Wong Kam Po wins at Tour de Taiwan

Miyazawa moves into overall lead

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) TeamResult
1Kam Po Wong (HKg) Hong Kong Team2:58:37 
2Dirk Müller (Ger) Nutrixxion Abus  
3Floris Goesinnen (Ned) Drapac Cycling  
4Antonino Parrinello (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
5Takashi Miyazawa (Jpn) Team Saxo Bank  
6Rhys Pollock (Aus) Drapac Cycling0:00:05 
7Taiji Nishitani (Jpn) Japan National Team0:00:07 
8Roberto Ferrari (Ita) Androni Giocattoli0:00:42 
9Jonathan Cantwell (Aus) Team Saxo Bank  
10Anthony Giacoppo (Aus) Genesys Wealth Advisers  
11Alexander Serov (Rus) Rusvelo  
12Ben Grenda (Aus) Rapha Condor Sharp  
13Artur Ershov (Rus) Rusvelo  
14Adam Semple (Aus) Drapac Cycling  
15Tom Vermeer (Ger) Nutrixxion Abus  
16Chin-Lung Huang (Tpe) RTS Racing Team  
17Giaro Ermeti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
18Ricardo Van Der Velde (Ned) Jelly Belly Cycling  
19Luke Grivell-Mellor (GBr) Rapha Condor Sharp  
20Mohammad Saufi Mat Senan (Mas) Terengganu Cycling Team  
21Hossein Askari (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Team  
22Alex Coutts (GBr) RTS Racing Team  
23Alex Schmitt (Ger) Nutrixxion Abus  
24Lee Rodgers (GBr) RTS Racing Team  
25Lucas Sebastian Haedo (Arg) Team Saxo Bank  
26Muhamid Adiq Othman (Mas) Champion System Pro Cycling Team  
27Ghader Mizbani Iranagh (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Team  
28Kristain House (GBr) Rapha Condor Sharp  
29Nic Hamilton (Can) Jelly Belly Cycling  
30Dean Downing (GBr) Rapha Condor Sharp  
31Chun Liang Pan (Tpe) Action Cycling Team  
32Po-Hung Wu (Tpe) Team Senter-Merida  
33Volodimir Gustov (Ukr) Team Saxo Bank  
34Patrick Shaw (Aus) Genesys Wealth Advisers  
35Chun Kai Feng (Tpe) Action Cycling Team  
36Genki Yamamoto (Jpn) Japan National Team  
37Antonio Santoro (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
38Chin Feng Liu (Tpe) Chinese Taipei National  
39Cameron Wurf (Aus) Champion System Pro Cycling Team  
40Samuel Davis (Aus) Genesys Wealth Advisers  
41Ben Dyball (Aus) Genesys Wealth Advisers  
42Salvatore Mancuso (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
43Miguel Angel Nino Corredor (Col) Azad University Cross Team  
44Gang Xu (Chn) Champion System Pro Cycling Team  
45Darren Lapthorne (Aus) Drapac Cycling  
46Victor Nino Corredor (Col) Azad University Cross Team  
47Yusuke Hatanaka (Jpn) Japan National Team  
48Ying Hon Yeung (HKg) Hong Kong Team  
49Alex Carver (Aus) Genesys Wealth Advisers0:00:51 
50Cheng Ying Hsieh (Tpe) Action Cycling Team0:02:09 
51Hossein Nateghi (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Team0:02:10 
52Shinichi Fukushima (Jpn) Terengganu Cycling Team  
53Abbas Tanha Saeidi (IRI) Azad University Cross Team  
54Wei Cheng Lee (Tpe) Chinese Taipei National0:02:41 
55Shih Hsin Hsiao (Tpe) Action Cycling Team  
56Chia Chun Chen (Tpe) Action Cycling Team  
57Wei Chieh Liu (Tpe) Chinese Taipei National  
58Ji Min Jung (Kor) KSPO  
59Je Sung Yeon (Kor) KSPO  
