McCann solos to win in Taiwan opener

Irishman finds success after nearly dropping out

Irishman David McCann of the Giant Asia Racing Team took home the victory in the first stage of the Tour de Taiwan. The ride was not exceptionally tough even by his standard, but from nearly missing the race altogether, the day was indeed extraordinary for McCann.

The 37-year-old from Irishman said after the more than four hour ride from Kaoshiung to Chiayi that he almost gave the race a pass.

"I was struggling with a chest infection and I almost did not want to race today but I felt a little better and decided to give it a shot," said McCann, who not only took the stage but also will be in the Tour leader yellow jersey for being at the top of the General Classification .

"The weather was warm today but not as hot as it was in Malaysia. And it being a fast route today with the wind behind us, we were able to come in with a decent time even though there were two climbs on the day.

"I hope that I will be able to maintain my lead in the next few days with the help of my teammates."

Starting off from the World Games Stadium in Kaohsiung, the peloton did not immediately jump into action with the first breakaway occurring at just after the first climb outside Lingkuo which was won by Taiwan's Feng Chun Kai from the Action Cycling team.

The 20-man breakaway did not work in tandem to build the lead and not soon after was caught by the peloton as they head into the second climb at Nanhua.

With Malaysia's Rizuan Zainal coming in second at the first climb and then taking the second one at Nanhua, he will start tomorrow's stage two in the Red Polka Dot jersey of the King of the Mountain.

"I had a good work programme at the Tour de Langkawi (in Malaysia) and that probably gave me the push for the climb," added the 24-year-old, who finished 75th overall in the GC and also 5th overall in the KOM at the Tour de Langkawi.

"I was confident for the climb and I hope that I can pick up more points in the next several days."

The sprinter's green jersey was led by McCann based on points at the finish .

Following a second breakaway by ten riders heading into Wusanto Reservoir, the peloton just seem to lose steam as they allowed the frontrunners an easy ride to the finish.

What made the win more spectacular for McCann, who had struggled somewhat in Langkawi barely a week ago, was the fact that he had ridden into Alishan all by himself in the last 5km.

"Thank god that we are not going up Alishan and with this year's race devoid of any serious mountain climb, I have a fair chance of keeping the GC all the way to the end," added McCann.

The best ranked Asian rider is Cheung King Wei, who ended the day on fifth in the GC.

"The weather is very hot and the course was a lot harder than I expected. And because we are not allowed to use race radio, I had to make the decision whether to keep with the team or just go in the front," added King Wei, who came in with the second group of riders.

"But the race today was fantastic as it did not end in a bunch finish."

Stage Two tomorrow will be played out in the county of Chiayi with the peloton completing a course of some 137km in and around several famous landmarks.

The race will begin in Chiayi City Hall before passing the Lantan Scenic Resort, the Budai Salt Mountain and on to Yu Chia Nan Haomeiliao Nature Preeserve to finish at the Singang Fongtian Temple.

And while it might be a rest day for the climber, the peloton however will face three sprints along the way - two near the Chiayi County Hall and another at the Fongtan Temple.
 

