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Tour de Taiwan: Pozdnyakov takes opening stage

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the Synergy Baku Cycling Project on the start line with rider/directeur sportif David McCann, David Clarke, John Ebsen, Christoph Schweizer, Kirill Pozdnyakov and Anuar Manan.

the Synergy Baku Cycling Project on the start line with rider/directeur sportif David McCann, David Clarke, John Ebsen, Christoph Schweizer, Kirill Pozdnyakov and Anuar Manan.
(Image credit: Aaron Lee/Tour de Taiwan)
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Start led by Taiwanese officials

Start led by Taiwanese officials
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Drums played to give courage to the riders in the wind

Drums played to give courage to the riders in the wind
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Breakaway group led by Chris Jennings (La Pomme-Marseille) ahead of Kirill Pozdnyakov (Baku), Cheung King Lok (Hong Kong), Puchong (Thailand) and Kohei Uchima (Japan)

Breakaway group led by Chris Jennings (La Pomme-Marseille) ahead of Kirill Pozdnyakov (Baku), Cheung King Lok (Hong Kong), Puchong (Thailand) and Kohei Uchima (Japan)
(Image credit: Aaron Lee/Tour de Taiwan)
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First pro win for Pozdnyakov

First pro win for Pozdnyakov
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Bunch sprint won by Christoph Schweizer

Bunch sprint won by Christoph Schweizer
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Kirill Pozdnyakov is in yellow

Kirill Pozdnyakov is in yellow
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Kirill Pozdnyakov and Cheung King Lok share the honours after stage 1

Kirill Pozdnyakov and Cheung King Lok share the honours after stage 1
(Image credit: Aaron Lee/Tour de Taiwan)

At only their second race after Le Tour de Langkawi, Kirill Pozdnyakov and his newly created Synergy Baku Cycling Project team from Azerbaijan have found success at the 25th Tour de Taiwan. The Russian neo-pro collected his first pro victory at the end of stage 1 called “Terrific Taiwan”, ahead of his last breakaway companion Cheung King Lok from Hong Kong, while the peloton didn’t manage to catch them and Christoph Schweizer completed Baku’s triumph by winning the bunch sprint eight seconds later.

“I’m very happy”, Pozdnyakov said. “To win such a hard and nice race brings me a lot of emotions. I wasn’t afraid of the return of the peloton because I was just giving 100 per cent of myself. It worked out well today because we formed a very good group at the front. Normally it’s very difficult to stay away on a flat terrain but we managed to do so because the peloton was tired and it made the race less controllable. I’m grateful to Jeremy Hunt, David McCann and David McQuaid to have put this team together. It’s a very professional environment. It gives me my first opportunity to race in Asia, firstly at Le Tour de Langkawi and now here.”

At the end of last year, McQuaid sealed a deal with the Azeri authorities with the aim of developing local riders for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 2016. A few experienced cyclists, including recently retired Hunt and McCann, were hired to help them reach their goal.

Pozdnyakov is one of them. At the age of 24, he found fame in Belgium where he won nineteen races as a junior including the U19 version of Omloop Het Nieuwsblad. With the VL Technics Abutriek team, he won the Tour de Côte d’Or in France last year and finished 3rd at the GP Geluwe and 5th at the Flèche ardennaise.

“Normally, climbing is no problem for me”, said the man from Bryansk. “I’ll try to defend the yellow jersey. For GC, we also have other options, with [Denmark’s] John Ebsen for example.” Stage 2 in the county of Tainan is expected to be the queen stage of the race of the Tour de Taiwan after the peloton has left the windy conditions of the Dapeng Bay in the far south of the country behind.

“The wind has been my ally”, Pozdnyakov noted. Initially, South African Pro Continental team MTN-Qhubeka showed their ambition when Johan van Zyl was the first man to attack after 7km of racing but without being granted any freedom. Another motivated team appeared to be French outfit La Pomme-Marseille as they were represented by four riders a major 20-man breakaway. However, only after half way into the stage, a decisive move took place with eight riders going clear off the peloton: Chris Jennings (La Pomme-Marseille), Jakub Kratochvila (Arbö), Jacques Janse van Rensburg (MTN-Qhubeka), Sai-Udomsin Puchong and Liphongyu Navuti (Thailand), Kohei Uchima (Japan), Cheung and Pozdnyakov.

As they never got an advantage superior to one and half minutes, a bunch sprint finish was highly expected but Pozdnyakov had kept some energy to launch an attack while riding against the wind over a bridge with 4km to go. Only Cheung managed to go across but GC contender Janse van Rensburg was forced to give up all of his hopes of winning the Tour de Taiwan due to cramps. There’s obviously more to be seen from rookie Pozdnyakov and the new task force born in one more former Republic of the Soviet Union that has fallen in love with cycling.

