Eibegger takes stage and overall lead in Taiwan

At the end of what was considered as the coldest winter of Taiwan in 40 years, Markus Eibegger (Tabriz Petrochemical Team) shrugged of the cold, wind and rain to take stage 3 of the Tour de Taiwan.

With the temperatures dipping under 12 degrees Celsius at the start of the 127km stage from Taoyuan City Hall this morning, Eibegger seemed to be in his element as he finished the day comfortably ahead in 2:40:06. He also took over the tour leader's yellow jersey.

En route to the finish line at Chiang Kai Shek memorial at Cihu Visitor Centre, the peloton set a blistering pace of more than 47kph - far above those recorded in the last few days.

"The weather?" said Eibegger after the race. "I have no problem (with it) as it suits us Europeans very well.

"It was a dark race, but my team is very happy to win the stage and to keep the yellow jersey as well as keep the king of the mountain jersey and also the blue jersey thanks to Mehdi Sohrabi."

The Austrian Eibegger was part of an early breakaway group which went off early in the stage when he joined Rhys Pollock (Drapac Professional Team) and Jaan Kirsipuu (Champion System) just after Haigang Road.

They were also joined by Mart Ojavee (Champion System) and Dean Downing (Rapha Condor Sharp).

The break dominated for much of the race with Pollock picking up the first first sprint at Fulin Elementary School while Ojavee collected the remaining two sprints at Tung Ming Elementary School and also Song Wu Elementary School.

As riders began dropping off, the chasing pack caught up with the breakaways at Laochuang Road at the 87km mark.

With less than 30 kilometres to go, Eibegger went off to pick up both KOMs as two others, Pollock and Ojavee joined in to give chase. The peloton seemed content to not chase.

But a slip in the last five kilometres - involving Pollock and Ojavee - allowed Eibegger to carve an advantage all the way to the finish. He is now more than 12 seconds ahead of teammate Sohrabi and 19 seconds ahead of third placed David McCann of Giant Kenda in the general classification.

"I'm not happy because Markus took the yellow jersey from me, and I will have to win it back from him tomorrow," joked Mehdi afterwards.

"But seriously, it was a good race and I'm happy for Markus for winning the stage and the two jerseys - important that it stayed with the team."

With the win at the two final sprints, Ojavee has now taken over the sprinter's green jersey from Chan Jae Jang of the Korea national team.

"I just followed the breakaway duo at the end and it was just too bad what happened in the last few kilometres with the slip up," said Ojavee, who has collected a total of 15 points in the sprint - four more than second-placed Pollock.

The jersey for the best ranked Under 23 rider is still in the grasp of Adam Phelan of the Drapac Professional Cycling Team.

"It was really bad weather. It was windy all day long. I tried to keep up but it was very cold, a new experience for me," said Phelan.

Tomorrow's stage 4 will start at Hsinchu City and ends in Sun Moon Lake - the queen stage in this year's race, a long 192.5km ride south.


