Rogers rockets to stage win

New Zealand's Rico Rogers (Giant Kenda Cycling Team) prevailed in the field sprint deciding stage seven after a textbook lead-out from teammate and defending Tour de Taiwan champion David McCann. Rogers topped Wei-Cheng Lee (Action Cycling Team) and race leader Mehdi Sohrabi (Tabriz Petrochemical Team) for the victory in Kaohsiung.

"My condition was not good in the first couple of days as I was struggling with a cold. But today, David [McCann] led me out perfectly to a good position and I just went for it. It was good teamwork all around," said Rico.

Mehdi Sohrabi (Tabriz Petrochemical Team) remains in the overall lead and added a further two seconds to his advantage over teammate Markus Eibegger on general classification. The Iranian leads Eibegger by six seconds while David McCann holds third overall, 24 seconds off the pace.

"Another good day, another good race, so we will see whether I can still keep the jersey tomorrow or on the last day of the race [into Taipei City]," said Sohrabi.

Last year's champion David McCann believes he can still win this year's Tour de Taiwan, however. "I don't think that he (Sohrabi) can win it. At the last stage there's a final climb [up Yangmingshan, a Cat. 1)] which I think I can win with more than a minute advantage," said McCann. "I'm more concerned with Markus [Eibegger]. He is a good climber and I think that he will pose the bigger threat [to my title defence]."

With no KOMs on the day, Sohrabi also retains the king of the mountain's lead as well as the blue jersey for the best-ranked Asian rider.

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Full Results
1Rico Rogers (NZl) Giant Kenda Cycling Team2:44:41
2Wei-Cheng Lee (Tpe) Action Cycling TeamRow 1 - Cell 2
3Mehdi Sohrabi (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical TeamRow 2 - Cell 2
4Bernardo Riccio (Ita) d'Angelo & Antenucci - NippoRow 3 - Cell 2
5Jaan Kirsipuu (Est) Champion SystemRow 4 - Cell 2
6Dean Downing (GBr) Rapha Condor - SharpRow 5 - Cell 2
7Taiji Nishitani (Jpn) JapanRow 6 - Cell 2
8Sung Baek Park (Kor) KoreaRow 7 - Cell 2
9Eun Seong Jeong (Kor) KoreaRow 8 - Cell 2
10Chan Jae Jang (Kor) KoreaRow 9 - Cell 2
11Takeaki Ayabe (Jpn) JapanRow 10 - Cell 2
12Po-Hung Wu (Tpe) Team Senter-Merida TaiwanRow 11 - Cell 2
13Kenji Itami (Jpn) JapanRow 12 - Cell 2
14Shih-Hsin Hsiao (Tpe) Action Cycling TeamRow 13 - Cell 2
15Kun Jiang (Chn) Max Success SportsRow 14 - Cell 2
16Dean Windsor (Aus) Rapha Condor - SharpRow 15 - Cell 2
17Wel Van Ruud (Ned) NetherlandsRow 16 - Cell 2
18Fan Hsin Chu (Tpe) Giant Kenda Cycling TeamRow 17 - Cell 2
19Alex Candelario (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies - OptumHealthRow 18 - Cell 2
20Amir Rusli (Mas) DrapacRow 19 - Cell 2
21Markus Eibegger (Aut) Tabriz Petrochemical TeamRow 20 - Cell 2
22Bambang Suryadi (Ina) Polygon Sweet NiceRow 21 - Cell 2
