Sohrabi takes stage and overall lead

Iranian bests defending Tour de Taiwan champion McCann on uphill finish

Mehdi Sohrabi (Tabriz Petrochemical Team) continued his recent run of good form as he won stage two ahead of breakaway companion David McCann (Giant Kenda), the defending race champion. The 29-year-old Iranian, fresh off his recent win in the Jelajeh Malaysia stage race, was too much for McCann on the uphill finish as he crossed the line three seconds clear of the Irishman.

Shinri Suzuki (Shimano Racing Team) took the sprint for third from a 21-rider chase group, 1:08 behind Sohrabi.

"I believe that I have more experience in a sprint like this," said Sohrabi. "He might challenge me for the jersey in the next few days but I think that I have enough in me to be competitive.

"I'm happy to win the stage and also take over the yellow jersey. But every day is a new race and we have to be prepared for anything."

With the stage win, Sohrabi also grabbed race leader's yellow jersey with a seven-second advantage over McCann. Overnight leader Adam Phelan (Drapac) drops to third overall, 1:12 back, but the Australian still leads the best young rider classification.

"Today was the first real stage and it was tough," said Phelan. "The last climb was a real test on the legs but I knew that things can easily change.

"There were a lot of attacking today and that made it really hard. But the days are still long and there are several more stages to go, I believe that we still have the chance to make a challenge."

Just two kilometres after the start at the New Taipei City Hall, local rider Feng Chun Kai (Action Cycling Team) went on the attack and scooped up the first KOM points at Huai En Plaza 21 kilometres later.

Feng Chun Kai was then joined by Lachlan Norris (Drapac) and Herwin Jaya (Polygon Sweet Nice) but the trio were brought back prior to the first intermediate sprint, taken by Herwin's teammate Bambang Suryadi.

Immediately after the sprint, a group of five riders separated themselves from the peloton: Mehdi Sohrabi (Tabriz Petrochemical Team), Kyung Gu Jang (Korea), Chi Ho Yuen (Hong Kong), Amir Rusli (Drapac) and Michael Creed (Kelly Benefit Strategies-OptumHealth).

Sohrabi picked up the second KOM, a Cat. 3 at Ren Ai Home, and also the third KOM, a Cat. 2 before Wanli Clock Tower.

The biggest gap between the five riders and the peloton was slightly over two minutes, but their attack was neutralised on the descent into Linshanbi.

The peloton soon split, however, with 24 riders forming the lead group in the race finale. Approaching the 2km to go marker, Sohrabi and McCann launched the decisive attack as the road sloped upwards through to the finish line.

Despite the gallant effort of McCann, there was just no stopping Sohrabi who not only won the stage and leader's jersey, but also earned the mountain classification leader's red jersey and also the blue jersey for the best-ranked Asian rider.

On Tuesday, the peloton faces the 114km stage three which contains three intermediate sprints as well as two KOMs, including the Cat. 3 climb to the finish.

