Rogers rockets to stage win

Sohrabi remains atop general classification

New Zealand's Rico Rogers (Giant Kenda Cycling Team) prevailed in the field sprint deciding stage seven after a textbook lead-out from teammate and defending Tour de Taiwan champion David McCann. Rogers topped Wei-Cheng Lee (Action Cycling Team) and race leader Mehdi Sohrabi (Tabriz Petrochemical Team) for the victory in Kaohsiung.

"My condition was not good in the first couple of days as I was struggling with a cold. But today, David [McCann] led me out perfectly to a good position and I just went for it. It was good teamwork all around," said Rico.

Mehdi Sohrabi (Tabriz Petrochemical Team) remains in the overall lead and added a further two seconds to his advantage over teammate Markus Eibegger on general classification. The Iranian leads Eibegger by six seconds while David McCann holds third overall, 24 seconds off the pace.

"Another good day, another good race, so we will see whether I can still keep the jersey tomorrow or on the last day of the race [into Taipei City]," said Sohrabi.

Last year's champion David McCann believes he can still win this year's Tour de Taiwan, however. "I don't think that he (Sohrabi) can win it. At the last stage there's a final climb [up Yangmingshan, a Cat. 1)] which I think I can win with more than a minute advantage," said McCann. "I'm more concerned with Markus [Eibegger]. He is a good climber and I think that he will pose the bigger threat [to my title defence]."

With no KOMs on the day, Sohrabi also retains the king of the mountain's lead as well as the blue jersey for the best-ranked Asian rider.

Full Results
1Rico Rogers (NZl) Giant Kenda Cycling Team2:44:41 
2Wei-Cheng Lee (Tpe) Action Cycling Team  
3Mehdi Sohrabi (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Team  
4Bernardo Riccio (Ita) d'Angelo & Antenucci - Nippo  
5Jaan Kirsipuu (Est) Champion System  
6Dean Downing (GBr) Rapha Condor - Sharp  
7Taiji Nishitani (Jpn) Japan  
8Sung Baek Park (Kor) Korea  
9Eun Seong Jeong (Kor) Korea  
10Chan Jae Jang (Kor) Korea  
11Takeaki Ayabe (Jpn) Japan  
12Po-Hung Wu (Tpe) Team Senter-Merida Taiwan  
13Kenji Itami (Jpn) Japan  
14Shih-Hsin Hsiao (Tpe) Action Cycling Team  
15Kun Jiang (Chn) Max Success Sports  
16Dean Windsor (Aus) Rapha Condor - Sharp  
17Wel Van Ruud (Ned) Netherlands  
18Fan Hsin Chu (Tpe) Giant Kenda Cycling Team  
19Alex Candelario (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies - OptumHealth  
20Amir Rusli (Mas) Drapac  
21Markus Eibegger (Aut) Tabriz Petrochemical Team  
22Bambang Suryadi (Ina) Polygon Sweet Nice  
23Mohd Faris Abdul Razak (Mas) Malaysia  
24Sea Keong Loh (Mas) Malaysia  
25Miyataka Shimizu (Jpn) Japan  
26Junpei Murakami (Jpn) Shimano Racing Team  
27David McCann (Irl) Giant Kenda Cycling Team  
28Springintveld Joost (Ned) Netherlands  
29Davide Torosantucci (Ita) d'Angelo & Antenucci - Nippo  
30Adam Phelan (Aus) Drapac  
