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

Cantwell sprints to second stage victory

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
1Jonathan Cantwell (Aus) Team Saxo Bank2:47:18 
2Roberto Ferrari (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
3Muhamid Adiq Othman (Mas) Champion System Pro Cycling Team  
4Lucas Sebastian Haedo (Arg) Team Saxo Bank  
5Patrick Shaw (Aus) Genesys Wealth Advisers  
6Alex Carver (Aus) Genesys Wealth Advisers  
7Dong Hyun Shin (Kor) KSPO  
8Chan Jae Jang (Kor) Terengganu Cycling Team  
9Artur Ershov (Rus) RusVelo  
10Giaro Ermeti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
11Hossein Nateghi (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Team  
12Alexey Markov (Rus) RusVelo  
13Taiji Nishitani (Jpn) Japan National Team  
14Anthony Giacoppo (Aus) Genesys Wealth Advisers  
15Sergio Hernandez (USA) Jelly Belly Cycling  
16Mohammad Saufi Mat Senan (Mas) Terengganu Cycling Team  
17Tom Vermeer (Ger) Nutrixxion Abus  
18Dean Downing (GBr) Rapha Condor - Sharp  
19Po-Hung Wu (Tpe) Team Senter - Merida  
20Wei Chieh Liu (Tpe) Chinese Taipei National Team  
21Shinichi Fukushima (Jpn) Terengganu Cycling Team  
22Dirk Müller (Ger) Nutrixxion Abus  
23Ricardo Van Der Velde (Ned) Jelly Belly Cycling  
24Wei Cheng Lee (Tpe) Chinese Taipei National Team  
25Kam Po Wong (HKg) Hong Kong Team  
26Chung Yan Wong (HKg) Hong Kong Team  
27Tomohiro Hayakawa (Jpn) Japan National Team  
28Felix English (Irl) Rapha Condor - Sharp  
29Volodimir Gustov (Ukr) Team Saxo Bank  
30Chin Feng Liu (Tpe) Chinese Taipei National Team  
31Yusuke Hatanaka (Jpn) Japan National Team  
32Miguel Angel Nino Corredor (Col) Azad University Cross Team  
33Chia Chun Chen (Tpe) Action Cycling Team  
34Ben Dyball (Aus) Genesys Wealth Advisers  
35Wu-Hsing Yang (Tpe) Chinese Taipei National Team  
36Hossein Askari (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Team  
37Cheng Ying Hsieh (Tpe) Action Cycling Team  
38Ghader Mizbani Iranagh (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Team  
39Chin-Lung Huang (Tpe) RTS Racing Team  
40Chun Kai Feng (Tpe) Action Cycling Team  
41Cheng-Yen Chen (Tpe) Team Senter - Merida  
42Antonio Santoro (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
43Cameron Wurf (Aus) Champion System Pro Cycling Team  
44Sebastian Körber (Ger) Nutrixxion Abus  
45Chien Liang Chen (Tpe) Chinese Taipei National Team  
46Wei Kei Chang (Tpe) RTS Racing Team  
47Burr Ho (HKg) Hong Kong Team  
48Genki Yamamoto (Jpn) Japan National Team  
49Do Hyoung Kim (Kor) Terengganu Cycling Team  
50Alexander Serov (Rus) RusVelo  
51Je Sung Yeon (Kor) KSPO  
52Alireza Haghi (IRI) Azad University Cross Team  
53Victor Nino Corredor (Col) Azad University Cross Team  
54Keisuke Nakao (Jpn) Japan National Team  
55Alex Coutts (GBr) RTS Racing Team  
56Chun Liang Pan (Tpe) Action Cycling Team  
57Wen Chung Huang (Tpe) RTS Racing Team  
58Yung-Hua Cheng (Tpe) Team Senter - Merida  
59Che-Wei Hu (Tpe) Team Senter - Merida  
60Ying Hon Yeung (HKg) Hong Kong Team  
