Shimizu takes a sprint win at Hsingang

McCann maintains his overall lead

It was probably the best move he's ever made in his career and for Shimizu Miyataka riding on the tail of Hong Kong's prolific Kam Po Wong gifted him the second stage of thius year's Tour de Taiwan.

The 136km flat journey from Chiayi City Hall to the historically spiritual finish at the Fentien Temple might not have promised much but the end was anything but predictable.

"We had the right strategy in place for this stage and with the terrain being flat, there's every possibility that one of us can take it," said Shimizu.

"The final lap was important and I tailed Kam Po before hitting the gas at the end; it was a little gamble but it being my first time here, it was a chance and a fight I was willing to take - and it paid off."

The several breakaways throughout the day did not yield the advantage some of the riders were looking for.

And despite the ban on radio communication, there was enough experience in the peloton to make sure that only a few riders with the right kilometres in their legs survived going into the final sprint at the Fengtien Temple.

For Wong, the advantage he thought he had after building a steady lead going into the three-round circuit in and around Fengtien Temple evaporated in the last 300m.

"My teammate (Choi Ki Ho, winner of the Madison at the Track World Cup in Beijing earlier this year) had led at the last two kilometres and when I went on my way, I did not realise the Japanese rider was following me," said Wong.

"By the time I wanted to shake him off, he was already pushing past me and by then it was already too late."

With David McCann sitting comfortably and well-protected by his Giant Asia Racing team, the lanky Irishman still holds the tour leader yellow jersey and the sprinters' green jersey heading into tomorrow's stage three in Changhua County.

"The team worked really well today and our aim was just to protect the yellow jersey. I think that we should not have a problem in keeping it until the end of the tour," said McCann afterwards.

The Malaysian national team is also applying the same strategy in as far as their ultimate target for the Tour de Taiwan is concerned.

Following its strong start when Rezuan Zainal rode into the king of the mountains jersey in stage one, the race today, which was devoid of any climbs, saw them sitting back in preparation for the several first and second category mountains in the next few days.

"The plan is to protect the jersey until the end while at the same time, we are also aiming to try to win at least one stage," added Rezuan.

"The weather here is not too bad and it is certainly not as hot as Malaysia. But since there are no big climbs this time round, I think that we are quite confident of keeping the jersey."

For the current best Asian rider, Cheung King Wei of Hong Kong, he was just not willing to sit back and protect the jersey.

"It could have been an easy ride but I tried to go for the stage win when I went in front with the breakaway group - but I was caught," said Cheung.

"For the next couple of days, I will have to pay special attention to Feng (Chun Kai). He seems to be quite strong."

Stage three will start from Baguashan Buddha - one of the biggest in Taiwan - before passing through Lugang Old Town, Sijhou Flower Park and then returning to finish at Baguashan. With a category two climb and two sprints, the 136km ride will be anything but leisurely.