Full Results
1Mehdi Sohrabi (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Team2:50:15 
2David McCann (Irl) Giant Kenda Cycling Team0:00:03 
3Shinri Suzuki (Jpn) Shimano Racing Team0:01:08 
4Junpei Murakami (Jpn) Shimano Racing Team  
5Adam Phelan (Aus) Drapac  
6Kyung Gu Jang (Kor) Korea  
7Hayato Yoshida (Jpn) Japan  
8Henry Frusto (Ita) d'Angelo & Antenucci - Nippo  
9Markus Eibegger (Aut) Tabriz Petrochemical Team  
10Chun Hing Chan (HKg) Hong Kong  
11Peng Da Jiao (Chn) Max Success Sports  
12Daniel Bowman (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies - OptumHealth  
13Kin San Wu (HKg) Champion System  
14Jai Crawford (Aus) Giant Kenda Cycling Team  
15Junya Sano (Jpn) d'Angelo & Antenucci - Nippo  
16Lachlan Norris (Aus) Drapac  
17Ghader Mizbani Eranagh (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Team  
18Yuzuru Suzuki (Jpn) Shimano Racing Team  
19Davide Torosantucci (Ita) d'Angelo & Antenucci - Nippo  
20Floris Goesinnen (Ned) Drapac  
21Hossein Askari (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Team  
22Michael Creed (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies - OptumHealth  
23Hyosuk Gong (Kor) Korea  
24Adam Semple (Aus) Drapac0:01:52 
25Sung Baek Park (Kor) Korea  
26Wei-Cheng Lee (Tpe) Action Cycling Team  
27Po-Hung Wu (Tpe) Team Senter-Merida Taiwan  
28Chan Jae Jang (Kor) Korea  
29Vries, De Harm (Ned) Netherlands  
30Alex Candelario (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies - OptumHealth  
31Mohd Rauf Nur Misbah (Mas) Malaysia  
32Hao Liu (Chn) Max Success Sports  
33Hsin-Hua Huang (Tpe) Team Senter-Merida Taiwan  
34Rhys Pollock (Aus) Drapac  
35Yat Wai Chan (HKg) Hong Kong  
36Shu-Ming Liu (Tpe) Exustar Cycling Team  
37Amir Rusli (Mas) Drapac  
38Chi Ho Yuen (HKg) Hong Kong  
39Julian Kyer (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies - OptumHealth  
40Michael Friedman (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies - OptumHealth  
41Herwin Jaya (Ina) Polygon Sweet Nice  
42Burger Leon (Ned) Netherlands  
43Rico Rogers (NZl) Giant Kenda Cycling Team  
44Takeaki Ayabe (Jpn) Japan  
45Miyataka Shimizu (Jpn) Japan  
46Kam Po Wong (HKg) Hong Kong  
47Yusuke Hatanaka (Jpn) Shimano Racing Team  
48Alex Coutts (GBr) Giant Kenda Cycling Team  
49Behnam Khalili Khosroshahi (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Team  
50Cheng-Yen Chen (Tpe) Team Senter-Merida Taiwan  
51Wai Man Chau (HKg) Champion System  
52Dean Windsor (Aus) Rapha Condor - Sharp  
53Sea Keong Loh (Mas) Malaysia  
54Shih-Chang Huang (Tpe) Action Cycling Team  
55Shih-Hsin Hsiao (Tpe) Action Cycling Team  
56Ryan Sherlock (Irl) Giant Kenda Cycling Team  
57Chin-Feng Liu (Tpe) Exustar Cycling Team  
58Ying Hon Yeung (HKg) Hong Kong  
59Kenji Itami (Jpn) Japan  
60En Huang (Chn) Max Success Sports  
61Chun-Kai Feng (Tpe) Action Cycling Team  
62Ben Greenwood (GBr) Rapha Condor - Sharp  
63Ryota Nishizono (Jpn) Shimano Racing Team  
64Kazuki Aoyanagi (Jpn) Shimano Racing Team  
65Mart Ojavee (Est) Champion System  
66Guillaume Bourgeois (Swi) Champion System  
