Wong Kam Po wins at Tour de Taiwan

It’s anniversary time at the 24th Tour de Taiwan. Two days ahead of turning 39, Hong Kong’s cycling legend Wong Kam Po confirmed his status as Asia’s top cyclist only three weeks after claiming the continental title for road race in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Stage 2 gave Saxo Bank’s Takashi Miyazawa the possibility to send a message of happiness back home exactly one year after the tragic earthquake devastated Japan. Citing March 11, the 2010 national champion who carried his country’s flag on the start line and in the morning breakaway of Milan-San Remo last year broke into tears as he commented on his new role of race leader at the Tour de Taiwan. He took the command with six seconds of an advantage over Drapac’s Rhys Pollock and Wong.

“Team Saxo Bank came here to win stages and GC,” Miyazawa said. “My first job is to work for our sprinters Jonathan [Cantwell] and [Lucas] Sebastian [Haedo] but when I get a chance, I try my luck in a breakaway in order to win a stage. That’s how yesterday and today I ended up at the front and I’m now in the lead. I’m very happy to be in yellow. I don’t know how I can go in tomorrow’s uphill finish. However, it’s the right day to bring good news to Japan. I don’t forget what happened exactly one year ago.”

Miyazawa was highly emotional when he pronounced those words. So was Wong as he mentioned his possible retirement sometimes this year. “Yes I feel a little bit old for racing and I’m almost at the end of my cycling career,” said the Hong Kong star, who already has four participations at the Olympic Games under his belt (Atlanta 1996, Sydney 2000, Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008). London might be the end of the road for him, as Hong Kong has qualified one rider for the road race and possibly one more for the omnium on the track. So it gives the 2007 world champion for scratch race in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, two options to ride his fifth and final Olympics.

“But I might as well give way to younger riders,” he said. “If I do the Olympics, I’ll probably retire the day after. If I don’t, I might even retire before July because I’m pushed to move into coaching as soon as possible.”

Wong made history for Asian cycling when he won stage 4 of the 2000 Le Tour de Langkawi in Malaysia and became the first Asian to do so at the race that was once the highest ranked on the continent. He dropped the likes of Russian Giro d’Italia winner Evgeni Berzin off his wheel to claim victory at the top of the Cameron Highlands. “This was my first big international win”, admitted the man who has since been recognized as Asia’s most successful cyclist due to his versatility on the track and on the road, as much in sprinting as in climbing.

The 2006 and 2010 Asian Games champion has for sure won much more bike races than the Japanese who have completed the recent Grand Tours (Yukiya Arashiro, Fumiyuki Beppu and Yokihiro Doi).

“I’m not sure if I’m Asia’s most successful cyclist ever,” moderated a very humble Wong. “Cycling has developed in Asia only lately. There is still a big gap with Europe. What I have achieved matters less than what’s coming up in the next few decades. The best Asian cyclist ever will be the one who will show the best sporting spirit.”

When he travelled from Hong Kong to Taiwan to take part in his first stage race of the 2012 season, Wong joked with his team-mates. “Keep me covered and unseen for the first three days of racing, I want to wait for my birthday to win stage 4,” he told them. He was obviously happy to have anticipated the time set for celebration. “A large group of riders (48) made the selection in the main hill of the day,” he said. “The wind on the sea side after the last climb with 25 km to go made it easier to split the group. We got a 30 seconds lead and the uphill finish suited my sprinting abilities at perfection.”

Wong outsprinted veteran 38-year-old former German champion Dirk Muller from Nutrixxion and Drapac’s flying Dutchman Floris Goesinnen in New Taipei City on the north coast of Taiwan.

Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Kam Po Wong (HKg) Hong Kong Team2:58:37
2Dirk Müller (Ger) Nutrixxion AbusRow 1 - Cell 2
3Floris Goesinnen (Ned) Drapac CyclingRow 2 - Cell 2
4Antonino Parrinello (Ita) Androni GiocattoliRow 3 - Cell 2
5Takashi Miyazawa (Jpn) Team Saxo BankRow 4 - Cell 2
6Rhys Pollock (Aus) Drapac Cycling0:00:05
7Taiji Nishitani (Jpn) Japan National Team0:00:07
8Roberto Ferrari (Ita) Androni Giocattoli0:00:42
9Jonathan Cantwell (Aus) Team Saxo BankRow 8 - Cell 2
10Anthony Giacoppo (Aus) Genesys Wealth AdvisersRow 9 - Cell 2
11Alexander Serov (Rus) RusveloRow 10 - Cell 2
12Ben Grenda (Aus) Rapha Condor SharpRow 11 - Cell 2
13Artur Ershov (Rus) RusveloRow 12 - Cell 2
14Adam Semple (Aus) Drapac CyclingRow 13 - Cell 2
15Tom Vermeer (Ger) Nutrixxion AbusRow 14 - Cell 2
16Chin-Lung Huang (Tpe) RTS Racing TeamRow 15 - Cell 2
17Giaro Ermeti (Ita) Androni GiocattoliRow 16 - Cell 2
18Ricardo Van Der Velde (Ned) Jelly Belly CyclingRow 17 - Cell 2
19Luke Grivell-Mellor (GBr) Rapha Condor SharpRow 18 - Cell 2
20Mohammad Saufi Mat Senan (Mas) Terengganu Cycling TeamRow 19 - Cell 2
21Hossein Askari (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical TeamRow 20 - Cell 2
22Alex Coutts (GBr) RTS Racing TeamRow 21 - Cell 2
23Alex Schmitt (Ger) Nutrixxion AbusRow 22 - Cell 2
24Lee Rodgers (GBr) RTS Racing TeamRow 23 - Cell 2
25Lucas Sebastian Haedo (Arg) Team Saxo BankRow 24 - Cell 2
26Muhamid Adiq Othman (Mas) Champion System Pro Cycling TeamRow 25 - Cell 2
27Ghader Mizbani Iranagh (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical TeamRow 26 - Cell 2
28Kristain House (GBr) Rapha Condor SharpRow 27 - Cell 2
29Nic Hamilton (Can) Jelly Belly CyclingRow 28 - Cell 2
30Dean Downing (GBr) Rapha Condor SharpRow 29 - Cell 2
31Chun Liang Pan (Tpe) Action Cycling TeamRow 30 - Cell 2
32Po-Hung Wu (Tpe) Team Senter-MeridaRow 31 - Cell 2
33Volodimir Gustov (Ukr) Team Saxo BankRow 32 - Cell 2
34Patrick Shaw (Aus) Genesys Wealth AdvisersRow 33 - Cell 2
35Chun Kai Feng (Tpe) Action Cycling TeamRow 34 - Cell 2
36Genki Yamamoto (Jpn) Japan National TeamRow 35 - Cell 2
37Antonio Santoro (Ita) Androni GiocattoliRow 36 - Cell 2
38Chin Feng Liu (Tpe) Chinese Taipei NationalRow 37 - Cell 2
39Cameron Wurf (Aus) Champion System Pro Cycling TeamRow 38 - Cell 2
40Samuel Davis (Aus) Genesys Wealth AdvisersRow 39 - Cell 2
41Ben Dyball (Aus) Genesys Wealth AdvisersRow 40 - Cell 2
42Salvatore Mancuso (Ita) Androni GiocattoliRow 41 - Cell 2
43Miguel Angel Nino Corredor (Col) Azad University Cross TeamRow 42 - Cell 2
44Gang Xu (Chn) Champion System Pro Cycling TeamRow 43 - Cell 2
45Darren Lapthorne (Aus) Drapac CyclingRow 44 - Cell 2
