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Tour de Taiwan 2012

Date range:
March 10-16, 2012

March 11, Stage 2: New Taipei City 135km

Wong Kam Po wins at Tour de Taiwan

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Cycling News
Published:
March 11, 2012, 10:23 GMT,
Updated:
March 11, 2012, 12:50 GMT

Miyazawa moves into overall lead

A large crowd gathered at the end of stage 2.

A large crowd gathered at the end of stage 2.

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It’s anniversary time at the 24th Tour de Taiwan. Two days ahead of turning 39, Hong Kong’s cycling legend Wong Kam Po confirmed his status as Asia’s top cyclist only three weeks after claiming the continental title for road race in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Stage 2 gave Saxo Bank’s Takashi Miyazawa the possibility to send a message of happiness back home exactly one year after the tragic earthquake devastated Japan. Citing March 11, the 2010 national champion who carried his country’s flag on the start line and in the morning breakaway of Milan-San Remo last year broke into tears as he commented on his new role of race leader at the Tour de Taiwan. He took the command with six seconds of an advantage over Drapac’s Rhys Pollock and Wong.

“Team Saxo Bank came here to win stages and GC,” Miyazawa said. “My first job is to work for our sprinters Jonathan [Cantwell] and [Lucas] Sebastian [Haedo] but when I get a chance, I try my luck in a breakaway in order to win a stage. That’s how yesterday and today I ended up at the front and I’m now in the lead. I’m very happy to be in yellow. I don’t know how I can go in tomorrow’s uphill finish. However, it’s the right day to bring good news to Japan. I don’t forget what happened exactly one year ago.”

Miyazawa was highly emotional when he pronounced those words. So was Wong as he mentioned his possible retirement sometimes this year. “Yes I feel a little bit old for racing and I’m almost at the end of my cycling career,” said the Hong Kong star, who already has four participations at the Olympic Games under his belt (Atlanta 1996, Sydney 2000, Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008). London might be the end of the road for him, as Hong Kong has qualified one rider for the road race and possibly one more for the omnium on the track. So it gives the 2007 world champion for scratch race in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, two options to ride his fifth and final Olympics.

“But I might as well give way to younger riders,” he said. “If I do the Olympics, I’ll probably retire the day after. If I don’t, I might even retire before July because I’m pushed to move into coaching as soon as possible.”

Wong made history for Asian cycling when he won stage 4 of the 2000 Le Tour de Langkawi in Malaysia and became the first Asian to do so at the race that was once the highest ranked on the continent. He dropped the likes of Russian Giro d’Italia winner Evgeni Berzin off his wheel to claim victory at the top of the Cameron Highlands. “This was my first big international win”, admitted the man who has since been recognized as Asia’s most successful cyclist due to his versatility on the track and on the road, as much in sprinting as in climbing.

The 2006 and 2010 Asian Games champion has for sure won much more bike races than the Japanese who have completed the recent Grand Tours (Yukiya Arashiro, Fumiyuki Beppu and Yokihiro Doi).

“I’m not sure if I’m Asia’s most successful cyclist ever,” moderated a very humble Wong. “Cycling has developed in Asia only lately. There is still a big gap with Europe. What I have achieved matters less than what’s coming up in the next few decades. The best Asian cyclist ever will be the one who will show the best sporting spirit.”

When he travelled from Hong Kong to Taiwan to take part in his first stage race of the 2012 season, Wong joked with his team-mates. “Keep me covered and unseen for the first three days of racing, I want to wait for my birthday to win stage 4,” he told them. He was obviously happy to have anticipated the time set for celebration. “A large group of riders (48) made the selection in the main hill of the day,” he said. “The wind on the sea side after the last climb with 25 km to go made it easier to split the group. We got a 30 seconds lead and the uphill finish suited my sprinting abilities at perfection.”

Wong outsprinted veteran 38-year-old former German champion Dirk Muller from Nutrixxion and Drapac’s flying Dutchman Floris Goesinnen in New Taipei City on the north coast of Taiwan.
 

