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Tour de Taiwan 2012

Date range:
March 10-16, 2012

March 16, Stage 7: Kaohsiung City - Kaohsiung City 150km

Pollock holds on after finale crash to claim overall win in Taiwan

By:
Jean-François Quénet
Published:
March 16, 2012, 5:44 GMT,
Updated:
March 16, 2012, 16:20 GMT

Cantwell sprints to second stage victory

Rhys Pollock (Drapac Cycling) kisses the trophy of the final winner

Rhys Pollock (Drapac Cycling) kisses the trophy of the final winner

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The Tour de Taiwan concluded in Kaohsiung with Jonathan Cantwell (Saxo Bank) sprinting to his second stage victory of the race. The 30-year-old Australian outkicked Androni's Roberto Ferrari and Champion System's Adiq Hussainie Othman, who made his second top ten in a row, showing that he can both sprint and climb in the presence of some of the world's best teams.

The Malaysian's former teammate Rhys Pollock (Drapac) secured the overall victory despite crashing with 800 metres to go. Pollock defended his narrow two-second advantage over Kam Po Wong (Hong Kong Team) and six-second lead over third-placed Dirk Müller (Nutrixxion Abus).

"I knew the rule of the last 3km but I was scared because anything can happen," Pollock said. "[Third placed on GC] Dirk Muller could have jumped away and taken some time, so I told my teammates who wanted to celebrate: 'hey, just wait until the commissaires give it all clear'. I had to take some risks as if I was a sprinter myself. Now I'm just relieved that I held on to victory."

It wasn't a walk in the park for Pollock as the breakaway of the day comprised Taiwan-based veteran Lee Rodgers who eventually won the points classification, Saxo Bank's Volodimir Gustov, Hong Kong's Yeung Yin Hon and Champion System's Cameron Wurf, who all threatened Pollock's leading position. "The four riders away were dangerous on GC," Pollock said. "My team rode fantastically. Credit goes to the Hong Kong rider who was solo until 5km to go."

Pollock became the first Australian to win the Tour de Taiwan. The race was created in 1987, promoted to international level as part of the Asia Tour in 2005 and upgraded to the UCI 2.1 category this year. "The Tour de Taiwan is a popular race also in Australia," Pollock said. "I think Drapac came twice second in the past and we lost the lead of Peter McDonald two years ago on the last day, so we needed to get the monkey off our back. I was nervous about losing the yellow jersey. People here in Taiwan are fantastic, the race organization, the food, etc. It's one of my favourite races of the year."

Besides Adiq Hussainie, who might have caught the attention of the European teams, the revelation of the Tour de Taiwan was local rider Feng Chun Kai who finished seventh overall and claimed the King of the Mountains classification. "My next goal is to go back to school because my teachers might not be happy with me missing class these days," said the 23-year-old sports science student. "Shall I and my team [Action] improve, I give myself two years for winning the Tour de Taiwan."

