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Tour de Taiwan 2013

Date range:
March 18-24, 2013

March 21, Stage 4: Taichung City Hall - Metropolitan Park, Taichung 115km

Champion System rings a Bell at Tour de Taiwan

By:
Jean-François Quénet
Published:
March 21, 2013, 9:50 GMT,
Updated:
March 21, 2013, 10:04 GMT

Louis Meintjes impresses, Bernard Sulzberger moves into the lead

Happy time for leaders Choi Ki Ho, Qin Chen Lu and Bernard Sulzberger.

Happy time for leaders Choi Ki Ho, Qin Chen Lu and Bernard Sulzberger.

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If one name remains from stage 4 of the 25th Tour de Taiwan, it’s that of Louis Meintjes. The 21-year-old from MTN-Qhubeka launched an offensive from a long way out but a counter-attack by runner up Bernard Sulzberger (Drapac) eventually dethroned Kirill Pozdnyakov (Baku) while Canada’s Zachary Bell delivered Champion System’s first win in the big league of cycling, which includes the races of category 1 and above, one year after the promotion of the China-registered squad in the Pro Continental ranks.

“It feels great to be back as a winner on the road after a while,” said Bell after the finish. The 30-year-old decided to focus exclusively on road racing after carrying the flag for Canada on the track and becoming a father for the first time in October last year. His last road race was effectively the national championship in June, as he didn’t finish stage 1 of the Tour of Colorado after that. His latest international victory also goes as far back as at the 2007 Vuelta a El Salvador.

“I was happy to have the opportunity to race for Champion System and especially at Asian races,” Bell explained. “This continent offers some of the best venues for racing. I enjoy it here. It’s an interesting kind of racing because of the very motivated field. There’s always somebody who wants to make it hard, while in North America, the racing can be very negative sometimes. Today, after I broke away with a Japanese rider, when I saw the two MTN riders coming across, I could see they were very motivated. They made the race today. It played in my favour, so did the comeback of Sulzberger because Drapac kept our group away till the end. For Champion System, to win in Taiwan is huge!”

The first man in action was also from Champion System: Taiwan’s Feng Chun Kai who targets the king of the mountains competition went away from the gun and created a front group of 17 riders who stayed away until km 36. They were soon relayed ahead of the bunch by Takero Terasaki (Japan) and Bell. The duo was rejoined twenty kilometers later (at km 59) by Gordon McCauley (Drapac), Louis Meintjes and Johan van Zyl (MTN-Qhubeka), Qin Chen Lu (Max Success) and Kohei Uchima (Japan).

With a maximum lead of 2:25, Meintjes who was lying in tenth position on GC only 25 seconds down on Pozdnyakov became the virtual leader of the Tour de Taiwan until a group of five counter attackers came across, including Sulzberger with the help of Floris Goesinen, also from Drapac, Ryoma Nonaka (Shimano Racing), Thomas Vaubourzeix (La Pomme Marseille) and Liam Holohan (Madison Genesis). The junction was made within 10km to go.

A former track rider, Bell proved to be the fastest on the finishing line in front the Metropolitan Park of Taichung, ahead of Vaubourzeix and Sulzberger who got a significant advantage from his surprising offensive in the downhill of the Taichung Route 95 after the KOM at km 74. The Tasmanian leads the Tour de Taiwan by 28 seconds over the sensation of the day, Meintjes, and former leader Pozdnyakov.

“It was improvised”, Sulzberger admitted. “I went away downhill, then with my Dutch teammate Floris Goesinnen, we rode hard till we reached the front of the race. With a 28-second lead, the race is still there to be won overall. It’s not a huge gap but I’m in a better situation than where I was yesterday. There are still a lot of guys in contention. The Tour de Taiwan is really competitive. It’s hard racing every day, very fast, I like it!”

Another change of leadership occurred in the king of the mountains competition but instead of the highly awaited Feng Chun Kai, the new wearer of the polka dot jersey is Qin Chen Lu. The 20-year-old from Max Success, who was also one of the most active riders in the previous day’s breakaway, rode away from the front group on the first category climb of the Taichung Route 95 but showed that his ability for riding downhill are about the opposite of his skills as a climber. He got caught and dropped consecutively but showed the increasing depth of Chinese cycling. “It was slippery after the rain, so I put safety first,” said Qin.