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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Markus Eibegger (Aut) Tabriz Petrochemical Team2:40:06
2Rhys Pollock (Aus) Drapac0:00:21
3Mart Ojavee (Est) Champion System0:00:44
4Boris Shpilevskiy (Rus) Tabriz Petrochemical Team0:01:21
5Adam Phelan (Aus) DrapacRow 4 - Cell 2
6Junpei Murakami (Jpn) Shimano Racing TeamRow 5 - Cell 2
7Chan Jae Jang (Kor) KoreaRow 6 - Cell 2
8Alex Candelario (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies - OptumHealthRow 7 - Cell 2
9Adam Semple (Aus) DrapacRow 8 - Cell 2
10Dean Windsor (Aus) Rapha Condor - SharpRow 9 - Cell 2
11Takeaki Ayabe (Jpn) JapanRow 10 - Cell 2
12Po-Hung Wu (Tpe) Team Senter-Merida TaiwanRow 11 - Cell 2
13Yuzuru Suzuki (Jpn) Shimano Racing TeamRow 12 - Cell 2
14Floris Goesinnen (Ned) DrapacRow 13 - Cell 2
15Vries, De Harm (Ned) NetherlandsRow 14 - Cell 2
16Kam Po Wong (HKg) Hong KongRow 15 - Cell 2
17Junya Sano (Jpn) d'Angelo & Antenucci - NippoRow 16 - Cell 2
18Lachlan Norris (Aus) DrapacRow 17 - Cell 2
19Kazuki Aoyanagi (Jpn) Shimano Racing TeamRow 18 - Cell 2
20Wei-Cheng Lee (Tpe) Action Cycling TeamRow 19 - Cell 2
21Mohd Faris Abdul Razak (Mas) MalaysiaRow 20 - Cell 2
22Hsin-Hua Huang (Tpe) Team Senter-Merida TaiwanRow 21 - Cell 2
23Ying Hon Yeung (HKg) Hong KongRow 22 - Cell 2
24Kyung Gu Jang (Kor) KoreaRow 23 - Cell 2
25Mohd Zamri Saleh (Mas) MalaysiaRow 24 - Cell 2
26Ghader Mizbani Eranagh (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical TeamRow 25 - Cell 2
27Kin San Wu (HKg) Champion SystemRow 26 - Cell 2
28Kun-Hung Hung (Tpe) Team Senter-Merida TaiwanRow 27 - Cell 2
29Julian Kyer (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies - OptumHealthRow 28 - Cell 2
30Mehdi Sohrabi (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical TeamRow 29 - Cell 2
31Chun-Kai Feng (Tpe) Action Cycling TeamRow 30 - Cell 2
32Amir Rusli (Mas) DrapacRow 31 - Cell 2
33Hossein Askari (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical TeamRow 32 - Cell 2
34Miyataka Shimizu (Jpn) JapanRow 33 - Cell 2
35David Mccann (Irl) Giant Kenda Cycling TeamRow 34 - Cell 2
36Roger Beuchat (Swi) Champion SystemRow 35 - Cell 2
37Henry Frusto (Ita) d'Angelo & Antenucci - NippoRow 36 - Cell 2
38Ben Greenwood (GBr) Rapha Condor - SharpRow 37 - Cell 2
39Guillaume Bourgeois (Swi) Champion SystemRow 38 - Cell 2
40Chi Ho Yuen (HKg) Hong KongRow 39 - Cell 2
41Shinri Suzuki (Jpn) Shimano Racing TeamRow 40 - Cell 2
42Taiji Nishitani (Jpn) JapanRow 41 - Cell 2
43Michael Creed (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies - OptumHealthRow 42 - Cell 2
44En Huang (Chn) Max Success SportsRow 43 - Cell 2
45Hui Zhang (Chn) Max Success SportsRow 44 - Cell 2
46Mohd Rauf Nur Misbah (Mas) MalaysiaRow 45 - Cell 2
47Springintveld Joost (Ned) NetherlandsRow 46 - Cell 2
48Burger Leon (Ned) NetherlandsRow 47 - Cell 2
49Vriend Rudy (Ned) NetherlandsRow 48 - Cell 2
50Shih-Chang Huang (Tpe) Action Cycling TeamRow 49 - Cell 2
51Chia-Chun Chen (Tpe) Exustar Cycling TeamRow 50 - Cell 2
52Michael Friedman (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies - OptumHealthRow 51 - Cell 2
53Eun Seong Jeong (Kor) KoreaRow 52 - Cell 2
54Yusuke Hatanaka (Jpn) Shimano Racing TeamRow 53 - Cell 2
55Peng Da Jiao (Chn) Max Success SportsRow 54 - Cell 2
56Hayato Yoshida (Jpn) JapanRow 55 - Cell 2
57Jai Crawford (Aus) Giant Kenda Cycling TeamRow 56 - Cell 2
58Daniel Bowman (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies - OptumHealthRow 57 - Cell 2
