Wang Jianlin reached out to the UCI with an intriguing offer. His Wanda Group wanted to create a new stage race in China.
As part of the wide-ranging deal, China will also host the UCI’s Cycling Gala next year and a women's race in 2018.
Wang Jianlin, whose Dalian Wanda Group purchased the Ironman brand last year, might also be interested in ASO — and the Tour.
With RCS Sport facing financial troubles, it seems possible that China's richest man could become a major player in pro cycling.
Wang Jianlin, China's richest person, is reportedly in talks to buy one — or more — of cycling's grand tours.