Park prevails in Taipei City

Park Sung Baek (Korea) sprinted to victory in the Taipei City Criterium on stage one of the Tour de Taiwan, putting the disappointment of last year's Asian Games behind him.

In Guangzhou last year, the Korean was denied the gold medal in the men's road race when he was judged to have impeded Hong Kong's Wong Kam Po in the sprint to the finish line.

But this time round there was no controversy as Sung Baek was clearly ahead of nearest challenger Bernardo Riccio (D'Angelo & Antennuci) while Dean Downing (Rapha Condor) crossed the finish line for third place.

"I'm just happy to win, it is always good to take a stage," said the 26-year-old Korean, who began his professional career with the Taiwan-based Giant-Asia Racing team back in 2005.

"The team did a great job for me and Jang (Chan Jae) did a perfect lead-out for me. I was a little concerned about crashes at the start of this race and that was the reason why I was a little cautious.

"For the next several days the strategy will still be the same and that is to look for the opportunity to take another stage win although I really can't wait for the climbs to start."

With the peloton having to complete 60 laps over a 1km circuit, the race saw several teams setting the early pace although it was to be Wai Man Chau (Hong Kong) who took the first sprint.

The Korean National Team was quick to get to the front of the pack and Chan Jae was consistent throughout the remaining two sprints to pick up a total of 11 points to give the rhythm for Sung Baek for the finish.

"I'm just happy to work for the team and to see Sung Baek win the stage," said Chan Jae, who took the sprinter's green jersey.

For Australia's Adam Phelan (Drapac), he was just glad to remain atop the general classification and be in the leader's yellow jersey for stage two.

"I'm happy to be in the yellow still. I can't quite sprint like some of the guys here so it was important that I keep out of trouble. We will see what happens in the next few days," said Phelan.

The best-ranked Asian rider's blue jersey went to Junya Sano (D'Angelo & Antenucci-Nippo) who holds eighth overall on general classification, five seconds behind race leader Phelan.

"It feels good to be in the blue jersey but there are a lot of good riders here and they all would want to win it. So I will just have to stick to the team strategy and hope for the best in the next few stages," added Junya.

"It will be tough for me in the climbs as I'm not a climber, so I hope that I will get to wear this jersey as long as I can."

Stage two will see the peloton covering a distance of 118km from New Taipei City Hall to Linshanbi.

