Pollock holds on after finale crash to claim overall win in Taiwan

The Tour de Taiwan concluded in Kaohsiung with Jonathan Cantwell (Saxo Bank) sprinting to his second stage victory of the race. The 30-year-old Australian outkicked Androni's Roberto Ferrari and Champion System's Adiq Hussainie Othman, who made his second top ten in a row, showing that he can both sprint and climb in the presence of some of the world's best teams.

The Malaysian's former teammate Rhys Pollock (Drapac) secured the overall victory despite crashing with 800 metres to go. Pollock defended his narrow two-second advantage over Kam Po Wong (Hong Kong Team) and six-second lead over third-placed Dirk Müller (Nutrixxion Abus).

"I knew the rule of the last 3km but I was scared because anything can happen," Pollock said. "[Third placed on GC] Dirk Muller could have jumped away and taken some time, so I told my teammates who wanted to celebrate: 'hey, just wait until the commissaires give it all clear'. I had to take some risks as if I was a sprinter myself. Now I'm just relieved that I held on to victory."

It wasn't a walk in the park for Pollock as the breakaway of the day comprised Taiwan-based veteran Lee Rodgers who eventually won the points classification, Saxo Bank's Volodimir Gustov, Hong Kong's Yeung Yin Hon and Champion System's Cameron Wurf, who all threatened Pollock's leading position. "The four riders away were dangerous on GC," Pollock said. "My team rode fantastically. Credit goes to the Hong Kong rider who was solo until 5km to go."

Pollock became the first Australian to win the Tour de Taiwan. The race was created in 1987, promoted to international level as part of the Asia Tour in 2005 and upgraded to the UCI 2.1 category this year. "The Tour de Taiwan is a popular race also in Australia," Pollock said. "I think Drapac came twice second in the past and we lost the lead of Peter McDonald two years ago on the last day, so we needed to get the monkey off our back. I was nervous about losing the yellow jersey. People here in Taiwan are fantastic, the race organization, the food, etc. It's one of my favourite races of the year."

Besides Adiq Hussainie, who might have caught the attention of the European teams, the revelation of the Tour de Taiwan was local rider Feng Chun Kai who finished seventh overall and claimed the King of the Mountains classification. "My next goal is to go back to school because my teachers might not be happy with me missing class these days," said the 23-year-old sports science student. "Shall I and my team [Action] improve, I give myself two years for winning the Tour de Taiwan."

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Full Results
1Jonathan Cantwell (Aus) Team Saxo Bank2:47:18
2Roberto Ferrari (Ita) Androni GiocattoliRow 1 - Cell 2
3Muhamid Adiq Othman (Mas) Champion System Pro Cycling TeamRow 2 - Cell 2