67Bernardo Riccio (Ita) d'Angelo & Antenucci - Nippo  
68Dean Downing (GBr) Rapha Condor - Sharp  
69Tom Southam (GBr) Rapha Condor - Sharp  
70Fan Hsin Chu (Tpe) Giant Kenda Cycling Team  
71Taiji Nishitani (Jpn) Japan  
72Chia-Chun Chen (Tpe) Exustar Cycling Team0:02:05 
73Sai Fei Xue (Chn) Max Success Sports0:06:36 
74Che-Wei Hu (Tpe) Team Senter-Merida Taiwan  
75Eun Seong Jeong (Kor) Korea0:06:38 
76Mohd Faris Abdul Razak (Mas) Malaysia  
77Michael Sherer (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies - OptumHealth  
78Chun-Liang Pan (Tpe) Action Cycling Team  
79Wel Van Ruud (Ned) Netherlands  
80Yi-Hao Tseng (Tpe) Team Senter-Merida Taiwan  
81Jaan Kirsipuu (Est) Champion System  
82Kun-Hung Hung (Tpe) Team Senter-Merida Taiwan0:09:33 
83Wen-Lung Chien (Tpe) Exustar Cycling Team0:09:36 
84Mohd Nor Rizuan Zainal (Mas) Malaysia0:09:38 
85Suhardi Hassan (Mas) Malaysia  
86Kun Jiang (Chn) Max Success Sports  
87James McCallum (GBr) Rapha Condor - Sharp  
88Bambang Suryadi (Ina) Polygon Sweet Nice  
89Jimmy Pranata (Ina) Polygon Sweet Nice  
90Hui Zhang (Chn) Max Success Sports  
91Springintveld Joost (Ned) Netherlands  
92Vriend Rudy (Ned) Netherlands  
93Sergey Kudentsov (Rus) Polygon Sweet Nice  
94Boris Shpilevskiy (Rus) Tabriz Petrochemical Team  
95Siu Wah Ko (HKg) Hong Kong0:14:54 
96Masaaki Kukuchi (Jpn) d'Angelo & Antenucci - Nippo  
97Shinichi Fukushima (Jpn) Japan  
98Mohd Zamri Saleh (Mas) Malaysia  
99Roger Beuchat (Swi) Champion System0:20:28 
DNFAntonius Christopher Tjondrokusumo (Ina) Polygon Sweet Nice  
DNFTing-Chuan Chang (Tpe) Exustar Cycling Team  
Sprint 1 - ShiMen Jr. High, 37.6km
1Bambang Suryadi (Ina) Polygon Sweet Nice5pts
2Lachlan Norris (Aus) Drapac3 
3Chun-Kai Feng (Tpe) Action Cycling Team2 
4Kun Jiang (Chn) Max Success Sports1 
Sprint 2 - 7-Eleven, 97.8km
1David McCann (Irl) Giant Kenda Cycling Team5pts
2Ghader Mizbani Eranagh (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Team3 
3Lachlan Norris (Aus) Drapac2 
4Yuzuru Suzuki (Jpn) Shimano Racing Team1 
Mountain 1 - Huaien (Cat. 2) 23.1km
1Chun-Kai Feng (Tpe) Action Cycling Team6pts
2Herwin Jaya (Ina) Polygon Sweet Nice4 
3Lachlan Norris (Aus) Drapac2 
4Mohd Nor Rizuan Zainal (Mas) Malaysia1 
Mountain 2 - Ren Ai Home (Cat. 3) 59.5km
1Mehdi Sohrabi (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Team3pts
2Kyung Gu Jang (Kor) Korea2 
3Chi Ho Yuen (HKg) Hong Kong1 
Mountain 3 - Bei Route 28 (Cat. 2) 79.5km
1Mehdi Sohrabi (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Team6pts
2Kyung Gu Jang (Kor) Korea4 
3David McCann (Irl) Giant Kenda Cycling Team2 
4Ghader Mizbani Eranagh (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Team1 
General classification after stage 2
1Mehdi Sohrabi (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Team4:14:33 
2David McCann (Irl) Giant Kenda Cycling Team0:00:07 
3Adam Phelan (Aus) Drapac0:01:12 
4Shinri Suzuki (Jpn) Shimano Racing Team0:01:15 
5Junya Sano (Jpn) d'Angelo & Antenucci - Nippo0:01:17 
6Lachlan Norris (Aus) Drapac0:01:18 
7Junpei Murakami (Jpn) Shimano Racing Team0:01:19 
8Michael Creed (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies - OptumHealth0:01:21 
