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March 10/14 11:33 am - Tour de Taiwan: Stage 2 results


Posted by Editoress on 03/10/14
 

Benjamin Giraud (La Pomme Marseille) won stage 2 of the Tour de Taiwan that featured an unprecedented finishing venue on an airport runway in Taoyuan. The win was a complete success for his French team (sponsored by Taiwanese cycles CKT) as Rémy Di Gregorio takes over the lead (through time bonuses) from Unitedhealthcare’s Luke Keough.

“I’m happy for the team”, Di Gregorio said. “It’s pretty special for me to become a race leader through intermediate sprints, as I’m a climber but not a sprinter, but I’ve realized from reading the road book that time bonus might be the decisive factor for the overall win. I’ve come here for that after riding strongly in the French early season races. I’m ambitious. But racing in Taiwan is a total discovery for me. I’m hoping that the terrain will favor my characteristics in the next two days.”

With two seconds lead over Giraud but mainly eleven seconds over former Tour de Taiwan winner John Murphy (Unitedhealthcare) and Cannondale’s trio formed of Cameron Wurf, Davide Formolo and another Frenchman, Jean-Marc Marino, Di Gregorio is in a perfect position for winning the first category one stage race of his career at the age of 28.

After putting the hammer down in the only climb of the day behind the lone leader Wu Nan of Giant-Champion System at half way into the 152km long stage, La Pomme Marseille was represented by four riders in the 16-man strong leading group that entered the final circuit with an advantage of 55 seconds. The gap grew to more than three minutes as the peloton gave up because of a demoralizing strong wind on the runway of Taoyuan military airport. It was blowing at up to 74km/h!

“I had to remain covered until the very last moment”, commented Giraud who was known as the fastest sprinter of the sixteen leaders. As he feared to be boxed in, Di Gregorio’s former FDJ team-mate Wesley Sulzberger now racing for Drapac felt he had to open the sprint. The finishing line was only 150 metres away but it was still too far to resist to the wind. Giraud overtook him with style with just 50 metres to go.

“This is my second stage win at the Tour de Taiwan after last year’s one”, noted the Frenchman who also claimed stage victories at the Tour of Qinghai Lake and the Tour of China in 2013. “I love the racing here and this very special finishing circuit made it a very interesting one. It was a good idea to make us arrive in an airport. The route wasn’t hard but the wind made it a very difficult race today. Now we have a yellow jersey to defend. We’ll give our best to keep it.”

Courtesy Tour de Taiwan

 

 