Full Results
1 Jonathan Cantwell (Aus) Team Saxo Bank 2:47:18  
2 Roberto Ferrari (Ita) Androni Giocattoli    
3 Muhamid Adiq Othman (Mas) Champion System Pro Cycling Team    
4 Lucas Sebastian Haedo (Arg) Team Saxo Bank    
5 Patrick Shaw (Aus) Genesys Wealth Advisers    
6 Alex Carver (Aus) Genesys Wealth Advisers    
7 Dong Hyun Shin (Kor) KSPO    
8 Chan Jae Jang (Kor) Terengganu Cycling Team    
9 Artur Ershov (Rus) RusVelo    
10 Giaro Ermeti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli    
11 Hossein Nateghi (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Team    
12 Alexey Markov (Rus) RusVelo    
13 Taiji Nishitani (Jpn) Japan National Team    
14 Anthony Giacoppo (Aus) Genesys Wealth Advisers    
15 Sergio Hernandez (USA) Jelly Belly Cycling    
16 Mohammad Saufi Mat Senan (Mas) Terengganu Cycling Team    
17 Tom Vermeer (Ger) Nutrixxion Abus    
18 Dean Downing (GBr) Rapha Condor - Sharp    
19 Po-Hung Wu (Tpe) Team Senter - Merida    
20 Wei Chieh Liu (Tpe) Chinese Taipei National Team    
21 Shinichi Fukushima (Jpn) Terengganu Cycling Team    
22 Dirk Müller (Ger) Nutrixxion Abus    
23 Ricardo Van Der Velde (Ned) Jelly Belly Cycling    
24 Wei Cheng Lee (Tpe) Chinese Taipei National Team    
25 Kam Po Wong (HKg) Hong Kong Team    
26 Chung Yan Wong (HKg) Hong Kong Team    
27 Tomohiro Hayakawa (Jpn) Japan National Team    
28 Felix English (Irl) Rapha Condor - Sharp    
29 Volodimir Gustov (Ukr) Team Saxo Bank    
30 Chin Feng Liu (Tpe) Chinese Taipei National Team    
31 Yusuke Hatanaka (Jpn) Japan National Team    
32 Miguel Angel Nino Corredor (Col) Azad University Cross Team    
33 Chia Chun Chen (Tpe) Action Cycling Team    
34 Ben Dyball (Aus) Genesys Wealth Advisers    
35 Wu-Hsing Yang (Tpe) Chinese Taipei National Team    
36 Hossein Askari (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Team    
37 Cheng Ying Hsieh (Tpe) Action Cycling Team    
38 Ghader Mizbani Iranagh (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Team    
39 Chin-Lung Huang (Tpe) RTS Racing Team    
40 Chun Kai Feng (Tpe) Action Cycling Team    
41 Cheng-Yen Chen (Tpe) Team Senter - Merida    
42 Antonio Santoro (Ita) Androni Giocattoli    
43 Cameron Wurf (Aus) Champion System Pro Cycling Team    
44 Sebastian Körber (Ger) Nutrixxion Abus    
45 Chien Liang Chen (Tpe) Chinese Taipei National Team    
46 Wei Kei Chang (Tpe) RTS Racing Team    
47 Burr Ho (HKg) Hong Kong Team    
48 Genki Yamamoto (Jpn) Japan National Team    
49 Do Hyoung Kim (Kor) Terengganu Cycling Team    
50 Alexander Serov (Rus) RusVelo    
51 Je Sung Yeon (Kor) KSPO    
52 Alireza Haghi (IRI) Azad University Cross Team    
53 Victor Nino Corredor (Col) Azad University Cross Team    
54 Keisuke Nakao (Jpn) Japan National Team    
55 Alex Coutts (GBr) RTS Racing Team    
56 Chun Liang Pan (Tpe) Action Cycling Team    
57 Wen Chung Huang (Tpe) RTS Racing Team    
58 Yung-Hua Cheng (Tpe) Team Senter - Merida    
59 Che-Wei Hu (Tpe) Team Senter - Merida    
60 Ying Hon Yeung (HKg) Hong Kong Team    
61 Lee Rodgers (GBr) RTS Racing Team    
62 Evgeny Kovalev (Rus) RusVelo    
63 Behnam Khalilikhosroshahi (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Team    
64 Samuel Davis (Aus) Genesys Wealth Advisers    