Results
1Miyataka Shimizu (Jpn) Bridgestone Anchor3:22:00 
2Kam-Po Wong (HKg) Hong Kong, China  
3Tomas Smolen (Pol) Ccc Polsat Polkowice  
4Mohd Nor Rizuan Zainal (Mas) Malaysia  
5Takashi Miyazawa (Jpn) Japan  
6Takeaki Ayabe (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team  
7Young Uk Kim (Kor) Geumsan Ginseng Asia  
8Graham Briggs (GBr) Rapha Condor - Sharp  
9Dean Downing (GBr) Rapha Condor - Sharp  
10Kyle Marwood (Aus) Genesys Wealth Advisers  
11Herwin Jaya (Ina) Psn  
12Ben Grenda (Aus) Genesys Wealth Advisers  
13Chad Hartley (USA) Kenda Presented By Gear Grinder  
14Eugen Wacker (Kgz) Giant Asia Racing Team  
15Wan Mohammed Najmee Wan Mohammed (Mas) Malaysia  
16Yung Hua Cheng (Tpe)  
17Kin San Wu (HKg) Hong Kong, China  
18Roman Krasilnikov (Rus) Psn  
19Patria Rastra (Ina) Psn  
20Nara Motoi (Jpn) Geumsan Ginseng Asia  
21Wei Cheng Lee (Tpe) Act  
22Jaan Kirsipuu (Est) Ckt Tmit - Champion System  
23David Mccann (Irl) Giant Asia Racing Team  
24Arjen Ten Dam (Ned) Netherlands  
25Mathew Cronshaw (GBr) Rapha Condor - Sharp  
26Masahiro Shinagawa (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team  
27Jumpei Murakami (Jpn) Shimano Racing  
28Masamichi Yamamoto (Jpn) Bridgestone Anchor  
29Shih Hsin Hsiao (Tpe)  
30Shih Chang Huang (Tpe) Act  
31Wei Chieh Liu (Tpe) Act  
32Yuzuru Suzuki (Jpn) Shimano Racing  
33Bartlomiej Matysiak (Pol) Ccc Polsat Polkowice  
34Chun Kai Feng (Tpe) Act  
35Shu Ming Liu (Tpe)  
36Deon Locke (Aus) Ckt Tmit - Champion System  
37Jacob Rytlewski (USA) Kenda Presented By Gear Grinder  
38René Hooghiemster (Ned) Netherlands  
39Jaroslaw Rebiewski (Pol) Ccc Polsat Polkowice  
40Ssu Ju Peng (Tpe)  
41Kohei Uchima (Jpn) Japan  
42Roger Beuchat (Swi) Ckt Tmit - Champion System  
43Phillip Gaimon (USA) Kenda Presented By Gear Grinder  
44Tomoya Kano (Jpn) Bridgestone Anchor  
45Ki Ho Choi (HKg) Hong Kong, China  
46Haan Wouter (Ned) Netherlands  
47William Clarke (Aus) Genesys Wealth Advisers  
48Yin-Chih Wang (Tpe) Ckt Tmit - Champion System  
49Kenji Itami (Jpn) Bridgestone Anchor  
50Hidenori Nodera (Jpn) Shimano Racing  
51Cheng Chen Su (Tpe)  
52Mart Ojavee (Est) Ckt Tmit - Champion System  
53Ivor Bruin (Ned) Netherlands  
54Fan Hsin Chu (Tpe)  
55Suhardi Hassan (Mas) Malaysia  
56Chia Chun Chen (Tpe) Act  
57Adrian Honkisz (Pol) Ccc Polsat Polkowice  
58King Wai Cheung (HKg) Hong Kong, China  
59Chih Feng Liu (Tpe)  
60Nathan Haas (Aus) Genesys Wealth Advisers  
61Wen Lung Chien (Tpe)  
62Alex Coutts (Gbr) Giant Asia Racing Team  
63Tomasz Kiendys (Pol) Ccc Polsat Polkowice  
64Barati Rasoul (Iri) Giant Asia Racing Team  
65Kuan Hua Lai (Tpe) Giant Asia Racing Team  
66Yusrizal Usoff (Mas) Malaysia  
67Ying Hon Yeung (HKg) Hong Kong, China  
68Seiichi Koshinomi (Jpn) Japan  
69Ben Greenwood (GBr) Rapha Condor - Sharp  
70Jonathan Sundt (USA) Kenda Presented By Gear Grinder  
71Chad Burdzilauskas (USA) Kenda Presented By Gear Grinder  
72Chun Liang Pan (Tpe)  
73Shinpei Fukuda (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team  
74Ali Ahmad Fallanie (Mas) Malaysia  
75Chin Lung Huang (Tpe)  
76Jun-Oh Kwon (Kor) Geumsan Ginseng Asia  
77Shuai-Chun Chiang (Tpe)0:00:20 
78Sergey Kudentsov (Rus) Psn  
79Taiji Nishitani (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team0:00:22 
80Tomohiro Hayakawa (Jpn) Japan0:00:24 
81Yoshiyuki Shimizu (Jpn) Bridgestone Anchor0:00:38 
82Takumi Beppu (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team0:00:46 
83Dean Windsor (Aus) Rapha Condor - Sharp0:01:45 
84Shinri Suzuki (Jpn) Shimano Racing0:01:59 
85Tsun Kuei Chen (Tpe)0:03:16 
86An Lung Hsieh (Tpe)0:03:46 
87Chia Hung Lin (Tpe)0:03:56 
88Tosser Chiu (Tpe)  
89Nathan Earle (Aus) Genesys Wealth Advisers0:04:52 
90Jong Kwang Kim (Kor) Geumsan Ginseng Asia  
91Chia Hong Yang (Tpe)  
92Nonaka Ryoma (Jpn) Japan0:07:07 
93Yoshinori Iino (Jpn) Shimano Racing0:08:40 
94Hari Fitrianto (Ina) Psn0:09:07 
95Shinichi Fukushima (Jpn) Geumsan Ginseng Asia0:10:00 
DNSMelvin Boskamp (Ned) Netherlands  
General Classification
1David McCann (Irl) Giant Asia Racing Team6:33:30 
