Tour de Taiwan: Stage 3 report and result

Tour de Taiwan: Stage 3 report and result

Changhua - The largely uneventful stage three of the Tour de Taiwan 2010 saw the first bunch finish of the annual cycling series this year which also witnessed local hero Feng Chun Kai climbing into the red polka dot shirt of the king of the mountain at the end of the 136km ride.


The race which had begun atop the Baguashan Buddha and finish just a few metres down at the Foguang University saw the peloton being tested with a Cat-2 climb just after the Merida factory.

 

95 riders lined up at the starting line for stage 3. Photo courtesy by www.tourdetaiwan.org.tw

 

As Chun Kai of the ACTION Cycling Team said afterwards through his team manager Hus Jui Te, the aim of the team today was indeed the king of the mountain shirt which has been worn by Malaysia’s Rezuan Zainal for the last two days. “That was our aim,” said the Miaoli-born Chun Kai, who was the youngest contender in the Individual Point Race at the last Olympics in Beijing. “Our target was to take the KOM shirt today and we did just that when we planned our attack just before the Merida factory (at the 23km mark). “My team-mates led me out and that allowed me to be in front. We hope that we will have the chance to win the yellow jersey next.”

With a loud ’yes!’ just as his wheel crossed the finish line a whisker ahead of Suzuki Shinri (Shimano Racing Team) and Dean Downing (Rapha Condor Sharp), Japanese National Team’s Takashi Miyazawa expressed the domination of the riders from the Land of the Rising Sun for the second on a trot. Yesterday, Shimizu Miyataka from Team Bridgestone Anchor had taken stage two from Chiayi City Hall to Fengtien Temple.

 

Miyazawa Takashi took the stage win. Photo courtesy by www.tourdetaiwan.org.tw

 

And today, the breakaway did not occur until the last 40km mark with the three riders leading the attack up until the last two kilometres when the peloton came up for the finishing climb.

“Last year, I had some problems with the direction and did not do well even though I was in good shape. But this year, I am more determined,” said the 32-year-old Takashi, who also took the sprinter’s green jersey from David McCann of the Giant Asia Racing Team following his stage win. “I checked the climb here last night and I was pretty sure of what to expect. The finish was spectacular even though at one time, the lead we had over the peloton was well over five minutes. But I’m just happy I won.”

While McCann might have lost the sprint leader’s green jersey on the day, he will still be in the yellow for stage four tomorrow in Taichung City when he finished the day among the front pack. “The plan was not to do too much work and make the other teams do more of the work instead,” added McCann.

Podium(l-r): Best asian rider-Cheung King Wai (Hong Kong Team), GC winner - David McCann (GIANT Asia Racing Team) , KOM - Feng Chun Kai (ACTION Cycling Team) and stage winner -MIYAZAWA Takashi (Japan National Team). Photo courtesy by www.tourdetaiwan.org.tw

 

“The climb was not difficult and tomorrow, it will be a short flat race which should give us enough rest for the harder climb the day after (in Miaoli).” The blue jersey for the best-ranked Asian rider is still with Hong Kong’s Cheung King Wei, who had a little more work to do to keep a close watch on his nearest challenger Chun Kai.

 

Stage 3 results or for our full coverage of the race, with even more photos click on the links:

  1. Tour of Taiwan Stage One
  2. Tour de Taiwan Stage Two
  3. Tour de Taiwan Stage Three
  4. Tour de Taiwan Stage Four
  5. Tour de Taiwan Stage Five
  6. Tour de Taiwan Stage Six
  7. Tour de Taiwan Stage Seven

 

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