Results
1David McCann (Irl) Giant Asia Racing Team3:11:40 
2William Clarke (Aus) Genesys Wealth Advisers0:00:07 
3Phillip Gaimon (Usa) Kenda Presented By Gear Grinder  
4Chun Kai Feng (Tpe) Act0:00:21 
5King Wai Cheung (Hkg) Hong Kong, China  
6Takashi Miyazawa (Jpn) Japan0:00:40 
7Dean Downing (Gbr) Rapha Condor - Sharp0:00:47 
8Roger Beuchat (Swi) Ckt Tmit - Champion System  
9Ki Ho Choi (Hkg) Hong Kong, China  
10Suhardi Hassan (Mas) Malaysia0:00:57 
11Takeaki Ayabe (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team  
12Hidenori Nodera (Jpn) Shimano Racing  
13Mart Ojavee (Est) Ckt Tmit - Champion System  
14René Hooghiemster (Ned) Netherlands  
15Fan Hsin Chu (Tpe)  
16Tomas Smolen (Pol) Ccc Polsat Polkowice  
17Kenji Itami (Jpn) Bridgestone Anchor  
18Yuzuru Suzuki (Jpn) Shimano Racing  
19Shu Ming Liu (Tpe)  
20Tomoya Kano (Jpn) Bridgestone Anchor0:01:00 
21Patria Rastra (Ina) Psn0:01:09 
22Jacob Rytlewski (Usa) Kenda Presented By Gear Grinder0:02:30 
23Kin San Wu (Hkg) Hong Kong, China  
24Wei Cheng Lee (Tpe) Act0:03:17 
25Shih Chang Huang (Tpe) Act  
26Wei Chieh Liu (Tpe) Act  
27Kam-Po Wong (Hkg) Hong Kong, China  
28Chih Feng Liu (Tpe)  
29Deon Locke (Aus) Ckt Tmit - Champion System  
30Tsun Kuei Chen (Tpe)  
31Yusrizal Usoff (Mas) Malaysia  
32Jaroslaw Rebiewski (Pol) Ccc Polsat Polkowice  
33Jumpei Murakami (Jpn) Shimano Racing  
34Chad Hartley (Usa) Kenda Presented By Gear Grinder  
35Kuan Hua Lai (Tpe) Giant Asia Racing Team  
36Alex Coutts (Gbr) Giant Asia Racing Team  
37Kohei Uchima (Jpn) Japan  
38Ben Greenwood (Gbr) Rapha Condor - Sharp  
39Yin-Chih Wang (Tpe) Ckt Tmit - Champion System0:03:22 
40Jong Kwang Kim (Kor) Geumsan Ginseng Asia  
41Chin Lung Huang (Tpe)0:05:09 
42Ben Grenda (Aus) Genesys Wealth Advisers  
43An Lung Hsieh (Tpe)  
44Eugen Wacker (Kgz) Giant Asia Racing Team  
45Chun Liang Pan (Tpe)0:05:56 
46Mohd Nor Rizuan Zainal (Mas) Malaysia  
47Masahiro Shinagawa (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team  
48Haan Wouter (Ned) Netherlands0:06:31 
49Nathan Haas (Aus) Genesys Wealth Advisers  
50Wen Lung Chien (Tpe)  
51Chia Chun Chen (Tpe) Act  
52Seiichi Koshinomi (Jpn) Japan  
53Chia Hong Yang (Tpe)  
54Shih Hsin Hsiao (Tpe)  
55Arjen Ten Dam (Ned) Netherlands  
56Ssu Ju Peng (Tpe)  
57Herwin Jaya (Ina) Psn  
58Nara Motoi (Jpn) Geumsan Ginseng Asia  
59Cheng Chen Su (Tpe)  
60Adrian Honkisz (Pol) Ccc Polsat Polkowice  
61Jun-Oh Kwon (Kor) Geumsan Ginseng Asia  
62Bartlomiej Matysiak (Pol) Ccc Polsat Polkowice  
63Tomasz Kiendys (Pol) Ccc Polsat Polkowice  
64Chad Burdzilauskas (Usa) Kenda Presented By Gear Grinder  
65Jonathan Sundt (Usa) Kenda Presented By Gear Grinder  
66Yoshinori Iino (Jpn) Shimano Racing  
67Ivor Bruin (Ned) Netherlands  
68Tomohiro Hayakawa (Jpn) Japan  
69Dean Windsor (Aus) Rapha Condor - Sharp  