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Full Results
1Sung Baek Park (Kor) Korea1:21:39
2Bernardo Riccio (Ita) d'Angelo & Antenucci - NippoRow 1 - Cell 2
3Dean Downing (GBr) Rapha Condor - SharpRow 2 - Cell 2
4Dean Windsor (Aus) Rapha Condor - SharpRow 3 - Cell 2
5Chan Jae Jang (Kor) KoreaRow 4 - Cell 2
6Rico Rogers (NZl) Giant Kenda Cycling TeamRow 5 - Cell 2
7Alex Candelario (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies - OptumHealthRow 6 - Cell 2
8Jaan Kirsipuu (Est) Champion SystemRow 7 - Cell 2
9Takeaki Ayabe (Jpn) JapanRow 8 - Cell 2
10Boris Shpilevskiy (Rus) Tabriz Petrochemical TeamRow 9 - Cell 2
11Mohd Zamri Saleh (Mas) MalaysiaRow 10 - Cell 2
12Po-Hung Wu (Tpe) Team Senter-Merida TaiwanRow 11 - Cell 2
13Junpei Murakami (Jpn) Shimano Racing TeamRow 12 - Cell 2
14Kam Po Wong (HKg) Hong KongRow 13 - Cell 2
15Adam Phelan (Aus) DrapacRow 14 - Cell 2
16Taiji Nishitani (Jpn) JapanRow 15 - Cell 2
17Mohd Rauf Nur Misbah (Mas) MalaysiaRow 16 - Cell 2
18Shinri Suzuki (Jpn) Shimano Racing TeamRow 17 - Cell 2
19Miyataka Shimizu (Jpn) JapanRow 18 - Cell 2
20James McCallum (GBr) Rapha Condor - SharpRow 19 - Cell 2
21Herwin Jaya (Ina) Polygon Sweet NiceRow 20 - Cell 2
22Kyung Gu Jang (Kor) KoreaRow 21 - Cell 2
23David McCann (Irl) Giant Kenda Cycling TeamRow 22 - Cell 2
24Roger Beuchat (Swi) Champion SystemRow 23 - Cell 2
25Chi Ho Yuen (HKg) Hong KongRow 24 - Cell 2
26Markus Eibegger (Aut) Tabriz Petrochemical TeamRow 25 - Cell 2
27Michael Sherer (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies - OptumHealthRow 26 - Cell 2
28Vries, De Harm (Ned) NetherlandsRow 27 - Cell 2
29Junya Sano (Jpn) d'Angelo & Antenucci - NippoRow 28 - Cell 2
30Vriend Rudy (Ned) NetherlandsRow 29 - Cell 2
31Hayato Yoshida (Jpn) JapanRow 30 - Cell 2
32Floris Goesinnen (Ned) DrapacRow 31 - Cell 2
33Daniel Bowman (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies - OptumHealthRow 32 - Cell 2
34Kenji Itami (Jpn) JapanRow 33 - Cell 2
35Tom Southam (GBr) Rapha Condor - SharpRow 34 - Cell 2
36Kazuki Aoyanagi (Jpn) Shimano Racing TeamRow 35 - Cell 2
37Che-Wei Hu (Tpe) Team Senter-Merida TaiwanRow 36 - Cell 2
38Alex Coutts (GBr) Giant Kenda Cycling TeamRow 37 - Cell 2
39Mohd Nor Rizuan Zainal (Mas) MalaysiaRow 38 - Cell 2
40Henry Frusto (Ita) d'Angelo & Antenucci - NippoRow 39 - Cell 2
41Chun Hing Chan (HKg) Hong KongRow 40 - Cell 2
42Jimmy Pranata (Ina) Polygon Sweet NiceRow 41 - Cell 2
43Chun-Kai Feng (Tpe) Action Cycling TeamRow 42 - Cell 2
44Julian Kyer (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies - OptumHealthRow 43 - Cell 2
45Hao Liu (Chn) Max Success SportsRow 44 - Cell 2
46Yusuke Hatanaka (Jpn) Shimano Racing TeamRow 45 - Cell 2
47Behnam Khalili Khosroshahi (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical TeamRow 46 - Cell 2
48Yuzuru Suzuki (Jpn) Shimano Racing TeamRow 47 - Cell 2
49Chia-Chun Chen (Tpe) Exustar Cycling TeamRow 48 - Cell 2
50Wai Man Chau (HKg) Champion SystemRow 49 - Cell 2
51Siu Wah Ko (HKg) Hong KongRow 50 - Cell 2
52Adam Semple (Aus) DrapacRow 51 - Cell 2
53Hossein Askari (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical TeamRow 52 - Cell 2
54Cheng-Yen Chen (Tpe) Team Senter-Merida TaiwanRow 53 - Cell 2
55Michael Creed (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies - OptumHealthRow 54 - Cell 2
56Lachlan Norris (Aus) DrapacRow 55 - Cell 2
57Rhys Pollock (Aus) DrapacRow 56 - Cell 2
58Ying Hon Yeung (HKg) Hong KongRow 57 - Cell 2
59Mart Ojavee (Est) Champion SystemRow 58 - Cell 2