65 Floris Goesinnen (Ned) Drapac Cycling    
66 Hsin-Hua Huang (Tpe) Team Senter - Merida    
67 Abbas Tanha Saeidi (IRI) Azad University Cross Team    
68 Salvatore Mancuso (Ita) Androni Giocattoli    
69 Alex Schmitt (Ger) Nutrixxion Abus    
70 Mohd Sharul Mat Amin (Mas) Terengganu Cycling Team    
71 Takashi Miyazawa (Jpn) Team Saxo Bank    
72 Kristian House (GBr) Rapha Condor - Sharp    
73 Nic Hamilton (Can) Jelly Belly Cycling    
74 Shih Hsin Hsiao (Tpe) Action Cycling Team    
75 Rhys Pollock (Aus) Drapac Cycling    
76 Adam Semple (Aus) Drapac Cycling    
77 Amir Mustafa Rusli (Mas) Drapac Cycling 0:01:15  
78 Christopher Juul-Jensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank 0:01:26  
79 Ji Min Jung (Kor) KSPO    
80 Ben Grenda (Aus) Rapha Condor - Sharp    
81 Anuar Manan (Mas) Champion System Pro Cycling Team    
82 Gang Xu (Chn) Champion System Pro Cycling Team    
83 Siu Wai Ko (HKg) Hong Kong Team    
DNF Antonino Parrinello (Ita) Androni Giocattoli    
DNF Sean Mazich (USA) Jelly Belly Cycling    
Sprint 1
1 Chun Kai Feng (Tpe) Action Cycling Team 5 pts
2 Lee Rodgers (GBr) RTS Racing Team 3  
3 Shinichi Fukushima (Jpn) Terengganu Cycling Team 2  
4 Volodimir Gustov (Ukr) Team Saxo Bank 1  
Sprint 2
1 Lee Rodgers (GBr) RTS Racing Team 5 pts
2 Volodimir Gustov (Ukr) Team Saxo Bank 3  
3 Cameron Wurf (Aus) Champion System Pro Cycling Team 2  
4 Ying Hon Yeung (HKg) Hong Kong Team 1  
Teams
1 Genesys Wealth Advisers 8:21:54  
2 Team Saxo Bank    
3 Terengganu Cycling Team    
4 Androni Giocattoli    
5 RusVelo    
6 Japan National Team    
7 Chinese Taipei National Team    
8 Nutrixxion Abus    
9 Tabriz Petrochemical Team    
10 Hong Kong Team    
11 Action Cycling Team    
12 Jelly Belly Cycling    
13 Rapha Condor - Sharp    
14 Team Senter - Merida    
15 Champion System Pro Cycling Team    
16 KSPO    
17 Azad University Cross Team    
18 RTS Racing Team    
19 Drapac Cycling    
Final general classification
1 Rhys Pollock (Aus) Drapac Cycling 19:09:44  
2 Kam Po Wong (HKg) Hong Kong Team 0:00:02  
3 Dirk Müller (Ger) Nutrixxion Abus 0:00:06  
4 Taiji Nishitani (Jpn) Japan National Team 0:00:08  
5 Anthony Giacoppo (Aus) Genesys Wealth Advisers 0:00:17  
6 Roberto Ferrari (Ita) Androni Giocattoli 0:00:26  
7 Chun Kai Feng (Tpe) Action Cycling Team 0:00:27  
8 Victor Nino Corredor (Col) Azad University Cross Team 0:00:34  
9 Yusuke Hatanaka (Jpn) Japan National Team 0:00:38  
10 Muhamid Adiq Othman (Mas) Champion System Pro Cycling Team 0:00:40  
11 Mohammad Saufi Mat Senan (Mas) Terengganu Cycling Team 0:00:52  
12 Volodimir Gustov (Ukr) Team Saxo Bank    
13 Giaro Ermeti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli 0:00:54  
14 Alex Coutts (GBr) RTS Racing Team    
15 Ghader Mizbani Iranagh (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Team    
16 Ben Dyball (Aus) Genesys Wealth Advisers    
17 Genki Yamamoto (Jpn) Japan National Team 0:01:04  
18 Gang Xu (Chn) Champion System Pro Cycling Team 0:01:07  
19 Alexander Serov (Rus) RusVelo 0:01:08  
20 Hossein Askari (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Team 0:01:12  
21 Ben Grenda (Aus) Rapha Condor - Sharp 0:01:22  
22 Ying Hon Yeung (HKg) Hong Kong Team    
23 Jonathan Cantwell (Aus) Team Saxo Bank 0:01:26  