70Mathew Cronshaw (Gbr) Rapha Condor - Sharp  
71Kyle Marwood (Aus) Genesys Wealth Advisers  
72Shuai-Chun Chiang (Tpe)  
73Ali Ahmad Fallanie (Mas) Malaysia  
74Nonaka Ryoma (Jpn) Japan  
75Yung Hua Cheng (Tpe)  
76Wan Mohammed Najmee Wan Mohammed (Mas) Malaysia  
77Shinpei Fukuda (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team  
78Jaan Kirsipuu (Est) Ckt Tmit - Champion System  
79Young Uk Kim (Kor) Geumsan Ginseng Asia  
80Hari Fitrianto (Ina) Psn  
81Ying Hon Yeung (Hkg) Hong Kong, China  
82Shinichi Fukushima (Jpn) Geumsan Ginseng Asia  
83Shinri Suzuki (Jpn) Shimano Racing  
84Masamichi Yamamoto (Jpn) Bridgestone Anchor  
85Barati Rasoul (Iri) Giant Asia Racing Team  
86Sergey Kudentsov (Rus) Psn  
87Roman Krasilnikov (Rus) Psn  
88Takumi Beppu (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team  
89Taiji Nishitani (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team  
90Miyataka Shimizu (Jpn) Bridgestone Anchor0:07:48 
91Yoshiyuki Shimizu (Jpn) Bridgestone Anchor0:08:14 
92Tosser Chiu (Tpe)  
93Chia Hung Lin (Tpe)0:08:21 
94Graham Briggs (Gbr) Rapha Condor - Sharp0:08:34 
95Nathan Earle (Aus) Genesys Wealth Advisers0:10:35 
96Melvin Boskamp (Ned) Netherlands0:06:31 
DNFChe Hung Liu (Tpe)  
DNFWen Chung Huang (Tpe)  
DNFEric Fang (Tpe)  
DNFCheng Chien Tsai (Tpe)  
General Classification
1David McCann (Irl) Giant Asia Racing Team3:11:30 
2William Clarke (Aus) Genesys Wealth Advisers0:11:00 
3Phillip Gaimon (Usa) Kenda Presented By Gear Grinder  
4King Wai Cheung (Hkg) Hong Kong, China0:27:00 
5Chun Kai Feng (Tpe) Act0:31:00 
6Takashi Miyazawa (Jpn) Japan0:50:00 
7Ki Ho Choi (Hkg) Hong Kong, China0:55:00 
8Dean Downing (Gbr) Rapha Condor - Sharp0:57:00 
9Roger Beuchat (Swi) Ckt Tmit - Champion System  
10Yuzuru Suzuki (Jpn) Shimano Racing0:01:04 
11Suhardi Hassan (Mas) Malaysia0:01:07 
12Takeaki Ayabe (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team  
13Hidenori Nodera (Jpn) Shimano Racing  
14Mart Ojavee (Est) Ckt Tmit - Champion System  
15René Hooghiemster (Ned) Netherlands  
16Fan Hsin Chu (Tpe)  
17Tomas Smolen (Pol) Ccc Polsat Polkowice  
18Kenji Itami (Jpn) Bridgestone Anchor  
19Shu Ming Liu (Tpe)  
20Tomoya Kano (Jpn) Bridgestone Anchor0:01:10 
21Patria Rastra (Ina) Psn0:01:19 
22Jacob Rytlewski (Usa) Kenda Presented By Gear Grinder0:02:40 
23Kin San Wu (Hkg) Hong Kong, China  
24Wei Cheng Lee (Tpe) Act0:03:27 
25Shih Chang Huang (Tpe) Act  
26Wei Chieh Liu (Tpe) Act  
27Kam-Po Wong (Hkg) Hong Kong, China  
28Chih Feng Liu (Tpe)  
29Deon Locke (Aus) Ckt Tmit - Champion System  
30Tsun Kuei Chen (Tpe)  
31Yusrizal Usoff (Mas) Malaysia  
32Jaroslaw Rebiewski (Pol) Ccc Polsat Polkowice  
33Jumpei Murakami (Jpn) Shimano Racing  
34Chad Hartley (Usa) Kenda Presented By Gear Grinder  
35Kuan Hua Lai (Tpe) Giant Asia Racing Team  
36Alex Coutts (Gbr) Giant Asia Racing Team  