23Mohd Faris Abdul Razak (Mas) MalaysiaRow 22 - Cell 2
24Sea Keong Loh (Mas) MalaysiaRow 23 - Cell 2
25Miyataka Shimizu (Jpn) JapanRow 24 - Cell 2
26Junpei Murakami (Jpn) Shimano Racing TeamRow 25 - Cell 2
27David McCann (Irl) Giant Kenda Cycling TeamRow 26 - Cell 2
28Springintveld Joost (Ned) NetherlandsRow 27 - Cell 2
29Davide Torosantucci (Ita) d'Angelo & Antenucci - NippoRow 28 - Cell 2
30Adam Phelan (Aus) DrapacRow 29 - Cell 2
31Kam Po Wong (HKg) Hong KongRow 30 - Cell 2
32Adam Semple (Aus) DrapacRow 31 - Cell 2
33Mart Ojavee (Est) Champion SystemRow 32 - Cell 2
34Rhys Pollock (Aus) DrapacRow 33 - Cell 2
35Che-Wei Hu (Tpe) Team Senter-Merida TaiwanRow 34 - Cell 2
36Hsin-Hua Huang (Tpe) Team Senter-Merida TaiwanRow 35 - Cell 2
37Suhardi Hassan (Mas) MalaysiaRow 36 - Cell 2
38Peng Da Jiao (Chn) Max Success SportsRow 37 - Cell 2
39Chia-Chun Chen (Tpe) Exustar Cycling TeamRow 38 - Cell 2
40Chun-Kai Feng (Tpe) Action Cycling TeamRow 39 - Cell 2
41Kun-Hung Hung (Tpe) Team Senter-Merida TaiwanRow 40 - Cell 2
42Vriend Rudy (Ned) NetherlandsRow 41 - Cell 2
43Yuzuru Suzuki (Jpn) Shimano Racing TeamRow 42 - Cell 2
44Yat Wai Chan (HKg) Hong KongRow 43 - Cell 2
45Kyung Gu Jang (Kor) KoreaRow 44 - Cell 2
46Junya Sano (Jpn) d'Angelo & Antenucci - NippoRow 45 - Cell 2
47Cheng-Yen Chen (Tpe) Team Senter-Merida TaiwanRow 46 - Cell 2
48Ryan Sherlock (Irl) Giant Kenda Cycling TeamRow 47 - Cell 2
49Yusuke Hatanaka (Jpn) Shimano Racing TeamRow 48 - Cell 2
50Chi Ho Yuen (HKg) Hong KongRow 49 - Cell 2
51Wen-Lung Chien (Tpe) Exustar Cycling TeamRow 50 - Cell 2
52Hossein Askari (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical TeamRow 51 - Cell 2
53Henry Frusto (Ita) d'Angelo & Antenucci - NippoRow 52 - Cell 2
54Vries, De Harm (Ned) NetherlandsRow 53 - Cell 2
55Jai Crawford (Aus) Giant Kenda Cycling TeamRow 54 - Cell 2
56Lachlan Norris (Aus) DrapacRow 55 - Cell 2
57Kin San Wu (HKg) Champion SystemRow 56 - Cell 2
58Alex Coutts (GBr) Giant Kenda Cycling TeamRow 57 - Cell 2
59Shih-Chang Huang (Tpe) Action Cycling TeamRow 58 - Cell 2
60Floris Goesinnen (Ned) DrapacRow 59 - Cell 2
61Wai Man Chau (HKg) Champion SystemRow 60 - Cell 2
62Shinichi Fukushima (Jpn) JapanRow 61 - Cell 2
63Hyosuk Gong (Kor) KoreaRow 62 - Cell 2
64Hui Zhang (Chn) Max Success SportsRow 63 - Cell 2
65Shinri Suzuki (Jpn) Shimano Racing TeamRow 64 - Cell 2
66Behnam Khalili Khosroshahi (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical TeamRow 65 - Cell 2
67Yi-Hao Tseng (Tpe) Team Senter-Merida TaiwanRow 66 - Cell 2
68Hayato Yoshida (Jpn) JapanRow 67 - Cell 2
69Ryota Nishizono (Jpn) Shimano Racing TeamRow 68 - Cell 2
70Chun Hing Chan (HKg) Hong KongRow 69 - Cell 2
71Boris Shpilevskiy (Rus) Tabriz Petrochemical TeamRow 70 - Cell 2
72Kazuki Aoyanagi (Jpn) Shimano Racing TeamRow 71 - Cell 2
73En Huang (Chn) Max Success SportsRow 72 - Cell 2