61Lee Rodgers (GBr) RTS Racing Team  
62Evgeny Kovalev (Rus) RusVelo  
63Behnam Khalilikhosroshahi (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Team  
64Samuel Davis (Aus) Genesys Wealth Advisers  
65Floris Goesinnen (Ned) Drapac Cycling  
66Hsin-Hua Huang (Tpe) Team Senter - Merida  
67Abbas Tanha Saeidi (IRI) Azad University Cross Team  
68Salvatore Mancuso (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
69Alex Schmitt (Ger) Nutrixxion Abus  
70Mohd Sharul Mat Amin (Mas) Terengganu Cycling Team  
71Takashi Miyazawa (Jpn) Team Saxo Bank  
72Kristian House (GBr) Rapha Condor - Sharp  
73Nic Hamilton (Can) Jelly Belly Cycling  
74Shih Hsin Hsiao (Tpe) Action Cycling Team  
75Rhys Pollock (Aus) Drapac Cycling  
76Adam Semple (Aus) Drapac Cycling  
77Amir Mustafa Rusli (Mas) Drapac Cycling0:01:15 
78Christopher Juul-Jensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank0:01:26 
79Ji Min Jung (Kor) KSPO  
80Ben Grenda (Aus) Rapha Condor - Sharp  
81Anuar Manan (Mas) Champion System Pro Cycling Team  
82Gang Xu (Chn) Champion System Pro Cycling Team  
83Siu Wai Ko (HKg) Hong Kong Team  
DNFAntonino Parrinello (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
DNFSean Mazich (USA) Jelly Belly Cycling  
Sprint 1
1Chun Kai Feng (Tpe) Action Cycling Team5pts
2Lee Rodgers (GBr) RTS Racing Team3 
3Shinichi Fukushima (Jpn) Terengganu Cycling Team2 
4Volodimir Gustov (Ukr) Team Saxo Bank1 
Sprint 2
1Lee Rodgers (GBr) RTS Racing Team5pts
2Volodimir Gustov (Ukr) Team Saxo Bank3 
3Cameron Wurf (Aus) Champion System Pro Cycling Team2 
4Ying Hon Yeung (HKg) Hong Kong Team1 
1Genesys Wealth Advisers8:21:54 
2Team Saxo Bank  
3Terengganu Cycling Team  
4Androni Giocattoli  
6Japan National Team  
7Chinese Taipei National Team  
8Nutrixxion Abus  
9Tabriz Petrochemical Team  
10Hong Kong Team  
11Action Cycling Team  
12Jelly Belly Cycling  
13Rapha Condor - Sharp  
14Team Senter - Merida  
15Champion System Pro Cycling Team  
17Azad University Cross Team  
18RTS Racing Team  
19Drapac Cycling  
Final general classification
1Rhys Pollock (Aus) Drapac Cycling19:09:44 
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 
6Roberto Ferrari (Ita) Androni Giocattoli0:00:26 
7Chun Kai Feng (Tpe) Action Cycling Team0:00:27 
8Victor Nino Corredor (Col) Azad University Cross Team0:00:34 
9Yusuke Hatanaka (Jpn) Japan National Team0:00:38 
10Muhamid Adiq Othman (Mas) Champion System Pro Cycling Team0:00:40 
11Mohammad Saufi Mat Senan (Mas) Terengganu Cycling Team0:00:52 
12Volodimir Gustov (Ukr) Team Saxo Bank  
13Giaro Ermeti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli0:00:54 
14Alex Coutts (GBr) RTS Racing Team  
15Ghader Mizbani Iranagh (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Team  
16Ben Dyball (Aus) Genesys Wealth Advisers  
17Genki Yamamoto (Jpn) Japan National Team0:01:04 
18Gang Xu (Chn) Champion System Pro Cycling Team0:01:07 
19Alexander Serov (Rus) RusVelo0:01:08 
20Hossein Askari (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Team0:01:12 
21Ben Grenda (Aus) Rapha Condor - Sharp0:01:22 