46Victor Nino Corredor (Col) Azad University Cross TeamRow 45 - Cell 2
47Yusuke Hatanaka (Jpn) Japan National TeamRow 46 - Cell 2
48Ying Hon Yeung (HKg) Hong Kong TeamRow 47 - Cell 2
49Alex Carver (Aus) Genesys Wealth Advisers0:00:51
50Cheng Ying Hsieh (Tpe) Action Cycling Team0:02:09
51Hossein Nateghi (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Team0:02:10
52Shinichi Fukushima (Jpn) Terengganu Cycling TeamRow 51 - Cell 2
53Abbas Tanha Saeidi (IRI) Azad University Cross TeamRow 52 - Cell 2
54Wei Cheng Lee (Tpe) Chinese Taipei National0:02:41
55Shih Hsin Hsiao (Tpe) Action Cycling TeamRow 54 - Cell 2
56Chia Chun Chen (Tpe) Action Cycling TeamRow 55 - Cell 2
57Wei Chieh Liu (Tpe) Chinese Taipei NationalRow 56 - Cell 2
58Ji Min Jung (Kor) KSPORow 57 - Cell 2
59Je Sung Yeon (Kor) KSPORow 58 - Cell 2
60Anuar Manan (Mas) Champion System Pro Cycling TeamRow 59 - Cell 2
61Mohd Sharul Mat Amin (Mas) Terengganu Cycling TeamRow 60 - Cell 2
62Hsin-Hua Huang (Tpe) Team Senter-MeridaRow 61 - Cell 2
63Siu Wai Ko (HKg) Hong Kong TeamRow 62 - Cell 2
64Tomohiro Hayakawa (Jpn) Japan National TeamRow 63 - Cell 2
65Chan Jae Jang (Kor) Terengganu Cycling TeamRow 64 - Cell 2
66Sean Mazich (USA) Jelly Belly CyclingRow 65 - Cell 2
67Wu-Hsing Yang (Tpe) Chinese Taipei NationalRow 66 - Cell 2
68Alexey Markov (Rus) RusveloRow 67 - Cell 2
69Chien Liang Chen (Tpe) Chinese Taipei NationalRow 68 - Cell 2
70Keisuke Nakao (Jpn) Japan National TeamRow 69 - Cell 2
71Sergio Hernandez (USA) Jelly Belly CyclingRow 70 - Cell 2
72Alireza Haghi (IRI) Azad University Cross TeamRow 71 - Cell 2
73Yung-Hua Cheng (Tpe) Team Senter-MeridaRow 72 - Cell 2
74Sebastian Körber (Ger) Nutrixxion AbusRow 73 - Cell 2
75Chung Yan Wong (HKg) Hong Kong TeamRow 74 - Cell 2
76Amir Mustafa Rusli (Mas) Drapac CyclingRow 75 - Cell 2
77Burr Ho (HKg) Hong Kong TeamRow 76 - Cell 2
78Soon Yeong Kwon (Kor) KSPORow 77 - Cell 2
79Evgeny Kovalev (Rus) RusveloRow 78 - Cell 2
80Christopher Juul-Jensen (Den) Team Saxo BankRow 79 - Cell 2
81Behnam Khalilikhosroshahi (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Team0:03:54
82Che-Wei Hu (Tpe) Team Senter-Merida0:09:05
83Wei Kei Chang (Tpe) RTS Racing TeamRow 82 - Cell 2
84Do Hyoung Kim (Kor) Terengganu Cycling TeamRow 83 - Cell 2
85Cheng-Yen Chen (Tpe) Team Senter-MeridaRow 84 - Cell 2
86Dong Hyun Shin (Kor) KSPORow 85 - Cell 2
87Felix English (Irl) Rapha Condor SharpRow 86 - Cell 2
88Wen Chung Huang (Tpe) RTS Racing TeamRow 87 - Cell 2
89Ki Ju Lee (Kor) KSPORow 88 - Cell 2
90Steven Wong (HKg) Champion System Pro Cycling Team0:12:31
DNFIvan Kovalev (Rus) RusveloRow 90 - Cell 2
DNFHossein Alizadeh (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical TeamRow 91 - Cell 2
