Ferrari speeds to victory in stage five of the Tour de Taiwan

Pollock retains overall lead

Following a period of doubt about his wellbeing, Roberto Ferrari found himself relieved at the end of stage five at the 2012 Tour de Taiwan as he sprinted to victory in the uphill finish in Changhua. The Androni Giocattoli sprinter, who turned 29 on the eve of the Tour, swept around Anthony Giacoppo (Genesys) and Lucas Sebastian Haedo (Saxo Bank) to claim his first victory since stage three of the 2011 Tour of San Luis.

After a productive Giro d’Italia that saw him finish in the top five of the bunch sprints on five occasions, he was struck down with glandular fever. “This was a parenthesis in my career,” he recalled. “I’ve almost lost a year and I’m starting everything from scratch again.” He went back to San Luis in January this year but wasn’t feeling good at all. Androni team manager Gianni Savio sent him to Taiwan to test his capacity to line up for the Giro again in May.

“To say that I’m ready for the Giro now is a big call,” Ferrari commented. “My form is good now. It’s important to arrive at a stage race and be competitive from the start. I came here to deliver results. Unfortunately, in the past two stages, I only managed to come second, that’s certainly not what a sprinter likes. But today, the finale suited my characteristics much more. The hill required a lot of strength. It had to be the shortest possible sprint. I calculated my efforts pretty well to come out at the last moment.

“I’m getting better and I hope this is the beginning of a nice season here in Taiwan,” Ferrari added. Asked if he felt ready for a hat-trick in the style of Andrea Guardini at the last stage race of the Asia Tour, Le Tour de Langkawi in Malaysia, he answered: “Tomorrow’s stage finish seems the hardest of the whole week of racing. It’ll possibly put the GC contenders in action. Above all, my next target is the last stage on Friday in Kaohsiung.”

Overall race leader Rhys Pollock (Drapac), who celebrated his 32nd birthday in the yellow jersey, said: “Tomorrow’s finish looks very tough. It’s a little bit of an unknown quantity. With no disrespect to [runner up] Wang Kam Po, my biggest threat is [former German national champion] Dirk Muller. He’s capable of attacking uphill and riding solo to the finish.”

The Australian was relieved to not have lost any time in the uphill finish of Changhua, where he came 29th - only five places behind Wang. “I knew this race could be lost by seconds if I didn’t have a good position at the bottom. It was good to stay in the mix with the same time as the stage winner.”

No gap was recorded between the first 54 riders at the top of the long uphill finish, which also enabled local boy Feng Chun Kai (Action Cycling Team) to keep his seventh position overall while chasing points along the way for both the mountains classification and the points competition that he leads. “The polka dot jersey remains my main goal,” said the 23-year-old from Miaoli.
 

Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Roberto Ferrari (Ita) Androni Giocattoli3:14:30 
2Lucas Sebastian Haedo (Arg) Team Saxo Bank  
3Anthony Giacoppo (Aus) Genesys Wealth Advisers  
4Jonathan Cantwell (Aus) Team Saxo Bank  
5Antonio Santoro (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
6Dirk Müller (Ger) Nutrixxion Abus  
7Artur Ershov (Rus) RusVelo  
8Muhamid Adiq Othman (Mas) Champion System Pro Cycling Team  
9Takashi Miyazawa (Jpn) Team Saxo Bank  
10Genki Yamamoto (Jpn) Japan National Team  
11Ying Hon Yeung (HKg) Hong Kong Team  
12Mohd Sharul Mat Amin (Mas) Terengganu Cycling Team  
13Taiji Nishitani (Jpn) Japan National Team  
14Mohammad Saufi Mat Senan (Mas) Terengganu Cycling Team  
15Alexander Serov (Rus) RusVelo  
16Yusuke Hatanaka (Jpn) Japan National Team  
17Gang Xu (Chn) Champion System Pro Cycling Team  
18Alex Coutts (GBr) RTS Racing Team  
19Ben Grenda (Aus) Rapha Condor - Sharp  
20Kristian House (GBr) Rapha Condor - Sharp  
21Chin-Lung Huang (Tpe) RTS Racing Team  
22Cameron Wurf (Aus) Champion System Pro Cycling Team  
23Alex Schmitt (Ger) Nutrixxion Abus  
24Kam Po Wong (HKg) Hong Kong Team  
25Wei Cheng Lee (Tpe) Chinese Taipei National Team  
26Ji Min Jung (Kor) KSPO  
27Ghader Mizbani Iranagh (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Team  
28Ricardo Van Der Velde (Ned) Jelly Belly Cycling  
29Rhys Pollock (Aus) Drapac Cycling  
30Alireza Haghi (IRI) Azad University Cross Team  
31Po-Hung Wu (Tpe) Team Senter - Merida  
32Shih Hsin Hsiao (Tpe) Action Cycling Team  
33Tom Vermeer (Ger) Nutrixxion Abus  
34Wei Chieh Liu (Tpe) Chinese Taipei National Team  
35Volodimir Gustov (Ukr) Team Saxo Bank  
36Wei Kei Chang (Tpe) RTS Racing Team  
37Victor Nino Corredor (Col) Azad University Cross Team  
38Tomohiro Hayakawa (Jpn) Japan National Team  
39Chun Kai Feng (Tpe) Action Cycling Team  
40Chia Chun Chen (Tpe) Action Cycling Team  
41Hsin-Hua Huang (Tpe) Team Senter - Merida  
42Adam Semple (Aus) Drapac Cycling  
43Hossein Askari (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Team  
44Chien Liang Chen (Tpe) Chinese Taipei National Team  
45Chun Liang Pan (Tpe) Action Cycling Team  
46Ben Dyball (Aus) Genesys Wealth Advisers  
47Wu-Hsing Yang (Tpe) Chinese Taipei National Team  
48Miguel Angel Nino Corredor (Col) Azad University Cross Team  
49Nic Hamilton (Can) Jelly Belly Cycling  
50Chan Jae Jang (Kor) Terengganu Cycling Team  
51Hossein Nateghi (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Team  
52Giaro Ermeti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
53Samuel Davis (Aus) Genesys Wealth Advisers  
54Sergio Hernandez (USA) Jelly Belly Cycling  
55Amir Mustafa Rusli (Mas) Drapac Cycling0:00:22 
56Wen Chung Huang (Tpe) RTS Racing Team  
57Felix English (Irl) Rapha Condor - Sharp  
58Dean Downing (GBr) Rapha Condor - Sharp  
59Burr Ho (HKg) Hong Kong Team  
60Chin Feng Liu (Tpe) Chinese Taipei National Team0:00:27 
61Cheng Ying Hsieh (Tpe) Action Cycling Team  
62Yung-Hua Cheng (Tpe) Team Senter - Merida0:00:29 
63Siu Wai Ko (HKg) Hong Kong Team  
64Je Sung Yeon (Kor) KSPO0:00:37 
65Che-Wei Hu (Tpe) Team Senter - Merida0:00:40 
66Chung Yan Wong (HKg) Hong Kong Team  
67Sean Mazich (USA) Jelly Belly Cycling  
68Cheng-Yen Chen (Tpe) Team Senter - Merida  