Bell warned there’s also more to be seen from his Chinese team. “We have a lot of cards to play,” the Canadian explained. “We’re not going to sit down and enjoy the rest of the race. Drapac is now probably motivated to keep their lead. [Feng Chun] Kai is a quiet guy but you’ll see a lot more from him in the future. Adiq [Hussainie from Malaysia] is still up there on GC. We’re gonna look to make more of an impact to the race.”

Stage 5 to Taoyuan features another uphill finish while stage 6 is a more difficult one with more possibilities to reshuffle the overall classification prior to the closing criterium in Taipei on Sunday morning.
 

Results

# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Zachary Bell (Can) Champion System Pro Cycling Team 2:39:10  
2 Thomas Vaubourzeix (Fra) Team La Pomme Marseille    
3 Bernard Sulzberger (Aus) DRAPAC Cycling    
4 Kohei Uchima (Jpn) Japan National Team    
5 Liam Holohan (GBr) Madison Genesis Team    
6 Louis Meintjes (RSA) MTN Qhubeka    
7 Ryoma Nonaka (Jpn) Shimano Racing Team    
8 Floris Goesinnen (Ned) DRAPAC Cycling 0:00:06  
9 Hayato Yoshida (Jpn) Shimano Racing Team 0:00:25  
10 Luke Keough (USA) UnitedHealthCare Pro Cycling    
11 Grischa Janorschke (Ger) NUTRIXXION ABUS    
12 Robbie Hucker (Aus) DRAPAC Cycling    
13 Mohammad Saufi Mat Senan (Mas) Terengganu Cycling Team    
14 Benjamin Edmüller (Ger) ARBÖ-Gebrüder Weiss-Oberndorfer    
15 Boonratanathanakorn Thurakit (Tha) Thailand National Team    
16 Anuar Manan (Mas) Synergy Baku Cycling Project Team    
17 Mohd Nur Rizuan Zainal (Mas) Malaysia National Team    
18 Sirironnachai Sarawut (Tha) Thailand National Team    
19 Takeaki Ayabe (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team    
20 Hao Liu (Chn) Max Success Sports Cycling Team    
21 Adiq Othman (Mas) Champion System Pro Cycling Team    
22 Sai-Udomsin Phuchong (Tha) Thailand National Team    
23 Mohd Shahrul Mat Amin (Mas) Terengganu Cycling Team    
24 Yuzuru Suzuki (Jpn) Shimano Racing Team    
25 Anthony Giacoppo (Aus) Huon Salmon-Genesys Wealth Adviser    
26 Chun Kai Feng (Tpe) Champion System Pro Cycling Team    
27 Yoshimitsu Hiratsuka (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team    
28 Oddbjørn Klomtsen Andersen (Nor) Team Frøy-Bianchi    
29 Muhammad Fauzan Ahmad Lufti (Mas) Malaysia National Team    
30 Hui Zhang (Chn) Max Success Sports Cycling Team    
31 Daniel Summerhill (USA) UnitedHealthCare Pro Cycling    
32 Nathan Earle (Aus) Huon Salmon-Genesys Wealth Adviser    
33 Max Walsleben (Ger) NUTRIXXION ABUS    
34 Dirk Müller (Ger) NUTRIXXION ABUS    
35 Christoph Scweizer (Ger) Synergy Baku Cycling Project Team    
36 Yat Wai Chan (HKg) Team Hong Kong China    
37 Po Hung Wu (Tpe) Team Senter - Merida    
38 En Huang (Chn) Max Success Sports Cycling Team    
39 Benjamin Giraud (Fra) Team La Pomme Marseille    
40 Chun Wing Leung (HKg) Team Hong Kong China    
