The fourth and final tour of Beijing which possessed the world tour status came to an end on Tuesday, 14th October. Philippe Gilbert came first in the five day long race. Dan Martin got the second place and Esteban Chaves finished 9 seconds after him.
The UCI, to the surprise of many decided to end the Tour of Beijing after its four year license expired last month.
Tony Martin of Omega Pharma won the first two Tour of Beijing in 2011 and 2012 and in 2013 Benat Intxausti from Spain won the race. Philippe Gilbert from Belgium won the final Tour of Beijing that took place this year. Gilbert said that it was a great experience for him and he is happy because his name will be among the list of the winners of the race. To him, the entire experience was a very special one.
According to the organizers, they had to face difficulties after Alberto Contador and Alejandro Valverde decided not to participate in the race. But according to the director of Global Cycling Promotion, Alain Rumpf, their journey from 2011 has been an incredible one and due to the concerted effort of everyone involved they have been able to contribute a lot to global cycling as well as cycling in China.
He further added that the only World Tour ever held in Asia has been able to make a connection with the cycling enthusiasts and experts there. He also said that social media helped greatly in the matter of popularizing the event throughout the world and the event was televised in every continent. He also expressed hope that this event would help cycling grow to a much bigger level in China.
The UCI previously confirmed that excepting the removal of Tour of Beijing, there are no major changes in the schedule of 2015 World Tour. The next year’s world tour starts with Santos Tour Down Under in Australia scheduled to be held in January and end with Giro di Lombardia in October.