60Ben Greenwood (GBr) Rapha Condor - SharpRow 59 - Cell 2
61Chin-Feng Liu (Tpe) Exustar Cycling TeamRow 60 - Cell 2
62Amir Rusli (Mas) DrapacRow 61 - Cell 2
63Kin San Wu (HKg) Champion SystemRow 62 - Cell 2
64Shu-Ming Liu (Tpe) Exustar Cycling TeamRow 63 - Cell 2
65Wen-Lung Chien (Tpe) Exustar Cycling TeamRow 64 - Cell 2
66Springintveld Joost (Ned) NetherlandsRow 65 - Cell 2
67Guillaume Bourgeois (Swi) Champion SystemRow 66 - Cell 2
68Wel Van Ruud (Ned) NetherlandsRow 67 - Cell 2
69Burger Leon (Ned) NetherlandsRow 68 - Cell 2
70Mehdi Sohrabi (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical TeamRow 69 - Cell 2
71Sergey Kudentsov (Rus) Polygon Sweet NiceRow 70 - Cell 2
72Sea Keong Loh (Mas) MalaysiaRow 71 - Cell 2
73Suhardi Hassan (Mas) MalaysiaRow 72 - Cell 2
74Ghader Mizbani Eranagh (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical TeamRow 73 - Cell 2
75Ryan Sherlock (Irl) Giant Kenda Cycling TeamRow 74 - Cell 2
76Ryota Nishizono (Jpn) Shimano Racing TeamRow 75 - Cell 2
77Hsin-Hua Huang (Tpe) Team Senter-Merida TaiwanRow 76 - Cell 2
78Shinichi Fukushima (Jpn) JapanRow 77 - Cell 2
79Masaaki Kukuchi (Jpn) d'Angelo & Antenucci - NippoRow 78 - Cell 2
80Jai Crawford (Aus) Giant Kenda Cycling TeamRow 79 - Cell 2
81Fan Hsin Chu (Tpe) Giant Kenda Cycling TeamRow 80 - Cell 2
82Michael Friedman (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies - OptumHealthRow 81 - Cell 2
83En Huang (Chn) Max Success SportsRow 82 - Cell 2
84Yat Wai Chan (HKg) Hong KongRow 83 - Cell 2
85Davide Torosantucci (Ita) d'Angelo & Antenucci - NippoRow 84 - Cell 2
86Hyosuk Gong (Kor) KoreaRow 85 - Cell 2
87Kun Jiang (Chn) Max Success SportsRow 86 - Cell 2
88Kun-Hung Hung (Tpe) Team Senter-Merida TaiwanRow 87 - Cell 2
89Sai Fei Xue (Chn) Max Success SportsRow 88 - Cell 2
90Hui Zhang (Chn) Max Success SportsRow 89 - Cell 2
91Peng Da Jiao (Chn) Max Success SportsRow 90 - Cell 2
92Yi-Hao Tseng (Tpe) Team Senter-Merida TaiwanRow 91 - Cell 2
93Ting-Chuan Chang (Tpe) Exustar Cycling TeamRow 92 - Cell 2
94Chun-Liang Pan (Tpe) Action Cycling TeamRow 93 - Cell 2
95Bambang Suryadi (Ina) Polygon Sweet NiceRow 94 - Cell 2
96Mohd Faris Abdul Razak (Mas) Malaysia0:00:54
97Shih-Chang Huang (Tpe) Action Cycling Team0:01:40
98Eun Seong Jeong (Kor) Korea0:02:07
99Wei-Cheng Lee (Tpe) Action Cycling Team0:00:00
100Shih-Hsin Hsiao (Tpe) Action Cycling Team0:00:00
101Antonius Christopher Tjondrokusumo (Ina) Polygon Sweet Nice0:03:43
DNFDani Lesmana (Ina) Polygon Sweet NiceRow 101 - Cell 2
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Sprint 1 - Lap 24
1Wai Man Chau (HKg) Champion System5pts
2Chan Jae Jang (Kor) Korea3Row 1 - Cell 3
3Mart Ojavee (Est) Champion System2Row 2 - Cell 3
4Bernardo Riccio (Ita) d'Angelo & Antenucci - Nippo1Row 3 - Cell 3
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Sprint 2 - Lap 36
1Vriend Rudy (Ned) Netherlands5pts
2Chan Jae Jang (Kor) Korea3Row 1 - Cell 3
3Bernardo Riccio (Ita) d'Angelo & Antenucci - Nippo2Row 2 - Cell 3
4Behnam Khalili Khosroshahi (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Team1Row 3 - Cell 3
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Sprint 3 - Lap 48
1Chan Jae Jang (Kor) Korea5pts
2Mehdi Sohrabi (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Team3Row 1 - Cell 3
3Jai Crawford (Aus) Giant Kenda Cycling Team2Row 2 - Cell 3
4Michael Friedman (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies - OptumHealth1Row 3 - Cell 3
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General classification after stage 1
