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

PHOTO CREDIT: REUTERS/FELIX ORDONEZ

(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)