9Daniel Bowman (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies - OptumHealth0:01:22 
10Markus Eibegger (Aut) Tabriz Petrochemical Team  
11Henry Frusto (Ita) d'Angelo & Antenucci - Nippo0:01:23 
12Yuzuru Suzuki (Jpn) Shimano Racing Team0:01:25 
13Floris Goesinnen (Ned) Drapac  
14Davide Torosantucci (Ita) d'Angelo & Antenucci - Nippo  
15Hossein Askari (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Team0:01:26 
16Kyung Gu Jang (Kor) Korea  
17Kin San Wu (HKg) Champion System  
18Ghader Mizbani Eranagh (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Team  
19Hayato Yoshida (Jpn) Japan  
20Jai Crawford (Aus) Giant Kenda Cycling Team  
21Chun Hing Chan (HKg) Hong Kong0:01:27 
22Hyosuk Gong (Kor) Korea0:01:28 
23Peng Da Jiao (Chn) Max Success Sports0:01:31 
24Mart Ojavee (Est) Champion System0:01:56 
25Dean Downing (GBr) Rapha Condor - Sharp0:01:58 
26Michael Friedman (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies - OptumHealth  
27Rico Rogers (NZl) Giant Kenda Cycling Team  
28Alex Candelario (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies - OptumHealth0:01:59 
29Bernardo Riccio (Ita) d'Angelo & Antenucci - Nippo0:02:00 
30Taiji Nishitani (Jpn) Japan0:02:02 
31Po-Hung Wu (Tpe) Team Senter-Merida Taiwan  
32Sung Baek Park (Kor) Korea  
33Wei-Cheng Lee (Tpe) Action Cycling Team  
34Chan Jae Jang (Kor) Korea0:02:03 
35Dean Windsor (Aus) Rapha Condor - Sharp  
36Shih-Hsin Hsiao (Tpe) Action Cycling Team0:02:04 
37Vries, De Harm (Ned) Netherlands  
38Chun-Kai Feng (Tpe) Action Cycling Team  
39Tom Southam (GBr) Rapha Condor - Sharp0:02:05 
40Guillaume Bourgeois (Swi) Champion System  
41Alex Coutts (GBr) Giant Kenda Cycling Team  
42Kazuki Aoyanagi (Jpn) Shimano Racing Team  
43Julian Kyer (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies - OptumHealth0:02:06 
44Hao Liu (Chn) Max Success Sports  
45Adam Semple (Aus) Drapac0:02:07 
46Ying Hon Yeung (HKg) Hong Kong0:02:08 
47Rhys Pollock (Aus) Drapac  
48Takeaki Ayabe (Jpn) Japan  
49Ben Greenwood (GBr) Rapha Condor - Sharp  
50Behnam Khalili Khosroshahi (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Team  
51Ryota Nishizono (Jpn) Shimano Racing Team  
52Hsin-Hua Huang (Tpe) Team Senter-Merida Taiwan0:02:09 
53Chin-Feng Liu (Tpe) Exustar Cycling Team  
54Yusuke Hatanaka (Jpn) Shimano Racing Team  
55Shih-Chang Huang (Tpe) Action Cycling Team0:02:10 
56Kam Po Wong (HKg) Hong Kong0:02:11 
57Kenji Itami (Jpn) Japan  
58Shu-Ming Liu (Tpe) Exustar Cycling Team  
59Burger Leon (Ned) Netherlands0:02:12 
60Wai Man Chau (HKg) Champion System0:02:13 
61Ryan Sherlock (Irl) Giant Kenda Cycling Team  
62Herwin Jaya (Ina) Polygon Sweet Nice  
63Miyataka Shimizu (Jpn) Japan  
64En Huang (Chn) Max Success Sports0:02:14 
65Fan Hsin Chu (Tpe) Giant Kenda Cycling Team  
66Chi Ho Yuen (HKg) Hong Kong  
67Mohd Rauf Nur Misbah (Mas) Malaysia  
68Cheng-Yen Chen (Tpe) Team Senter-Merida Taiwan0:02:15 
69Amir Rusli (Mas) Drapac  
70Sea Keong Loh (Mas) Malaysia0:02:16 
71Yat Wai Chan (HKg) Hong Kong0:02:20 
72Chia-Chun Chen (Tpe) Exustar Cycling Team  