4Lucas Sebastian Haedo (Arg) Team Saxo BankRow 3 - Cell 2
5Patrick Shaw (Aus) Genesys Wealth AdvisersRow 4 - Cell 2
6Alex Carver (Aus) Genesys Wealth AdvisersRow 5 - Cell 2
7Dong Hyun Shin (Kor) KSPORow 6 - Cell 2
8Chan Jae Jang (Kor) Terengganu Cycling TeamRow 7 - Cell 2
9Artur Ershov (Rus) RusVeloRow 8 - Cell 2
10Giaro Ermeti (Ita) Androni GiocattoliRow 9 - Cell 2
11Hossein Nateghi (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical TeamRow 10 - Cell 2
12Alexey Markov (Rus) RusVeloRow 11 - Cell 2
13Taiji Nishitani (Jpn) Japan National TeamRow 12 - Cell 2
14Anthony Giacoppo (Aus) Genesys Wealth AdvisersRow 13 - Cell 2
15Sergio Hernandez (USA) Jelly Belly CyclingRow 14 - Cell 2
16Mohammad Saufi Mat Senan (Mas) Terengganu Cycling TeamRow 15 - Cell 2
17Tom Vermeer (Ger) Nutrixxion AbusRow 16 - Cell 2
18Dean Downing (GBr) Rapha Condor - SharpRow 17 - Cell 2
19Po-Hung Wu (Tpe) Team Senter - MeridaRow 18 - Cell 2
20Wei Chieh Liu (Tpe) Chinese Taipei National TeamRow 19 - Cell 2
21Shinichi Fukushima (Jpn) Terengganu Cycling TeamRow 20 - Cell 2
22Dirk Müller (Ger) Nutrixxion AbusRow 21 - Cell 2
23Ricardo Van Der Velde (Ned) Jelly Belly CyclingRow 22 - Cell 2
24Wei Cheng Lee (Tpe) Chinese Taipei National TeamRow 23 - Cell 2
25Kam Po Wong (HKg) Hong Kong TeamRow 24 - Cell 2
26Chung Yan Wong (HKg) Hong Kong TeamRow 25 - Cell 2
27Tomohiro Hayakawa (Jpn) Japan National TeamRow 26 - Cell 2
28Felix English (Irl) Rapha Condor - SharpRow 27 - Cell 2
29Volodimir Gustov (Ukr) Team Saxo BankRow 28 - Cell 2
30Chin Feng Liu (Tpe) Chinese Taipei National TeamRow 29 - Cell 2
31Yusuke Hatanaka (Jpn) Japan National TeamRow 30 - Cell 2
32Miguel Angel Nino Corredor (Col) Azad University Cross TeamRow 31 - Cell 2
33Chia Chun Chen (Tpe) Action Cycling TeamRow 32 - Cell 2
34Ben Dyball (Aus) Genesys Wealth AdvisersRow 33 - Cell 2
35Wu-Hsing Yang (Tpe) Chinese Taipei National TeamRow 34 - Cell 2
36Hossein Askari (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical TeamRow 35 - Cell 2
37Cheng Ying Hsieh (Tpe) Action Cycling TeamRow 36 - Cell 2
38Ghader Mizbani Iranagh (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical TeamRow 37 - Cell 2
39Chin-Lung Huang (Tpe) RTS Racing TeamRow 38 - Cell 2
40Chun Kai Feng (Tpe) Action Cycling TeamRow 39 - Cell 2
41Cheng-Yen Chen (Tpe) Team Senter - MeridaRow 40 - Cell 2
42Antonio Santoro (Ita) Androni GiocattoliRow 41 - Cell 2
43Cameron Wurf (Aus) Champion System Pro Cycling TeamRow 42 - Cell 2
44Sebastian Körber (Ger) Nutrixxion AbusRow 43 - Cell 2
45Chien Liang Chen (Tpe) Chinese Taipei National TeamRow 44 - Cell 2
46Wei Kei Chang (Tpe) RTS Racing TeamRow 45 - Cell 2
47Burr Ho (HKg) Hong Kong TeamRow 46 - Cell 2
48Genki Yamamoto (Jpn) Japan National TeamRow 47 - Cell 2
49Do Hyoung Kim (Kor) Terengganu Cycling TeamRow 48 - Cell 2
50Alexander Serov (Rus) RusVeloRow 49 - Cell 2
51Je Sung Yeon (Kor) KSPORow 50 - Cell 2