31Kam Po Wong (HKg) Hong Kong  
32Adam Semple (Aus) Drapac  
33Mart Ojavee (Est) Champion System  
34Rhys Pollock (Aus) Drapac  
35Che-Wei Hu (Tpe) Team Senter-Merida Taiwan  
36Hsin-Hua Huang (Tpe) Team Senter-Merida Taiwan  
37Suhardi Hassan (Mas) Malaysia  
38Peng Da Jiao (Chn) Max Success Sports  
39Chia-Chun Chen (Tpe) Exustar Cycling Team  
40Chun-Kai Feng (Tpe) Action Cycling Team  
41Kun-Hung Hung (Tpe) Team Senter-Merida Taiwan  
42Vriend Rudy (Ned) Netherlands  
43Yuzuru Suzuki (Jpn) Shimano Racing Team  
44Yat Wai Chan (HKg) Hong Kong  
45Kyung Gu Jang (Kor) Korea  
46Junya Sano (Jpn) d'Angelo & Antenucci - Nippo  
47Cheng-Yen Chen (Tpe) Team Senter-Merida Taiwan  
48Ryan Sherlock (Irl) Giant Kenda Cycling Team  
49Yusuke Hatanaka (Jpn) Shimano Racing Team  
50Chi Ho Yuen (HKg) Hong Kong  
51Wen-Lung Chien (Tpe) Exustar Cycling Team  
52Hossein Askari (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Team  
53Henry Frusto (Ita) d'Angelo & Antenucci - Nippo  
54Vries, De Harm (Ned) Netherlands  
55Jai Crawford (Aus) Giant Kenda Cycling Team  
56Lachlan Norris (Aus) Drapac  
57Kin San Wu (HKg) Champion System  
58Alex Coutts (GBr) Giant Kenda Cycling Team  
59Shih-Chang Huang (Tpe) Action Cycling Team  
60Floris Goesinnen (Ned) Drapac  
61Wai Man Chau (HKg) Champion System  
62Shinichi Fukushima (Jpn) Japan  
63Hyosuk Gong (Kor) Korea  
64Hui Zhang (Chn) Max Success Sports  
65Shinri Suzuki (Jpn) Shimano Racing Team  
66Behnam Khalili Khosroshahi (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Team  
67Yi-Hao Tseng (Tpe) Team Senter-Merida Taiwan  
68Hayato Yoshida (Jpn) Japan  
69Ryota Nishizono (Jpn) Shimano Racing Team  
70Chun Hing Chan (HKg) Hong Kong  
71Boris Shpilevskiy (Rus) Tabriz Petrochemical Team  
72Kazuki Aoyanagi (Jpn) Shimano Racing Team  
73En Huang (Chn) Max Success Sports  
74Roger Beuchat (Swi) Champion System  
75Herwin Jaya (Ina) Polygon Sweet Nice  
76Michael Friedman (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies - OptumHealth  
77Burger Leon (Ned) Netherlands  
78Ghader Mizbani Eranagh (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Team  
79Daniel Bowman (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies - OptumHealth  
80Guillaume Bourgeois (Swi) Champion System  
81Mohd Rauf Nur Misbah (Mas) Malaysia  
82Ying Hon Yeung (HKg) Hong Kong  
83Siu Wah Ko (HKg) Hong Kong0:00:13 
84Michael Sherer (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies - OptumHealth0:00:15 
85Ben Greenwood (GBr) Rapha Condor - Sharp0:00:16 
86Tom Southam (GBr) Rapha Condor - Sharp  
87Michael Creed (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies - OptumHealth0:00:30 
88James McCallum (GBr) Rapha Condor - Sharp0:00:42 
89Sai Fei Xue (Chn) Max Success Sports0:00:53 
90Julian Kyer (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies - OptumHealth0:01:15 
91Hao Liu (Chn) Max Success Sports  
Sprint 1 - Chiayi County Hall, 12.7km
1Adam Phelan (Aus) Drapac5pts
