Amidst a top-quality field that includes four ProContinental teams, and with the absence of defending champion Rhys Pollock, Australia’s Drapac Cycling team is guaranteed a challenging week ahead if it wishes to focus its efforts on the general classification prize for a second successive year in this year’s Tour de Taiwan.
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A marked contrast hung over today’s final Tour de Taiwan stage. While the profile of the 126 kilometre parcours around Kaohsiung suggested no other possibility than a bunch sprint, the points jersey and general classification leaders had time advantages so tenuous that the entire race was wide open.
Following a ceremonial circuit of Tainan’s City Hall, the 85 starters competing in today’s sixth Tour de Taiwan stage would traverse a rolling 100 kilometres, before transitioning into a moderate final climb (300m elevation) with a steep pure-sprinter-unfriendly pinch at the end.
The articles at Cycling iQ fit into one of two core streams; the bicycle industry and road cycling in Asia. Though inextricably linked, the Tour de Taiwan once again facilitated a very visible confluence of these two streams; passing the sprawling headquarters of Merida Bicycles in Changhua County.
Saxo Bank, the only ProTeam present amongst the 19 participating teams at this year’s Tour de Taiwan, today got the stage win most pundits would have expected from the first division squad. Could the delayed “inevitability” of a Saxo Bank victory hint at a shrinking qualitative gap between Asia and Europe?
Possibly taking a leaf out of “How to dominate a stage race, by Andrea Guardini”, in-form Genesys Wealth Advisers all-rounder, Anthony Giacoppo, claimed the second of his Tour de Taiwan stage wins only three days into the week-long event. Fellow Aussie, Rhys Pollock (Drapac) slipped into yellow.
Veteran Hong Kong cyclist Wong Kam Po today confirmed the form that led to his 2012 Asian Road Cycling Championship win in Malaysia last month. Today’s second stage covered 112 kilometres (or 118.01 kilometres, or 135 kilometres, depending on the official communication) and included three categorised climbs – but none too challenging for a motivated … Continue reading
For the last three days, bicycle industry “suits” (polo shirts, really) have existed within a rigid framework of hotels, exhibitions and client dinner parties – all driven by the blinkered focus of dealmaking. Until now, there had been no escape. But today, they could choose the red pill.
For teams arriving into Taipei from last week’s Le Tour de Langkawi, the Tour de Taiwan is sure to please – at least topographically speaking. With a more challenging profile than its Malaysian counterpart, sprinters will have a much harder time dominating stages. The cherry on top for the 2012 edition is an upgraded (2.1) … Continue reading