Results from the second stage of the Tour de Taiwan, in Taiwan

Stage 2: Taoyuan County, 152 km
1 Benjamin Giraud (Fra) Team La Pomme Marseille 13 3:18:29
2 Jan Dieteren (Ger) Team Stölting
3 Marco Zanotti (Ita) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Cycling Team
4 Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling
5 Jean Marc Marino (Fra) Cannondale
6 Markus Eibegger (Aut) Synergy Baku Cycling Project
7 Thomas Vaubourzeix (Fra) Team La Pomme Marseille 13
8 John Murphy (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team
9 Cameron Wurf (Aus) Cannondale
10 Jiri Polnicky (Cze) Bauknecht - Author
11 Ioannis Tamouridis (Gre) SP Tableware
12 Brian Bulgac (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Cycling Team
13 Rémy Di Gregorio (Fra) Team La Pomme Marseille 13
14 Davide Formolo (Ita) Cannondale
15 Yoann Paillot (Fra) Team La Pomme Marseille 13
16 Kohei Uchima (Jpn) Japan National Team all s.t.
17 Nils Politt (Ger) Team Stölting 4:36
18 Wouter Wippert (Ned) Drapac Professional Cycling 4:56
19 Georgios Bouglas (Gre) SP Tableware
20 Samir Jabrayilov (Aze) Synergy Baku Cycling Project
21 Christoph Schweizer (Ger) Synergy Baku Cycling Project
22 Grischa Janorschke (Ger) Team Vorarlberg
23 Phan Åge Haugård (Nor) Frøy - Bianchi
24 Charles Planet (Fra) Team Novo Nordisk
25 Jaap Kooijman (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Cycling Team
26 Nicolas Lefrancois (Fra) Team Novo Nordisk
27 Zhong Yuan (Chn) Giant - Champion System Pro Cycling
28 Joonas Henttala (Fin) Team Novo Nordisk
29 Denis Shaymanov (Uzb) Usbekistan National Team
30 Muhammad Zulhilmie Ahmad Zamri (Mas) Terengganu Cycling Team
31 Vadim Shaekhov (Uzb) Usbekistan National Team
32 Maarten De Jonge (Ned) Terengganu Cycling Team
33 Robbie Hucker (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling
34 Apostolos Bouglas (Gre) SP Tableware
35 Georgios Karatzios (Gre) SP Tableware
36 Jan Sokol (Aut) Synergy Baku Cycling Project
37 Po Hung Wu (Tpe) Taiwan National Team
38 Shih Hsin Hsiao (Tpe) Team Gusto
39 Jan Oelerich (Ger) Team Stölting
40 Martin Hunal (Cze) Bauknecht - Author
41 Agshin Ismayilov (Aze) Synergy Baku Cycling Project
42 Kun Hung Hung (Tpe) Taiwan National Team
43 Tomas Buchacek (Cze) Bauknecht - Author
44 Pawel Cieslik (Pol) Bauknecht - Author
45 Hossein Alizadeh (IRI) Tabriz Shahrdari Ranking
46 Yasuharu Nakajima (Jpn) Japan National Team
47 Chun Hing Chan (HKg) Hongkong National Team
48 Guillaume Boivin (Can) Cannondale
49 Kristian Engen Forbord (Nor) Frøy - Bianchi
50 Tim Gebauer (Ger) Team Stölting
51 Ching Feng Liu (Tpe) Team Gusto
52 Yi Hao Tseng (Tpe) Taiwan National Team
53 Christoph Springer (Ger) Team Vorarlberg
54 Takashi Miyazawa (Jpn) Japan National Team
55 Shiki Kuroeda (Jpn) Japan National Team
56 Shu Ming Liu (Tpe) Team Gusto
57 Stephen Clancy (Irl) Team Novo Nordisk
58 Edward King (USA) Cannondale
59 Malcom Rudolph (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling
60 Chun Kai Feng (Tpe) Team Gusto
61 Benjamin Johnson (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling
62 Henrik Evensen (Nor) Frøy - Bianchi
63 Wei Cheng Lee (Tpe) Team Gusto
64 Hsin Hua Huang (Tpe) Taiwan National Team
65 Jan Kadúch (Cze) Bauknecht - Author
66 En Chieh Liu (Tpe) Taiwan National Team
67 Saeid Safarzadeh (IRI) Tabriz Shahrdari Ranking
68 King Lok Cheung (HKg) Hongkong National Team
69 Khalil Khorshid (IRI) Tabriz Shahrdari Ranking
70 Antoine Lavieu (Fra) Team La Pomme Marseille 13
71 Aldo Ino Ilesic (Slo) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team
72 Kamnabi Hossein Jahanbanian (IRI) Tabriz Shahrdari Ranking
73 Luke Keough (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team
74 Alireza Asgharzadeh (IRI) Tabriz Shahrdari Ranking
75 Yusup Abrekov (Uzb) Usbekistan National Team
76 Gleb Gorbachev (Uzb) Usbekistan National Team
77 Ruslan Karimov (Uzb) Usbekistan National Team
78 Oddbjorn Klomsten Andersen (Nor) Frøy - Bianchi
79 Nan Wu (Chn) Giant - Champion System Pro Cycling
80 Hao Liu (Chn) Giant - Champion System Pro Cycling
81 Dominik Hrinkow (Aut) Team Vorarlberg
82 Lijun Bai (Chn) Giant - Champion System Pro Cycling
83 Jeffry Louder (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team
84 Muradjan Halmuratov (Uzb) Terengganu Cycling Team
85 Remco Broers (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Cycling Team
86 Fabian Schnaidt (Ger) Team Vorarlberg
87 Jasper Ockeloen (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Cycling Team
88 Martyn Irvine (Irl) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team all s.t.
89 Chun Wing Leung (HKg) Hongkong National Team 5:10
90 Nicolas Baldo (Fra) Team Vorarlberg 5:13
91 Christian Mager (Ger) Team Stölting s.t.
92 Justin Stuart Morris (Aus) Team Novo Nordisk 10:54
93 Periklis Ilias (Gre) SP Tableware 12:11
94 Nur Amirul Fakhruddin Marzuki (Mas) Terengganu Cycling Team s.t.
95 Hideto Nakane (Jpn) Japan National Team 14:03
96 Yusrizal Usoff (Mas) Terengganu Cycling Team 19:47
DNF Kwun Wan Law (HKg) Hongkong National Team
 
