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Tour de Taiwan 2012

Date range:
March 10-16, 2012

March 10, Stage 1: Taipei City 52km

Giacoppo wins stage 1 of Tour de Taiwan

By:
Cycling News
Published:
March 10, 2012, 11:09 GMT,
Updated:
March 10, 2012, 19:25 GMT

Australian holds off Wu and Pollock

Anthony Giacoppo (Genesys Wealth Adviser) wins stage one of the Tour de Taiwan.

Anthony Giacoppo (Genesys Wealth Adviser) wins stage one of the Tour de Taiwan.

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Stage 1 of the newly upgraded Tour de Taiwan has given Australia’s Anthony Giacoppo the opportunity to grab his first international victory at UCI 2.1 level. The 25-year-old from Genesys Wealth Adviser jumped out of a group of six breakaway riders to anticipate an expected bunch sprint in front of the Taipei City Hall and the 528-metres high Taipei 101 tower at the end of a 52-km long race in the streets of the Taiwanese capital.

It was a surprise for the Western Australian to beat the Saxo Bank team that had three cards to play with Argentine’s Lucas Sebastian Haedo, who won the bunch sprint for 7th place thirteen seconds later, Japan’s Takashi Miyazawa who finished last in the front group and Jonathan Cantwell, who was the Australian national criterium champion one year prior to Giacoppo, the current title holder.

“I didn’t come in to this race expecting to win,” Giacoppo explained. “I only knew that if I had the chance, I’d try to sprint with the best, but I got into that group and I realized that it was made of good riders, so it could work. We rode hard and it paid off.”

On paper, Giacoppo was the fastest of the group that went away at half way with Miyazawa, Feng Chun Kai (Action Cycling Team), Wu Po Hung (Senter Merida), Taiji Nishitani (Japan), Rhys Pollock (Drapac) and Antonio Parrinello (Androni), who got dropped in the last lap. But Giacoppo didn’t wait for a proper sprint.

“I came through the last few corners on the front,” the Australian said. “I got enough space that I’d gap everyone. In the third last corner, I went to the right. Once I came in to the finish straight, I had a good advantage.”

It was a brilliant win by Giacoppo, who started the year on a high note when he won the third leg of the Bay Crits in Portarlington, Victoria, beating a strong contingent of riders from GreenEdge on January 3rd. “My teammates last year Nathan Haas and Steele Van Hoff moved to Garmin-Barracuda and their feeder team respectively, so I hope this win at the Tour de Taiwan will increase my chance to step up to the highest level as well,” said Giacoppo, who will soon quit his full-time job in a bike shop in Perth to move to Tasmania and ride professionally under Genesys’ team manager Andrew Christie-Johnson.

“In the past three years, we’ve had one of our riders to join a Pro Team every year,” Christie-Johnson pointed out, citing Richie Porte to Saxo Bank in 2009, William Clarke to Leopard-Trek in 2010 and Haas to Garmin-Barracuda in 2011. Giacoppo who was born to an Italian father from Messina and a Dutch mother from Maastricht seems to be next in line.

“My near future is to try and hold on to the jersey at the Tour de Taiwan,” Giacoppo concluded. “I have a good lead to defend.”