DNFYong Li Ng (Mas) Azad University Cross TeamRow 92 - Cell 2
DNSCharles Huff (USA) Jelly Belly CyclingRow 93 - Cell 2
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General classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Takashi Miyazawa (Jpn) Team Saxo Bank4:05:49
2Rhys Pollock (Aus) Drapac Cycling0:00:06
3Kam Po Wong (HKg) Hong Kong TeamRow 2 - Cell 2
4Dirk Müller (Ger) Nutrixxion Abus0:00:10
5Taiji Nishitani (Jpn) Japan National Team0:00:12
6Floris Goesinnen (Ned) Drapac CyclingRow 5 - Cell 2
7Anthony Giacoppo (Aus) Genesys Wealth Advisers0:00:35
8Chun Kai Feng (Tpe) Action Cycling TeamRow 7 - Cell 2
9Po-Hung Wu (Tpe) Team Senter-Merida0:00:40
10Alex Schmitt (Ger) Nutrixxion Abus0:00:56
11Samuel Davis (Aus) Genesys Wealth AdvisersRow 10 - Cell 2
12Genki Yamamoto (Jpn) Japan National Team0:00:57
13Roberto Ferrari (Ita) Androni Giocattoli0:00:58
14Jonathan Cantwell (Aus) Team Saxo BankRow 13 - Cell 2
15Ben Grenda (Aus) Rapha Condor SharpRow 14 - Cell 2
16Artur Ershov (Rus) RusveloRow 15 - Cell 2
17Lucas Sebastian Haedo (Arg) Team Saxo BankRow 16 - Cell 2
18Ricardo Van Der Velde (Ned) Jelly Belly CyclingRow 17 - Cell 2
19Alexander Serov (Rus) RusveloRow 18 - Cell 2
20Tom Vermeer (Ger) Nutrixxion AbusRow 19 - Cell 2
21Hossein Askari (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical TeamRow 20 - Cell 2
22Adam Semple (Aus) Drapac CyclingRow 21 - Cell 2
23Luke Grivell-Mellor (GBr) Rapha Condor SharpRow 22 - Cell 2
24Chin-Lung Huang (Tpe) RTS Racing TeamRow 23 - Cell 2
25Lee Rodgers (GBr) RTS Racing TeamRow 24 - Cell 2
26Antonio Santoro (Ita) Androni GiocattoliRow 25 - Cell 2
27Patrick Shaw (Aus) Genesys Wealth AdvisersRow 26 - Cell 2
28Alex Coutts (GBr) RTS Racing TeamRow 27 - Cell 2
29Muhamid Adiq Othman (Mas) Champion System Pro Cycling TeamRow 28 - Cell 2
30Kristain House (GBr) Rapha Condor SharpRow 29 - Cell 2
31Volodimir Gustov (Ukr) Team Saxo BankRow 30 - Cell 2
32Darren Lapthorne (Aus) Drapac CyclingRow 31 - Cell 2
33Mohammad Saufi Mat Senan (Mas) Terengganu Cycling TeamRow 32 - Cell 2
34Giaro Ermeti (Ita) Androni GiocattoliRow 33 - Cell 2
35Ghader Mizbani Iranagh (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical TeamRow 34 - Cell 2
36Chin Feng Liu (Tpe) Chinese Taipei NationalRow 35 - Cell 2
37Gang Xu (Chn) Champion System Pro Cycling TeamRow 36 - Cell 2
38Salvatore Mancuso (Ita) Androni GiocattoliRow 37 - Cell 2
39Ben Dyball (Aus) Genesys Wealth AdvisersRow 38 - Cell 2
40Miguel Angel Nino Corredor (Col) Azad University Cross TeamRow 39 - Cell 2
41Victor Nino Corredor (Col) Azad University Cross TeamRow 40 - Cell 2
42Yusuke Hatanaka (Jpn) Japan National TeamRow 41 - Cell 2
43Dean Downing (GBr) Rapha Condor SharpRow 42 - Cell 2
