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March 11/14 13:11 pm - Tour de Taiwan: Stage 3 results


Posted by Editoress on 03/11/14
 

Dutchman Wouter Wippert (Drapac Professional Cycling) emerged as the winner of the close match that opposed him to Synergy Baku’s uphill sprinter Christoph Schweizer atop the 650 metres long climb leading to the magnificent statue of Baguashan Buddha in Changhua for the thrilling finale of stage 3 in the 2014 Tour de Taiwan.

“I came to the front with 300 metres to go”, Wippert described, “but that was too far away from the finish. I had to let Schweizer pass me before I made my final effort in the last 100 metres but it’s been tight till the very end.” The crowd called up for the photo-finish to determine the winner but it was the Dutchman who raised his arms up the air, indeed.

“This is my first race ever in Asia but I had time to look at the finishing uphill prior to the start, so I knew what kind of tactic to use”, Wippert explained. “It’s a great finale. It looks a bit like the Cauberg [the hilltop finish of the Amstel Gold Race and the 2012 world championships]. It was also the first real bunch sprint for me as I came second on stage 1 but I slipped in the second last corner so I couldn’t sprint as I wanted to. This time it went all at perfection.”

“Today I feel like I’ve just won my first pro race as it is my first ever victory in a category 1 race”, said the 23 year old who recently claimed two stages of the New Zealand classic and previously won a stage at the 2010 Tour of Slovakia, at the 2011 Tour of Berlin, at the 2011 Tour de l’Avenir (ahead of his compatriot Moreno Hofland who took stage 2 at Paris-Nice on Monday and the Tour of Hainan overall last year), and at the 2012 Triptyque Monts et Châteaux, all category 2 or U23 international races.

Crossing the line in third place while a crash behind him involved race favorite Wesley Sulzberger, also from Drapac, the 2008 winner of the Tour de Taiwan John Murphy from Unitedhealthcare collected four seconds bonus that brought him four seconds closer to overall leader Rémy Di Gregorio of La Pomme Marseille.

“But this is another good day for us”, said Di Gregorio who finished fourth, just ahead of Cannondale’s neo pro Davide Formolo who is a pure climber in the making. “I’ve literally loved this uphill finish. There should be more of finales like this one in cycling. It’s a fantastic venue for a bike race. This is my first time in Taiwan and I’m delighted. Leading the race gives us the responsibility to control the situation but Drapac actually helped us to close the gap.”

Tour de Taiwan

 

