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Tour de Taiwan 2013

Date range:
March 18-24, 2013

March 22, Stage 5: Taoyuan County Hall - Kanpanzan 144km

Grmay makes history for Ethiopia

By:
Jean-François Quénet
Published:
March 22, 2013, 11:51 GMT,
Updated:
March 22, 2013, 12:37 GMT

Sulzberger holds lead with two days to go

King of the mountains Feng Chun Kai is celebrated as a hero in Taiwan.

King of the mountains Feng Chun Kai is celebrated as a hero in Taiwan.

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The 25th Tour de Taiwan will remain in the history of cycling globalization for the first-ever international victory by an Ethiopian cyclist. Coming from a country known for his world-class runners, Tsgabu Grmay of MTN-Qhubeka made a big impact by winning stage 5 in style after finishing 5th overall at the Tropicale Amissa-Bongo and 9th at Le Tour de Langkawi at the age of only 21.

The former pupil of the Potchefstroom-based African UCI Continental Center and the World Cycling Center in Aigle in 2011 attacked uphill with 3km to go and made it all the way to the finish in an attempt that helped him move up to second on GC, 27 seconds down on race leader Bernard Sulzberger. The under-23 African time trial champion prolonged an effort made at the front of the bunch by his team-mate Louis Meintjes who was already very convincing the day before and proved once again that MTN-Qhubeka has a lot of young talents in its roster.

“This tactic was absolutely planned,” Grmay explained. “We don’t have a sprinter at MTN-Qhubeka here, so we have to attack to try and win. It was also part of the plan to have someone like Dennis in the break earlier on. Once I got a gap, I gave everything I could. This is my first pro season, so it makes me so happy to collect my first victory. I’m happy for Africa and for Ethiopia.”

“I’m definitely impressed by him, when he attacked with 3km to go, everyone was at the limit,” echoed Sulzberger who didn’t encounter any particular difficulty, tactically speaking, in defending his lead. Drapac sent Thomas Palmer and Robbie Hucker in the first significant breakaway of day after 25 kilometers of racing with Adiq Hussainie (Champion System), Drapac), Anthony Giacoppo (Huon-Genesys), Masahiko Yasui (Shimano), Ian Bibby (Madison) and Dennis van Niekerk (MTN-Qhubeka). The latter refused to be caught by the bunch and re-opened the gas before the junction, soon to be rejoined by two riders from Champion System: the previous day’s winner Zachary Bell and local hero Feng Chun Kai.

The trio stayed away for 85 kilometres with a maximum advantage of 2:10 over the bunch mostly led by Drapac. Feng pursued his effort with Van Niekerk until they got caught with 12km to go. “My main goal was to take the lead of the king of the mountains competition,” the Taiwanese explained, “but I kept going in case there was a chance to go for the stage win as well. I’ve won the KOM here last year already but I feel stronger now. My previous set-up in Taiwan was good but since I’ve joined an international team like Champion System, I’m learning more and faster at the contact of experienced riders.”

Patrick Shaw (Huon) and Jakub Kratochvila (Arbö) tried their luck in the uphill stretch leading to Kanpanzan, a wonderful panorama in the country of Taoyuan. But it was Grmay who found the way to escape and anticipate the sprint by ten seconds. Following his best friend Shahrul Mat Amin’s stage victory on stage 3 in Changhua, Saufi Mat Senan of Terengganu took on board the lesson of his crash last year at the end of this exact same stage of the Tour de Taiwan. This time around, he used the final curves he had studied carefully with his French coach Sébastien Duclos to perfection to take the second place and the time bonus that puts him in the position of best Asian rider ahead of Hong Kong’s Choi Ki Ho.

Asked if he’s afraid of the young guns from MTN-Qhubeka who have captured most of the attention by their aggressive racing style in the past two stages, Sulzberger admitted ahead of stage 6 that he has terrain favorable for big offensives around New Taipei City: “Maybe I should be a little bit… They rode awesome today again and I can’t thank my team enough for the work they’ve done for me. I have to repay them by winning GC.” With Grmay in second place overall and Meintjes in fourth, the first ever African Pro Continental team has two cards to play and won’t surrender until the closing criterium on Sunday morning in Taipei.


 

Results

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