Cycling-Ji to become the first Chinese rider in Tour de France

Wed Jun 25, 2014 10:55am EDT
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PARIS (Reuters) - Ji Cheng will be the first Chinese rider to take part in the Tour de France after he was picked by his Giant-Shimano team to ride the world's greatest bike race on Wednesday.

Ji, 26, was already the first Chinese rider to participate in a grand tour when he rode the Vuelta (Tour of Spain) in 2012.

The Tour de France starts from Leeds on July 5.

(Reporting by Julien Pretot, editing by Pritha Sarkar)

Argos-Shimano's Cheng Ji of China cycles during the seventh stage of the Tour of Spain "La Vuelta" cycling race between Huesca and Alcaniz August 24, 2012.    REUTERS/Felix Ordonez