52Alireza Haghi (IRI) Azad University Cross TeamRow 51 - Cell 2
53Victor Nino Corredor (Col) Azad University Cross TeamRow 52 - Cell 2
54Keisuke Nakao (Jpn) Japan National TeamRow 53 - Cell 2
55Alex Coutts (GBr) RTS Racing TeamRow 54 - Cell 2
56Chun Liang Pan (Tpe) Action Cycling TeamRow 55 - Cell 2
57Wen Chung Huang (Tpe) RTS Racing TeamRow 56 - Cell 2
58Yung-Hua Cheng (Tpe) Team Senter - MeridaRow 57 - Cell 2
59Che-Wei Hu (Tpe) Team Senter - MeridaRow 58 - Cell 2
60Ying Hon Yeung (HKg) Hong Kong TeamRow 59 - Cell 2
61Lee Rodgers (GBr) RTS Racing TeamRow 60 - Cell 2
62Evgeny Kovalev (Rus) RusVeloRow 61 - Cell 2
63Behnam Khalilikhosroshahi (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical TeamRow 62 - Cell 2
64Samuel Davis (Aus) Genesys Wealth AdvisersRow 63 - Cell 2
65Floris Goesinnen (Ned) Drapac CyclingRow 64 - Cell 2
66Hsin-Hua Huang (Tpe) Team Senter - MeridaRow 65 - Cell 2
67Abbas Tanha Saeidi (IRI) Azad University Cross TeamRow 66 - Cell 2
68Salvatore Mancuso (Ita) Androni GiocattoliRow 67 - Cell 2
69Alex Schmitt (Ger) Nutrixxion AbusRow 68 - Cell 2
70Mohd Sharul Mat Amin (Mas) Terengganu Cycling TeamRow 69 - Cell 2
71Takashi Miyazawa (Jpn) Team Saxo BankRow 70 - Cell 2
72Kristian House (GBr) Rapha Condor - SharpRow 71 - Cell 2
73Nic Hamilton (Can) Jelly Belly CyclingRow 72 - Cell 2
74Shih Hsin Hsiao (Tpe) Action Cycling TeamRow 73 - Cell 2
75Rhys Pollock (Aus) Drapac CyclingRow 74 - Cell 2
76Adam Semple (Aus) Drapac CyclingRow 75 - Cell 2
77Amir Mustafa Rusli (Mas) Drapac Cycling0:01:15
78Christopher Juul-Jensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank0:01:26
79Ji Min Jung (Kor) KSPORow 78 - Cell 2
80Ben Grenda (Aus) Rapha Condor - SharpRow 79 - Cell 2
81Anuar Manan (Mas) Champion System Pro Cycling TeamRow 80 - Cell 2
82Gang Xu (Chn) Champion System Pro Cycling TeamRow 81 - Cell 2
83Siu Wai Ko (HKg) Hong Kong TeamRow 82 - Cell 2
DNFAntonino Parrinello (Ita) Androni GiocattoliRow 83 - Cell 2
DNFSean Mazich (USA) Jelly Belly CyclingRow 84 - Cell 2
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Sprint 1
1Chun Kai Feng (Tpe) Action Cycling Team5pts
2Lee Rodgers (GBr) RTS Racing Team3Row 1 - Cell 3
3Shinichi Fukushima (Jpn) Terengganu Cycling Team2Row 2 - Cell 3
4Volodimir Gustov (Ukr) Team Saxo Bank1Row 3 - Cell 3
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Sprint 2
1Lee Rodgers (GBr) RTS Racing Team5pts
2Volodimir Gustov (Ukr) Team Saxo Bank3Row 1 - Cell 3
3Cameron Wurf (Aus) Champion System Pro Cycling Team2Row 2 - Cell 3
4Ying Hon Yeung (HKg) Hong Kong Team1Row 3 - Cell 3
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1Genesys Wealth Advisers8:21:54
2Team Saxo BankRow 1 - Cell 2
3Terengganu Cycling TeamRow 2 - Cell 2
4Androni GiocattoliRow 3 - Cell 2
5RusVeloRow 4 - Cell 2
6Japan National TeamRow 5 - Cell 2
7Chinese Taipei National TeamRow 6 - Cell 2
8Nutrixxion AbusRow 7 - Cell 2