Full Results
1 Anthony Giacoppo (Aus) Genesys Wealth Advisers 1:07:15  
2 Po-Hung Wu (Tpe) Team Senter - Merida 0:00:02  
3 Rhys Pollock (Aus) Drapac Cycling    
4 Taiji Nishitani (Jpn) Japan National Team    
5 Chun Kai Feng (Tpe) Action Cycling Team    
6 Takashi Miyazawa (Jpn) Team Saxo Bank    
7 Lucas Sebastian Haedo (Arg) Team Saxo Bank 0:00:13  
8 Sebastian Körber (Ger) Nutrixxion Abus    
9 Roberto Ferrari (Ita) Androni Giocattoli    
10 Felix English (Irl) Rapha Condor - Sharp    
11 Anuar Manan (Mas) Champion System Pro Cycling Team    
12 Ben Grenda (Aus) Rapha Condor - Sharp    
13 Ki Ju Lee (Kor) KSPO    
14 Jonathan Cantwell (Aus) Team Saxo Bank    
15 Alex Carver (Aus) Genesys Wealth Advisers    
16 Shih Hsin Hsiao (Tpe) Action Cycling Team    
17 Hossein Nateghi (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Team    
18 Ricardo Van Der Velde (Ned) Jelly Belly Cycling    
19 Artur Ershov (Rus) RusVelo    
20 Dirk Müller (Ger) Nutrixxion Abus    
21 Mohd Sharul Mat Amin (Mas) Terengganu Cycling Team    
22 Amir Mustafa Rusli (Mas) Drapac Cycling    
23 Wei Chieh Liu (Tpe) Chinese Taipei National Team    
24 Burr Ho (HKg) Hong Kong Team    
25 Christopher Juul-Jensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank    
26 Steven Wong (HKg) Champion System Pro Cycling Team    
27 Cameron Wurf (Aus) Champion System Pro Cycling Team    
28 Ji Min Jung (Kor) KSPO    
29 Cheng Ying Hsieh (Tpe) Action Cycling Team    
30 Hossein Askari (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Team    
31 Tom Vermeer (Ger) Nutrixxion Abus    
32 Antonio Santoro (Ita) Androni Giocattoli    
33 Hossein Alizadeh (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Team    
34 Alexander Serov (Rus) RusVelo    
35 Luke Grivell-Mellor (GBr) Rapha Condor - Sharp    
36 Patrick Shaw (Aus) Genesys Wealth Advisers    
37 Darren Lapthorne (Aus) Drapac Cycling    
38 Tomohiro Hayakawa (Jpn) Japan National Team    
39 Wu-Hsing Yang (Tpe) Chinese Taipei National Team    
40 Adam Semple (Aus) Drapac Cycling    
41 Samuel Davis (Aus) Genesys Wealth Advisers    
42 Alex Schmitt (Ger) Nutrixxion Abus    
43 Yung-Hua Cheng (Tpe) Team Senter - Merida    
44 Genki Yamamoto (Jpn) Japan National Team    
45 Lee Rodgers (GBr) RTS Racing Team    
46 Soon Yeong Kwon (Kor) KSPO    
47 Volodimir Gustov (Ukr) Team Saxo Bank    
48 Chin-Lung Huang (Tpe) RTS Racing Team    
49 Kristian House (GBr) Rapha Condor - Sharp    
50 Sergio Hernandez (USA) Jelly Belly Cycling    
51 Muhamid Adiq Othman (Mas) Champion System Pro Cycling Team    
52 Gang Xu (Chn) Champion System Pro Cycling Team    
53 Alex Coutts (GBr) RTS Racing Team    
54 Siu Wai Ko (HKg) Hong Kong Team    
55 Chien Liang Chen (Tpe) Chinese Taipei National Team    
56 Chin Feng Liu (Tpe) Chinese Taipei National Team    
57 Wen Chung Huang (Tpe) RTS Racing Team    
58 Salvatore Mancuso (Ita) Androni Giocattoli    
59 Chung Yan Wong (HKg) Hong Kong Team    
60 Evgeny Kovalev (Rus) RusVelo    
61 Behnam Khalilikhosroshahi (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Team    
62 Ben Dyball (Aus) Genesys Wealth Advisers    
63 Hsin-Hua Huang (Tpe) Team Senter - Merida    
64 Mohammad Saufi Mat Senan (Mas) Terengganu Cycling Team    
65 Chia Chun Chen (Tpe) Action Cycling Team    
66 Miguel Angel Nino Corredor (Col) Azad University Cross Team    
67 Ghader Mizbani Iranagh (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Team    
68 Yong Li Ng (Mas) Azad University Cross Team    
69 Alireza Haghi (IRI) Azad University Cross Team    
70 Wei Kei Chang (Tpe) RTS Racing Team    
71 Yusuke Hatanaka (Jpn) Japan National Team    
72 Victor Nino Corredor (Col) Azad University Cross Team    
73 Keisuke Nakao (Jpn) Japan National Team    
74 Alexey Markov (Rus) RusVelo    
75 Abbas Tanha Saeidi (IRI) Azad University Cross Team    
76 Floris Goesinnen (Ned) Drapac Cycling    
77 Giaro Ermeti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli    