59Kenji Itami (Jpn) JapanRow 58 - Cell 2
60Hao Liu (Chn) Max Success SportsRow 59 - Cell 2
61Davide Torosantucci (Ita) d'Angelo & Antenucci - NippoRow 60 - Cell 2
62Chun Hing Chan (HKg) Hong KongRow 61 - Cell 2
63Hyosuk Gong (Kor) KoreaRow 62 - Cell 2
64Alex Coutts (GBr) Giant Kenda Cycling TeamRow 63 - Cell 2
65Ryota Nishizono (Jpn) Shimano Racing TeamRow 64 - Cell 2
66Che-Wei Hu (Tpe) Team Senter-Merida Taiwan0:01:32
67Wai Man Chau (HKg) Champion System0:01:42
68Shih-Hsin Hsiao (Tpe) Action Cycling Team0:01:55
69Masaaki Kukuchi (Jpn) d'Angelo & Antenucci - Nippo0:01:56
70Sung Baek Park (Kor) Korea0:01:59
71Siu Wah Ko (HKg) Hong Kong0:02:05
72Chun-Liang Pan (Tpe) Action Cycling TeamRow 71 - Cell 2
73Kun Jiang (Chn) Max Success SportsRow 72 - Cell 2
74Wel Van Ruud (Ned) NetherlandsRow 73 - Cell 2
75Sea Keong Loh (Mas) MalaysiaRow 74 - Cell 2
76James McCallum (GBr) Rapha Condor - Sharp0:02:34
77Yi-Hao Tseng (Tpe) Team Senter-Merida TaiwanRow 76 - Cell 2
78Jaan Kirsipuu (Est) Champion System0:03:02
79Herwin Jaya (Ina) Polygon Sweet Nice0:03:05
80Bernardo Riccio (Ita) d'Angelo & Antenucci - Nippo0:05:31
81Dean Downing (GBr) Rapha Condor - SharpRow 80 - Cell 2
82Yat Wai Chan (HKg) Hong Kong0:06:51
83Ryan Sherlock (Irl) Giant Kenda Cycling TeamRow 82 - Cell 2
84Michael Sherer (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies - OptumHealthRow 83 - Cell 2
85Sergey Kudentsov (Rus) Polygon Sweet NiceRow 84 - Cell 2
86Rico Rogers (NZl) Giant Kenda Cycling TeamRow 85 - Cell 2
87Shinichi Fukushima (Jpn) JapanRow 86 - Cell 2
88Wen-Lung Chien (Tpe) Exustar Cycling TeamRow 87 - Cell 2
89Tom Southam (GBr) Rapha Condor - Sharp0:07:57
90Shu-Ming Liu (Tpe) Exustar Cycling Team0:08:13
91Jimmy Pranata (Ina) Polygon Sweet Nice0:08:25
92Sai Fei Xue (Chn) Max Success Sports0:08:35
93Behnam Khalili Khosroshahi (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Team0:09:19
94Bambang Suryadi (Ina) Polygon Sweet Nice0:12:13
95Suhardi Hassan (Mas) Malaysia0:13:04
96Fan Hsin Chu (Tpe) Giant Kenda Cycling Team0:15:03
97Cheng-Yen Chen (Tpe) Team Senter-Merida TaiwanRow 96 - Cell 2
DNFMohd Nor Rizuan Zainal (Mas) MalaysiaRow 97 - Cell 2
DNFChin-Feng Liu (Tpe) Exustar Cycling TeamRow 98 - Cell 2
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General classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Markus Eibegger (Aut) Tabriz Petrochemical Team6:55:48
2Mehdi Sohrabi (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Team0:00:12
3David Mccann (Irl) Giant Kenda Cycling Team0:00:19
4Rhys Pollock (Aus) Drapac0:01:07
5Mart Ojavee (Est) Champion System0:01:19
6Adam Phelan (Aus) Drapac0:01:24
7Shinri Suzuki (Jpn) Shimano Racing Team0:01:27
8Junya Sano (Jpn) d'Angelo & Antenucci - Nippo0:01:29
9Lachlan Norris (Aus) Drapac0:01:30
10Junpei Murakami (Jpn) Shimano Racing Team0:01:31
11Michael Creed (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies - OptumHealth0:01:33
12Daniel Bowman (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies - OptumHealth0:01:34
13Henry Frusto (Ita) d'Angelo & Antenucci - Nippo0:01:35
14Yuzuru Suzuki (Jpn) Shimano Racing Team0:01:37
15Floris Goesinnen (Ned) DrapacRow 14 - Cell 2
16Davide Torosantucci (Ita) d'Angelo & Antenucci - NippoRow 15 - Cell 2
17Hossein Askari (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Team0:01:38
18Kyung Gu Jang (Kor) KoreaRow 17 - Cell 2
19Kin San Wu (HKg) Champion SystemRow 18 - Cell 2
20Ghader Mizbani Eranagh (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical TeamRow 19 - Cell 2
