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Kam Po Wong is a superstar at home in Asia

Kam Po Wong is a superstar at home in Asia (Image credit: Steve Thomas)

At 33-years of age, Kam PO Wong is certainly in the later stages of his career but that hasn't stopped the Chinese rider from achieving in the sport he loves most. With another Asia Games medal now in his trophy cabinet Wong tells Cyclingnews' Steve Thomas that there's at least one more Olympic Games left in him.

As we sat in a hotel lobby between stages of the Tour of South China Sea, Kam PO Wong's home stage race, it was blatantly obvious that I was in the company of a local superstar. The hotel staff were all peering and grinning from behind half opened doors, then one girl nervously came over with here mobile phone and asked for a photo, she was literally jumping up and down with glee at meeting one of Hong Kong's biggest sporting heroes. It seems as though this humble bike rider is almost as big as Jacky Chan in these parts!

I first met Wong about seven years ago, and did a little digging into his track record. This guy was without doubt one of the most promising bike riders around back then and the hottest thing to come out of Asia since curry powder. Hailing from the small island enclave of Hong Kong, where there are almost no rideable roads, Wong has gone on to win just about every race in Asia, or at least stages in them, as well as winning regularly in Europe and Australia.

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Laura Weislo has been with Cyclingnews since 2006 after making a switch from a career in science. As Deputy Editor, she coordinates coverage for North American events and global news. A former elite-level road racer who dabbled in cyclo-cross and track, Laura has a passion for all three disciplines. When not working she likes to go camping and explore lesser traveled roads, paths and gravel tracks.