78 Cheng-Yen Chen (Tpe) Team Senter - Merida    
79 Shinichi Fukushima (Jpn) Terengganu Cycling Team    
80 Wei Cheng Lee (Tpe) Chinese Taipei National Team    
81 Kam Po Wong (HKg) Hong Kong Team    
82 Ivan Kovalev (Rus) RusVelo    
83 Chan Jae Jang (Kor) Terengganu Cycling Team    
84 Ying Hon Yeung (HKg) Hong Kong Team    
85 Do Hyoung Kim (Kor) Terengganu Cycling Team    
86 Che-Wei Hu (Tpe) Team Senter - Merida    
87 Nic Hamilton (Can) Jelly Belly Cycling 0:00:47  
88 Antonino Parrinello (Ita) Androni Giocattoli 0:01:06  
89 Dean Downing (GBr) Rapha Condor - Sharp 0:00:13  
90 Charles Huff (USA) Jelly Belly Cycling 0:05:32  
91 Sean Mazich (USA) Jelly Belly Cycling 0:06:44  
92 Je Sung Yeon (Kor) KSPO 0:11:44  
93 Dong Hyun Shin (Kor) KSPO    
94 Chun Liang Pan (Tpe) Action Cycling Team    
Sprint 1
1 Chun Kai Feng (Tpe) Action Cycling Team 5 pts
2 Christopher Juul-Jensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank 3  
3 Alex Schmitt (Ger) Nutrixxion Abus 2  
4 Anuar Manan (Mas) Champion System Pro Cycling Team 1  
Sprint 2
1 Takashi Miyazawa (Jpn) Team Saxo Bank 5 pts
2 Chan Jae Jang (Kor) Terengganu Cycling Team 3  
3 Chun Kai Feng (Tpe) Action Cycling Team 2  
4 Shih Hsin Hsiao (Tpe) Action Cycling Team 1  
Sprint 3
1 Chun Kai Feng (Tpe) Action Cycling Team 5 pts
2 Takashi Miyazawa (Jpn) Team Saxo Bank 3  
3 Po-Hung Wu (Tpe) Team Senter - Merida 2  
4 Taiji Nishitani (Jpn) Japan National Team 1  
Teams
1 Genesys Wealth Advisers 3:22:11  
2 Team Saxo Bank 0:00:02  
3 Action Cycling Team    
4 Drapac Cycling    
5 Japan National Team    
6 Team Senter - Merida    
7 Rapha Condor - Sharp 0:00:13  
8 Nutrixxion Abus    
9 Champion System Pro Cycling Team    
10 Tabriz Petrochemical Team    
11 KSPO    
12 Androni Giocattoli    
13 RusVelo    
14 Chinese Taipei National Team    
15 Hong Kong Team    
16 RTS Racing Team    
17 Terengganu Cycling Team    
18 Azad University Cross Team    
19 Jelly Belly Cycling 0:00:47  
General classification after stage 1
1 Anthony Giacoppo (Aus) Genesys Wealth Advisers 1:07:05  
2 Po-Hung Wu (Tpe) Team Senter - Merida 0:00:05  
3 Chun Kai Feng (Tpe) Action Cycling Team    
4 Takashi Miyazawa (Jpn) Team Saxo Bank 0:00:07  
5 Rhys Pollock (Aus) Drapac Cycling 0:00:08  
6 Taiji Nishitani (Jpn) Japan National Team 0:00:12  
7 Christopher Juul-Jensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank 0:00:21  
8 Chan Jae Jang (Kor) Terengganu Cycling Team    
9 Alex Schmitt (Ger) Nutrixxion Abus 0:00:22  
10 Lucas Sebastian Haedo (Arg) Team Saxo Bank 0:00:23  
11 Sebastian Körber (Ger) Nutrixxion Abus    
12 Roberto Ferrari (Ita) Androni Giocattoli    
13 Felix English (Irl) Rapha Condor - Sharp    
14 Anuar Manan (Mas) Champion System Pro Cycling Team    
15 Ben Grenda (Aus) Rapha Condor - Sharp    
16 Ki Ju Lee (Kor) KSPO    
17 Jonathan Cantwell (Aus) Team Saxo Bank    
18 Alex Carver (Aus) Genesys Wealth Advisers    
19 Shih Hsin Hsiao (Tpe) Action Cycling Team    
20 Hossein Nateghi (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Team    
21 Ricardo Van Der Velde (Ned) Jelly Belly Cycling    
22 Artur Ershov (Rus) RusVelo    
23 Dirk Müller (Ger) Nutrixxion Abus    
24 Mohd Sharul Mat Amin (Mas) Terengganu Cycling Team    
25 Amir Mustafa Rusli (Mas) Drapac Cycling    
26 Wei Chieh Liu (Tpe) Chinese Taipei National Team    
27 Burr Ho (HKg) Hong Kong Team    
28 Steven Wong (HKg) Champion System Pro Cycling Team    
29 Cameron Wurf (Aus) Champion System Pro Cycling Team    
30 Ji Min Jung (Kor) KSPO    
31 Cheng Ying Hsieh (Tpe) Action Cycling Team    
32 Hossein Askari (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Team    
33 Tom Vermeer (Ger) Nutrixxion Abus    
34 Antonio Santoro (Ita) Androni Giocattoli    
35 Hossein Alizadeh (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Team    
36 Alexander Serov (Rus) RusVelo    