74Roger Beuchat (Swi) Champion SystemRow 73 - Cell 2
75Herwin Jaya (Ina) Polygon Sweet NiceRow 74 - Cell 2
76Michael Friedman (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies - OptumHealthRow 75 - Cell 2
77Burger Leon (Ned) NetherlandsRow 76 - Cell 2
78Ghader Mizbani Eranagh (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical TeamRow 77 - Cell 2
79Daniel Bowman (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies - OptumHealthRow 78 - Cell 2
80Guillaume Bourgeois (Swi) Champion SystemRow 79 - Cell 2
81Mohd Rauf Nur Misbah (Mas) MalaysiaRow 80 - Cell 2
82Ying Hon Yeung (HKg) Hong KongRow 81 - Cell 2
83Siu Wah Ko (HKg) Hong Kong0:00:13
84Michael Sherer (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies - OptumHealth0:00:15
85Ben Greenwood (GBr) Rapha Condor - Sharp0:00:16
86Tom Southam (GBr) Rapha Condor - SharpRow 85 - Cell 2
87Michael Creed (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies - OptumHealth0:00:30
88James McCallum (GBr) Rapha Condor - Sharp0:00:42
89Sai Fei Xue (Chn) Max Success Sports0:00:53
90Julian Kyer (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies - OptumHealth0:01:15
91Hao Liu (Chn) Max Success SportsRow 90 - Cell 2
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Sprint 1 - Chiayi County Hall, 12.7km
1Adam Phelan (Aus) Drapac5pts
2Chan Jae Jang (Kor) Korea3Row 1 - Cell 3
3David McCann (Irl) Giant Kenda Cycling Team2Row 2 - Cell 3
4Jaan Kirsipuu (Est) Champion System1Row 3 - Cell 3
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Sprint 2 - Beimen Visitor Center, 51.3km
1Michael Sherer (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies - OptumHealth5pts
2Mohd Rauf Nur Misbah (Mas) Malaysia3Row 1 - Cell 3
3Chan Jae Jang (Kor) Korea2Row 2 - Cell 3
4Mart Ojavee (Est) Champion System1Row 3 - Cell 3
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Sprint 3 - Lover's Wharf, 101.1km
1Mohd Rauf Nur Misbah (Mas) Malaysia5pts
2Michael Sherer (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies - OptumHealth3Row 1 - Cell 3
3Chan Jae Jang (Kor) Korea2Row 2 - Cell 3
4Mart Ojavee (Est) Champion System1Row 3 - Cell 3
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Teams
1Korea8:14:03
2JapanRow 1 - Cell 2
3Giant Kenda Cycling TeamRow 2 - Cell 2
4Action Cycling TeamRow 3 - Cell 2
5Tabriz Petrochemical TeamRow 4 - Cell 2
6d'Angelo & Antenucci - NippoRow 5 - Cell 2
7DrapacRow 6 - Cell 2
8Team Senter-Merida TaiwanRow 7 - Cell 2
9MalaysiaRow 8 - Cell 2
10NetherlandsRow 9 - Cell 2
11Champion SystemRow 10 - Cell 2
12Max Success SportsRow 11 - Cell 2
13Shimano Racing TeamRow 12 - Cell 2
14Hong KongRow 13 - Cell 2
15Kelly Benefit Strategies - OptumHealthRow 14 - Cell 2
16Rapha Condor - Sharp0:00:16
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General classification after stage 7
1Mehdi Sohrabi (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Team20:18:25