2Chan Jae Jang (Kor) Korea3 
3David McCann (Irl) Giant Kenda Cycling Team2 
4Jaan Kirsipuu (Est) Champion System1 
Sprint 2 - Beimen Visitor Center, 51.3km
1Michael Sherer (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies - OptumHealth5pts
2Mohd Rauf Nur Misbah (Mas) Malaysia3 
3Chan Jae Jang (Kor) Korea2 
4Mart Ojavee (Est) Champion System1 
Sprint 3 - Lover's Wharf, 101.1km
1Mohd Rauf Nur Misbah (Mas) Malaysia5pts
2Michael Sherer (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies - OptumHealth3 
3Chan Jae Jang (Kor) Korea2 
4Mart Ojavee (Est) Champion System1 
Teams
1Korea8:14:03 
2Japan  
3Giant Kenda Cycling Team  
4Action Cycling Team  
5Tabriz Petrochemical Team  
6d'Angelo & Antenucci - Nippo  
7Drapac  
8Team Senter-Merida Taiwan  
9Malaysia  
10Netherlands  
11Champion System  
12Max Success Sports  
13Shimano Racing Team  
14Hong Kong  
15Kelly Benefit Strategies - OptumHealth  
16Rapha Condor - Sharp0:00:16 
General classification after stage 7
1Mehdi Sohrabi (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Team20:18:25 
2Markus Eibegger (Aut) Tabriz Petrochemical Team0:00:06 
3David McCann (Irl) Giant Kenda Cycling Team0:00:24 
4Floris Goesinnen (Ned) Drapac0:00:51 
5Rhys Pollock (Aus) Drapac0:01:13 
6Adam Phelan (Aus) Drapac0:01:27 
7Shinri Suzuki (Jpn) Shimano Racing Team0:01:33 
8Lachlan Norris (Aus) Drapac0:01:34 
9Junya Sano (Jpn) d'Angelo & Antenucci - Nippo0:01:35 
10Junpei Murakami (Jpn) Shimano Racing Team0:01:37 
11Daniel Bowman (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies - OptumHealth0:01:40 
12Henry Frusto (Ita) d'Angelo & Antenucci - Nippo0:01:41 
13Yuzuru Suzuki (Jpn) Shimano Racing Team0:01:43 
14Jai Crawford (Aus) Giant Kenda Cycling Team  
15Davide Torosantucci (Ita) d'Angelo & Antenucci - Nippo  
16Hossein Askari (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Team0:01:44 
17Hayato Yoshida (Jpn) Japan  
18Chun Hing Chan (HKg) Hong Kong0:01:45 
19Hyosuk Gong (Kor) Korea0:01:46 
20Peng Da Jiao (Chn) Max Success Sports0:01:49 
21Chan Jae Jang (Kor) Korea0:02:07 
22Kyung Gu Jang (Kor) Korea0:02:09 
23Adam Semple (Aus) Drapac0:02:13 
24Alex Candelario (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies - OptumHealth0:02:17 
25Po-Hung Wu (Tpe) Team Senter-Merida Taiwan0:02:20 
26Kam Po Wong (HKg) Hong Kong0:02:21 
27Takeaki Ayabe (Jpn) Japan0:02:22 
28Alex Coutts (GBr) Giant Kenda Cycling Team0:02:23 
29Ying Hon Yeung (HKg) Hong Kong0:02:26 
30Ryota Nishizono (Jpn) Shimano Racing Team  
31Hsin-Hua Huang (Tpe) Team Senter-Merida Taiwan0:02:27 
32Kenji Itami (Jpn) Japan0:02:29 
33Miyataka Shimizu (Jpn) Japan0:02:31 
34Chi Ho Yuen (HKg) Hong Kong0:02:32 
35Chun-Kai Feng (Tpe) Action Cycling Team0:02:35 
36Wei-Cheng Lee (Tpe) Action Cycling Team0:02:59 
37Kin San Wu (HKg) Champion System0:03:10 
38Mohd Rauf Nur Misbah (Mas) Malaysia0:03:12 
39Dean Windsor (Aus) Rapha Condor - Sharp0:03:14 
40Kazuki Aoyanagi (Jpn) Shimano Racing Team0:03:32 