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Kirill Pozdnyakov (Rus) Synergy Baku Cycling Project Team3:15:24
2King Lok Cheung (HKg) Team Hong Kong China
3Christoph Scweizer (Ger) Synergy Baku Cycling Project Team0:00:08
4Anthony Giacoppo (Aus) Huon Salmon-Genesys Wealth Adviser
5Benjamin Giraud (Fra) Team La Pomme Marseille
6Takeaki Ayabe (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team
7Robbie Hucker (Aus) DRAPAC Cycling
8Benjamin Edmüller (Ger) ARBÖ-Gebrüder Weiss-Oberndorfer
9Bernard Sulzberger (Aus) DRAPAC Cycling
10Anuar Manan (Mas) Synergy Baku Cycling Project Team
11Fabian Schnaidt (Ger) Champion System Pro Cycling Team
12Oddbjørn Klomtsen Andersen (Nor) Team Frøy-Bianchi
13Zachary Bell (Can) Champion System Pro Cycling Team
14Grischa Janorschke (Ger) NUTRIXXION ABUS
15Po Hung Wu (Tpe) Team Senter - Merida
16Adiq Othman (Mas) Champion System Pro Cycling Team
17Yordsuwan Setthawut (Tha) Thailand National Team
18Lee Rodgers (GBr) CCN Cycling Team
19Muhammad Fauzan Ahmad Lufti (Mas) Malaysia National Team
20Mohd Shahrul Mat Amin (Mas) Terengganu Cycling Team
21David Clarke (GBr) Synergy Baku Cycling Project Team
22Hao Liu (Chn) Max Success Sports Cycling Team
23Ohko Shimizu (Jpn) Japan National Team
24Luke Keough (USA) UnitedHealthCare Pro Cycling
25Ian Bibby (GBr) Madison Genesis Team
26Sai-Udomsin Phuchong (Tha) Thailand National Team
27Yin Chih Wang (Tpe) CCN Cycling Team
28Thomas Palmer (Aus) DRAPAC Cycling
29Liam Holohan (GBr) Madison Genesis Team
30Nathan Earle (Aus) Huon Salmon-Genesys Wealth Adviser
31Masakazu Ito (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team
32Kun Hung Hung (Tpe) Team Senter - Merida
33Mark Dowling (Irl) Polygon Sweet Nice Team
34Thomas Vaubourzeix (Fra) Team La Pomme Marseille
35Andreas Müller (Aut) ARBÖ-Gebrüder Weiss-Oberndorfer
36Louis Meintjes (RSA) MTN Qhubeka
37Jai Crawford (Aus) Huon Salmon-Genesys Wealth Adviser
38Dennis Van Niekerk (RSA) MTN Qhubeka
39Chun Kai Feng (Tpe) Champion System Pro Cycling Team
40Andrew Tennant (GBr) Madison Genesis Team
41Hui Zhang (Chn) Max Success Sports Cycling Team
42Sirironnachai Sarawut (Tha) Thailand National Team
43En Huang (Chn) Max Success Sports Cycling Team
44Jonathan Clarke (Aus) UnitedHealthCare Pro Cycling
45Max Walsleben (Ger) NUTRIXXION ABUS
46Floris Goesinnen (Ned) DRAPAC Cycling
47Jakub Kratochvila (Cze) ARBÖ-Gebrüder Weiss-Oberndorfer
48Mohammad Saufi Mat Senan (Mas) Terengganu Cycling Team
49Patrick Shaw (Aus) Huon Salmon-Genesys Wealth Adviser
50Yoshimitsu Hiratsuka (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team
51Tsgabu Grmay (Eth) MTN Qhubeka
52Sigurd Nesset (Nor) Team Frøy-Bianchi
53John Kronborg Ebsen (Den) Synergy Baku Cycling Project Team
54Morten Sandvik (Nor) Team Frøy-Bianchi
55Ki Ho Choi (HKg) Team Hong Kong China
56Brennan Townshend (GBr) Madison Genesis Team
57Dirk Müller (Ger) NUTRIXXION ABUS
58Liphongyu Navuti (Tha) Thailand National Team
59Boonratanathanakorn Thurakit (Tha) Thailand National Team
60Mohd Saiful Anwar Azis (Mas) Terengganu Cycling Team
61Joseph Cooper (NZl) Huon Salmon-Genesys Wealth Adviser
62Halvor Tandrevold (Nor) Team Frøy-Bianchi
63Mart Ojavee (Est) Champion System Pro Cycling Team
64Yuzuru Suzuki (Jpn) Shimano Racing Team
65Chen Lu Qin (Chn) Max Success Sports Cycling Team
66Ryan Sherlock (Irl) Polygon Sweet Nice Team
67Kohei Uchima (Jpn) Japan National Team
68Johann Van Zyl (RSA) MTN Qhubeka
69Gordon Mccauley (NZl) DRAPAC Cycling
70Burr Ho (HKg) Team Hong Kong China
71Christopher Jenninngs (RSA) Team La Pomme Marseille
72Hsin Hua Huang (Tpe) Team Senter - Merida
73Ryoma Nonaka (Jpn) Shimano Racing Team
74Benjamin Sydlik (Ger) NUTRIXXION ABUS
75Hayato Yoshida (Jpn) Shimano Racing Team
76Petr Lechner (Cze) ARBÖ-Gebrüder Weiss-Oberndorfer
77Masahiko Yasui (Jpn) Shimano Racing Team
78Mohd Nor Umardi Rosdi (Mas) Terengganu Cycling Team
79Dominic Jelfs (Irl) Madison Genesis Team0:01:14
80Bradley White (USA) UnitedHealthCare Pro Cycling0:02:05
81Martyn Irvine (Irl) UnitedHealthCare Pro Cycling
82Rick Ampler (Ger) NUTRIXXION ABUS
83Yasuharo Nakajima (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team0:02:51
84Yat Wai Chan (HKg) Team Hong Kong China0:00:08
85Nur Arif Prayoga (Ina) Polygon Sweet Nice Team0:03:40
86Yue Peng Liu (Chn) Max Success Sports Cycling Team0:05:32
87Daniel Summerhill (USA) UnitedHealthCare Pro Cycling
88Yi Hao Tseng (Tpe) Team Senter - Merida
89Mohd Nur Rizuan Zainal (Mas) Malaysia National Team
90Shimpei Fukuda (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team
91Che Wei Hu (Tpe) Team Senter - Merida0:06:16
92Shotaro Iribe (Jpn) Shimano Racing Team0:09:19
93Jacques Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) MTN Qhubeka0:09:47
94Chun Wing Leung (HKg) Team Hong Kong China
95Ahmad Fahmi Farhan Ahmad Fuat (Mas) Malaysia National Team
96Takero Terasaki (Jpn) Japan National Team
97Hiroki Nishimura (Jpn) Japan National Team0:12:52
OTLEivind Ekeli (Nor) Team Frøy-Bianchi
OTLIbrahim Abdul Rashid (Mas) Malaysia National Team
OTLRobert Gitelis (USA) CCN Cycling Team
OTLJimmy Pranata (Ina) Polygon Sweet Nice Team
OTLRobert Bush (USA) Team La Pomme Marseille
OTLCaleb James Jones (Aus) CCN Cycling Team
DNFJafri Amirul Anuar (Mas) Malaysia National Team
DNFJoshua Berry (USA) Team La Pomme Marseille
DNFTomoyuki Iino (Jpn) Japan National Team
DNFAntonius Tjondrokusumo-Christopher (Ina) Polygon Sweet Nice Team
DNFMuhammad Muhammad Hairolrani (Bru) CCN Cycling Team