Results

# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Kam Po Wong (HKg) Hong Kong Team 2:58:37  
2 Dirk Müller (Ger) Nutrixxion Abus    
3 Floris Goesinnen (Ned) Drapac Cycling    
4 Antonino Parrinello (Ita) Androni Giocattoli    
5 Takashi Miyazawa (Jpn) Team Saxo Bank    
6 Rhys Pollock (Aus) Drapac Cycling 0:00:05  
7 Taiji Nishitani (Jpn) Japan National Team 0:00:07  
8 Roberto Ferrari (Ita) Androni Giocattoli 0:00:42  
9 Jonathan Cantwell (Aus) Team Saxo Bank    
10 Anthony Giacoppo (Aus) Genesys Wealth Advisers    
11 Alexander Serov (Rus) Rusvelo    
12 Ben Grenda (Aus) Rapha Condor Sharp    
13 Artur Ershov (Rus) Rusvelo    
14 Adam Semple (Aus) Drapac Cycling    
15 Tom Vermeer (Ger) Nutrixxion Abus    
16 Chin-Lung Huang (Tpe) RTS Racing Team    
17 Giaro Ermeti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli    
18 Ricardo Van Der Velde (Ned) Jelly Belly Cycling    
19 Luke Grivell-Mellor (GBr) Rapha Condor Sharp    
20 Mohammad Saufi Mat Senan (Mas) Terengganu Cycling Team    
21 Hossein Askari (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Team    
22 Alex Coutts (GBr) RTS Racing Team    
23 Alex Schmitt (Ger) Nutrixxion Abus    
24 Lee Rodgers (GBr) RTS Racing Team    
25 Lucas Sebastian Haedo (Arg) Team Saxo Bank    
26 Muhamid Adiq Othman (Mas) Champion System Pro Cycling Team    
27 Ghader Mizbani Iranagh (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Team    
28 Kristain House (GBr) Rapha Condor Sharp    
29 Nic Hamilton (Can) Jelly Belly Cycling    
30 Dean Downing (GBr) Rapha Condor Sharp    
31 Chun Liang Pan (Tpe) Action Cycling Team    
32 Po-Hung Wu (Tpe) Team Senter-Merida    
33 Volodimir Gustov (Ukr) Team Saxo Bank    
34 Patrick Shaw (Aus) Genesys Wealth Advisers    
35 Chun Kai Feng (Tpe) Action Cycling Team    
36 Genki Yamamoto (Jpn) Japan National Team    
37 Antonio Santoro (Ita) Androni Giocattoli    
38 Chin Feng Liu (Tpe) Chinese Taipei National    
39 Cameron Wurf (Aus) Champion System Pro Cycling Team    
40 Samuel Davis (Aus) Genesys Wealth Advisers    
41 Ben Dyball (Aus) Genesys Wealth Advisers    
42 Salvatore Mancuso (Ita) Androni Giocattoli    
43 Miguel Angel Nino Corredor (Col) Azad University Cross Team    
44 Gang Xu (Chn) Champion System Pro Cycling Team    
45 Darren Lapthorne (Aus) Drapac Cycling    
46 Victor Nino Corredor (Col) Azad University Cross Team    
47 Yusuke Hatanaka (Jpn) Japan National Team    
48 Ying Hon Yeung (HKg) Hong Kong Team    
49 Alex Carver (Aus) Genesys Wealth Advisers 0:00:51  
50 Cheng Ying Hsieh (Tpe) Action Cycling Team 0:02:09  
51 Hossein Nateghi (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Team 0:02:10  
52 Shinichi Fukushima (Jpn) Terengganu Cycling Team    
53 Abbas Tanha Saeidi (IRI) Azad University Cross Team    
54 Wei Cheng Lee (Tpe) Chinese Taipei National 0:02:41  
55 Shih Hsin Hsiao (Tpe) Action Cycling Team    
56 Chia Chun Chen (Tpe) Action Cycling Team    
57 Wei Chieh Liu (Tpe) Chinese Taipei National    
58 Ji Min Jung (Kor) KSPO    
59 Je Sung Yeon (Kor) KSPO    
60 Anuar Manan (Mas) Champion System Pro Cycling Team    
61 Mohd Sharul Mat Amin (Mas) Terengganu Cycling Team    