41 Jakub Kratochvila (Cze) ARBÖ-Gebrüder Weiss-Oberndorfer    
42 Bradley White (USA) UnitedHealthCare Pro Cycling    
43 Tsgabu Grmay (Eth) MTN Qhubeka    
44 Yin Chih Wang (Tpe) CCN Cycling Team    
45 Christopher Jenninngs (RSA) Team La Pomme Marseille    
46 Che Wei Hu (Tpe) Team Senter - Merida    
47 Morten Sandvik (Nor) Team Frøy-Bianchi    
48 Mohd Saiful Anwar Azis (Mas) Terengganu Cycling Team    
49 Lee Rodgers (GBr) CCN Cycling Team    
50 Ryan Sherlock (Irl) Polygon Sweet Nice Team    
51 Masakazu Ito (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team    
52 Dennis Van Niekerk (RSA) MTN Qhubeka    
53 Gordon Mccauley (NZl) DRAPAC Cycling    
54 Kun Hung Hung (Tpe) Team Senter - Merida    
55 Ki Ho Choi (HKg) Team Hong Kong China    
56 Ian Bibby (GBr) Madison Genesis Team    
57 Yi Hao Tseng (Tpe) Team Senter - Merida    
58 David Clarke (GBr) Synergy Baku Cycling Project Team    
59 King Lok Cheung (HKg) Team Hong Kong China    
60 Mark Dowling (Irl) Polygon Sweet Nice Team    
61 Burr Ho (HKg) Team Hong Kong China    
62 Kirill Pozdnyakov (Rus) Synergy Baku Cycling Project Team    
63 Takero Terasaki (Jpn) Japan National Team    
64 Jacques Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) MTN Qhubeka    
65 John Kronborg Ebsen (Den) Synergy Baku Cycling Project Team    
66 Benjamin Sydlik (Ger) NUTRIXXION ABUS    
67 Hiroki Nishimura (Jpn) Japan National Team    
68 Dominic Jelfs (Irl) Madison Genesis Team    
69 Ohko Shimizu (Jpn) Japan National Team    
70 Chen Lu Qin (Chn) Max Success Sports Cycling Team    
71 Sigurd Nesset (Nor) Team Frøy-Bianchi    
72 Jai Crawford (Aus) Huon Salmon-Genesys Wealth Adviser    
73 Andreas Müller (Aut) ARBÖ-Gebrüder Weiss-Oberndorfer    
74 Hsin Hua Huang (Tpe) Team Senter - Merida 0:00:36  
75 Mohd Nor Umardi Rosdi (Mas) Terengganu Cycling Team    
76 Rick Ampler (Ger) NUTRIXXION ABUS 0:00:45  
77 Ahmad Fahmi Farhan Ahmad Fuat (Mas) Malaysia National Team 0:01:11  
78 Nur Arif Prayoga (Ina) Polygon Sweet Nice Team 0:01:16  
79 Johann Van Zyl (RSA) MTN Qhubeka 0:01:20  
80 Andrew Tennant (GBr) Madison Genesis Team 0:02:02  
81 Brennan Townshend (GBr) Madison Genesis Team    
82 Petr Lechner (Cze) ARBÖ-Gebrüder Weiss-Oberndorfer 0:02:18  
83 Masahiko Yasui (Jpn) Shimano Racing Team 0:02:56  
84 Patrick Shaw (Aus) Huon Salmon-Genesys Wealth Adviser 0:00:25  
85 Mart Ojavee (Est) Champion System Pro Cycling Team 0:03:30  
86 Fabian Schnaidt (Ger) Champion System Pro Cycling Team    
87 Halvor Tandrevold (Nor) Team Frøy-Bianchi    
88 Thomas Palmer (Aus) DRAPAC Cycling    
89 Jonathan Clarke (Aus) UnitedHealthCare Pro Cycling    
90 Yasuharo Nakajima (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team 0:03:59  
91 Shotaro Iribe (Jpn) Shimano Racing Team 0:04:00  
92 Shimpei Fukuda (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team 0:05:19  
93 Joseph Cooper (NZl) Huon Salmon-Genesys Wealth Adviser    