44Ying Hon Yeung (HKg) Hong Kong TeamRow 43 - Cell 2
45Alex Carver (Aus) Genesys Wealth Advisers0:01:07
46Antonino Parrinello (Ita) Androni Giocattoli0:01:09
47Cameron Wurf (Aus) Champion System Pro Cycling Team0:01:18
48Nic Hamilton (Can) Jelly Belly Cycling0:01:32
49Cheng Ying Hsieh (Tpe) Action Cycling Team0:02:25
50Hossein Nateghi (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Team0:02:26
51Abbas Tanha Saeidi (IRI) Azad University Cross TeamRow 50 - Cell 2
52Shinichi Fukushima (Jpn) Terengganu Cycling TeamRow 51 - Cell 2
53Chan Jae Jang (Kor) Terengganu Cycling Team0:02:52
54Christopher Juul-Jensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank0:02:55
55Shih Hsin Hsiao (Tpe) Action Cycling Team0:02:57
56Anuar Manan (Mas) Champion System Pro Cycling TeamRow 55 - Cell 2
57Wei Chieh Liu (Tpe) Chinese Taipei NationalRow 56 - Cell 2
58Mohd Sharul Mat Amin (Mas) Terengganu Cycling TeamRow 57 - Cell 2
59Sebastian Körber (Ger) Nutrixxion AbusRow 58 - Cell 2
60Ji Min Jung (Kor) KSPORow 59 - Cell 2
61Amir Mustafa Rusli (Mas) Drapac CyclingRow 60 - Cell 2
62Burr Ho (HKg) Hong Kong TeamRow 61 - Cell 2
63Tomohiro Hayakawa (Jpn) Japan National TeamRow 62 - Cell 2
64Wu-Hsing Yang (Tpe) Chinese Taipei NationalRow 63 - Cell 2
65Yung-Hua Cheng (Tpe) Team Senter-MeridaRow 64 - Cell 2
66Siu Wai Ko (HKg) Hong Kong TeamRow 65 - Cell 2
67Chia Chun Chen (Tpe) Action Cycling TeamRow 66 - Cell 2
68Sergio Hernandez (USA) Jelly Belly CyclingRow 67 - Cell 2
69Chien Liang Chen (Tpe) Chinese Taipei NationalRow 68 - Cell 2
70Soon Yeong Kwon (Kor) KSPORow 69 - Cell 2
71Hsin-Hua Huang (Tpe) Team Senter-MeridaRow 70 - Cell 2
72Wei Cheng Lee (Tpe) Chinese Taipei NationalRow 71 - Cell 2
73Chung Yan Wong (HKg) Hong Kong TeamRow 72 - Cell 2
74Evgeny Kovalev (Rus) RusveloRow 73 - Cell 2
75Alireza Haghi (IRI) Azad University Cross TeamRow 74 - Cell 2
76Alexey Markov (Rus) RusveloRow 75 - Cell 2
77Keisuke Nakao (Jpn) Japan National TeamRow 76 - Cell 2
78Behnam Khalilikhosroshahi (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Team0:04:10
79Felix English (Irl) Rapha Condor Sharp0:09:21
80Ki Ju Lee (Kor) KSPORow 79 - Cell 2
81Wen Chung Huang (Tpe) RTS Racing TeamRow 80 - Cell 2
82Wei Kei Chang (Tpe) RTS Racing TeamRow 81 - Cell 2
83Cheng-Yen Chen (Tpe) Team Senter-MeridaRow 82 - Cell 2
84Che-Wei Hu (Tpe) Team Senter-MeridaRow 83 - Cell 2
85Do Hyoung Kim (Kor) Terengganu Cycling TeamRow 84 - Cell 2
86Sean Mazich (USA) Jelly Belly Cycling0:09:28
87Chun Liang Pan (Tpe) Action Cycling Team0:12:29
88Steven Wong (HKg) Champion System Pro Cycling Team0:12:47
89Je Sung Yeon (Kor) KSPO0:14:28
90Dong Hyun Shin (Kor) KSPO0:20:52

 

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