37 Luke Grivell-Mellor (GBr) Rapha Condor - Sharp    
38 Patrick Shaw (Aus) Genesys Wealth Advisers    
39 Darren Lapthorne (Aus) Drapac Cycling    
40 Tomohiro Hayakawa (Jpn) Japan National Team    
41 Wu-Hsing Yang (Tpe) Chinese Taipei National Team    
42 Adam Semple (Aus) Drapac Cycling    
43 Samuel Davis (Aus) Genesys Wealth Advisers    
44 Yung-Hua Cheng (Tpe) Team Senter - Merida    
45 Genki Yamamoto (Jpn) Japan National Team    
46 Lee Rodgers (GBr) RTS Racing Team    
47 Soon Yeong Kwon (Kor) KSPO    
48 Volodimir Gustov (Ukr) Team Saxo Bank    
49 Chin-Lung Huang (Tpe) RTS Racing Team    
50 Kristian House (GBr) Rapha Condor - Sharp    
51 Sergio Hernandez (USA) Jelly Belly Cycling    
52 Muhamid Adiq Othman (Mas) Champion System Pro Cycling Team    
53 Gang Xu (Chn) Champion System Pro Cycling Team    
54 Alex Coutts (GBr) RTS Racing Team    
55 Siu Wai Ko (HKg) Hong Kong Team    
56 Chien Liang Chen (Tpe) Chinese Taipei National Team    
57 Chin Feng Liu (Tpe) Chinese Taipei National Team    
58 Wen Chung Huang (Tpe) RTS Racing Team    
59 Salvatore Mancuso (Ita) Androni Giocattoli    
60 Chung Yan Wong (HKg) Hong Kong Team    
61 Evgeny Kovalev (Rus) RusVelo    
62 Behnam Khalilikhosroshahi (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Team    
63 Ben Dyball (Aus) Genesys Wealth Advisers    
64 Hsin-Hua Huang (Tpe) Team Senter - Merida    
65 Mohammad Saufi Mat Senan (Mas) Terengganu Cycling Team    
66 Chia Chun Chen (Tpe) Action Cycling Team    
67 Miguel Angel Nino Corredor (Col) Azad University Cross Team    
68 Ghader Mizbani Iranagh (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Team    
69 Yong Li Ng (Mas) Azad University Cross Team    
70 Alireza Haghi (IRI) Azad University Cross Team    
71 Wei Kei Chang (Tpe) RTS Racing Team    
72 Yusuke Hatanaka (Jpn) Japan National Team    
73 Victor Nino Corredor (Col) Azad University Cross Team    
74 Keisuke Nakao (Jpn) Japan National Team    
75 Alexey Markov (Rus) RusVelo    
76 Abbas Tanha Saeidi (IRI) Azad University Cross Team    
77 Floris Goesinnen (Ned) Drapac Cycling    
78 Giaro Ermeti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli    
79 Cheng-Yen Chen (Tpe) Team Senter - Merida    
80 Shinichi Fukushima (Jpn) Terengganu Cycling Team    
81 Wei Cheng Lee (Tpe) Chinese Taipei National Team    
82 Kam Po Wong (HKg) Hong Kong Team    
83 Ivan Kovalev (Rus) RusVelo    
84 Ying Hon Yeung (HKg) Hong Kong Team    
85 Do Hyoung Kim (Kor) Terengganu Cycling Team    
86 Che-Wei Hu (Tpe) Team Senter - Merida    
87 Dean Downing (GBr) Rapha Condor - Sharp    
88 Nic Hamilton (Can) Jelly Belly Cycling 0:00:57  
89 Antonino Parrinello (Ita) Androni Giocattoli 0:01:16  
90 Charles Huff (USA) Jelly Belly Cycling 0:05:42  
91 Sean Mazich (USA) Jelly Belly Cycling 0:06:54  
92 Je Sung Yeon (Kor) KSPO 0:11:54  
93 Dong Hyun Shin (Kor) KSPO    
94 Chun Liang Pan (Tpe) Action Cycling Team    
Points classification
1 Chun Kai Feng (Tpe) Action Cycling Team 12 pts
2 Takashi Miyazawa (Jpn) Team Saxo Bank 8  
3 Christopher Juul-Jensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank 3  
4 Chan Jae Jang (Kor) Terengganu Cycling Team 3  
5 Po-Hung Wu (Tpe) Team Senter - Merida 2  
6 Alex Schmitt (Ger) Nutrixxion Abus 2  
7 Taiji Nishitani (Jpn) Japan National Team 1  
8 Anuar Manan (Mas) Champion System Pro Cycling Team 1  
9 Shih Hsin Hsiao (Tpe) Action Cycling Team 1  
Teams classification
1 Genesys Wealth Advisers 3:22:11  
2 Team Saxo Bank 0:00:02  
3 Action Cycling Team    
4 Drapac Cycling    
5 Japan National Team    
6 Team Senter - Merida    
7 Rapha Condor - Sharp 0:00:13  
8 Nutrixxion Abus    
9 Champion System Pro Cycling Team    
10 Tabriz Petrochemical Team    
11 KSPO    
12 Androni Giocattoli    
13 RusVelo    
14 Chinese Taipei National Team    
15 Hong Kong Team    
16 RTS Racing Team    
17 Terengganu Cycling Team    
18 Azad University Cross Team    
19 Jelly Belly Cycling 0:00:47