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September 21/99 6:40 am - Taiwan Quake, B.C. News, Hokkaido, Vuelta

Posted by Editor on 09/21/99

Taiwan Earthquake

By now, you have probably heard about the horrific earthquake that hit Taiwan just before 2:00 am (local time). While the capital of Taipei was affected (particularly with one hotel collapsing), the epicentre was further south, around Taichung. Taichung is the centre of the Taiwanese bicycle industry, with companies such as Giant, Diamondback, Haro, Kinesis, etc. all located there. Given that Taiwan is the largest exporter of bikes in the world, the potential damage to the bike industry is substantial. We have received word that, so far, the word is good for the bicycle industry. This information came secondhand, from someone who was contacted by cellphone by Haro. The contact says that Haro escaped damage, as did fork manufacturer Kinesis. The main problem now is the lack of electric, closed roads so that they can not receive parts from suppliers, etc. We will pass on more information as it becomes available.

Tour de Hokkaido, Japan
(courtesy Kris Westwood)

Charles Dionne won yesterday‚s final stage of the Tour de Hokkaido, a criterium decided by points, by accumulating almost twice as many points as the second placed rider. The Irish team, who before the stage had decided to make a run at the overall general classification and leave the points standings to us, unfortunately failed to take advantage of the intermediate sprint time bonuses and saw no improvement in their placings.

Even though the overall standings were very close coming into the stage (the first six riders were covered by just 16 seconds, and the first ten by less than a minute), the race resulted in a status quo. Ken Hashikawa of the Bridgestone Anchor team defended his slim, seven-second margin to take the overall win. The biggest shuffle was in the points standings: Charles Dionne vaulted from fourth to first overall after accumulating more points in one stage than in the rest of the tour.

The final stage was the highlight of the Tour for the Canadian team. Unfortunately, the rest of the race didn‚t go all that well. The team had been dealt a blow when Pascal Choquette was forced to quit due to a wrist injury in the first stage, and our boys missed a couple of crucial moves later in the race. However, the stage and points win were what we needed to make the Tour a positive experience. - Kris Westwood

Stage 5 - 100.8 km

1. Charles DIONNE 41 pts
2. Makoto IIJIMA (JPN/Sumita Ravanello) 25 pts
3. Min Soo PARK (KOR) 21pts
4. Ciaran POWER (IRL) 20 pts
5. Kyoshi MIURA (JPN/Ezak) 9 pts

Rob BAILLIE and Bruno LANGLOIS both were lapped and pulled from the race.

74 riders started, 45 riders classified

Final GC

1. Ken HASHIKAWA (JPN/Bridgestone Anchor)
2. Yoshiyuki ABE (JPN/Shimano) at 0:09
3. Kazuyuki MANABE (JPN/Miyata Subaru) at 0:17
4. Philippe MAUDUIT (FRA/Nippon Hodo) at 0:18
5. Eugene MORIARTY (IRL) at 0:19

18. Charles DIONNE 1:54
29. Martin SAINT-LAURENT 2:34
48. Robin BAILLIE 20:56
50. Bruno LANGLOIS 21:49

Final overall points winner:

Charles DIONNE

Final overall team winner:

IRELAND (Canada: 10th)

Final overall mountain points winner:

Shinri SUZUKI (JPN/Shimano)

Coca Cola Classic, Mount Washington, Vancouver Island BC

Pro-Elite Men XC
1 SHAPPERD, Bryn Simons Cycles/kona 1:35:34
2 USBORNE, Matthew Oryx-procycle Team 1:26
3 POWSEY, Matthew Simons Cycles/kona 3:37

Senior Women XC
1 BISARO, Kiara Marin/forbidden Cycles 1:23:59
2 HUGHES, Lisa Copper Canyon Cycles 16:01
3 GWYNNE, Joanne Oak Bay Bicycle 18:10
4 HANELT, Kelly 21:09
5 MORISSEAU, Wendy 44:36

Junior Men XC
1 CONDRON, Ian Physical Culture/coast 1:22:19
2 DOLAN, Gus Campbell River Sprocket 12:59
3 DEMIDOW, Martin Bike Cellar/chek-tv Club 33:00
LUNN, Craig Santa Cruz/ Giro DNF

Pro-Elite Men DH
1 MAY, Leon Marin/Forbidden Cycles 5:09.63
2 SAUNDERS, Curtis Oak Bay Bicycle 0:26.73
3 TEGHTMEYER, John Tatonka 0:31.17
4 ADSIT, Cory Scared Wear/ Street To Peak 0:31.28
5 MANDRYK, Bill Rocky Mountain 0:42.00
6 KOEL, Derek Arrowsmith Mountain Bike Club 0:50.47

Junior Men DH
1 KARY, Aaron Arrowsmith Mtn Bike/bell 6:16.77
2 MORRISON, Jackson Marty's Mountain Cycle 0:09.60
3 SLOAN, Christopher Bike Cellar/chek-tv/martys 0:11.81
4 LUNN, Craig Santa Cruz/ Giro 0:14.24

1 MORISSEAU, Wendy44.64

September 19th, 20th Full DH and XC results can be found at:

Vuelta a Espana

Stage 16 - Valencia to Teruel 200 km

1 Frank Vandenbroucke (Bel) Cofidis 5:20:41
2 Jon Odriozola Mugarza (Esp) Banesto at 0:03
3 Francisco Cabello Luque (Esp) Kelme-Costa Blanca 4:44
4 Andrei Zintchenko (Rus) Vitalicio Seguros
5 Oscar Camenzind (Sui) Lampre-Daikin
6 Michel Lafis (Swe) TVM-Farm Frites all s.t.
7 Gianni Faresin (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step 4:46
8 Aitor Osa Eizaguirre (Esp) Banesto s.t.
9 Juan C. Vicario Barbera (Esp) Fuenlabrada 4:49
10 David Garcia Marquina (Esp) Vitalicio Seguros 4:58


1 Jan Ullrich (Ger) Team Deutsche Telekom 69:36:41
2 Igor Gonzalez Galdeano (Esp) Vitalicio Seguros at 0:49
3 Roberto Heras Hernandez (Esp) Kelme-Costa Blanca 2:35
4 Jose M. Jimenez Sastre (Esp) Banesto 3:35
5 Pavel Tonkov (Rus) Mapei-Quick Step 3:45
6 Jose L. Rubiera Vigil (Esp) Kelme-Costa Blanca 4:23
7 Manuel Beltran Martinez (Esp) Banesto 5:05
8 Angel Casero (Esp) Vitalicio Seguros 5:19
9 Leonardo Piepoli (Ita) Banesto 6:00
10 Ivan Parra (Col) Vitalicio Seguros 8:08


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