69Do Hyoung Kim (Kor) Terengganu Cycling Team  
70Shinichi Fukushima (Jpn) Terengganu Cycling Team0:00:45 
71Dong Hyun Shin (Kor) KSPO0:00:54 
72Salvatore Mancuso (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
73Keisuke Nakao (Jpn) Japan National Team0:01:05 
74Behnam Khalilikhosroshahi (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Team  
75Anuar Manan (Mas) Champion System Pro Cycling Team  
76Floris Goesinnen (Ned) Drapac Cycling0:01:29 
77Alexey Markov (Rus) RusVelo0:01:33 
78Christopher Juul-Jensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank  
79Antonino Parrinello (Ita) Androni Giocattoli0:01:45 
80Lee Rodgers (GBr) RTS Racing Team0:01:47 
81Sebastian Körber (Ger) Nutrixxion Abus  
82Alex Carver (Aus) Genesys Wealth Advisers0:01:49 
83Patrick Shaw (Aus) Genesys Wealth Advisers  
84Evgeny Kovalev (Rus) RusVelo0:01:51 
85Abbas Tanha Saeidi (IRI) Azad University Cross Team0:04:12 
Sprint 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Abbas Tanha Saeidi (IRI) Azad University Cross Team5 pts
2Lee Rodgers (GBr) RTS Racing Team3 
3Shih Hsin Hsiao (Tpe) Action Cycling Team2 
4Chan Jae Jang (Kor) Terengganu Cycling Team1 
Sprint 2
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Lee Rodgers (GBr) RTS Racing Team5 pts
2Abbas Tanha Saeidi (IRI) Azad University Cross Team3 
3Po-Hung Wu (Tpe) Team Senter - Merida2 
4Christopher Juul-Jensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank1 
KOM 1 - Cat. 2
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Chun Kai Feng (Tpe) Action Cycling Team6 pts
2Lee Rodgers (GBr) RTS Racing Team4 
3Abbas Tanha Saeidi (IRI) Azad University Cross Team2 
4Chia Chun Chen (Tpe) Action Cycling Team1 
KOM 2 - Cat. 3
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Roberto Ferrari (Ita) Androni Giocattoli3 pts
2Lucas Sebastian Haedo (Arg) Team Saxo Bank2 
3Anthony Giacoppo (Aus) Genesys Wealth Advisers1 
Teams
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Team Saxo Bank9:43:30 
2Japan National Team  
3Champion System Pro Cycling Team  
4Androni Giocattoli  
5Nutrixxion Abus  
6RTS Racing Team  
7Terengganu Cycling Team  
8Genesys Wealth Advisers  
9Taipei National Team  
10Action Cycling Team  
11Azad University Cross Team  
12Tabriz Petrochemical Team  
13Jelly Belly Cycling  
14Hong Kong National Team0:00:22 
15Rapha Condor - Sharp  
16Drapac Cycling  
17Team Senter - Merida0:00:29 
18KSPO0:01:31 
19Rusvelo0:01:33 
General classification after stage five
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Rhys Pollock (Aus) Drapac Cycling13:11:43 
2Kam Po Wong (HKg) Hong Kong Team0:00:02 
3Dirk Müller (Ger) Nutrixxion Abus0:00:06 
4Taiji Nishitani (Jpn) Japan National Team0:00:08 
5Anthony Giacoppo (Aus) Genesys Wealth Advisers0:00:17 
6Takashi Miyazawa (Jpn) Team Saxo Bank0:00:20 
7Chun Kai Feng (Tpe) Action Cycling Team0:00:30 
8Roberto Ferrari (Ita) Androni Giocattoli0:00:32 
9Jonathan Cantwell (Aus) Team Saxo Bank0:00:44 
10Alexander Serov (Rus) RusVelo0:00:50 
11Muhamid Adiq Othman (Mas) Champion System Pro Cycling Team0:00:53 
12Genki Yamamoto (Jpn) Japan National Team  
13Ben Grenda (Aus) Rapha Condor - Sharp0:00:54 
14Tom Vermeer (Ger) Nutrixxion Abus  
15Antonio Santoro (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
16Kristian House (GBr) Rapha Condor - Sharp  
