PARIT SULONG, Malaysia (VN) – Taking to the helm of China’s first-ever Pro Continental squad and the expectations and scrutiny that it brings would be considered by many to be an unenviable task.
However Ed Beamon, one of the most experienced sport directors to come out of the States, tells VeloNews he’s relishing the opportunity as team manager of Champion System and the challenge of grooming Chinese riders into athletes that will one day be competitive on the WorldTour.
To achieve his goal, Beamon has recruited a number of experienced non-Chinese professionals including Jaan Kirsipuu, Cameron Wurf, Craig Lewis and Aaron Kemps, so they can pass on their knowledge, slowly transforming promising Chinese riders from neophytes to bona fide winners.
No doubt, if it is to one day happen, it will be a gradual metamorphosis. But if there’s one thing you should never tell the Chinese and the money and power they bring, it’s that they can’t do something.
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