41Wai Man Chau (HKg) Champion System0:03:57 
42Amir Rusli (Mas) Drapac0:04:05 
43En Huang (Chn) Max Success Sports0:04:11 
44Sea Keong Loh (Mas) Malaysia0:04:43 
45Taiji Nishitani (Jpn) Japan0:04:50 
46Yusuke Hatanaka (Jpn) Shimano Racing Team0:04:58 
47Vries, De Harm (Ned) Netherlands0:05:13 
48Ghader Mizbani Eranagh (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Team0:05:14 
49Sung Baek Park (Kor) Korea0:05:34 
50Michael Friedman (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies - OptumHealth0:07:06 
51Shih-Chang Huang (Tpe) Action Cycling Team0:07:11 
52Ryan Sherlock (Irl) Giant Kenda Cycling Team0:08:38 
53Burger Leon (Ned) Netherlands0:09:00 
54Julian Kyer (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies - OptumHealth0:09:31 
55Mohd Faris Abdul Razak (Mas) Malaysia0:09:45 
56Yat Wai Chan (HKg) Hong Kong0:10:05 
57Tom Southam (GBr) Rapha Condor - Sharp0:10:33 
58Hui Zhang (Chn) Max Success Sports0:11:03 
59Shih-Hsin Hsiao (Tpe) Action Cycling Team0:11:41 
60Kun-Hung Hung (Tpe) Team Senter-Merida Taiwan0:11:59 
61Eun Seong Jeong (Kor) Korea0:12:31 
62Chia-Chun Chen (Tpe) Exustar Cycling Team0:12:35 
63Ben Greenwood (GBr) Rapha Condor - Sharp0:14:30 
64Kun Jiang (Chn) Max Success Sports0:15:08 
65Fan Hsin Chu (Tpe) Giant Kenda Cycling Team0:16:14 
66Michael Creed (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies - OptumHealth0:17:46 
67Che-Wei Hu (Tpe) Team Senter-Merida Taiwan0:17:50 
68Herwin Jaya (Ina) Polygon Sweet Nice0:18:07 
69Hao Liu (Chn) Max Success Sports0:18:37 
70Dean Downing (GBr) Rapha Condor - Sharp0:19:07 
71Springintveld Joost (Ned) Netherlands0:19:47 
72Roger Beuchat (Swi) Champion System0:20:59 
73Mart Ojavee (Est) Champion System0:21:01 
74Yi-Hao Tseng (Tpe) Team Senter-Merida Taiwan0:23:51 
75Vriend Rudy (Ned) Netherlands0:24:59 
76Wel Van Ruud (Ned) Netherlands0:25:41 
77Sai Fei Xue (Chn) Max Success Sports0:25:59 
78Jaan Kirsipuu (Est) Champion System0:26:47 
79Behnam Khalili Khosroshahi (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Team0:27:32 
80Guillaume Bourgeois (Swi) Champion System0:28:07 
81James McCallum (GBr) Rapha Condor - Sharp0:29:59 
82Cheng-Yen Chen (Tpe) Team Senter-Merida Taiwan0:30:10 
83Bernardo Riccio (Ita) d'Angelo & Antenucci - Nippo0:34:42 
84Shinichi Fukushima (Jpn) Japan0:35:16 
85Bambang Suryadi (Ina) Polygon Sweet Nice0:35:33 
86Siu Wah Ko (HKg) Hong Kong0:35:47 
87Rico Rogers (NZl) Giant Kenda Cycling Team0:38:58 
88Suhardi Hassan (Mas) Malaysia0:39:44 
89Boris Shpilevskiy (Rus) Tabriz Petrochemical Team0:41:56 
90Michael Sherer (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies - OptumHealth0:48:04 
91Wen-Lung Chien (Tpe) Exustar Cycling Team0:49:51 
Points classification
1Mart Ojavee (Est) Champion System34pts
2Chan Jae Jang (Kor) Korea30 
3Mehdi Sohrabi (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Team20 
4Rhys Pollock (Aus) Drapac11 
5Michael Sherer (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies - OptumHealth10 