2Markus Eibegger (Aut) Tabriz Petrochemical Team0:00:06
3David McCann (Irl) Giant Kenda Cycling Team0:00:24
4Floris Goesinnen (Ned) Drapac0:00:51
5Rhys Pollock (Aus) Drapac0:01:13
6Adam Phelan (Aus) Drapac0:01:27
7Shinri Suzuki (Jpn) Shimano Racing Team0:01:33
8Lachlan Norris (Aus) Drapac0:01:34
9Junya Sano (Jpn) d'Angelo & Antenucci - Nippo0:01:35
10Junpei Murakami (Jpn) Shimano Racing Team0:01:37
11Daniel Bowman (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies - OptumHealth0:01:40
12Henry Frusto (Ita) d'Angelo & Antenucci - Nippo0:01:41
13Yuzuru Suzuki (Jpn) Shimano Racing Team0:01:43
14Jai Crawford (Aus) Giant Kenda Cycling TeamRow 13 - Cell 2
15Davide Torosantucci (Ita) d'Angelo & Antenucci - NippoRow 14 - Cell 2
16Hossein Askari (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Team0:01:44
17Hayato Yoshida (Jpn) JapanRow 16 - Cell 2
18Chun Hing Chan (HKg) Hong Kong0:01:45
19Hyosuk Gong (Kor) Korea0:01:46
20Peng Da Jiao (Chn) Max Success Sports0:01:49
21Chan Jae Jang (Kor) Korea0:02:07
22Kyung Gu Jang (Kor) Korea0:02:09
23Adam Semple (Aus) Drapac0:02:13
24Alex Candelario (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies - OptumHealth0:02:17
25Po-Hung Wu (Tpe) Team Senter-Merida Taiwan0:02:20
26Kam Po Wong (HKg) Hong Kong0:02:21
27Takeaki Ayabe (Jpn) Japan0:02:22
28Alex Coutts (GBr) Giant Kenda Cycling Team0:02:23
29Ying Hon Yeung (HKg) Hong Kong0:02:26
30Ryota Nishizono (Jpn) Shimano Racing TeamRow 29 - Cell 2
31Hsin-Hua Huang (Tpe) Team Senter-Merida Taiwan0:02:27
32Kenji Itami (Jpn) Japan0:02:29
33Miyataka Shimizu (Jpn) Japan0:02:31
34Chi Ho Yuen (HKg) Hong Kong0:02:32
35Chun-Kai Feng (Tpe) Action Cycling Team0:02:35
36Wei-Cheng Lee (Tpe) Action Cycling Team0:02:59
37Kin San Wu (HKg) Champion System0:03:10
38Mohd Rauf Nur Misbah (Mas) Malaysia0:03:12
39Dean Windsor (Aus) Rapha Condor - Sharp0:03:14
40Kazuki Aoyanagi (Jpn) Shimano Racing Team0:03:32
41Wai Man Chau (HKg) Champion System0:03:57
42Amir Rusli (Mas) Drapac0:04:05
43En Huang (Chn) Max Success Sports0:04:11
44Sea Keong Loh (Mas) Malaysia0:04:43
45Taiji Nishitani (Jpn) Japan0:04:50
46Yusuke Hatanaka (Jpn) Shimano Racing Team0:04:58
47Vries, De Harm (Ned) Netherlands0:05:13
48Ghader Mizbani Eranagh (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Team0:05:14
49Sung Baek Park (Kor) Korea0:05:34
50Michael Friedman (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies - OptumHealth0:07:06
51Shih-Chang Huang (Tpe) Action Cycling Team0:07:11
52Ryan Sherlock (Irl) Giant Kenda Cycling Team0:08:38
53Burger Leon (Ned) Netherlands0:09:00
54Julian Kyer (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies - OptumHealth0:09:31
55Mohd Faris Abdul Razak (Mas) Malaysia0:09:45
56Yat Wai Chan (HKg) Hong Kong0:10:05
57Tom Southam (GBr) Rapha Condor - Sharp0:10:33
58Hui Zhang (Chn) Max Success Sports0:11:03
59Shih-Hsin Hsiao (Tpe) Action Cycling Team0:11:41