60Anuar Manan (Mas) Champion System Pro Cycling Team  
61Mohd Sharul Mat Amin (Mas) Terengganu Cycling Team  
62Hsin-Hua Huang (Tpe) Team Senter-Merida  
63Siu Wai Ko (HKg) Hong Kong Team  
64Tomohiro Hayakawa (Jpn) Japan National Team  
65Chan Jae Jang (Kor) Terengganu Cycling Team  
66Sean Mazich (USA) Jelly Belly Cycling  
67Wu-Hsing Yang (Tpe) Chinese Taipei National  
68Alexey Markov (Rus) Rusvelo  
69Chien Liang Chen (Tpe) Chinese Taipei National  
70Keisuke Nakao (Jpn) Japan National Team  
71Sergio Hernandez (USA) Jelly Belly Cycling  
72Alireza Haghi (IRI) Azad University Cross Team  
73Yung-Hua Cheng (Tpe) Team Senter-Merida  
74Sebastian Körber (Ger) Nutrixxion Abus  
75Chung Yan Wong (HKg) Hong Kong Team  
76Amir Mustafa Rusli (Mas) Drapac Cycling  
77Burr Ho (HKg) Hong Kong Team  
78Soon Yeong Kwon (Kor) KSPO  
79Evgeny Kovalev (Rus) Rusvelo  
80Christopher Juul-Jensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank  
81Behnam Khalilikhosroshahi (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Team0:03:54 
82Che-Wei Hu (Tpe) Team Senter-Merida0:09:05 
83Wei Kei Chang (Tpe) RTS Racing Team  
84Do Hyoung Kim (Kor) Terengganu Cycling Team  
85Cheng-Yen Chen (Tpe) Team Senter-Merida  
86Dong Hyun Shin (Kor) KSPO  
87Felix English (Irl) Rapha Condor Sharp  
88Wen Chung Huang (Tpe) RTS Racing Team  
89Ki Ju Lee (Kor) KSPO  
90Steven Wong (HKg) Champion System Pro Cycling Team0:12:31 
DNFIvan Kovalev (Rus) Rusvelo  
DNFHossein Alizadeh (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Team  
DNFYong Li Ng (Mas) Azad University Cross Team  
DNSCharles Huff (USA) Jelly Belly Cycling  
General classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Takashi Miyazawa (Jpn) Team Saxo Bank4:05:49 
2Rhys Pollock (Aus) Drapac Cycling0:00:06 
3Kam Po Wong (HKg) Hong Kong Team  
4Dirk Müller (Ger) Nutrixxion Abus0:00:10 
5Taiji Nishitani (Jpn) Japan National Team0:00:12 
6Floris Goesinnen (Ned) Drapac Cycling  
7Anthony Giacoppo (Aus) Genesys Wealth Advisers0:00:35 
8Chun Kai Feng (Tpe) Action Cycling Team  
9Po-Hung Wu (Tpe) Team Senter-Merida0:00:40 
10Alex Schmitt (Ger) Nutrixxion Abus0:00:56 
11Samuel Davis (Aus) Genesys Wealth Advisers  
12Genki Yamamoto (Jpn) Japan National Team0:00:57 
13Roberto Ferrari (Ita) Androni Giocattoli0:00:58 
14Jonathan Cantwell (Aus) Team Saxo Bank  
15Ben Grenda (Aus) Rapha Condor Sharp  
16Artur Ershov (Rus) Rusvelo  
17Lucas Sebastian Haedo (Arg) Team Saxo Bank  
18Ricardo Van Der Velde (Ned) Jelly Belly Cycling  
19Alexander Serov (Rus) Rusvelo  
20Tom Vermeer (Ger) Nutrixxion Abus  
21Hossein Askari (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Team  
22Adam Semple (Aus) Drapac Cycling  
23Luke Grivell-Mellor (GBr) Rapha Condor Sharp  
24Chin-Lung Huang (Tpe) RTS Racing Team  
25Lee Rodgers (GBr) RTS Racing Team  
26Antonio Santoro (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
27Patrick Shaw (Aus) Genesys Wealth Advisers  
28Alex Coutts (GBr) RTS Racing Team  
29Muhamid Adiq Othman (Mas) Champion System Pro Cycling Team  
30Kristain House (GBr) Rapha Condor Sharp  