21Hayato Yoshida (Jpn) JapanRow 20 - Cell 2
22Jai Crawford (Aus) Giant Kenda Cycling TeamRow 21 - Cell 2
23Chun Hing Chan (HKg) Hong Kong0:01:39
24Hyosuk Gong (Kor) Korea0:01:40
25Peng Da Jiao (Chn) Max Success Sports0:01:43
26Michael Friedman (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies - OptumHealth0:02:10
27Alex Candelario (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies - OptumHealth0:02:11
28Taiji Nishitani (Jpn) Japan0:02:14
29Po-Hung Wu (Tpe) Team Senter-Merida TaiwanRow 28 - Cell 2
30Wei-Cheng Lee (Tpe) Action Cycling TeamRow 29 - Cell 2
31Chan Jae Jang (Kor) Korea0:02:15
32Dean Windsor (Aus) Rapha Condor - SharpRow 31 - Cell 2
33Vries, De Harm (Ned) Netherlands0:02:16
34Chun-Kai Feng (Tpe) Action Cycling TeamRow 33 - Cell 2
35Guillaume Bourgeois (Swi) Champion System0:02:17
36Alex Coutts (GBr) Giant Kenda Cycling TeamRow 35 - Cell 2
37Kazuki Aoyanagi (Jpn) Shimano Racing TeamRow 36 - Cell 2
38Julian Kyer (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies - OptumHealth0:02:18
39Hao Liu (Chn) Max Success SportsRow 38 - Cell 2
40Adam Semple (Aus) Drapac0:02:19
41Ying Hon Yeung (HKg) Hong Kong0:02:20
42Takeaki Ayabe (Jpn) JapanRow 41 - Cell 2
43Ben Greenwood (GBr) Rapha Condor - SharpRow 42 - Cell 2
44Ryota Nishizono (Jpn) Shimano Racing TeamRow 43 - Cell 2
45Hsin-Hua Huang (Tpe) Team Senter-Merida Taiwan0:02:21
46Yusuke Hatanaka (Jpn) Shimano Racing TeamRow 45 - Cell 2
47Shih-Chang Huang (Tpe) Action Cycling Team0:02:22
48Kam Po Wong (HKg) Hong Kong0:02:23
49Kenji Itami (Jpn) JapanRow 48 - Cell 2
50Burger Leon (Ned) Netherlands0:02:24
51Miyataka Shimizu (Jpn) Japan0:02:25
52En Huang (Chn) Max Success Sports0:02:26
53Chi Ho Yuen (HKg) Hong KongRow 52 - Cell 2
54Mohd Rauf Nur Misbah (Mas) MalaysiaRow 53 - Cell 2
55Amir Rusli (Mas) Drapac0:02:27
56Chia-Chun Chen (Tpe) Exustar Cycling Team0:02:32
57Wai Man Chau (HKg) Champion System0:02:46
58Shih-Hsin Hsiao (Tpe) Action Cycling Team0:02:50
59Sung Baek Park (Kor) Korea0:02:52
60Sea Keong Loh (Mas) Malaysia0:03:12
61Herwin Jaya (Ina) Polygon Sweet Nice0:04:06
62Dean Downing (GBr) Rapha Condor - Sharp0:06:20
63Bernardo Riccio (Ita) d'Angelo & Antenucci - Nippo0:06:22
64Eun Seong Jeong (Kor) Korea0:07:08
65Che-Wei Hu (Tpe) Team Senter-Merida Taiwan0:07:20
66Rico Rogers (NZl) Giant Kenda Cycling Team0:07:40
67Chun-Liang Pan (Tpe) Action Cycling Team0:07:55
68Ryan Sherlock (Irl) Giant Kenda Cycling TeamRow 67 - Cell 2
69Wel Van Ruud (Ned) Netherlands0:07:58
70Yat Wai Chan (HKg) Hong Kong0:08:02
71Mohd Faris Abdul Razak (Mas) Malaysia0:08:07
72Yi-Hao Tseng (Tpe) Team Senter-Merida Taiwan0:08:25
73Jaan Kirsipuu (Est) Champion System0:08:42
74Tom Southam (GBr) Rapha Condor - Sharp0:08:53
75Shu-Ming Liu (Tpe) Exustar Cycling Team0:09:15
76Kun-Hung Hung (Tpe) Team Senter-Merida Taiwan0:10:04
77Boris Shpilevskiy (Rus) Tabriz Petrochemical Team0:10:05
78Vriend Rudy (Ned) Netherlands0:10:06
79Springintveld Joost (Ned) Netherlands0:10:07
80Hui Zhang (Chn) Max Success Sports0:10:12
81Behnam Khalili Khosroshahi (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Team0:10:18
82Kun Jiang (Chn) Max Success Sports0:10:56
83James McCallum (GBr) Rapha Condor - Sharp0:11:18
84Michael Sherer (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies - OptumHealth0:12:34
85Sai Fei Xue (Chn) Max Success Sports0:14:16
86Mohd Zamri Saleh (Mas) Malaysia0:15:24
87Sergey Kudentsov (Rus) Polygon Sweet Nice0:15:46
88Masaaki Kukuchi (Jpn) d'Angelo & Antenucci - Nippo0:16:03
89Siu Wah Ko (HKg) Hong KongRow 88 - Cell 2