9Tabriz Petrochemical TeamRow 8 - Cell 2
10Hong Kong TeamRow 9 - Cell 2
11Action Cycling TeamRow 10 - Cell 2
12Jelly Belly CyclingRow 11 - Cell 2
13Rapha Condor - SharpRow 12 - Cell 2
14Team Senter - MeridaRow 13 - Cell 2
15Champion System Pro Cycling TeamRow 14 - Cell 2
16KSPORow 15 - Cell 2
17Azad University Cross TeamRow 16 - Cell 2
18RTS Racing TeamRow 17 - Cell 2
19Drapac CyclingRow 18 - Cell 2
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Final general classification
1Rhys Pollock (Aus) Drapac Cycling19:09:44
2Kam Po Wong (HKg) Hong Kong Team0:00:02
3Dirk Müller (Ger) Nutrixxion Abus0:00:06
4Taiji Nishitani (Jpn) Japan National Team0:00:08
5Anthony Giacoppo (Aus) Genesys Wealth Advisers0:00:17
6Roberto Ferrari (Ita) Androni Giocattoli0:00:26
7Chun Kai Feng (Tpe) Action Cycling Team0:00:27
8Victor Nino Corredor (Col) Azad University Cross Team0:00:34
9Yusuke Hatanaka (Jpn) Japan National Team0:00:38
10Muhamid Adiq Othman (Mas) Champion System Pro Cycling Team0:00:40
11Mohammad Saufi Mat Senan (Mas) Terengganu Cycling Team0:00:52
12Volodimir Gustov (Ukr) Team Saxo BankRow 11 - Cell 2
13Giaro Ermeti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli0:00:54
14Alex Coutts (GBr) RTS Racing TeamRow 13 - Cell 2
15Ghader Mizbani Iranagh (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical TeamRow 14 - Cell 2
16Ben Dyball (Aus) Genesys Wealth AdvisersRow 15 - Cell 2
17Genki Yamamoto (Jpn) Japan National Team0:01:04
18Gang Xu (Chn) Champion System Pro Cycling Team0:01:07
19Alexander Serov (Rus) RusVelo0:01:08
20Hossein Askari (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Team0:01:12
21Ben Grenda (Aus) Rapha Condor - Sharp0:01:22
22Ying Hon Yeung (HKg) Hong Kong TeamRow 21 - Cell 2
23Jonathan Cantwell (Aus) Team Saxo Bank0:01:26
24Antonio Santoro (Ita) Androni Giocattoli0:01:27
25Cameron Wurf (Aus) Champion System Pro Cycling Team0:01:31
26Tom Vermeer (Ger) Nutrixxion Abus0:01:37
27Kristian House (GBr) Rapha Condor - Sharp0:01:46
28Takashi Miyazawa (Jpn) Team Saxo Bank0:02:00
29Adam Semple (Aus) Drapac Cycling0:02:01
30Nic Hamilton (Can) Jelly Belly Cycling0:02:20
31Ricardo Van Der Velde (Ned) Jelly Belly Cycling0:02:21
32Po-Hung Wu (Tpe) Team Senter - Merida0:02:26
33Hossein Nateghi (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Team0:02:51
34Chin Feng Liu (Tpe) Chinese Taipei National Team0:03:15
35Miguel Angel Nino Corredor (Col) Azad University Cross TeamRow 34 - Cell 2
36Wei Cheng Lee (Tpe) Chinese Taipei National Team0:03:21
37Hsin-Hua Huang (Tpe) Team Senter - Merida0:04:07
38Sergio Hernandez (USA) Jelly Belly Cycling0:04:14
39Chien Liang Chen (Tpe) Chinese Taipei National Team0:04:28
40Lucas Sebastian Haedo (Arg) Team Saxo Bank0:04:37
41Wei Chieh Liu (Tpe) Chinese Taipei National Team0:05:08
42Salvatore Mancuso (Ita) Androni Giocattoli0:05:11
43Tomohiro Hayakawa (Jpn) Japan National Team0:05:14