62 Hsin-Hua Huang (Tpe) Team Senter-Merida    
63 Siu Wai Ko (HKg) Hong Kong Team    
64 Tomohiro Hayakawa (Jpn) Japan National Team    
65 Chan Jae Jang (Kor) Terengganu Cycling Team    
66 Sean Mazich (USA) Jelly Belly Cycling    
67 Wu-Hsing Yang (Tpe) Chinese Taipei National    
68 Alexey Markov (Rus) Rusvelo    
69 Chien Liang Chen (Tpe) Chinese Taipei National    
70 Keisuke Nakao (Jpn) Japan National Team    
71 Sergio Hernandez (USA) Jelly Belly Cycling    
72 Alireza Haghi (IRI) Azad University Cross Team    
73 Yung-Hua Cheng (Tpe) Team Senter-Merida    
74 Sebastian Körber (Ger) Nutrixxion Abus    
75 Chung Yan Wong (HKg) Hong Kong Team    
76 Amir Mustafa Rusli (Mas) Drapac Cycling    
77 Burr Ho (HKg) Hong Kong Team    
78 Soon Yeong Kwon (Kor) KSPO    
79 Evgeny Kovalev (Rus) Rusvelo    
80 Christopher Juul-Jensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank    
81 Behnam Khalilikhosroshahi (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Team 0:03:54  
82 Che-Wei Hu (Tpe) Team Senter-Merida 0:09:05  
83 Wei Kei Chang (Tpe) RTS Racing Team    
84 Do Hyoung Kim (Kor) Terengganu Cycling Team    
85 Cheng-Yen Chen (Tpe) Team Senter-Merida    
86 Dong Hyun Shin (Kor) KSPO    
87 Felix English (Irl) Rapha Condor Sharp    
88 Wen Chung Huang (Tpe) RTS Racing Team    
89 Ki Ju Lee (Kor) KSPO    
90 Steven Wong (HKg) Champion System Pro Cycling Team 0:12:31  
DNF Ivan Kovalev (Rus) Rusvelo    
DNF Hossein Alizadeh (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Team    
DNF Yong Li Ng (Mas) Azad University Cross Team    
DNS Charles Huff (USA) Jelly Belly Cycling    
General classification
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Takashi Miyazawa (Jpn) Team Saxo Bank 4:05:49  
2 Rhys Pollock (Aus) Drapac Cycling 0:00:06  
3 Kam Po Wong (HKg) Hong Kong Team    
4 Dirk Müller (Ger) Nutrixxion Abus 0:00:10  
5 Taiji Nishitani (Jpn) Japan National Team 0:00:12  
6 Floris Goesinnen (Ned) Drapac Cycling    
7 Anthony Giacoppo (Aus) Genesys Wealth Advisers 0:00:35  
8 Chun Kai Feng (Tpe) Action Cycling Team    
9 Po-Hung Wu (Tpe) Team Senter-Merida 0:00:40  
10 Alex Schmitt (Ger) Nutrixxion Abus 0:00:56  
11 Samuel Davis (Aus) Genesys Wealth Advisers    
12 Genki Yamamoto (Jpn) Japan National Team 0:00:57  
13 Roberto Ferrari (Ita) Androni Giocattoli 0:00:58  
14 Jonathan Cantwell (Aus) Team Saxo Bank    
15 Ben Grenda (Aus) Rapha Condor Sharp    
16 Artur Ershov (Rus) Rusvelo    
17 Lucas Sebastian Haedo (Arg) Team Saxo Bank    
18 Ricardo Van Der Velde (Ned) Jelly Belly Cycling    
19 Alexander Serov (Rus) Rusvelo    
20 Tom Vermeer (Ger) Nutrixxion Abus    
21 Hossein Askari (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Team    
22 Adam Semple (Aus) Drapac Cycling    
23 Luke Grivell-Mellor (GBr) Rapha Condor Sharp    
24 Chin-Lung Huang (Tpe) RTS Racing Team    
25 Lee Rodgers (GBr) RTS Racing Team    
26 Antonio Santoro (Ita) Androni Giocattoli    
27 Patrick Shaw (Aus) Genesys Wealth Advisers    
28 Alex Coutts (GBr) RTS Racing Team    
29 Muhamid Adiq Othman (Mas) Champion System Pro Cycling Team    
30 Kristain House (GBr) Rapha Condor Sharp    
