Three minutes into Stage 5 of the 2013 Amgen Tour of California, former Taiwan national champion Chun Kai Feng (Champion System Pro Cycling) joined Thomas De Gendt (Vacansoleil-DCM) and Carter Jones (Bissell Pro Cycling) in a long, sustained break. The break worked well together but was absorbed with 50 km to go.
Feng did the same attack at the 4 Jours de Dunkerque. Immediately following the neutral start, three riders attacked. Feng, along with three more riders, followed. The groups combined and eventually the seven riders built a lead. After passing the first intermediate sprint points, the peloton increased its pace and started to reel back the group. Three from the breakaway formed a new lead group and held a lead of three minutes entering the finishing circuits. Feng was in this group. The escapees were only caught as they entered the final circuit around Dunkerque. For his efforts Feng was awarded Most Aggressive honors.
“I was excited to be able to be in the lead for a long time,” Feng said about his work in Dunkerque. “I knew it would help the team and it gave me a chance to continue to learn. It was very exciting to see the big crowds in Dunkerque cheering. The Most Aggressive award proved that we Asians can be at the front, that we can attack and try to win.”
Feng’s team is the first Asian-based UCI Professional Continental Team. One of the goals of the team is to give top Asian cyclist the opportunity to compete against the best in the world. This is the first time racing in California for Feng.
“It is inconceivable for me to be able to race in the Amgen Tour of California, because it is a huge race,” Feng said. “My season has been good so far and the main thing for me is to keep learning. There are many big teams here racing and I want to learn as much as I can by racing this race. I really want to learn from other Asian riders like (Fumiyuki) Beppu (Orica GreenEDGE) and to keep racing with Pro Tour teams.”
Feng does not yet speak English and often utilizes the team translator.
“First of all, language is a problem,” admits Feng. “I always try to communicate with the international riders and the team. The riders who do not speak English learn the basic commands and words in English so that we know what to do during the race.”
When not racing Feng is back home in Taiwan training and getting ready for his next race. Next on the calendar will be the Tour de Kumano in Japan (UCI Asia Tour).