2Phillip Gaimon (USA) Kenda Presented By Gear Grinder0:00:11 
3William Clarke (Aus) Genesys Wealth Advisers  
4King Wai Cheung (HKg) Hong Kong, China0:00:27 
5Chun Kai Feng (Tpe) Act0:00:31 
6Takashi Miyazawa (Jpn) Japan0:00:50 
7Ki Ho Choi (HKg) Hong Kong, China0:00:55 
8Dean Downing (GBr) Rapha Condor - Sharp0:00:57 
9Roger Beuchat (Swi) Ckt Tmit - Champion System  
10Tomas Smolen (Pol) Ccc Polsat Polkowice0:01:03 
11Yuzuru Suzuki (Jpn) Shimano Racing0:01:04 
12Takeaki Ayabe (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team0:01:07 
13René Hooghiemster (Ned) Netherlands  
14Shu Ming Liu (Tpe)  
15Hidenori Nodera (Jpn) Shimano Racing  
16Mart Ojavee (Est) Ckt Tmit - Champion System  
17Suhardi Hassan (Mas) Malaysia  
18Kenji Itami (Jpn) Bridgestone Anchor  
19Fan Hsin Chu (Tpe)  
20Tomoya Kano (Jpn) Bridgestone Anchor0:01:10 
21Patria Rastra (Ina) Psn0:01:19 
22Kin San Wu (HKg) Hong Kong, China0:02:40 
23Jacob Rytlewski (USA) Kenda Presented By Gear Grinder  
24Kam-Po Wong (HKg) Hong Kong, China0:03:21 
25Wei Cheng Lee (Tpe) Act0:03:27 
26Chad Hartley (USA) Kenda Presented By Gear Grinder  
27Shih Chang Huang (Tpe) Act  
28Wei Chieh Liu (Tpe) Act  
29Jumpei Murakami (Jpn) Shimano Racing  
30Deon Locke (Aus) Ckt Tmit - Champion System  
31Jaroslaw Rebiewski (Pol) Ccc Polsat Polkowice  
32Kohei Uchima (Jpn) Japan  
33Chih Feng Liu (Tpe)  
34Yusrizal Usoff (Mas) Malaysia  
35Alex Coutts (Gbr) Giant Asia Racing Team  
36Kuan Hua Lai (Tpe) Giant Asia Racing Team  
37Ben Greenwood (Gbr) Rapha Condor - Sharp  
38Yin-Chih Wang (Tpe) Ckt Tmit - Champion System0:03:32 
39Ben Grenda (Aus) Genesys Wealth Advisers0:05:19 
40Eugen Wacker (Kgz) Giant Asia Racing Team  
41Chin Lung Huang (Tpe)  
42Mohd Nor Rizuan Zainal (Mas) Malaysia0:06:06 
43Masahiro Shinagawa (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team  
44Chun Liang Pan (Tpe)  
45Herwin Jaya (Ina) Psn0:06:41 
46Nara Motoi (Jpn) Geumsan Ginseng Asia  
47Arjen Ten Dam (Ned) Netherlands  
48Kyle Marwood (Aus) Genesys Wealth Advisers  
49Shih Hsin Hsiao (Tpe)  
50Young Uk Kim (Kor) Geumsan Ginseng Asia  
51Wan Mohammed Najmee Wan Mohammed (Mas) Malaysia  
52Yung Hua Cheng (Tpe)  
53Haan Wouter (Ned) Netherlands  
54Mathew Cronshaw (Gbr) Rapha Condor - Sharp  
55Bartlomiej Matysiak (Pol) Ccc Polsat Polkowice  
56Ssu Ju Peng (Tpe)  
57Jaan Kirsipuu (Est) Ckt Tmit - Champion System  
58Roman Krasilnikov (Rus) Psn  
59Chia Chun Chen (Tpe) Act  
60Nathan Haas (Aus) Genesys Wealth Advisers  
61Cheng Chen Su (Tpe)  
62Wen Lung Chien (Tpe)  
63Masamichi Yamamoto (Jpn) Bridgestone Anchor  
64Adrian Honkisz (Pol) Ccc Polsat Polkowice  
65Ivor Bruin (Ned) Netherlands  
66Seiichi Koshinomi (Jpn) Japan  
67Tomasz Kiendys (Pol) Ccc Polsat Polkowice  
68Jonathan Sundt (USA) Kenda Presented By Gear Grinder  
69Chad Burdzilauskas (USA) Kenda Presented By Gear Grinder  
70Jun-Oh Kwon (Kor) Geumsan Ginseng Asia  
71Ali Ahmad Fallanie (Mas) Malaysia  
72Ying Hon Yeung (HKg) Hong Kong, China  
73Barati Rasoul (Iri) Giant Asia Racing Team  
74Shinpei Fukuda (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team  
75Tsun Kuei Chen (Tpe)0:06:43 
76Shuai-Chun Chiang (Tpe)0:07:01 
77Sergey Kudentsov (Rus) Psn  
78Taiji Nishitani (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team0:07:03 
79Tomohiro Hayakawa (Jpn) Japan0:07:05 
80Takumi Beppu (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team0:07:27 
81Miyataka Shimizu (Jpn) Bridgestone Anchor0:07:48 
82Jong Kwang Kim (Kor) Geumsan Ginseng Asia0:08:24 
83Dean Windsor (Aus) Rapha Condor - Sharp0:08:26 
84Shinri Suzuki (Jpn) Shimano Racing0:08:40 
85Graham Briggs (GBr) Rapha Condor - Sharp0:08:44 
86Yoshiyuki Shimizu (Jpn) Bridgestone Anchor0:09:01 
87An Lung Hsieh (Tpe)0:09:05 
88Chia Hong Yang (Tpe)0:11:33 
89Tosser Chiu (Tpe)0:12:20 
90Chia Hung Lin (Tpe)0:12:27 
91Nonaka Ryoma (Jpn) Japan0:13:46 
92Yoshinori Iino (Jpn) Shimano Racing0:15:16 
93Nathan Earle (Aus) Genesys Wealth Advisers0:15:37 
94Hari Fitrianto (Ina) Psn0:15:40 
95Shinichi Fukushima (Jpn) Geumsan Ginseng Asia0:16:38 

 

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