1Adam Phelan (Aus) Drapac1:24:22
2Mart Ojavee (Est) Champion SystemRow 1 - Cell 2
3Dean Downing (GBr) Rapha Condor - Sharp0:00:02
4Michael Friedman (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies - OptumHealthRow 3 - Cell 2
5Rico Rogers (NZl) Giant Kenda Cycling TeamRow 4 - Cell 2
6Alex Candelario (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies - OptumHealth0:00:03
7Bernardo Riccio (Ita) d'Angelo & Antenucci - Nippo0:00:04
8Junya Sano (Jpn) d'Angelo & Antenucci - Nippo0:00:05
9Mehdi Sohrabi (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Team0:00:06
10Taiji Nishitani (Jpn) JapanRow 9 - Cell 2
11Po-Hung Wu (Tpe) Team Senter-Merida TaiwanRow 10 - Cell 2
12Sung Baek Park (Kor) KoreaRow 11 - Cell 2
13Wei-Cheng Lee (Tpe) Action Cycling TeamRow 12 - Cell 2
14Chan Jae Jang (Kor) Korea0:00:07
15Jaan Kirsipuu (Est) Champion SystemRow 14 - Cell 2
16Dean Windsor (Aus) Rapha Condor - SharpRow 15 - Cell 2
17Shinri Suzuki (Jpn) Shimano Racing TeamRow 16 - Cell 2
18Junpei Murakami (Jpn) Shimano Racing TeamRow 17 - Cell 2
19Shih-Hsin Hsiao (Tpe) Action Cycling Team0:00:08
20Vries, De Harm (Ned) NetherlandsRow 19 - Cell 2
21Tom Southam (GBr) Rapha Condor - Sharp0:00:09
22David McCann (Irl) Giant Kenda Cycling TeamRow 21 - Cell 2
23Lachlan Norris (Aus) DrapacRow 22 - Cell 2
24Guillaume Bourgeois (Swi) Champion SystemRow 23 - Cell 2
25Alex Coutts (GBr) Giant Kenda Cycling TeamRow 24 - Cell 2
26Kazuki Aoyanagi (Jpn) Shimano Racing TeamRow 25 - Cell 2
27Siu Wah Ko (HKg) Hong KongRow 26 - Cell 2
28Chun-Kai Feng (Tpe) Action Cycling TeamRow 27 - Cell 2
29Michael Creed (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies - OptumHealthRow 28 - Cell 2
30Julian Kyer (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies - OptumHealth0:00:10
31Daniel Bowman (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies - OptumHealthRow 30 - Cell 2
32Shinichi Fukushima (Jpn) JapanRow 31 - Cell 2
33Markus Eibegger (Aut) Tabriz Petrochemical TeamRow 32 - Cell 2
34Sai Fei Xue (Chn) Max Success SportsRow 33 - Cell 2
35Hao Liu (Chn) Max Success SportsRow 34 - Cell 2
36Michael Sherer (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies - OptumHealthRow 35 - Cell 2
37James McCallum (GBr) Rapha Condor - Sharp0:00:11
38Henry Frusto (Ita) d'Angelo & Antenucci - NippoRow 37 - Cell 2
39Adam Semple (Aus) DrapacRow 38 - Cell 2
40Boris Shpilevskiy (Rus) Tabriz Petrochemical TeamRow 39 - Cell 2
41Chia-Chun Chen (Tpe) Exustar Cycling TeamRow 40 - Cell 2
42Ying Hon Yeung (HKg) Hong Kong0:00:12
43Vriend Rudy (Ned) NetherlandsRow 42 - Cell 2
44Rhys Pollock (Aus) DrapacRow 43 - Cell 2
45Takeaki Ayabe (Jpn) JapanRow 44 - Cell 2
46Ben Greenwood (GBr) Rapha Condor - SharpRow 45 - Cell 2
47Behnam Khalili Khosroshahi (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical TeamRow 46 - Cell 2
48Ryota Nishizono (Jpn) Shimano Racing TeamRow 47 - Cell 2
49Springintveld Joost (Ned) Netherlands0:00:13
50Ting-Chuan Chang (Tpe) Exustar Cycling TeamRow 49 - Cell 2
51Hsin-Hua Huang (Tpe) Team Senter-Merida TaiwanRow 50 - Cell 2
52Yuzuru Suzuki (Jpn) Shimano Racing TeamRow 51 - Cell 2
53Chin-Feng Liu (Tpe) Exustar Cycling TeamRow 52 - Cell 2
54Floris Goesinnen (Ned) DrapacRow 53 - Cell 2
55Yusuke Hatanaka (Jpn) Shimano Racing TeamRow 54 - Cell 2
56Davide Torosantucci (Ita) d'Angelo & Antenucci - NippoRow 55 - Cell 2
57Mohd Zamri Saleh (Mas) Malaysia0:00:14
58Roger Beuchat (Swi) Champion SystemRow 57 - Cell 2
59Hossein Askari (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical TeamRow 58 - Cell 2