44Mohd Sharul Mat Amin (Mas) Terengganu Cycling Team0:05:19
45Chin-Lung Huang (Tpe) RTS Racing Team0:06:01
46Chia Chun Chen (Tpe) Action Cycling Team0:06:12
47Dean Downing (GBr) Rapha Condor - Sharp0:06:18
48Siu Wai Ko (HKg) Hong Kong Team0:06:20
49Shih Hsin Hsiao (Tpe) Action Cycling Team0:06:22
50Alex Schmitt (Ger) Nutrixxion Abus0:06:35
51Wu-Hsing Yang (Tpe) Chinese Taipei National Team0:07:13
52Floris Goesinnen (Ned) Drapac Cycling0:07:22
53Samuel Davis (Aus) Genesys Wealth Advisers0:07:34
54Alireza Haghi (IRI) Azad University Cross Team0:08:49
55Burr Ho (HKg) Hong Kong Team0:08:59
56Chung Yan Wong (HKg) Hong Kong Team0:09:11
57Yung-Hua Cheng (Tpe) Team Senter - Merida0:09:29
58Cheng Ying Hsieh (Tpe) Action Cycling Team0:11:15
59Keisuke Nakao (Jpn) Japan National Team0:11:19
60Ji Min Jung (Kor) KSPO0:11:23
61Alexey Markov (Rus) RusVelo0:11:32
62Lee Rodgers (GBr) RTS Racing Team0:11:49
63Chan Jae Jang (Kor) Terengganu Cycling Team0:11:56
64Abbas Tanha Saeidi (IRI) Azad University Cross Team0:12:05
65Shinichi Fukushima (Jpn) Terengganu Cycling Team0:12:34
66Do Hyoung Kim (Kor) Terengganu Cycling Team0:13:37
67Behnam Khalilikhosroshahi (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Team0:14:27
68Cheng-Yen Chen (Tpe) Team Senter - Merida0:14:30
69Alex Carver (Aus) Genesys Wealth Advisers0:15:19
70Patrick Shaw (Aus) Genesys Wealth Advisers0:15:43
71Wen Chung Huang (Tpe) RTS Racing Team0:15:56
72Che-Wei Hu (Tpe) Team Senter - Merida0:16:03
73Artur Ershov (Rus) RusVelo0:16:09
74Evgeny Kovalev (Rus) RusVelo0:16:56
75Wei Kei Chang (Tpe) RTS Racing Team0:17:08
76Amir Mustafa Rusli (Mas) Drapac Cycling0:18:04
77Chun Liang Pan (Tpe) Action Cycling Team0:18:59
78Sebastian Körber (Ger) Nutrixxion Abus0:19:34
79Christopher Juul-Jensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank0:19:36
80Felix English (Irl) Rapha Condor - Sharp0:20:32
81Je Sung Yeon (Kor) KSPO0:20:44
82Anuar Manan (Mas) Champion System Pro Cycling Team0:26:14
83Dong Hyun Shin (Kor) KSPO0:33:18
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Points classification
1Lee Rodgers (GBr) RTS Racing Team31pts
2Chun Kai Feng (Tpe) Action Cycling Team28Row 1 - Cell 3
3Chan Jae Jang (Kor) Terengganu Cycling Team18Row 2 - Cell 3
4Takashi Miyazawa (Jpn) Team Saxo Bank11Row 3 - Cell 3
5Po-Hung Wu (Tpe) Team Senter - Merida9Row 4 - Cell 3
6Abbas Tanha Saeidi (IRI) Azad University Cross Team8Row 5 - Cell 3
7Shih Hsin Hsiao (Tpe) Action Cycling Team7Row 6 - Cell 3
8Anuar Manan (Mas) Champion System Pro Cycling Team7Row 7 - Cell 3
9Alireza Haghi (IRI) Azad University Cross Team5Row 8 - Cell 3
10Shinichi Fukushima (Jpn) Terengganu Cycling Team5Row 9 - Cell 3
11Volodimir Gustov (Ukr) Team Saxo Bank4Row 10 - Cell 3
12Alex Schmitt (Ger) Nutrixxion Abus4Row 11 - Cell 3
13Christopher Juul-Jensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank4Row 12 - Cell 3