17Hossein Askari (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Team  
18Alex Coutts (GBr) RTS Racing Team  
19Mohammad Saufi Mat Senan (Mas) Terengganu Cycling Team  
20Gang Xu (Chn) Champion System Pro Cycling Team  
21Giaro Ermeti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
22Volodimir Gustov (Ukr) Team Saxo Bank  
23Ghader Mizbani Iranagh (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Team  
24Yusuke Hatanaka (Jpn) Japan National Team  
25Ying Hon Yeung (HKg) Hong Kong Team  
26Ben Dyball (Aus) Genesys Wealth Advisers  
27Victor Nino Corredor (Col) Azad University Cross Team  
28Po-Hung Wu (Tpe) Team Senter - Merida0:00:58 
29Cameron Wurf (Aus) Champion System Pro Cycling Team0:01:14 
30Adam Semple (Aus) Drapac Cycling0:01:33 
31Ricardo Van Der Velde (Ned) Jelly Belly Cycling0:01:38 
32Alex Schmitt (Ger) Nutrixxion Abus0:01:40 
33Samuel Davis (Aus) Genesys Wealth Advisers0:01:49 
34Nic Hamilton (Can) Jelly Belly Cycling0:01:52 
35Miguel Angel Nino Corredor (Col) Azad University Cross Team0:02:03 
36Lucas Sebastian Haedo (Arg) Team Saxo Bank0:02:15 
37Hossein Nateghi (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Team0:02:18 
38Chin Feng Liu (Tpe) Chinese Taipei National Team0:02:20 
39Salvatore Mancuso (Ita) Androni Giocattoli0:02:26 
40Chin-Lung Huang (Tpe) RTS Racing Team0:02:33 
41Wei Cheng Lee (Tpe) Chinese Taipei National Team0:02:53 
42Hsin-Hua Huang (Tpe) Team Senter - Merida0:03:19 
43Mohd Sharul Mat Amin (Mas) Terengganu Cycling Team0:03:34 
44Sergio Hernandez (USA) Jelly Belly Cycling  
45Wei Chieh Liu (Tpe) Chinese Taipei National Team0:03:40 
46Chien Liang Chen (Tpe) Chinese Taipei National Team0:04:00 
47Siu Wai Ko (HKg) Hong Kong Team0:04:10 
48Wu-Hsing Yang (Tpe) Chinese Taipei National Team0:04:11 
49Tomohiro Hayakawa (Jpn) Japan National Team0:04:14 
50Alireza Haghi (IRI) Azad University Cross Team0:04:34 
51Shih Hsin Hsiao (Tpe) Action Cycling Team0:04:38 
52Chia Chun Chen (Tpe) Action Cycling Team0:04:39 
53Chung Yan Wong (HKg) Hong Kong Team0:04:57 
54Yung-Hua Cheng (Tpe) Team Senter - Merida0:05:04 
55Burr Ho (HKg) Hong Kong Team0:05:07 
56Dean Downing (GBr) Rapha Condor - Sharp0:05:31 
57Antonino Parrinello (Ita) Androni Giocattoli0:05:33 
58Amir Mustafa Rusli (Mas) Drapac Cycling0:05:57 
59Floris Goesinnen (Ned) Drapac Cycling0:06:34 
60Lee Rodgers (GBr) RTS Racing Team0:07:05 
61Keisuke Nakao (Jpn) Japan National Team0:07:32 
62Alexey Markov (Rus) RusVelo0:07:38 
63Cheng Ying Hsieh (Tpe) Action Cycling Team0:09:05 
64Chan Jae Jang (Kor) Terengganu Cycling Team0:09:16 
65Alex Carver (Aus) Genesys Wealth Advisers0:09:36 
66Abbas Tanha Saeidi (IRI) Azad University Cross Team0:09:57 
67Patrick Shaw (Aus) Genesys Wealth Advisers0:09:58 
68Ji Min Jung (Kor) KSPO0:09:59 
69Cheng-Yen Chen (Tpe) Team Senter - Merida0:11:43 
70Do Hyoung Kim (Kor) Terengganu Cycling Team0:11:44 
71Sebastian Körber (Ger) Nutrixxion Abus0:11:46 
72Behnam Khalilikhosroshahi (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Team0:12:17 
73Shinichi Fukushima (Jpn) Terengganu Cycling Team0:12:35 
74Sean Mazich (USA) Jelly Belly Cycling0:12:51 
75Evgeny Kovalev (Rus) RusVelo0:13:23 
76Christopher Juul-Jensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank0:13:39 
77Wei Kei Chang (Tpe) RTS Racing Team0:13:54 