60Kyung Gu Jang (Kor) KoreaRow 59 - Cell 2
61Kin San Wu (HKg) Champion SystemRow 60 - Cell 2
62Hayato Yoshida (Jpn) JapanRow 61 - Cell 2
63Jai Crawford (Aus) Giant Kenda Cycling TeamRow 62 - Cell 2
64Kun-Hung Hung (Tpe) Team Senter-Merida Taiwan0:00:15
65Kam Po Wong (HKg) Hong KongRow 64 - Cell 2
66Chun Hing Chan (HKg) Hong KongRow 65 - Cell 2
67Kenji Itami (Jpn) JapanRow 66 - Cell 2
68Shu-Ming Liu (Tpe) Exustar Cycling TeamRow 67 - Cell 2
69Ghader Mizbani Eranagh (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Team0:00:16
70Burger Leon (Ned) NetherlandsRow 69 - Cell 2
71Mohd Nor Rizuan Zainal (Mas) MalaysiaRow 70 - Cell 2
72Hyosuk Gong (Kor) KoreaRow 71 - Cell 2
73Chun-Liang Pan (Tpe) Action Cycling Team0:00:17
74Wai Man Chau (HKg) Champion SystemRow 73 - Cell 2
75Ryan Sherlock (Irl) Giant Kenda Cycling TeamRow 74 - Cell 2
76Che-Wei Hu (Tpe) Team Senter-Merida TaiwanRow 75 - Cell 2
77Herwin Jaya (Ina) Polygon Sweet NiceRow 76 - Cell 2
78Miyataka Shimizu (Jpn) JapanRow 77 - Cell 2
79En Huang (Chn) Max Success Sports0:00:18
80Kun Jiang (Chn) Max Success SportsRow 79 - Cell 2
81Hui Zhang (Chn) Max Success SportsRow 80 - Cell 2
82Fan Hsin Chu (Tpe) Giant Kenda Cycling TeamRow 81 - Cell 2
83Masaaki Kukuchi (Jpn) d'Angelo & Antenucci - NippoRow 82 - Cell 2
84Chi Ho Yuen (HKg) Hong KongRow 83 - Cell 2
85Yi-Hao Tseng (Tpe) Team Senter-Merida TaiwanRow 84 - Cell 2
86Mohd Rauf Nur Misbah (Mas) MalaysiaRow 85 - Cell 2
87Cheng-Yen Chen (Tpe) Team Senter-Merida Taiwan0:00:19
88Amir Rusli (Mas) DrapacRow 87 - Cell 2
89Peng Da Jiao (Chn) Max Success SportsRow 88 - Cell 2
90Jimmy Pranata (Ina) Polygon Sweet NiceRow 89 - Cell 2
91Bambang Suryadi (Ina) Polygon Sweet NiceRow 90 - Cell 2
92Suhardi Hassan (Mas) Malaysia0:00:20
93Sea Keong Loh (Mas) MalaysiaRow 92 - Cell 2
94Wel Van Ruud (Ned) NetherlandsRow 93 - Cell 2
95Sergey Kudentsov (Rus) Polygon Sweet Nice0:00:22
96Yat Wai Chan (HKg) Hong Kong0:00:24
97Mohd Faris Abdul Razak (Mas) Malaysia0:01:13
98Wen-Lung Chien (Tpe) Exustar Cycling Team0:01:29
99Shih-Chang Huang (Tpe) Action Cycling Team0:01:54
100Eun Seong Jeong (Kor) Korea0:02:21
101Antonius Christopher Tjondrokusumo (Ina) Polygon Sweet Nice0:04:16
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Points classification
1Chan Jae Jang (Kor) Korea11pts
2Vriend Rudy (Ned) Netherlands5Row 1 - Cell 3
3Wai Man Chau (HKg) Champion System5Row 2 - Cell 3
4Bernardo Riccio (Ita) d'Angelo & Antenucci - Nippo3Row 3 - Cell 3
5Mehdi Sohrabi (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Team3Row 4 - Cell 3
6Mart Ojavee (Est) Champion System2Row 5 - Cell 3
7Jai Crawford (Aus) Giant Kenda Cycling Team2Row 6 - Cell 3
8Michael Friedman (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies - OptumHealth1Row 7 - Cell 3
9Behnam Khalili Khosroshahi (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Team1Row 8 - Cell 3
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Teams classification
1Kelly Benefit Strategies - OptumHealth4:13:20
2Champion System0:00:02
3Rapha Condor - Sharp0:00:04
4Giant Kenda Cycling Team0:00:06
5d'Angelo & Antenucci - NippoRow 4 - Cell 2
6DrapacRow 5 - Cell 2
7Shimano Racing Team0:00:09
8Korea0:00:13
9Tabriz Petrochemical TeamRow 8 - Cell 2
10Japan0:00:14
11Netherlands0:00:19
12Team Senter-Merida Taiwan0:00:20
13Hong Kong0:00:22
14Exustar Cycling Team0:00:23
15Max Success Sports0:00:24
16Malaysia0:00:34
17Polygon Sweet Nice0:00:41
18Action Cycling Team0:01:49

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