Results from the third stage in Taiwan

Stage 3: Changhua County, 143 km
1 Wouter Wippert (Ned) Drapac Professional Cycling 3:15:14
2 Christoph Schweizer (Ger) Synergy Baku Cycling Project at s.t.
3 John Murphy (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team 0:02
4 Rémy Di Gregorio (Fra) Team La Pomme Marseille 13
5 Davide Formolo (Ita) Cannondale
6 Georgios Bouglas (Gre) SP Tableware
7 Jiri Polnicky (Cze) Bauknecht - Author
8 Takashi Miyazawa (Jpn) Japan National Team
9 Jasper Ockeloen (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Cycling Team all s.t.
10 Marco Zanotti (Ita) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Cycling Team 0:06
11 Nur Amirul Fakhruddin Marzuki (Mas) Terengganu Cycling Team
12 Ioannis Tamouridis (Gre) SP Tableware
13 Jan Dieteren (Ger) Team Stölting
14 Kohei Uchima (Jpn) Japan National Team
15 Markus Eibegger (Aut) Synergy Baku Cycling Project
16 Benjamin Giraud (Fra) Team La Pomme Marseille 13
17 Remco Broers (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Cycling Team
18 Shih Hsin Hsiao (Tpe) Team Gusto
19 Cameron Wurf (Aus) Cannondale
20 Maarten De Jonge (Ned) Terengganu Cycling Team
21 Charles Planet (Fra) Team Novo Nordisk
22 Hossein Alizadeh (IRI) Tabriz Shahrdari Ranking
23 Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling
24 Brian Bulgac (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Cycling Team all s.t.
25 Khalil Khorshid (IRI) Tabriz Shahrdari Ranking 0:15
26 Oddbjorn Klomsten Andersen (Nor) Frøy - Bianchi
27 Nan Wu (Chn) Giant - Champion System Pro Cycling
28 Vadim Shaekhov (Uzb) Usbekistan National Team all s.t.
29 Christian Mager (Ger) Team Stölting 0:19
30 Yoann Paillot (Fra) Team La Pomme Marseille 13
31 Po Hung Wu (Tpe) Taiwan National Team
32 Chun Wing Leung (HKg) Hongkong National Team all s.t.
33 Joonas Henttala (Fin) Team Novo Nordisk 0:21
34 Chun Kai Feng (Tpe) Team Gusto
35 Christoph Springer (Ger) Team Vorarlberg
36 Thomas Vaubourzeix (Fra) Team La Pomme Marseille 13
37 Pawel Cieslik (Pol) Bauknecht - Author
38 Ruslan Karimov (Uzb) Usbekistan National Team
39 Shu Ming Liu (Tpe) Team Gusto
40 Kristian Engen Forbord (Nor) Frøy - Bianchi
41 Saeid Safarzadeh (IRI) Tabriz Shahrdari Ranking
42 Yusup Abrekov (Uzb) Usbekistan National Team
43 Georgios Karatzios (Gre) SP Tableware
44 Lijun Bai (Chn) Giant - Champion System Pro Cycling
45 Apostolos Bouglas (Gre) SP Tableware
46 Agshin Ismayilov (Aze) Synergy Baku Cycling Project
47 Kun Hung Hung (Tpe) Taiwan National Team
48 Wei Cheng Lee (Tpe) Team Gusto
49 Alireza Asgharzadeh (IRI) Tabriz Shahrdari Ranking all s.t.
50 Kamnabi Hossein Jahanbanian (IRI) Tabriz Shahrdari Ranking 0:31
51 Muhammad Zulhilmie Afif Ahmad Zamri (Mas) Terengganu Cycling Team
52 Yusrizal Usoff (Mas) Terengganu Cycling Team
53 Nicolas Lefrancois (Fra) Team Novo Nordisk
54 Dominik Hrinkow (Aut) Team Vorarlberg
55 Stephen Clancy (Irl) Team Novo Nordisk
56 Nicolas Baldo (Fra) Team Vorarlberg
57 Chun Hing Chan (HKg) Hongkong National Team
58 Jan Oelerich (Ger) Team Stölting
59 Periklis Ilias (Gre) SP Tableware
60 Grischa Janorschke (Ger) Team Vorarlberg all s.t.
61 Jean Marc Marino (Fra) Cannondale 0:41
62 Martin Hunal (Cze) Bauknecht - Author
63 Hao Liu (Chn) Giant - Champion System Pro Cycling
64 Muradjan Halmuratov (Uzb) Terengganu Cycling Team
65 Tomas Buchacek (Cze) Bauknecht - Author all s.t.
66 Nils Politt (Ger) Team Stölting 0:45
67 Justin Stuart Morris (Aus) Team Novo Nordisk 0:49
68 Jaap Kooijman (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Cycling Team 0:51
69 Aldo Ino Ilesic (Slo) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team
70 Phan Åge Haugård (Nor) Frøy - Bianchi both s.t.
71 Denis Shaymanov (Uzb) Usbekistan National Team 1:03
72 Hsin Hua Huang (Tpe) Taiwan National Team
73 Luke Keough (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team both s.t.
74 Yi Hao Tseng (Tpe) Taiwan National Team 1:08
75 En Chieh Liu (Tpe) Taiwan National Team
76 Hideto Nakane (Jpn) Japan National Team both s.t.
77 Zhong Yuan (Chn) Giant - Champion System Pro Cycling 1:11
78 King Lok Cheung (HKg) Hongkong National Team
79 Antoine Lavieu (Fra) Team La Pomme Marseille 13
80 Yasuharu Nakajima (Jpn) Japan National Team all s.t.
81 Henrik Evensen (Nor) Frøy - Bianchi 1:15
82 Malcom Rudolph (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling s.t.
83 Tim Gebauer (Ger) Team Stölting 1:18
84 Gleb Gorbachev (Uzb) Usbekistan National Team 1:23
85 Jan Sokol (Aut) Synergy Baku Cycling Project 1:31
86 Jan Kadúch (Cze) Bauknecht - Author 1:35
87 Edward King (USA) Cannondale
88 Ching Feng Liu (Tpe) Team Gusto both s.t.
89 Benjamin Johnson (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling 1:38
90 Robbie Hucker (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling 1:39
91 Samir Jabrayilov (Aze) Synergy Baku Cycling Project 1:43
92 Martyn Irvine (Irl) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team 1:45
93 Jeffry Louder (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team 1:59
94 Fabian Schnaidt (Ger) Team Vorarlberg 2:22
95 Shiki Kuroeda (Jpn) Japan National Team 2:55
DNF Guillaume Boivin (Can) Cannondale
 