78Wen Chung Huang (Tpe) RTS Racing Team0:14:45 
79Che-Wei Hu (Tpe) Team Senter - Merida0:14:49 
80Artur Ershov (Rus) RusVelo0:15:14 
81Chun Liang Pan (Tpe) Action Cycling Team0:15:20 
82Felix English (Irl) Rapha Condor - Sharp0:15:31 
83Je Sung Yeon (Kor) KSPO0:17:23 
84Anuar Manan (Mas) Champion System Pro Cycling Team0:18:21 
85Dong Hyun Shin (Kor) KSPO0:28:23 
Points classification after stage five
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Chun Kai Feng (Tpe) Action Cycling Team23 pts
2Chan Jae Jang (Kor) Terengganu Cycling Team18 
3Lee Rodgers (GBr) RTS Racing Team13 
4Takashi Miyazawa (Jpn) Team Saxo Bank11 
5Po-Hung Wu (Tpe) Team Senter - Merida9 
6Abbas Tanha Saeidi (IRI) Azad University Cross Team8 
7Shih Hsin Hsiao (Tpe) Action Cycling Team5 
8Alex Schmitt (Ger) Nutrixxion Abus4 
9Christopher Juul-Jensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank4 
10Rhys Pollock (Aus) Drapac Cycling3 
11Samuel Davis (Aus) Genesys Wealth Advisers3 
12Nic Hamilton (Can) Jelly Belly Cycling3 
13Shinichi Fukushima (Jpn) Terengganu Cycling Team3 
14Muhamid Adiq Othman (Mas) Champion System Pro Cycling Team2 
15Genki Yamamoto (Jpn) Japan National Team2 
16Anuar Manan (Mas) Champion System Pro Cycling Team2 
17Taiji Nishitani (Jpn) Japan National Team1 
18Tom Vermeer (Ger) Nutrixxion Abus1 
19Chien Liang Chen (Tpe) Chinese Taipei National Team1 
Mountains classification after stage five
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Chun Kai Feng (Tpe) Action Cycling Team19 pts
2Shinichi Fukushima (Jpn) Terengganu Cycling Team16 
3Roberto Ferrari (Ita) Androni Giocattoli11 
4Lee Rodgers (GBr) RTS Racing Team10 
5Anthony Giacoppo (Aus) Genesys Wealth Advisers9 
6Behnam Khalilikhosroshahi (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Team9 
7Victor Nino Corredor (Col) Azad University Cross Team9 
8Jonathan Cantwell (Aus) Team Saxo Bank6 
9Muhamid Adiq Othman (Mas) Champion System Pro Cycling Team6 
10Evgeny Kovalev (Rus) RusVelo6 
11Hossein Nateghi (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Team5 
12Dean Downing (GBr) Rapha Condor - Sharp5 
13Ghader Mizbani Iranagh (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Team4 
14Yung-Hua Cheng (Tpe) Team Senter - Merida3 
15Ben Grenda (Aus) Rapha Condor - Sharp2 
16Hossein Askari (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Team2 
17Lucas Sebastian Haedo (Arg) Team Saxo Bank2 
18Hsin-Hua Huang (Tpe) Team Senter - Merida2 
19Abbas Tanha Saeidi (IRI) Azad University Cross Team2 
20Alexander Serov (Rus) RusVelo1 
21Nic Hamilton (Can) Jelly Belly Cycling1 
22Chia Chun Chen (Tpe) Action Cycling Team1 
Team classification after stage five
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Japanese National Team39:37:05 
2Androni Giocattoli0:00:04 
3Drapac Cycling0:00:11 
4Team Saxo Bank0:00:19 
5Champion System0:00:46 
6Nutrixxion Abus0:00:52 
7Genesys Wealth Advisers0:01:30 
8Tabriz Petrochemical Team0:02:14 
9Hong Kong National Team0:03:13 
10Azad University Cross Team0:04:16 
11Rapha Condor - Sharp0:04:45 
12Jelly Belly Cycling0:05:10 
13Action Cycling Team0:05:34 
14Terengganu Cycling Team0:05:42 
15Taipei National Team0:05:57 
16RTS Racing Team0:06:03 
17Team Senter - Merida0:07:10 
18Rusvelo0:14:03 
19KSPO0:14:12 

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