Hong Kong's Wong Kam-po shrugged off effects of his hectic schedule to clinch second place in the opening stage of the Tour of Hong Kong-Shanghai at Sha Tin yesterday. Just four days after winning two gold medals at the national track championships in Beijing, Wong was back on his bike, leading the five-rider Hong Kong team in a 64km criterium along the Shing Mun River. The 34-year-old Wong, who won the same race at Sha Tin in last year's inaugural event, stayed in the peloton for most of the 28-lap race, surging to the front with his powerful sprint in the final stages. He was only beaten by Park Sung-baek of the City of Seoul team in the last 50 metres. It was a reversal of last December's Doha Asian Games when Wong beat the Korean to second place in the last 100 metres. Sergey Kudentsov, of the Discovery Channel Marco Polo team, came third in a close sprint. All three shared the same time of one hour, 32 minutes and 35 seconds. 'I still need time to adjust to road racing after spending most of my time preparing for the track championships in Beijing,' said Wong, who last raced on the road on July 2 when he came fourth at the world B championships to win an Olympic berth for Hong Kong. 'I was a bit conservative throughout the race and never attempted any attack until the last 200 metres. But I still thought I could have made it until I saw Park pass me with 50 metres left to race. But that is fine with me because it is just the beginning of the tour and I expect some better results after taking a break in the next two days.' The next stage is on Wednesday, when the 16 teams compete in both the Nancheng-Yingtan stage and Shangrao county race in Jiangxi province. Coach Shen Jinkang praised his charge for performing so well despite a lack of road-race training. 'Wong just returned from the national track events, so physically and mentally he is not fully prepared,' Shen said. 'But he is such an experienced rider that he was able to find the best position to sprint out of in the final stages. Unfortunately he lost to the 22-year-old Korean, who I would say is the most promising rider in Asia.' The coach also paid tribute to Lam Kai-tsun, who took one intermediate sprint on lap 21 and 19-year-old Kwok Ho-ting, who showed plenty of potential against the more experienced cyclists. 'I remain confident in the team as most of them have done a good job today, hopefully we can win at least one stage,' said Shen.