24 Antonio Santoro (Ita) Androni Giocattoli 0:01:27  
25 Cameron Wurf (Aus) Champion System Pro Cycling Team 0:01:31  
26 Tom Vermeer (Ger) Nutrixxion Abus 0:01:37  
27 Kristian House (GBr) Rapha Condor - Sharp 0:01:46  
28 Takashi Miyazawa (Jpn) Team Saxo Bank 0:02:00  
29 Adam Semple (Aus) Drapac Cycling 0:02:01  
30 Nic Hamilton (Can) Jelly Belly Cycling 0:02:20  
31 Ricardo Van Der Velde (Ned) Jelly Belly Cycling 0:02:21  
32 Po-Hung Wu (Tpe) Team Senter - Merida 0:02:26  
33 Hossein Nateghi (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Team 0:02:51  
34 Chin Feng Liu (Tpe) Chinese Taipei National Team 0:03:15  
35 Miguel Angel Nino Corredor (Col) Azad University Cross Team    
36 Wei Cheng Lee (Tpe) Chinese Taipei National Team 0:03:21  
37 Hsin-Hua Huang (Tpe) Team Senter - Merida 0:04:07  
38 Sergio Hernandez (USA) Jelly Belly Cycling 0:04:14  
39 Chien Liang Chen (Tpe) Chinese Taipei National Team 0:04:28  
40 Lucas Sebastian Haedo (Arg) Team Saxo Bank 0:04:37  
41 Wei Chieh Liu (Tpe) Chinese Taipei National Team 0:05:08  
42 Salvatore Mancuso (Ita) Androni Giocattoli 0:05:11  
43 Tomohiro Hayakawa (Jpn) Japan National Team 0:05:14  
44 Mohd Sharul Mat Amin (Mas) Terengganu Cycling Team 0:05:19  
45 Chin-Lung Huang (Tpe) RTS Racing Team 0:06:01  
46 Chia Chun Chen (Tpe) Action Cycling Team 0:06:12  
47 Dean Downing (GBr) Rapha Condor - Sharp 0:06:18  
48 Siu Wai Ko (HKg) Hong Kong Team 0:06:20  
49 Shih Hsin Hsiao (Tpe) Action Cycling Team 0:06:22  
50 Alex Schmitt (Ger) Nutrixxion Abus 0:06:35  
51 Wu-Hsing Yang (Tpe) Chinese Taipei National Team 0:07:13  
52 Floris Goesinnen (Ned) Drapac Cycling 0:07:22  
53 Samuel Davis (Aus) Genesys Wealth Advisers 0:07:34  
54 Alireza Haghi (IRI) Azad University Cross Team 0:08:49  
55 Burr Ho (HKg) Hong Kong Team 0:08:59  
56 Chung Yan Wong (HKg) Hong Kong Team 0:09:11  
57 Yung-Hua Cheng (Tpe) Team Senter - Merida 0:09:29  
58 Cheng Ying Hsieh (Tpe) Action Cycling Team 0:11:15  
59 Keisuke Nakao (Jpn) Japan National Team 0:11:19  
60 Ji Min Jung (Kor) KSPO 0:11:23  
61 Alexey Markov (Rus) RusVelo 0:11:32  
62 Lee Rodgers (GBr) RTS Racing Team 0:11:49  
63 Chan Jae Jang (Kor) Terengganu Cycling Team 0:11:56  
64 Abbas Tanha Saeidi (IRI) Azad University Cross Team 0:12:05  
65 Shinichi Fukushima (Jpn) Terengganu Cycling Team 0:12:34  
66 Do Hyoung Kim (Kor) Terengganu Cycling Team 0:13:37  
67 Behnam Khalilikhosroshahi (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Team 0:14:27  
68 Cheng-Yen Chen (Tpe) Team Senter - Merida 0:14:30  
69 Alex Carver (Aus) Genesys Wealth Advisers 0:15:19  
70 Patrick Shaw (Aus) Genesys Wealth Advisers 0:15:43  
71 Wen Chung Huang (Tpe) RTS Racing Team 0:15:56  
72 Che-Wei Hu (Tpe) Team Senter - Merida 0:16:03  
73 Artur Ershov (Rus) RusVelo 0:16:09  
74 Evgeny Kovalev (Rus) RusVelo 0:16:56  
75 Wei Kei Chang (Tpe) RTS Racing Team 0:17:08  
76 Amir Mustafa Rusli (Mas) Drapac Cycling 0:18:04  
77 Chun Liang Pan (Tpe) Action Cycling Team 0:18:59  
78 Sebastian Körber (Ger) Nutrixxion Abus 0:19:34  
79 Christopher Juul-Jensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank 0:19:36  
80 Felix English (Irl) Rapha Condor - Sharp 0:20:32  
81 Je Sung Yeon (Kor) KSPO 0:20:44  