31Volodimir Gustov (Ukr) Team Saxo Bank  
32Darren Lapthorne (Aus) Drapac Cycling  
33Mohammad Saufi Mat Senan (Mas) Terengganu Cycling Team  
34Giaro Ermeti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
35Ghader Mizbani Iranagh (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Team  
36Chin Feng Liu (Tpe) Chinese Taipei National  
37Gang Xu (Chn) Champion System Pro Cycling Team  
38Salvatore Mancuso (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
39Ben Dyball (Aus) Genesys Wealth Advisers  
40Miguel Angel Nino Corredor (Col) Azad University Cross Team  
41Victor Nino Corredor (Col) Azad University Cross Team  
42Yusuke Hatanaka (Jpn) Japan National Team  
43Dean Downing (GBr) Rapha Condor Sharp  
44Ying Hon Yeung (HKg) Hong Kong Team  
45Alex Carver (Aus) Genesys Wealth Advisers0:01:07 
46Antonino Parrinello (Ita) Androni Giocattoli0:01:09 
47Cameron Wurf (Aus) Champion System Pro Cycling Team0:01:18 
48Nic Hamilton (Can) Jelly Belly Cycling0:01:32 
49Cheng Ying Hsieh (Tpe) Action Cycling Team0:02:25 
50Hossein Nateghi (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Team0:02:26 
51Abbas Tanha Saeidi (IRI) Azad University Cross Team  
52Shinichi Fukushima (Jpn) Terengganu Cycling Team  
53Chan Jae Jang (Kor) Terengganu Cycling Team0:02:52 
54Christopher Juul-Jensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank0:02:55 
55Shih Hsin Hsiao (Tpe) Action Cycling Team0:02:57 
56Anuar Manan (Mas) Champion System Pro Cycling Team  
57Wei Chieh Liu (Tpe) Chinese Taipei National  
58Mohd Sharul Mat Amin (Mas) Terengganu Cycling Team  
59Sebastian Körber (Ger) Nutrixxion Abus  
60Ji Min Jung (Kor) KSPO  
61Amir Mustafa Rusli (Mas) Drapac Cycling  
62Burr Ho (HKg) Hong Kong Team  
63Tomohiro Hayakawa (Jpn) Japan National Team  
64Wu-Hsing Yang (Tpe) Chinese Taipei National  
65Yung-Hua Cheng (Tpe) Team Senter-Merida  
66Siu Wai Ko (HKg) Hong Kong Team  
67Chia Chun Chen (Tpe) Action Cycling Team  
68Sergio Hernandez (USA) Jelly Belly Cycling  
69Chien Liang Chen (Tpe) Chinese Taipei National  
70Soon Yeong Kwon (Kor) KSPO  
71Hsin-Hua Huang (Tpe) Team Senter-Merida  
72Wei Cheng Lee (Tpe) Chinese Taipei National  
73Chung Yan Wong (HKg) Hong Kong Team  
74Evgeny Kovalev (Rus) Rusvelo  
75Alireza Haghi (IRI) Azad University Cross Team  
76Alexey Markov (Rus) Rusvelo  
77Keisuke Nakao (Jpn) Japan National Team  
78Behnam Khalilikhosroshahi (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Team0:04:10 
79Felix English (Irl) Rapha Condor Sharp0:09:21 
80Ki Ju Lee (Kor) KSPO  
81Wen Chung Huang (Tpe) RTS Racing Team  
82Wei Kei Chang (Tpe) RTS Racing Team  
83Cheng-Yen Chen (Tpe) Team Senter-Merida  
84Che-Wei Hu (Tpe) Team Senter-Merida  
85Do Hyoung Kim (Kor) Terengganu Cycling Team  
86Sean Mazich (USA) Jelly Belly Cycling0:09:28 
87Chun Liang Pan (Tpe) Action Cycling Team0:12:29 
88Steven Wong (HKg) Champion System Pro Cycling Team0:12:47 
89Je Sung Yeon (Kor) KSPO0:14:28 
90Dong Hyun Shin (Kor) KSPO0:20:52 

 

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