GC
1 Rémy Di Gregorio (Fra) Team La Pomme Marseille 13 7:39:57
2 Benjamin Giraud (Fra) Team La Pomme Marseille 13 at 0:06
3 John Murphy (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team 0:07
4 Jan Dieteren (Ger) Team Stölting 0:10
5 Markus Eibegger (Aut) Synergy Baku Cycling Project 0:11
6 Marco Zanotti (Ita) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Cycling Team 0:12
7 Jiri Polnicky (Cze) Bauknecht - Author
8 Davide Formolo (Ita) Cannondale both s.t.
9 Cameron Wurf (Aus) Cannondale 0:15
10 Ioannis Tamouridis (Gre) SP Tableware 0:16
11 Kohei Uchima (Jpn) Japan National Team
12 Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling
13 Brian Bulgac (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Cycling Team all s.t.
14 Yoann Paillot (Fra) Team La Pomme Marseille 13 0:29
15 Thomas Vaubourzeix (Fra) Team La Pomme Marseille 13 0:31
16 Jean Marc Marino (Fra) Cannondale 0:51
17 Wouter Wippert (Ned) Drapac Professional Cycling 4:50
18 Christoph Schweizer (Ger) Synergy Baku Cycling Project 5:00
19 Georgios Bouglas (Gre) SP Tableware 5:04
20 Takashi Miyazawa (Jpn) Japan National Team 5:08
21 Jasper Ockeloen (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Cycling Team s.t.
22 Shih Hsin Hsiao (Tpe) Team Gusto 5:12
23 Charles Planet (Fra) Team Novo Nordisk
24 Maarten De Jonge (Ned) Terengganu Cycling Team
25 Hossein Alizadeh (IRI) Tabriz Shahrdari Ranking
26 Remco Broers (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Cycling Team all s.t.
27 Apostolos Bouglas (Gre) SP Tableware 5:19
28 Nan Wu (Chn) Giant - Champion System Pro Cycling 5:20
29 Vadim Shaekhov (Uzb) Usbekistan National Team 5:21
30 Khalil Khorshid (IRI) Tabriz Shahrdari Ranking
31 Oddbjorn Klomsten Andersen (Nor) Frøy - Bianchi both s.t.
32 Po Hung Wu (Tpe) Taiwan National Team 5:23
33 Georgios Karatzios (Gre) SP Tableware 5:27
34 Kun Hung Hung (Tpe) Taiwan National Team
35 Agshin Ismayilov (Aze) Synergy Baku Cycling Project
36 Christoph Springer (Ger) Team Vorarlberg
37 Pawel Cieslik (Pol) Bauknecht - Author
38 Joonas Henttala (Fin) Team Novo Nordisk
39 Ruslan Karimov (Uzb) Usbekistan National Team
40 Chun Kai Feng (Tpe) Team Gusto
41 Saeid Safarzadeh (IRI) Tabriz Shahrdari Ranking
42 Kristian Engen Forbord (Nor) Frøy - Bianchi
43 Shu Ming Liu (Tpe) Team Gusto
44 Wei Cheng Lee (Tpe) Team Gusto
45 Yusup Abrekov (Uzb) Usbekistan National Team
46 Alireza Asgharzadeh (IRI) Tabriz Shahrdari Ranking
47 Lijun Bai (Chn) Giant - Champion System Pro Cycling all s.t.
48 Nils Politt (Ger) Team Stölting 5:31
49 Muhammad Zulhilmie Afif Ahmad Zamri (Mas) Terengganu Cycling Team 5:37
