Cycling: Italian team Lampre sign Chinese rider Xu Gang
MILAN (AFP) - Italian cycling team Lampre said they have signed a preliminary agreement with Chinese rider Xu Gang.
Lampre, which has enjoyed a strong presence in Japan where former Giro d'Italia winner Damiano Cunego had many fans, believes the signing of Xu will help expand the brand's presence in Asia.
A team statement said: "Signing Xu Gan, Lampre-Merida reaffirms its long view in scanning new cycling frontiers." Xu, who has been linked to Lampre for several years while racing for Continental-level (second tier) outfit Champion System, is expected to officially sign for the team after undergoing a medical check-up.
The statement added: "Xu Gang, born in 1984, has improved his cycling skills during his experience as a trainee in the Italian team.