31 Volodimir Gustov (Ukr) Team Saxo Bank    
32 Darren Lapthorne (Aus) Drapac Cycling    
33 Mohammad Saufi Mat Senan (Mas) Terengganu Cycling Team    
34 Giaro Ermeti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli    
35 Ghader Mizbani Iranagh (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Team    
36 Chin Feng Liu (Tpe) Chinese Taipei National    
37 Gang Xu (Chn) Champion System Pro Cycling Team    
38 Salvatore Mancuso (Ita) Androni Giocattoli    
39 Ben Dyball (Aus) Genesys Wealth Advisers    
40 Miguel Angel Nino Corredor (Col) Azad University Cross Team    
41 Victor Nino Corredor (Col) Azad University Cross Team    
42 Yusuke Hatanaka (Jpn) Japan National Team    
43 Dean Downing (GBr) Rapha Condor Sharp    
44 Ying Hon Yeung (HKg) Hong Kong Team    
45 Alex Carver (Aus) Genesys Wealth Advisers 0:01:07  
46 Antonino Parrinello (Ita) Androni Giocattoli 0:01:09  
47 Cameron Wurf (Aus) Champion System Pro Cycling Team 0:01:18  
48 Nic Hamilton (Can) Jelly Belly Cycling 0:01:32  
49 Cheng Ying Hsieh (Tpe) Action Cycling Team 0:02:25  
50 Hossein Nateghi (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Team 0:02:26  
51 Abbas Tanha Saeidi (IRI) Azad University Cross Team    
52 Shinichi Fukushima (Jpn) Terengganu Cycling Team    
53 Chan Jae Jang (Kor) Terengganu Cycling Team 0:02:52  
54 Christopher Juul-Jensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank 0:02:55  
55 Shih Hsin Hsiao (Tpe) Action Cycling Team 0:02:57  
56 Anuar Manan (Mas) Champion System Pro Cycling Team    
57 Wei Chieh Liu (Tpe) Chinese Taipei National    
58 Mohd Sharul Mat Amin (Mas) Terengganu Cycling Team    
59 Sebastian Körber (Ger) Nutrixxion Abus    
60 Ji Min Jung (Kor) KSPO    
61 Amir Mustafa Rusli (Mas) Drapac Cycling    
62 Burr Ho (HKg) Hong Kong Team    
63 Tomohiro Hayakawa (Jpn) Japan National Team    
64 Wu-Hsing Yang (Tpe) Chinese Taipei National    
65 Yung-Hua Cheng (Tpe) Team Senter-Merida    
66 Siu Wai Ko (HKg) Hong Kong Team    
67 Chia Chun Chen (Tpe) Action Cycling Team    
68 Sergio Hernandez (USA) Jelly Belly Cycling    
69 Chien Liang Chen (Tpe) Chinese Taipei National    
70 Soon Yeong Kwon (Kor) KSPO    
71 Hsin-Hua Huang (Tpe) Team Senter-Merida    
72 Wei Cheng Lee (Tpe) Chinese Taipei National    
73 Chung Yan Wong (HKg) Hong Kong Team    
74 Evgeny Kovalev (Rus) Rusvelo    
75 Alireza Haghi (IRI) Azad University Cross Team    
76 Alexey Markov (Rus) Rusvelo    
77 Keisuke Nakao (Jpn) Japan National Team    
78 Behnam Khalilikhosroshahi (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Team 0:04:10  
79 Felix English (Irl) Rapha Condor Sharp 0:09:21  
80 Ki Ju Lee (Kor) KSPO    
81 Wen Chung Huang (Tpe) RTS Racing Team    
82 Wei Kei Chang (Tpe) RTS Racing Team    
83 Cheng-Yen Chen (Tpe) Team Senter-Merida    
84 Che-Wei Hu (Tpe) Team Senter-Merida    
85 Do Hyoung Kim (Kor) Terengganu Cycling Team    
86 Sean Mazich (USA) Jelly Belly Cycling 0:09:28  
87 Chun Liang Pan (Tpe) Action Cycling Team 0:12:29  
88 Steven Wong (HKg) Champion System Pro Cycling Team 0:12:47  
89 Je Sung Yeon (Kor) KSPO 0:14:28  
90 Dong Hyun Shin (Kor) KSPO 0:20:52