's Wong, the Asian Games champion, admitted he had been approached by second-tier teams Mobilvetta Design and Ceramiche Panaria in the Malaysian event. But Wong, who said before the Tour he hoped to sign with a top professional team by showing his prowess in mountain-climbing at the Malaysian event, stressed he must get the go-ahead from Hong Kong sports leaders. 'I'm ready to join a pro team. I became more eager to embark on a career in professional racing after finding out I need to compete at the top level to improve my sprinting. My performance over the last few days showed I still lack the explosive ability at the final sprint,' Wong said. 'It's possible for me to join one of them this year, but I need to talk with Hong Kong officials as I have to respect their opinions. I can't make the decision by myself. It's still early to talk about which team I would join. I don't want to comment on individual teams.' In December, when he won the Tour of South China Sea in Macau, Wong said: 'I want to ride for a professional team in Europe. The faces I've seen in Asia have become so familiar to me. I believe this year the door to professional cycling will open for me.' It was not the first time Wong has been approached by pro teams. Team Selle Italia-Pacific made him an offer last year, but the SAR ace turned it down after deciding to put national duties ahead of personal glory. Mobilvetta's manager Griele di Francesco promised to put Wong on their roster for May's Giro d'Italia if he signs with them and performs well in warm-up races in Italy starting next month. Di Francesco said: 'We've been interested in Wong since 2000 when he won a stage here, but his schedule didn't fit into the pro calendar because of his national commitments. We know there is no big clash this year. We'll also allow him to take part in the Pusan Asian Games. The Italian added: 'We're impressed by Wong because not many Asian riders can fare well against top Europeans. And he came off with very consistent performances in the Tour of Langkawi in the past three years.' Mountain specialist Wong raised a few eyebrows in the Malaysian event two years ago when he eclipsed top riders to win a mountain stage and came third in the same stage last year. Wong showed his past results were no fluke by finishing third in Tuesday's stage five. He is 18th overall after a blanket finish in yesterday's stage six and is second behind Telecom Malaysia teammate Tonton Susanto of Indonesia in the best Asian rider category, a title he won the last two years. While Di Francesco insists his team has to negotiate with Wong on his contract terms, Panaria came up with a more solid figure - a one-year contract which offers Wong a salary of US$20,000, before bonuses and prize money. 'We have contacted Wong five days ago and hope the deal could be finalised before the Tour finished. We hope he can join us next month,' Ceramiche Panaria manager Robert Reverderi said. Cycling chief and former national rider Tang Kam-man, the man behind Wong's talks with team Selle last year, revealed some sport leaders were concerned his turning pro would affect his training for October's all-important Pusan Asian Games. 'We need to convince those who have supported him over the years that his turning pro would enhance, rather than hamper, his chances at the Asian Games. Joining a second-tier team is the gateway to competing in the Tour de France because first-tier teams such as Mapei will hunt for riders from these teams,' Tang said. Overall leader South African Robert Hunter of Italy's Mapei-Quick Step still leads the 140-strong field after finishing second behind Panaria's Australian rider Graeme Brown, who won the 170km race from Muar to Johor Bahru in three hours 39 minutes and 27 seconds. Wong is five minutes 14 seconds behind Hunter in 18th place overall.