Points
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Kirill Pozdnyakov (Rus) Synergy Baku Cycling Project Team17pts
2King Lok Cheung (HKg) Team Hong Kong China14
3Christoph Scweizer (Ger) Synergy Baku Cycling Project Team13
4Anthony Giacoppo (Aus) Huon Salmon-Genesys Wealth Adviser12
5Benjamin Giraud (Fra) Team La Pomme Marseille11
6Takeaki Ayabe (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team10
7Robbie Hucker (Aus) DRAPAC Cycling9
8Benjamin Edmüller (Ger) ARBÖ-Gebrüder Weiss-Oberndorfer8
9Bernard Sulzberger (Aus) DRAPAC Cycling8
10Grischa Janorschke (Ger) NUTRIXXION ABUS7
11Fabian Schnaidt (Ger) Champion System Pro Cycling Team7
12Anuar Manan (Mas) Synergy Baku Cycling Project Team6
13Hao Liu (Chn) Max Success Sports Cycling Team5
14Jakub Kratochvila (Cze) ARBÖ-Gebrüder Weiss-Oberndorfer5
15Oddbjørn Klomtsen Andersen (Nor) Team Frøy-Bianchi4
16Zachary Bell (Can) Champion System Pro Cycling Team3
17Ian Bibby (GBr) Madison Genesis Team3
18Sai-Udomsin Phuchong (Tha) Thailand National Team3
19Gordon Mccauley (NZl) DRAPAC Cycling3
20Thomas Vaubourzeix (Fra) Team La Pomme Marseille2
21Po Hung Wu (Tpe) Team Senter - Merida1
22Kohei Uchima (Jpn) Japan National Team1
23Jacques Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) MTN Qhubeka1