37Kohei Uchima (Jpn) Japan  
38Ben Greenwood (Gbr) Rapha Condor - Sharp  
39Yin-Chih Wang (Tpe) Ckt Tmit - Champion System0:03:32 
40Jong Kwang Kim (Kor) Geumsan Ginseng Asia  
41Chin Lung Huang (Tpe)0:05:19 
42Ben Grenda (Aus) Genesys Wealth Advisers  
43An Lung Hsieh (Tpe)  
44Eugen Wacker (Kgz) Giant Asia Racing Team  
45Chun Liang Pan (Tpe)0:06:06 
46Mohd Nor Rizuan Zainal (Mas) Malaysia  
47Masahiro Shinagawa (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team  
48Haan Wouter (Ned) Netherlands0:06:41 
49Nathan Haas (Aus) Genesys Wealth Advisers  
50Wen Lung Chien (Tpe)  
51Chia Chun Chen (Tpe) Act  
52Seiichi Koshinomi (Jpn) Japan  
53Chia Hong Yang (Tpe)  
54Shih Hsin Hsiao (Tpe)  
55Arjen Ten Dam (Ned) Netherlands  
56Ssu Ju Peng (Tpe)  
57Herwin Jaya (Ina) Psn  
58Nara Motoi (Jpn) Geumsan Ginseng Asia  
59Cheng Chen Su (Tpe)  
60Adrian Honkisz (Pol) Ccc Polsat Polkowice  
61Jun-Oh Kwon (Kor) Geumsan Ginseng Asia  
62Bartlomiej Matysiak (Pol) Ccc Polsat Polkowice  
63Tomasz Kiendys (Pol) Ccc Polsat Polkowice  
64Chad Burdzilauskas (Usa) Kenda Presented By Gear Grinder  
65Jonathan Sundt (Usa) Kenda Presented By Gear Grinder  
66Yoshinori Iino (Jpn) Shimano Racing  
67Ivor Bruin (Ned) Netherlands  
68Tomohiro Hayakawa (Jpn) Japan  
69Dean Windsor (Aus) Rapha Condor - Sharp  
70Mathew Cronshaw (Gbr) Rapha Condor - Sharp  
71Kyle Marwood (Aus) Genesys Wealth Advisers  
72Shuai-Chun Chiang (Tpe)  
73Ali Ahmad Fallanie (Mas) Malaysia  
74Nonaka Ryoma (Jpn) Japan  
75Yung Hua Cheng (Tpe)  
76Wan Mohammed Najmee Wan Mohammed (Mas) Malaysia  
77Shinpei Fukuda (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team  
78Jaan Kirsipuu (Est) Ckt Tmit - Champion System  
79Young Uk Kim (Kor) Geumsan Ginseng Asia  
80Hari Fitrianto (Ina) Psn  
81Ying Hon Yeung (Hkg) Hong Kong, China  
82Shinichi Fukushima (Jpn) Geumsan Ginseng Asia  
83Shinri Suzuki (Jpn) Shimano Racing  
84Masamichi Yamamoto (Jpn) Bridgestone Anchor  
85Barati Rasoul (Iri) Giant Asia Racing Team  
86Sergey Kudentsov (Rus) Psn  
87Roman Krasilnikov (Rus) Psn  
88Takumi Beppu (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team  
89Taiji Nishitani (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team  
90Melvin Boskamp (Ned) Netherlands  
91Miyataka Shimizu (Jpn) Bridgestone Anchor0:07:58 
92Yoshiyuki Shimizu (Jpn) Bridgestone Anchor0:08:23 
93Tosser Chiu (Tpe)0:08:24 
94Chia Hung Lin (Tpe)0:08:31 
95Graham Briggs (Gbr) Rapha Condor - Sharp0:08:44 
96Nathan Earle (Aus) Genesys Wealth Advisers0:10:45 
Points classification
1David McCann (Irl) Giant Asia Racing Team  
2Philip Gaimon (USA) Kenda presented by Geargrinder  
Mountains classification
1Zainal Rizuan Zainal (Mas) Malaysia National Team  
Best Asian Rider
1Cheung King Wai (HKg) Hong Kong Team  

 

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