90Fan Hsin Chu (Tpe) Giant Kenda Cycling Team0:16:08
91Cheng-Yen Chen (Tpe) Team Senter-Merida Taiwan0:16:09
92Wen-Lung Chien (Tpe) Exustar Cycling Team0:16:51
93Jimmy Pranata (Ina) Polygon Sweet Nice0:17:17
94Shinichi Fukushima (Jpn) Japan0:20:50
95Roger Beuchat (Swi) Champion System0:20:58
96Bambang Suryadi (Ina) Polygon Sweet Nice0:21:05
97Suhardi Hassan (Mas) Malaysia0:21:57
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Points Classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Mart Ojavee (Est) Champion System15pts
2Rhys Pollock (Aus) Drapac11Row 1 - Cell 3
3Chan Jae Jang (Kor) Korea11Row 2 - Cell 3
4Markus Eibegger (Aut) Tabriz Petrochemical Team6Row 3 - Cell 3
5David Mccann (Irl) Giant Kenda Cycling Team5Row 4 - Cell 3
6Wai Man Chau (HKg) Champion System5Row 5 - Cell 3
7Herwin Jaya (Ina) Polygon Sweet Nice5Row 6 - Cell 3
8Vriend Rudy (Ned) Netherlands5Row 7 - Cell 3
9Lachlan Norris (Aus) Drapac5Row 8 - Cell 3
10Mehdi Sohrabi (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Team3Row 9 - Cell 3
11Ghader Mizbani Eranagh (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Team3Row 10 - Cell 3
12Bernardo Riccio (Ita) d'Angelo & Antenucci - Nippo3Row 11 - Cell 3
13Jai Crawford (Aus) Giant Kenda Cycling Team2Row 12 - Cell 3
14Chun-Kai Feng (Tpe) Action Cycling Team2Row 13 - Cell 3
15Dean Downing (GBr) Rapha Condor - Sharp2Row 14 - Cell 3
16Yuzuru Suzuki (Jpn) Shimano Racing Team1Row 15 - Cell 3
17Michael Friedman (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies - OptumHealth1Row 16 - Cell 3
18Jaan Kirsipuu (Est) Champion System1Row 17 - Cell 3
19Behnam Khalili Khosroshahi (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Team1Row 18 - Cell 3
20Kun Jiang (Chn) Max Success Sports1Row 19 - Cell 3
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KoM classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Markus Eibegger (Aut) Tabriz Petrochemical Team11pts
2Mehdi Sohrabi (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Team9Row 1 - Cell 3
3Rhys Pollock (Aus) Drapac8Row 2 - Cell 3
4Chun-Kai Feng (Tpe) Action Cycling Team6Row 3 - Cell 3
5Kyung Gu Jang (Kor) Korea6Row 4 - Cell 3
6Mart Ojavee (Est) Champion System6Row 5 - Cell 3
7Herwin Jaya (Ina) Polygon Sweet Nice4Row 6 - Cell 3
8Jaan Kirsipuu (Est) Champion System3Row 7 - Cell 3
9David Mccann (Irl) Giant Kenda Cycling Team2Row 8 - Cell 3
10Lachlan Norris (Aus) Drapac2Row 9 - Cell 3
11Bernardo Riccio (Ita) d'Angelo & Antenucci - Nippo2Row 10 - Cell 3
12Chi Ho Yuen (HKg) Hong Kong1Row 11 - Cell 3
13Ghader Mizbani Eranagh (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Team1Row 12 - Cell 3
14Mohd Nor Rizuan Zainal (Mas) Malaysia1Row 13 - Cell 3
15Dean Downing (GBr) Rapha Condor - Sharp1Row 14 - Cell 3
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Team Classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Tabriz Petrochemical Cycling Team20:49:34
2Drapac Professional Cycling Team0:01:22
3Giant Kenda Cycling Team0:02:01
4D'Angelo & Antenucci-Nippo0:02:22
5Shimano Racing Team0:02:25
6Kelly Benefit Strategies/OptumHealth0:03:00
7Champion System Racing Team0:03:09
8Korea National Team0:03:13
9Japan National Team0:03:58
10Hong Kong Team0:04:06
11Max Success Sports0:04:08
12Team Senter-Merida Taiwan0:04:48
13Rapha Condor Sharp0:05:45
14ACTION Cycling Team0:06:17
15Netherlands National Team0:09:33
16Malaysia National Team0:09:48
17Exustar Cycling Team0:17:26
18Polygon Sweet Nice Team0:34:59


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