94 Liphongyu Navuti (Tha) Thailand National Team 0:07:43  
DNF Martyn Irvine (Irl) UnitedHealthCare Pro Cycling    
DNF Yue Peng Liu (Chn) Max Success Sports Cycling Team    
General classification
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Bernard Sulzberger (Aus) DRAPAC Cycling 12:03:14  
2 Louis Meintjes (RSA) MTN Qhubeka 0:00:28  
3 Kirill Pozdnyakov (Rus) Synergy Baku Cycling Project Team    
4 Nathan Earle (Aus) Huon Salmon-Genesys Wealth Adviser 0:00:31  
5 Oddbjørn Klomtsen Andersen (Nor) Team Frøy-Bianchi 0:00:37  
6 Ki Ho Choi (HKg) Team Hong Kong China 0:00:41  
7 Liam Holohan (GBr) Madison Genesis Team 0:00:43  
8 Mohammad Saufi Mat Senan (Mas) Terengganu Cycling Team 0:00:47  
9 Masakazu Ito (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team    
10 Tsgabu Grmay (Eth) MTN Qhubeka    
11 Adiq Othman (Mas) Champion System Pro Cycling Team 0:00:53  
12 Sigurd Nesset (Nor) Team Frøy-Bianchi    
13 King Lok Cheung (HKg) Team Hong Kong China 0:00:54  
14 Robbie Hucker (Aus) DRAPAC Cycling 0:00:55  
15 Sai-Udomsin Phuchong (Tha) Thailand National Team 0:00:59  
16 Yuzuru Suzuki (Jpn) Shimano Racing Team 0:01:04  
17 David Clarke (GBr) Synergy Baku Cycling Project Team    
18 Jai Crawford (Aus) Huon Salmon-Genesys Wealth Adviser    
19 Ian Bibby (GBr) Madison Genesis Team 0:01:06  
20 Anthony Giacoppo (Aus) Huon Salmon-Genesys Wealth Adviser 0:01:08  
21 Yoshimitsu Hiratsuka (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team    
22 Morten Sandvik (Nor) Team Frøy-Bianchi    
23 Po Hung Wu (Tpe) Team Senter - Merida 0:01:19  
24 Hui Zhang (Chn) Max Success Sports Cycling Team 0:01:27  
25 Chen Lu Qin (Chn) Max Success Sports Cycling Team 0:01:29  
26 Muhammad Fauzan Ahmad Lufti (Mas) Malaysia National Team 0:01:35  
27 Ryan Sherlock (Irl) Polygon Sweet Nice Team 0:01:38  
28 Mark Dowling (Irl) Polygon Sweet Nice Team 0:01:39  
29 John Kronborg Ebsen (Den) Synergy Baku Cycling Project Team 0:01:40  
30 Sirironnachai Sarawut (Tha) Thailand National Team 0:01:46  
31 Christoph Scweizer (Ger) Synergy Baku Cycling Project Team 0:01:57  
32 Dirk Müller (Ger) NUTRIXXION ABUS 0:02:03  
33 Hao Liu (Chn) Max Success Sports Cycling Team 0:02:07  
34 Boonratanathanakorn Thurakit (Tha) Thailand National Team 0:02:10  
35 Kun Hung Hung (Tpe) Team Senter - Merida 0:02:17  
36 Benjamin Giraud (Fra) Team La Pomme Marseille 0:02:36  
37 Andreas Müller (Aut) ARBÖ-Gebrüder Weiss-Oberndorfer 0:02:37  
38 Yat Wai Chan (HKg) Team Hong Kong China    
39 Christopher Jenninngs (RSA) Team La Pomme Marseille 0:02:44  
40 Mohd Saiful Anwar Azis (Mas) Terengganu Cycling Team 0:02:45  
41 Mohd Shahrul Mat Amin (Mas) Terengganu Cycling Team 0:02:55  
42 En Huang (Chn) Max Success Sports Cycling Team 0:02:57  
43 Lee Rodgers (GBr) CCN Cycling Team 0:02:58  
44 Takeaki Ayabe (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team 0:03:02  
45 Floris Goesinnen (Ned) DRAPAC Cycling 0:03:04  