50 Nicolas Lefrancois (Fra) Team Novo Nordisk
51 Grischa Janorschke (Ger) Team Vorarlberg
52 Stephen Clancy (Irl) Team Novo Nordisk
53 Chun Hing Chan (HKg) Hongkong National Team
54 Jan Oelerich (Ger) Team Stölting
55 Kamnabi Hossein Jahanbanian (IRI) Tabriz Shahrdari Ranking
56 Dominik Hrinkow (Aut) Team Vorarlberg all s.t.
57 Chun Wing Leung (HKg) Hongkong National Team 5:39
58 Christian Mager (Ger) Team Stölting 5:42
59 Tomas Buchacek (Cze) Bauknecht - Author 5:47
60 Martin Hunal (Cze) Bauknecht - Author
61 Hao Liu (Chn) Giant - Champion System Pro Cycling both s.t.
62 Aldo Ino Ilesic (Slo) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team 5:53
63 Phan Åge Haugård (Nor) Frøy - Bianchi 5:57
64 Jaap Kooijman (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Cycling Team s.t.
65 Luke Keough (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team 5:59
66 Denis Shaymanov (Uzb) Usbekistan National Team 6:09
67 Hsin Hua Huang (Tpe) Taiwan National Team s.t.
68 Yi Hao Tseng (Tpe) Taiwan National Team 6:14
69 King Lok Cheung (HKg) Hongkong National Team
70 En Chieh Liu (Tpe) Taiwan National Team both s.t.
71 Yasuharu Nakajima (Jpn) Japan National Team 6:17
72 Zhong Yuan (Chn) Giant - Champion System Pro Cycling
73 Antoine Lavieu (Fra) Team La Pomme Marseille 13 both s.t.
74 Malcom Rudolph (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling 6:21
75 Henrik Evensen (Nor) Frøy - Bianchi s.t.
76 Tim Gebauer (Ger) Team Stölting 6:24
77 Gleb Gorbachev (Uzb) Usbekistan National Team 6:29
78 Jan Sokol (Aut) Synergy Baku Cycling Project 6:35
79 Muradjan Halmuratov (Uzb) Terengganu Cycling Team 6:38
80 Ching Feng Liu (Tpe) Team Gusto 6:39
81 Jan Kadúch (Cze) Bauknecht - Author 6:41
82 Edward King (USA) Cannondale s.t.
83 Benjamin Johnson (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling 6:44
84 Robbie Hucker (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling 6:45
85 Samir Jabrayilov (Aze) Synergy Baku Cycling Project 6:49
86 Martyn Irvine (Irl) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team 6:51
87 Jeffry Louder (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team 7:05
88 Fabian Schnaidt (Ger) Team Vorarlberg 7:27
89 Shiki Kuroeda (Jpn) Japan National Team 8:01
90 Nicolas Baldo (Fra) Team Vorarlberg 11:21
91 Justin Stuart Morris (Aus) Team Novo Nordisk 11:53
92 Nur Amirul Fakhruddin Marzuki (Mas) Terengganu Cycling Team 12:27
93 Periklis Ilias (Gre) SP Tableware 12:52
94 Hideto Nakane (Jpn) Japan National Team 16:17
95 Yusrizal Usoff (Mas) Terengganu Cycling Team 20:28

 


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