14Rhys Pollock (Aus) Drapac Cycling3Row 13 - Cell 3
15Nic Hamilton (Can) Jelly Belly Cycling3Row 14 - Cell 3
16Samuel Davis (Aus) Genesys Wealth Advisers3Row 15 - Cell 3
17Muhamid Adiq Othman (Mas) Champion System Pro Cycling Team2Row 16 - Cell 3
18Genki Yamamoto (Jpn) Japan National Team2Row 17 - Cell 3
19Cameron Wurf (Aus) Champion System Pro Cycling Team2Row 18 - Cell 3
20Taiji Nishitani (Jpn) Japan National Team1Row 19 - Cell 3
21Ying Hon Yeung (HKg) Hong Kong Team1Row 20 - Cell 3
22Tom Vermeer (Ger) Nutrixxion Abus1Row 21 - Cell 3
23Chien Liang Chen (Tpe) Chinese Taipei National Team1Row 22 - Cell 3
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Mountains classification
1Chun Kai Feng (Tpe) Action Cycling Team19pts
2Shinichi Fukushima (Jpn) Terengganu Cycling Team16Row 1 - Cell 3
3Victor Nino Corredor (Col) Azad University Cross Team15Row 2 - Cell 3
4Roberto Ferrari (Ita) Androni Giocattoli11Row 3 - Cell 3
5Lee Rodgers (GBr) RTS Racing Team10Row 4 - Cell 3
6Anthony Giacoppo (Aus) Genesys Wealth Advisers9Row 5 - Cell 3
7Behnam Khalilikhosroshahi (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Team9Row 6 - Cell 3
8Muhamid Adiq Othman (Mas) Champion System Pro Cycling Team8Row 7 - Cell 3
9Jonathan Cantwell (Aus) Team Saxo Bank6Row 8 - Cell 3
10Evgeny Kovalev (Rus) RusVelo6Row 9 - Cell 3
11Hossein Nateghi (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Team5Row 10 - Cell 3
12Dean Downing (GBr) Rapha Condor - Sharp5Row 11 - Cell 3
13Yusuke Hatanaka (Jpn) Japan National Team4Row 12 - Cell 3
14Ghader Mizbani Iranagh (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Team4Row 13 - Cell 3
15Yung-Hua Cheng (Tpe) Team Senter - Merida3Row 14 - Cell 3
16Hossein Askari (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Team2Row 15 - Cell 3
17Ben Grenda (Aus) Rapha Condor - Sharp2Row 16 - Cell 3
18Hsin-Hua Huang (Tpe) Team Senter - Merida2Row 17 - Cell 3
19Lucas Sebastian Haedo (Arg) Team Saxo Bank2Row 18 - Cell 3
20Abbas Tanha Saeidi (IRI) Azad University Cross Team2Row 19 - Cell 3
21Mohammad Saufi Mat Senan (Mas) Terengganu Cycling Team1Row 20 - Cell 3
22Alexander Serov (Rus) RusVelo1Row 21 - Cell 3
23Nic Hamilton (Can) Jelly Belly Cycling1Row 22 - Cell 3
24Chia Chun Chen (Tpe) Action Cycling Team1Row 23 - Cell 3
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Teams classification
1Japan National Team57:31:09
2Androni Giocattoli0:00:36
3Drapac Cycling0:01:04
4Champion System Pro Cycling Team0:01:11
5Team Saxo Bank0:02:50
6Tabriz Petrochemical Team0:03:04
7Hong Kong Team0:05:28
8Nutrixxion Abus0:06:29
9Rapha Condor - Sharp0:06:51
10Jelly Belly Cycling0:07:00
11Genesys Wealth Advisers0:07:12
12Terengganu Cycling Team0:07:24
13Azad University Cross Team0:07:25
14Chinese Taipei National Team0:07:47
15Action Cycling Team0:08:50
16Team Senter - Merida0:10:39
17RTS Racing Team0:10:49

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