46 Hayato Yoshida (Jpn) Shimano Racing Team 0:03:05  
47 Hsin Hua Huang (Tpe) Team Senter - Merida 0:03:08  
48 Mohd Nor Umardi Rosdi (Mas) Terengganu Cycling Team    
49 Ryoma Nonaka (Jpn) Shimano Racing Team 0:03:31  
50 Chun Kai Feng (Tpe) Champion System Pro Cycling Team 0:03:35  
51 Ohko Shimizu (Jpn) Japan National Team 0:03:50  
52 Benjamin Edmüller (Ger) ARBÖ-Gebrüder Weiss-Oberndorfer 0:03:54  
53 Thomas Vaubourzeix (Fra) Team La Pomme Marseille 0:04:04  
54 Grischa Janorschke (Ger) NUTRIXXION ABUS 0:04:07  
55 Jakub Kratochvila (Cze) ARBÖ-Gebrüder Weiss-Oberndorfer 0:04:09  
56 Johann Van Zyl (RSA) MTN Qhubeka 0:04:35  
57 Zachary Bell (Can) Champion System Pro Cycling Team 0:04:50  
58 Yin Chih Wang (Tpe) CCN Cycling Team 0:04:57  
59 Kohei Uchima (Jpn) Japan National Team 0:05:02  
60 Halvor Tandrevold (Nor) Team Frøy-Bianchi 0:05:06  
61 Anuar Manan (Mas) Synergy Baku Cycling Project Team 0:06:20  
62 Dennis Van Niekerk (RSA) MTN Qhubeka 0:06:34  
63 Petr Lechner (Cze) ARBÖ-Gebrüder Weiss-Oberndorfer 0:06:37  
64 Jonathan Clarke (Aus) UnitedHealthCare Pro Cycling 0:06:58  
65 Masahiko Yasui (Jpn) Shimano Racing Team 0:07:13  
66 Max Walsleben (Ger) NUTRIXXION ABUS 0:07:32  
67 Patrick Shaw (Aus) Huon Salmon-Genesys Wealth Adviser 0:07:52  
68 Bradley White (USA) UnitedHealthCare Pro Cycling 0:08:25  
69 Nur Arif Prayoga (Ina) Polygon Sweet Nice Team 0:08:46  
70 Luke Keough (USA) UnitedHealthCare Pro Cycling 0:09:20  
71 Burr Ho (HKg) Team Hong Kong China 0:09:41  
72 Benjamin Sydlik (Ger) NUTRIXXION ABUS 0:09:50  
73 Dominic Jelfs (Irl) Madison Genesis Team 0:10:29  
74 Che Wei Hu (Tpe) Team Senter - Merida 0:11:02  
75 Yi Hao Tseng (Tpe) Team Senter - Merida 0:11:32  
76 Gordon Mccauley (NZl) DRAPAC Cycling 0:11:33  
77 Jacques Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) MTN Qhubeka 0:12:13  
78 Rick Ampler (Ger) NUTRIXXION ABUS 0:12:17  
79 Liphongyu Navuti (Tha) Thailand National Team 0:12:57  
80 Thomas Palmer (Aus) DRAPAC Cycling 0:13:09  
81 Andrew Tennant (GBr) Madison Genesis Team 0:13:15  
82 Takero Terasaki (Jpn) Japan National Team 0:13:24  
83 Mart Ojavee (Est) Champion System Pro Cycling Team 0:13:40  
84 Yasuharo Nakajima (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team 0:14:10  
85 Hiroki Nishimura (Jpn) Japan National Team 0:14:19  
86 Fabian Schnaidt (Ger) Champion System Pro Cycling Team 0:14:26  
87 Ahmad Fahmi Farhan Ahmad Fuat (Mas) Malaysia National Team 0:14:28  
88 Brennan Townshend (GBr) Madison Genesis Team 0:15:15  
89 Mohd Nur Rizuan Zainal (Mas) Malaysia National Team 0:16:04  
90 Joseph Cooper (NZl) Huon Salmon-Genesys Wealth Adviser 0:16:57  
91 Chun Wing Leung (HKg) Team Hong Kong China 0:17:02  
92 Daniel Summerhill (USA) UnitedHealthCare Pro Cycling 0:18:18  
93 Shimpei Fukuda (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team 0:20:34  
94 Shotaro Iribe (Jpn) Shimano Racing Team 0:24:44