22Ying Hon Yeung (HKg) Hong Kong Team  
23Jonathan Cantwell (Aus) Team Saxo Bank0:01:26 
24Antonio Santoro (Ita) Androni Giocattoli0:01:27 
25Cameron Wurf (Aus) Champion System Pro Cycling Team0:01:31 
26Tom Vermeer (Ger) Nutrixxion Abus0:01:37 
27Kristian House (GBr) Rapha Condor - Sharp0:01:46 
28Takashi Miyazawa (Jpn) Team Saxo Bank0:02:00 
29Adam Semple (Aus) Drapac Cycling0:02:01 
30Nic Hamilton (Can) Jelly Belly Cycling0:02:20 
31Ricardo Van Der Velde (Ned) Jelly Belly Cycling0:02:21 
32Po-Hung Wu (Tpe) Team Senter - Merida0:02:26 
33Hossein Nateghi (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Team0:02:51 
34Chin Feng Liu (Tpe) Chinese Taipei National Team0:03:15 
35Miguel Angel Nino Corredor (Col) Azad University Cross Team  
36Wei Cheng Lee (Tpe) Chinese Taipei National Team0:03:21 
37Hsin-Hua Huang (Tpe) Team Senter - Merida0:04:07 
38Sergio Hernandez (USA) Jelly Belly Cycling0:04:14 
39Chien Liang Chen (Tpe) Chinese Taipei National Team0:04:28 
40Lucas Sebastian Haedo (Arg) Team Saxo Bank0:04:37 
41Wei Chieh Liu (Tpe) Chinese Taipei National Team0:05:08 
42Salvatore Mancuso (Ita) Androni Giocattoli0:05:11 
43Tomohiro Hayakawa (Jpn) Japan National Team0:05:14 
44Mohd Sharul Mat Amin (Mas) Terengganu Cycling Team0:05:19 
45Chin-Lung Huang (Tpe) RTS Racing Team0:06:01 
46Chia Chun Chen (Tpe) Action Cycling Team0:06:12 
47Dean Downing (GBr) Rapha Condor - Sharp0:06:18 
48Siu Wai Ko (HKg) Hong Kong Team0:06:20 
49Shih Hsin Hsiao (Tpe) Action Cycling Team0:06:22 
50Alex Schmitt (Ger) Nutrixxion Abus0:06:35 
51Wu-Hsing Yang (Tpe) Chinese Taipei National Team0:07:13 
52Floris Goesinnen (Ned) Drapac Cycling0:07:22 
53Samuel Davis (Aus) Genesys Wealth Advisers0:07:34 
54Alireza Haghi (IRI) Azad University Cross Team0:08:49 
55Burr Ho (HKg) Hong Kong Team0:08:59 
56Chung Yan Wong (HKg) Hong Kong Team0:09:11 
57Yung-Hua Cheng (Tpe) Team Senter - Merida0:09:29 
58Cheng Ying Hsieh (Tpe) Action Cycling Team0:11:15 
59Keisuke Nakao (Jpn) Japan National Team0:11:19 
60Ji Min Jung (Kor) KSPO0:11:23 
61Alexey Markov (Rus) RusVelo0:11:32 
62Lee Rodgers (GBr) RTS Racing Team0:11:49 
63Chan Jae Jang (Kor) Terengganu Cycling Team0:11:56 
64Abbas Tanha Saeidi (IRI) Azad University Cross Team0:12:05 
65Shinichi Fukushima (Jpn) Terengganu Cycling Team0:12:34 
66Do Hyoung Kim (Kor) Terengganu Cycling Team0:13:37 
67Behnam Khalilikhosroshahi (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Team0:14:27 
68Cheng-Yen Chen (Tpe) Team Senter - Merida0:14:30 
69Alex Carver (Aus) Genesys Wealth Advisers0:15:19 
70Patrick Shaw (Aus) Genesys Wealth Advisers0:15:43 
71Wen Chung Huang (Tpe) RTS Racing Team0:15:56 
72Che-Wei Hu (Tpe) Team Senter - Merida0:16:03 
73Artur Ershov (Rus) RusVelo0:16:09 
74Evgeny Kovalev (Rus) RusVelo0:16:56 
75Wei Kei Chang (Tpe) RTS Racing Team0:17:08 
76Amir Mustafa Rusli (Mas) Drapac Cycling0:18:04 
77Chun Liang Pan (Tpe) Action Cycling Team0:18:59 
78Sebastian Körber (Ger) Nutrixxion Abus0:19:34 
79Christopher Juul-Jensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank0:19:36 