82 Anuar Manan (Mas) Champion System Pro Cycling Team 0:26:14  
83 Dong Hyun Shin (Kor) KSPO 0:33:18  
Points classification
1 Lee Rodgers (GBr) RTS Racing Team 31 pts
2 Chun Kai Feng (Tpe) Action Cycling Team 28  
3 Chan Jae Jang (Kor) Terengganu Cycling Team 18  
4 Takashi Miyazawa (Jpn) Team Saxo Bank 11  
5 Po-Hung Wu (Tpe) Team Senter - Merida 9  
6 Abbas Tanha Saeidi (IRI) Azad University Cross Team 8  
7 Shih Hsin Hsiao (Tpe) Action Cycling Team 7  
8 Anuar Manan (Mas) Champion System Pro Cycling Team 7  
9 Alireza Haghi (IRI) Azad University Cross Team 5  
10 Shinichi Fukushima (Jpn) Terengganu Cycling Team 5  
11 Volodimir Gustov (Ukr) Team Saxo Bank 4  
12 Alex Schmitt (Ger) Nutrixxion Abus 4  
13 Christopher Juul-Jensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank 4  
14 Rhys Pollock (Aus) Drapac Cycling 3  
15 Nic Hamilton (Can) Jelly Belly Cycling 3  
16 Samuel Davis (Aus) Genesys Wealth Advisers 3  
17 Muhamid Adiq Othman (Mas) Champion System Pro Cycling Team 2  
18 Genki Yamamoto (Jpn) Japan National Team 2  
19 Cameron Wurf (Aus) Champion System Pro Cycling Team 2  
20 Taiji Nishitani (Jpn) Japan National Team 1  
21 Ying Hon Yeung (HKg) Hong Kong Team 1  
22 Tom Vermeer (Ger) Nutrixxion Abus 1  
23 Chien Liang Chen (Tpe) Chinese Taipei National Team 1  
Mountains classification
1 Chun Kai Feng (Tpe) Action Cycling Team 19 pts
2 Shinichi Fukushima (Jpn) Terengganu Cycling Team 16  
3 Victor Nino Corredor (Col) Azad University Cross Team 15  
4 Roberto Ferrari (Ita) Androni Giocattoli 11  
5 Lee Rodgers (GBr) RTS Racing Team 10  
6 Anthony Giacoppo (Aus) Genesys Wealth Advisers 9  
7 Behnam Khalilikhosroshahi (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Team 9  
8 Muhamid Adiq Othman (Mas) Champion System Pro Cycling Team 8  
9 Jonathan Cantwell (Aus) Team Saxo Bank 6  
10 Evgeny Kovalev (Rus) RusVelo 6  
11 Hossein Nateghi (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Team 5  
12 Dean Downing (GBr) Rapha Condor - Sharp 5  
13 Yusuke Hatanaka (Jpn) Japan National Team 4  
14 Ghader Mizbani Iranagh (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Team 4  
15 Yung-Hua Cheng (Tpe) Team Senter - Merida 3  
16 Hossein Askari (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Team 2  
17 Ben Grenda (Aus) Rapha Condor - Sharp 2  
18 Hsin-Hua Huang (Tpe) Team Senter - Merida 2  
19 Lucas Sebastian Haedo (Arg) Team Saxo Bank 2  
20 Abbas Tanha Saeidi (IRI) Azad University Cross Team 2  
21 Mohammad Saufi Mat Senan (Mas) Terengganu Cycling Team 1  
22 Alexander Serov (Rus) RusVelo 1  
23 Nic Hamilton (Can) Jelly Belly Cycling 1  
24 Chia Chun Chen (Tpe) Action Cycling Team 1  
Teams classification
1 Japan National Team 57:31:09  
2 Androni Giocattoli 0:00:36  
3 Drapac Cycling 0:01:04  
4 Champion System Pro Cycling Team 0:01:11  
5 Team Saxo Bank 0:02:50  
6 Tabriz Petrochemical Team 0:03:04  
7 Hong Kong Team 0:05:28  
8 Nutrixxion Abus 0:06:29  
9 Rapha Condor - Sharp 0:06:51  
10 Jelly Belly Cycling 0:07:00  
11 Genesys Wealth Advisers 0:07:12  
12 Terengganu Cycling Team 0:07:24  
13 Azad University Cross Team 0:07:25  
14 Chinese Taipei National Team 0:07:47  
15 Action Cycling Team 0:08:50  
16 Team Senter - Merida 0:10:39  
17 RTS Racing Team 0:10:49  
18 RusVelo 0:18:48  
19 KSPO 0:23:51