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Feng Chun-kai (Chinese: 馮俊凱; pinyin: Féng Jùnjiā; born November 2, 1988 in Miaoli County) is a Taiwanese professional road and track cyclist riding for Bahrain–Merida.[1] He represented his nation Taiwan, as a 19-year-old junior, at the 2008 Summer Olympics and later won numerous medals in track cycling, specifically in the men's points race and individual pursuit, at the Asian Championships. Feng has also claimed five Taiwanese national titles in road cycling, and a prestigious gold medal at the 2013 East Asian Games in Tianjin, China.

Feng Chun-kai
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Personal information
Full name Feng Chun-kai
Born (1988-11-02) 2 November 1988 (age 29)
Miaoli County, Taiwan
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Weight 68 kg (150 lb)
Team information
Current team Bahrain–Merida
Discipline Road, track
Role Rider
Rider type All-rounder
Professional team(s)
2010–2012 Action Cycling Team
2013 Champion System
2014 Team Gusto
2015–2016 Lampre–Merida
2017– Bahrain–Merida

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Racing careerEdit

Considered as one of Taiwan's most promising cyclists in his generation, Feng sought headlines on the international scene as he outsprinted Japanese duo Kazuhiro Mori and defending champion Makoto Iijima for the gold medal in men's point race at the 2007 Asian Cycling Championships in Bangkok, Thailand.[2]

Signifying an official start of his cycling career, Feng qualified for the Chinese Taipei squad in the men's points race at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing by receiving a wild card invitation from the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI).[2][3] Feng dropped out of a grueling 25-km sprint race in a field of twenty-three cyclists after he slowed down his own pace on the track with only one extra lap needed to complete and a deduction of twenty points.[4][5]

Feng slowly emerged as a solid, all-around road and track rider, when he earned his first ever Taiwanese national road race title in 2009, and eventually mounted a fifth-place finish at the East Asian Games. By the following year, he joined with the Action Cycling Team as a professional and signed for three seasons in an exclusive contract.[6]

In 2011, Feng established a historic milestone in pro cycling as the first ever Asian rider to score three consecutive stage triumphs and grab the yellow jersey and a prestigious tournament title at the International Cycling Classic in the Midwest region of the United States.[7][8]

While still competing for the Action Cycling Team on his final season in the road race, Feng redrafted his efforts to chase for another medal again in the track cycling scene. At the 2012 Asian Cycling Championships in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Feng ended his five-year drought by edging out Thailand's Turakit Boonratanathanakorn and home favorite Mohamed Harrif Salleh on a sprint ride for the gold in the men's elite 10 km scratch race.[9]

In early 2013, Feng joined his fellow Olympic riders Zachary Bell of Canada and Wu Kin San of Hong Kong for the Champion System pro cycling team. Feng started his initial season by participating in the Tour de Taiwan, where he took top honors in the mountain classification to secure the jersey.[10][11] Feng also reclaimed his fourth Taiwanese national road race title, and added the time trial title to his resume for the first time, since he won three straight championships from 2009 to 2011.[12] In October 2013, Feng picked up his gold medal on the strength of an early lead in the men's road race at the East Asian Games in Tianjin, China.[13][14]

In November 2014 Feng was announced as a signing for the Lampre–Merida team for the 2015 season, becoming the first Taiwanese rider to race on the UCI World Tour.[15]

Major resultsEdit

2007
1st   Points race, Asian Track Championships
2009
1st   Road race, National Road Championships
1st Stage 2 Giant Cup
1st Stage 2 Tour of East Taiwan
3rd   Individual pursuit, Asian Track Championships
5th Road race, East Asian Games
2010
1st   Road race, National Road Championships
1st Overall Giant Cup
2nd   Individual pursuit, Asian Track Championships
7th Road race, Asian Road Championships
7th Overall Tour de Taiwan
8th Tour of East Java
9th Individual pursuit, Asian Games
9th Overall Tour de Hokkaido
10th Tour of Singkarak
2011
1st   Road race, National Road Championships
1st   Overall International Cycling Classic
1st Stages 1, 5 & 13
3rd Taiwan Cup
9th Tour of Singkarak
2012
1st   Mountains classification Tour of the Philippines
1st   Mountains classification Tour of Fuzhou
1st Stage 3 Giant Cup
2nd   Scratch race, Asian Track Championships
3rd Overall Tour of Singkarak
7th Overall Tour de Taiwan
1st   Mountains classification
10th Road race, Asian Road Championships
2013
1st   Road race, East Asian Games
National Road Championships
1st   Road race
1st   Time trial
1st   Mountain classification Tour de Taiwan
1st Stage 1 Tour of East Taiwan
2014
National Road Championships
1st   Road race
1st   Time trial
1st   Mountains classification Tour de Taiwan
6th Overall Tour of Thailand
1st Stage 3
2015
National Road Championships
1st   Road race
1st   Time trial

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Feng Chun-kai". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 17 October 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Cycling wild-card sends Taiwan's Feng to Beijing". Taipei Times. 10 July 2008. Retrieved 18 October 2013. 
  3. ^ "19-year-old makes Chinese Taipei Olympic team". The China Post. 29 July 2008. Retrieved 18 October 2013. 
  4. ^ "Men's Points Race". Beijing 2008. NBC Olympics. Archived from the original on 19 August 2012. Retrieved 21 December 2012. 
  5. ^ "Llaneras scores points gold". Velo News. 16 August 2008. Retrieved 17 October 2013. 
  6. ^ "Tour de Taiwan: Stage 3 report and result". Bicycle News Asia. 15 March 2010. Retrieved 17 October 2013. 
  7. ^ "Thursday State Sports Briefs: Harrell unsure he'll be back with Packers in 2011". Pierce County Herald. 21 July 2011. Retrieved 17 October 2013. 
  8. ^ Held, Tom (22 July 2011). "International Cycling Classic: Lea wins number three, Feng holds yellow". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Retrieved 17 October 2013. 
  9. ^ "Punctured tyre costs Mohd Harrif the gold in 10km scratch event". The Borneo Post. 12 February 2012. Retrieved 18 October 2013. 
  10. ^ "Champion System's Zach Bell Wins Tour de Taiwan Stage 4". Fuji Bikes. 21 March 2013. Retrieved 18 October 2013. 
  11. ^ "Feng Wins King of the Mountains Jersey at Taiwan". Cycling Illustrated. 24 March 2013. Archived from the original on 19 October 2013. Retrieved 18 October 2013. 
  12. ^ "Champion System's Chun Kai Feng Wins 4th Taiwan National Title". Fuji Bikes. 24 September 2013. Retrieved 18 October 2013. 
  13. ^ "Taiwan takes two cycling golds at East Asian Games". Radio Taiwan International. 13 October 2013. Archived from the original on 19 October 2013. Retrieved 18 October 2013. 
  14. ^ Phillips, Tony (14 October 2013). "Taiwanese cyclists strike gold at East Asian Games". Taipei Times. Retrieved 18 October 2013. 
  15. ^ "Chun Kai Feng first Taiwanese WorldTour rider". sbs.com.au. 6 November 2014. Archived from the original on 19 November 2014. Retrieved 12 April 2015. 

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