Asian champion Cheung King Lok enjoyed a successful weekend at the Hong Kong Championships winning both the time trial on Saturday and the road race on Sunday.
The 25-year-old ORICA-GreenEDGE rider beat his nearest rival by 45seconds in the time trial before soloing to the win ahead of the field in Sunday’s road race.
“I am very happy to have won these events,” said King Lok. “My time in the time trial was 40seconds faster than my record last year on the same course.”
“I am a better rider than I was three months ago, but the gulf between myself and the world’s top riders is still quite big. It is difficult to see when I will be racing on par with them, but I am happy to come home and take these victories.”
King Lok has settled in well at ORICA-GreenEDGE and continues to develop after recent solid performances riding in support of Jack Haig at the Tour of Slovenia.
Sport director Matt White praised the versatility of King Lok and noted how difficult the transition can be moving from Asia to Europe.
“For Cheung (King Lok) it has been a big culture shock moving over to Europe from Hong Kong,” said White. “It can be a pretty tough transition changing continents and European racing is very different to Asian racing.”
“The transition is a work in progress and we see this with all our new professionals, but the pleasing thing is he has fitted into the team very well and is more than willing to learn
“Cheung is continuing his development at WorldTour level and is building towards the Olympics and the World Championships in October.
“He has a world class background on the track and is showing his versatility by now developing into a world class road racer.”
Hong Kong Time Trial Championships results:
1. Cheung King Lok (ORICA-GreenEDGE) 00:20:13
2. Fung Ka Hoo (HKSI-Pro-Cycling) 00:00:45
3. Mow Ching Ying (HKSI-Pro-Cycling) 00:01:20
Hong Kong Championships Road Race results:
1. Cheung King Lok (ORICA-GreenEDGE)