60Kun-Hung Hung (Tpe) Team Senter-Merida Taiwan0:11:59
61Eun Seong Jeong (Kor) Korea0:12:31
62Chia-Chun Chen (Tpe) Exustar Cycling Team0:12:35
63Ben Greenwood (GBr) Rapha Condor - Sharp0:14:30
64Kun Jiang (Chn) Max Success Sports0:15:08
65Fan Hsin Chu (Tpe) Giant Kenda Cycling Team0:16:14
66Michael Creed (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies - OptumHealth0:17:46
67Che-Wei Hu (Tpe) Team Senter-Merida Taiwan0:17:50
68Herwin Jaya (Ina) Polygon Sweet Nice0:18:07
69Hao Liu (Chn) Max Success Sports0:18:37
70Dean Downing (GBr) Rapha Condor - Sharp0:19:07
71Springintveld Joost (Ned) Netherlands0:19:47
72Roger Beuchat (Swi) Champion System0:20:59
73Mart Ojavee (Est) Champion System0:21:01
74Yi-Hao Tseng (Tpe) Team Senter-Merida Taiwan0:23:51
75Vriend Rudy (Ned) Netherlands0:24:59
76Wel Van Ruud (Ned) Netherlands0:25:41
77Sai Fei Xue (Chn) Max Success Sports0:25:59
78Jaan Kirsipuu (Est) Champion System0:26:47
79Behnam Khalili Khosroshahi (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Team0:27:32
80Guillaume Bourgeois (Swi) Champion System0:28:07
81James McCallum (GBr) Rapha Condor - Sharp0:29:59
82Cheng-Yen Chen (Tpe) Team Senter-Merida Taiwan0:30:10
83Bernardo Riccio (Ita) d'Angelo & Antenucci - Nippo0:34:42
84Shinichi Fukushima (Jpn) Japan0:35:16
85Bambang Suryadi (Ina) Polygon Sweet Nice0:35:33
86Siu Wah Ko (HKg) Hong Kong0:35:47
87Rico Rogers (NZl) Giant Kenda Cycling Team0:38:58
88Suhardi Hassan (Mas) Malaysia0:39:44
89Boris Shpilevskiy (Rus) Tabriz Petrochemical Team0:41:56
90Michael Sherer (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies - OptumHealth0:48:04
91Wen-Lung Chien (Tpe) Exustar Cycling Team0:49:51
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Points classification
1Mart Ojavee (Est) Champion System34pts
2Chan Jae Jang (Kor) Korea30Row 1 - Cell 3
3Mehdi Sohrabi (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Team20Row 2 - Cell 3
4Rhys Pollock (Aus) Drapac11Row 3 - Cell 3
5Michael Sherer (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies - OptumHealth10Row 4 - Cell 3
6Lachlan Norris (Aus) Drapac9Row 5 - Cell 3
7Jaan Kirsipuu (Est) Champion System9Row 6 - Cell 3
8Mohd Rauf Nur Misbah (Mas) Malaysia8Row 7 - Cell 3
9Roger Beuchat (Swi) Champion System8Row 8 - Cell 3
10David McCann (Irl) Giant Kenda Cycling Team7Row 9 - Cell 3
11Markus Eibegger (Aut) Tabriz Petrochemical Team6Row 10 - Cell 3
12Adam Phelan (Aus) Drapac5Row 11 - Cell 3
13Shinichi Fukushima (Jpn) Japan5Row 12 - Cell 3
14Wai Man Chau (HKg) Champion System5Row 13 - Cell 3
15Sea Keong Loh (Mas) Malaysia5Row 14 - Cell 3
16Herwin Jaya (Ina) Polygon Sweet Nice5Row 15 - Cell 3
17Vriend Rudy (Ned) Netherlands5Row 16 - Cell 3
18Jai Crawford (Aus) Giant Kenda Cycling Team4Row 17 - Cell 3
19Kam Po Wong (HKg) Hong Kong3Row 18 - Cell 3
20Ghader Mizbani Eranagh (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Team3Row 19 - Cell 3