73Jaan Kirsipuu (Est) Champion System0:06:49 
74Sai Fei Xue (Chn) Max Success Sports0:06:50 
75Michael Sherer (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies - OptumHealth0:06:52 
76Eun Seong Jeong (Kor) Korea0:06:56 
77Che-Wei Hu (Tpe) Team Senter-Merida Taiwan0:06:57 
78Chun-Liang Pan (Tpe) Action Cycling Team0:06:59 
79Yi-Hao Tseng (Tpe) Team Senter-Merida Taiwan0:07:00 
80Wel Van Ruud (Ned) Netherlands0:07:02 
81Mohd Faris Abdul Razak (Mas) Malaysia0:07:55 
82Kun-Hung Hung (Tpe) Team Senter-Merida Taiwan0:09:52 
83James McCallum (GBr) Rapha Condor - Sharp0:09:53 
84Boris Shpilevskiy (Rus) Tabriz Petrochemical Team  
85Vriend Rudy (Ned) Netherlands0:09:54 
86Springintveld Joost (Ned) Netherlands0:09:55 
87Mohd Nor Rizuan Zainal (Mas) Malaysia0:09:58 
88Bambang Suryadi (Ina) Polygon Sweet Nice  
89Kun Jiang (Chn) Max Success Sports0:10:00 
90Hui Zhang (Chn) Max Success Sports  
91Jimmy Pranata (Ina) Polygon Sweet Nice0:10:01 
92Suhardi Hassan (Mas) Malaysia0:10:02 
93Sergey Kudentsov (Rus) Polygon Sweet Nice0:10:04 
94Wen-Lung Chien (Tpe) Exustar Cycling Team0:11:09 
95Siu Wah Ko (HKg) Hong Kong0:15:07 
96Shinichi Fukushima (Jpn) Japan0:15:08 
97Mohd Zamri Saleh (Mas) Malaysia0:15:12 
98Masaaki Kukuchi (Jpn) d'Angelo & Antenucci - Nippo0:15:16 
99Roger Beuchat (Swi) Champion System0:20:46 
Points classification
1Chan Jae Jang (Kor) Korea11pts
2David McCann (Irl) Giant Kenda Cycling Team5 
3Wai Man Chau (HKg) Champion System5 
4Vriend Rudy (Ned) Netherlands5 
5Bambang Suryadi (Ina) Polygon Sweet Nice5 
6Lachlan Norris (Aus) Drapac5 
7Mehdi Sohrabi (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Team3 
8Ghader Mizbani Eranagh (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Team3 
9Bernardo Riccio (Ita) d'Angelo & Antenucci - Nippo3 
10Jai Crawford (Aus) Giant Kenda Cycling Team2 
11Mart Ojavee (Est) Champion System2 
12Chun-Kai Feng (Tpe) Action Cycling Team2 
13Yuzuru Suzuki (Jpn) Shimano Racing Team1 
14Michael Friedman (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies - OptumHealth1 
15Behnam Khalili Khosroshahi (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Team1 
16Kun Jiang (Chn) Max Success Sports1 
Mountains classification
1Mehdi Sohrabi (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Team9pts
2Chun-Kai Feng (Tpe) Action Cycling Team6 
3Kyung Gu Jang (Kor) Korea6 
4Herwin Jaya (Ina) Polygon Sweet Nice4 
5David McCann (Irl) Giant Kenda Cycling Team2 
6Lachlan Norris (Aus) Drapac2 
7Chi Ho Yuen (HKg) Hong Kong1 
8Ghader Mizbani Eranagh (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Team1 
9Mohd Nor Rizuan Zainal (Mas) Malaysia1 
Teams classification
1Tabriz Petrochemical Team12:46:34 
2Giant Kenda Cycling Team0:00:40 
4d'Angelo & Antenucci - Nippo  
5Shimano Racing Team0:01:04 
6Kelly Benefit Strategies - OptumHealth0:01:39 
8Champion System0:02:25 
10Hong Kong0:02:45 
11Max Success Sports0:02:47 
12Rapha Condor - Sharp0:03:11 
13Team Senter-Merida Taiwan0:03:27 
14Exustar Cycling Team0:03:43 
15Action Cycling Team0:04:56 
18Polygon Sweet Nice0:19:20 
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