GC
1 Rémy Di Gregorio (Fra) Team La Pomme Marseille 13 4:24:41
2 Benjamin Giraud (Fra) Team La Pomme Marseille 13 at 0:02
3 Jan Dieteren (Ger) Team Stölting 0:06
4 Markus Eibegger (Aut) Synergy Baku Cycling Project 0:07
5 Marco Zanotti (Ita) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Cycling Team 0:08
6 John Murphy (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team 0:11
7 Cameron Wurf (Aus) Cannondale s.t.
8 Ioannis Tamouridis (Gre) SP Tableware 0:12
9 Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling
10 Kohei Uchima (Jpn) Japan National Team
11 Jiri Polnicky (Cze) Bauknecht - Author
12 Thomas Vaubourzeix (Fra) Team La Pomme Marseille 13
13 Davide Formolo (Ita) Cannondale
14 Brian Bulgac (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Cycling Team
15 Jean Marc Marino (Fra) Cannondale
16 Yoann Paillot (Fra) Team La Pomme Marseille 13 all s.t.
17 Nils Politt (Ger) Team Stölting 4:48
18 Luke Keough (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team 4:58
19 Apostolos Bouglas (Gre) SP Tableware 5:00
20 Wouter Wippert (Ned) Drapac Professional Cycling 5:02
21 Georgios Bouglas (Gre) SP Tableware 5:04
22 Aldo Ino Ilesic (Slo) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team 5:05
23 Jan Sokol (Aut) Synergy Baku Cycling Project 5:06
24 Po Hung Wu (Tpe) Taiwan National Team s.t.
25 Nan Wu (Chn) Giant - Champion System Pro Cycling 5:07
26 Fabian Schnaidt (Ger) Team Vorarlberg s.t.
27 Christoph Schweizer (Ger) Synergy Baku Cycling Project 5:08
28 Samir Jabrayilov (Aze) Synergy Baku Cycling Project
29 Phan Åge Haugård (Nor) Frøy - Bianchi
30 Charles Planet (Fra) Team Novo Nordisk
31 Shih Hsin Hsiao (Tpe) Team Gusto
32 Muhammad Zulhilmie Ahmad Zamri (Mas) Terengganu Cycling Team
33 Guillaume Boivin (Can) Cannondale
34 Jaap Kooijman (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Cycling Team
35 Shiki Kuroeda (Jpn) Japan National Team
36 Tomas Buchacek (Cze) Bauknecht - Author
37 Nicolas Lefrancois (Fra) Team Novo Nordisk
38 Georgios Karatzios (Gre) SP Tableware
39 Kun Hung Hung (Tpe) Taiwan National Team
40 Grischa Janorschke (Ger) Team Vorarlberg
41 Maarten De Jonge (Ned) Terengganu Cycling Team
42 Martin Hunal (Cze) Bauknecht - Author
43 Agshin Ismayilov (Aze) Synergy Baku Cycling Project
44 Hossein Alizadeh (IRI) Tabriz Shahrdari Ranking
45 Robbie Hucker (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling
46 Takashi Miyazawa (Jpn) Japan National Team
47 Ching Feng Liu (Tpe) Team Gusto
48 Denis Shaymanov (Uzb) Usbekistan National Team
49 Vadim Shaekhov (Uzb) Usbekistan National Team
50 Pawel Cieslik (Pol) Bauknecht - Author
51 Christoph Springer (Ger) Team Vorarlberg
52 Joonas Henttala (Fin) Team Novo Nordisk
53 Khalil Khorshid (IRI) Tabriz Shahrdari Ranking
54 Yasuharu Nakajima (Jpn) Japan National Team
55 Jan Kadúch (Cze) Bauknecht - Author
56 Tim Gebauer (Ger) Team Stölting
57 Hsin Hua Huang (Tpe) Taiwan National Team
58 Jasper Ockeloen (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Cycling Team
59 Zhong Yuan (Chn) Giant - Champion System Pro Cycling
60 Stephen Clancy (Irl) Team Novo Nordisk
61 Malcom Rudolph (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling
62 Ruslan Karimov (Uzb) Usbekistan National Team
63 Henrik Evensen (Nor) Frøy - Bianchi
64 Yi Hao Tseng (Tpe) Taiwan National Team
65 Chun Kai Feng (Tpe) Team Gusto
66 Saeid Safarzadeh (IRI) Tabriz Shahrdari Ranking
67 Jan Oelerich (Ger) Team Stölting
68 Chun Hing Chan (HKg) Hongkong National Team
69 King Lok Cheung (HKg) Hongkong National Team
70 Edward King (USA) Cannondale
71 Remco Broers (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Cycling Team
72 Kristian Engen Forbord (Nor) Frøy - Bianchi
73 Antoine Lavieu (Fra) Team La Pomme Marseille 13
74 En Chieh Liu (Tpe) Taiwan National Team
75 Gleb Gorbachev (Uzb) Usbekistan National Team
76 Wei Cheng Lee (Tpe) Team Gusto
77 Kamnabi Hossein Jahanbanian (IRI) Tabriz Shahrdari Ranking
78 Benjamin Johnson (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling
79 Alireza Asgharzadeh (IRI) Tabriz Shahrdari Ranking
80 Shu Ming Liu (Tpe) Team Gusto
81 Yusup Abrekov (Uzb) Usbekistan National Team
82 Oddbjorn Klomsten Andersen (Nor) Frøy - Bianchi
83 Martyn Irvine (Irl) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team
84 Dominik Hrinkow (Aut) Team Vorarlberg
85 Lijun Bai (Chn) Giant - Champion System Pro Cycling
86 Jeffry Louder (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team
87 Hao Liu (Chn) Giant - Champion System Pro Cycling all s.t.
88 Chun Wing Leung (HKg) Hongkong National Team 5:22
89 Christian Mager (Ger) Team Stölting 5:25
90 Muradjan Halmuratov (Uzb) Terengganu Cycling Team 5:59
91 Nicolas Baldo (Fra) Team Vorarlberg 10:52
92 Justin Stuart Morris (Aus) Team Novo Nordisk 11:06
93 Periklis Ilias (Gre) SP Tableware 12:23
94 Nur Amirul Fakhruddin Marzuki (Mas) Terengganu Cycling Team 12:23
95 Hideto Nakane (Jpn) Japan National Team 15:11
96 Yusrizal Usoff (Mas) Terengganu Cycling Team 19:59

 


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