6Lachlan Norris (Aus) Drapac9 
7Jaan Kirsipuu (Est) Champion System9 
8Mohd Rauf Nur Misbah (Mas) Malaysia8 
9Roger Beuchat (Swi) Champion System8 
10David McCann (Irl) Giant Kenda Cycling Team7 
11Markus Eibegger (Aut) Tabriz Petrochemical Team6 
12Adam Phelan (Aus) Drapac5 
13Shinichi Fukushima (Jpn) Japan5 
14Wai Man Chau (HKg) Champion System5 
15Sea Keong Loh (Mas) Malaysia5 
16Herwin Jaya (Ina) Polygon Sweet Nice5 
17Vriend Rudy (Ned) Netherlands5 
18Jai Crawford (Aus) Giant Kenda Cycling Team4 
19Kam Po Wong (HKg) Hong Kong3 
20Ghader Mizbani Eranagh (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Team3 
21Bernardo Riccio (Ita) d'Angelo & Antenucci - Nippo3 
22Boris Shpilevskiy (Rus) Tabriz Petrochemical Team3 
23Chun-Kai Feng (Tpe) Action Cycling Team2 
24Michael Creed (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies - OptumHealth2 
25Dean Downing (GBr) Rapha Condor - Sharp2 
26Yuzuru Suzuki (Jpn) Shimano Racing Team1 
27Michael Friedman (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies - OptumHealth1 
28Kun Jiang (Chn) Max Success Sports1 
29Sai Fei Xue (Chn) Max Success Sports1 
30Behnam Khalili Khosroshahi (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Team1 
Mountains classification
1Mehdi Sohrabi (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Team33pts
2Markus Eibegger (Aut) Tabriz Petrochemical Team11 
3Shinichi Fukushima (Jpn) Japan11 
4Chun-Kai Feng (Tpe) Action Cycling Team11 
5Ying Hon Yeung (HKg) Hong Kong9 
6Hyosuk Gong (Kor) Korea9 
7Kam Po Wong (HKg) Hong Kong8 
8Rhys Pollock (Aus) Drapac8 
9Kyung Gu Jang (Kor) Korea6 
10Hossein Askari (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Team6 
11Mart Ojavee (Est) Champion System6 
12Herwin Jaya (Ina) Polygon Sweet Nice4 
13Lachlan Norris (Aus) Drapac4 
14Adam Semple (Aus) Drapac3 
15Dean Downing (GBr) Rapha Condor - Sharp3 
16Jaan Kirsipuu (Est) Champion System3 
17Sung Baek Park (Kor) Korea2 
18David McCann (Irl) Giant Kenda Cycling Team2 
19Bambang Suryadi (Ina) Polygon Sweet Nice2 
20Bernardo Riccio (Ita) d'Angelo & Antenucci - Nippo2 
21Chan Jae Jang (Kor) Korea1 
22Chi Ho Yuen (HKg) Hong Kong1 
23Adam Phelan (Aus) Drapac1 
24Alex Coutts (GBr) Giant Kenda Cycling Team1 
25Ghader Mizbani Eranagh (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Team1 
26Henry Frusto (Ita) d'Angelo & Antenucci - Nippo1 
27Peng Da Jiao (Chn) Max Success Sports1 
Teams classification
1Tabriz Petrochemical Team60:57:43 
2Drapac0:00:38 
3Giant Kenda Cycling Team0:02:01 
4d'Angelo & Antenucci - Nippo0:02:22 
5Shimano Racing Team0:02:25 
6Japan0:02:32 
7Korea0:03:38 
8Hong Kong0:04:06 
9Champion System0:04:14 
10Max Success Sports0:05:38 
11Team Senter-Merida Taiwan0:06:37 
12Kelly Benefit Strategies - OptumHealth0:07:50 
13Action Cycling Team0:10:18 
14Malaysia0:13:33 
15Rapha Condor - Sharp0:18:07 
16Netherlands0:26:22 
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