80Felix English (Irl) Rapha Condor - Sharp0:20:32 
81Je Sung Yeon (Kor) KSPO0:20:44 
82Anuar Manan (Mas) Champion System Pro Cycling Team0:26:14 
83Dong Hyun Shin (Kor) KSPO0:33:18 
Points classification
1Lee Rodgers (GBr) RTS Racing Team31pts
2Chun Kai Feng (Tpe) Action Cycling Team28 
3Chan Jae Jang (Kor) Terengganu Cycling Team18 
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 Team7 
8Anuar Manan (Mas) Champion System Pro Cycling Team7 
9Alireza Haghi (IRI) Azad University Cross Team5 
10Shinichi Fukushima (Jpn) Terengganu Cycling Team5 
11Volodimir Gustov (Ukr) Team Saxo Bank4 
12Alex Schmitt (Ger) Nutrixxion Abus4 
13Christopher Juul-Jensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank4 
14Rhys Pollock (Aus) Drapac Cycling3 
15Nic Hamilton (Can) Jelly Belly Cycling3 
16Samuel Davis (Aus) Genesys Wealth Advisers3 
17Muhamid Adiq Othman (Mas) Champion System Pro Cycling Team2 
18Genki Yamamoto (Jpn) Japan National Team2 
19Cameron Wurf (Aus) Champion System Pro Cycling Team2 
20Taiji Nishitani (Jpn) Japan National Team1 
21Ying Hon Yeung (HKg) Hong Kong Team1 
22Tom Vermeer (Ger) Nutrixxion Abus1 
23Chien Liang Chen (Tpe) Chinese Taipei National Team1 
Mountains classification
1Chun Kai Feng (Tpe) Action Cycling Team19pts
2Shinichi Fukushima (Jpn) Terengganu Cycling Team16 
3Victor Nino Corredor (Col) Azad University Cross Team15 
4Roberto Ferrari (Ita) Androni Giocattoli11 
5Lee Rodgers (GBr) RTS Racing Team10 
6Anthony Giacoppo (Aus) Genesys Wealth Advisers9 
7Behnam Khalilikhosroshahi (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Team9 
8Muhamid Adiq Othman (Mas) Champion System Pro Cycling Team8 
9Jonathan Cantwell (Aus) Team Saxo Bank6 
10Evgeny Kovalev (Rus) RusVelo6 
11Hossein Nateghi (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Team5 
12Dean Downing (GBr) Rapha Condor - Sharp5 
13Yusuke Hatanaka (Jpn) Japan National Team4 
14Ghader Mizbani Iranagh (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Team4 
15Yung-Hua Cheng (Tpe) Team Senter - Merida3 
16Hossein Askari (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Team2 
17Ben Grenda (Aus) Rapha Condor - Sharp2 
18Hsin-Hua Huang (Tpe) Team Senter - Merida2 
19Lucas Sebastian Haedo (Arg) Team Saxo Bank2 
20Abbas Tanha Saeidi (IRI) Azad University Cross Team2 
21Mohammad Saufi Mat Senan (Mas) Terengganu Cycling Team1 
22Alexander Serov (Rus) RusVelo1 
23Nic Hamilton (Can) Jelly Belly Cycling1 
24Chia Chun Chen (Tpe) Action Cycling Team1 
Teams classification
1Japan National Team57:31:09 
2Androni Giocattoli0:00:36 
3Drapac Cycling0:01:04 
4Champion System Pro Cycling Team0:01:11 
5Team Saxo Bank0:02:50 
6Tabriz Petrochemical Team0:03:04 
7Hong Kong Team0:05:28 
8Nutrixxion Abus0:06:29 
9Rapha Condor - Sharp0:06:51 
10Jelly Belly Cycling0:07:00 
11Genesys Wealth Advisers0:07:12 
12Terengganu Cycling Team0:07:24 
13Azad University Cross Team0:07:25 
14Chinese Taipei National Team0:07:47 
15Action Cycling Team0:08:50 
16Team Senter - Merida0:10:39 
17RTS Racing Team0:10:49 

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