21Bernardo Riccio (Ita) d'Angelo & Antenucci - Nippo3Row 20 - Cell 3
22Boris Shpilevskiy (Rus) Tabriz Petrochemical Team3Row 21 - Cell 3
23Chun-Kai Feng (Tpe) Action Cycling Team2Row 22 - Cell 3
24Michael Creed (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies - OptumHealth2Row 23 - Cell 3
25Dean Downing (GBr) Rapha Condor - Sharp2Row 24 - Cell 3
26Yuzuru Suzuki (Jpn) Shimano Racing Team1Row 25 - Cell 3
27Michael Friedman (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies - OptumHealth1Row 26 - Cell 3
28Kun Jiang (Chn) Max Success Sports1Row 27 - Cell 3
29Sai Fei Xue (Chn) Max Success Sports1Row 28 - Cell 3
30Behnam Khalili Khosroshahi (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Team1Row 29 - Cell 3
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Mountains classification
1Mehdi Sohrabi (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Team33pts
2Markus Eibegger (Aut) Tabriz Petrochemical Team11Row 1 - Cell 3
3Shinichi Fukushima (Jpn) Japan11Row 2 - Cell 3
4Chun-Kai Feng (Tpe) Action Cycling Team11Row 3 - Cell 3
5Ying Hon Yeung (HKg) Hong Kong9Row 4 - Cell 3
6Hyosuk Gong (Kor) Korea9Row 5 - Cell 3
7Kam Po Wong (HKg) Hong Kong8Row 6 - Cell 3
8Rhys Pollock (Aus) Drapac8Row 7 - Cell 3
9Kyung Gu Jang (Kor) Korea6Row 8 - Cell 3
10Hossein Askari (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Team6Row 9 - Cell 3
11Mart Ojavee (Est) Champion System6Row 10 - Cell 3
12Herwin Jaya (Ina) Polygon Sweet Nice4Row 11 - Cell 3
13Lachlan Norris (Aus) Drapac4Row 12 - Cell 3
14Adam Semple (Aus) Drapac3Row 13 - Cell 3
15Dean Downing (GBr) Rapha Condor - Sharp3Row 14 - Cell 3
16Jaan Kirsipuu (Est) Champion System3Row 15 - Cell 3
17Sung Baek Park (Kor) Korea2Row 16 - Cell 3
18David McCann (Irl) Giant Kenda Cycling Team2Row 17 - Cell 3
19Bambang Suryadi (Ina) Polygon Sweet Nice2Row 18 - Cell 3
20Bernardo Riccio (Ita) d'Angelo & Antenucci - Nippo2Row 19 - Cell 3
21Chan Jae Jang (Kor) Korea1Row 20 - Cell 3
22Chi Ho Yuen (HKg) Hong Kong1Row 21 - Cell 3
23Adam Phelan (Aus) Drapac1Row 22 - Cell 3
24Alex Coutts (GBr) Giant Kenda Cycling Team1Row 23 - Cell 3
25Ghader Mizbani Eranagh (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Team1Row 24 - Cell 3
26Henry Frusto (Ita) d'Angelo & Antenucci - Nippo1Row 25 - Cell 3
27Peng Da Jiao (Chn) Max Success Sports1Row 26 - Cell 3
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Teams classification
1Tabriz Petrochemical Team60:57:43
2Drapac0:00:38
3Giant Kenda Cycling Team0:02:01
4d'Angelo & Antenucci - Nippo0:02:22
5Shimano Racing Team0:02:25
6Japan0:02:32
7Korea0:03:38
8Hong Kong0:04:06
9Champion System0:04:14
10Max Success Sports0:05:38
11Team Senter-Merida Taiwan0:06:37
12Kelly Benefit Strategies - OptumHealth0:07:50
13Action Cycling Team0:10:18
14Malaysia0:13:33
15Rapha Condor - Sharp0:18:07
16Netherlands0:26:22

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