Teams
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Synergy Baku Cycling Project Team9:46:28
2Team Hong Kong China
3Champion System Pro Cycling Team0:00:08
4DRAPAC Cycling
5Huon Salmon-Genesys Wealth Advisers
6Thailand National Team
7Aisan Racing Team
8ARBÖ-Gebrüder Weiss-Oberndorfer
9Madison Genesis Team
10Max Success Sports Cycling Team
11Team La Pomme Marseille
12NUTRIXXION ABUS
13Team Frøy-Bianchi
14Team Senter - Merida
15MTN QhubekaMTN
16Terengganu Cycling Team
17Shimano Racing Team
18UnitedHealthCare Pro Cycling0:02:05
19Polygon Sweet Nice Team0:03:40
20Japan National Team0:09:47
21Malaysia National Team0:15:11

General classification after stage 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Kirill Pozdnyakov (Rus) Synergy Baku Cycling Project Team3:15:24
2King Lok Cheung (HKg) Team Hong Kong China
3Christoph Scweizer (Ger) Synergy Baku Cycling Project Team0:00:08
4Grischa Janorschke (Ger) NUTRIXXION ABUS
5Hao Liu (Chn) Max Success Sports Cycling Team
6Jakub Kratochvila (Cze) ARBÖ-Gebrüder Weiss-Oberndorfer
7Ian Bibby (GBr) Madison Genesis Team
8Sai-Udomsin Phuchong (Tha) Thailand National Team
9Gordon Mccauley (NZl) DRAPAC Cycling
10Fabian Schnaidt (Ger) Champion System Pro Cycling Team
11Thomas Vaubourzeix (Fra) Team La Pomme Marseille
12Anthony Giacoppo (Aus) Huon Salmon-Genesys Wealth Adviser
13Benjamin Giraud (Fra) Team La Pomme Marseille
14Takeaki Ayabe (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team
15Robbie Hucker (Aus) DRAPAC Cycling
16Benjamin Edmüller (Ger) ARBÖ-Gebrüder Weiss-Oberndorfer
17Bernard Sulzberger (Aus) DRAPAC Cycling
18Anuar Manan (Mas) Synergy Baku Cycling Project Team
19Oddbjørn Klomtsen Andersen (Nor) Team Frøy-Bianchi
20Zachary Bell (Can) Champion System Pro Cycling Team
21Po Hung Wu (Tpe) Team Senter - Merida
22Adiq Othman (Mas) Champion System Pro Cycling Team
23Yordsuwan Setthawut (Tha) Thailand National Team
24Lee Rodgers (GBr) CCN Cycling Team
25Muhammad Fauzan Ahmad Lufti (Mas) Malaysia National Team
26Mohd Shahrul Mat Amin (Mas) Terengganu Cycling Team
27David Clarke (GBr) Synergy Baku Cycling Project Team
28Ohko Shimizu (Jpn) Japan National Team
29Luke Keough (USA) UnitedHealthCare Pro Cycling
30Yin Chih Wang (Tpe) CCN Cycling Team
31Thomas Palmer (Aus) DRAPAC Cycling
32Liam Holohan (GBr) Madison Genesis Team
33Nathan Earle (Aus) Huon Salmon-Genesys Wealth Adviser
34Masakazu Ito (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team
35Kun Hung Hung (Tpe) Team Senter - Merida
36Mark Dowling (Irl) Polygon Sweet Nice Team
37Andreas Müller (Aut) ARBÖ-Gebrüder Weiss-Oberndorfer
38Louis Meintjes (RSA) MTN Qhubeka
39Jai Crawford (Aus) Huon Salmon-Genesys Wealth Adviser
40Dennis Van Niekerk (RSA) MTN Qhubeka
41Chun Kai Feng (Tpe) Champion System Pro Cycling Team
42Andrew Tennant (GBr) Madison Genesis Team
43Hui Zhang (Chn) Max Success Sports Cycling Team
44Sirironnachai Sarawut (Tha) Thailand National Team
45En Huang (Chn) Max Success Sports Cycling Team
46Jonathan Clarke (Aus) UnitedHealthCare Pro Cycling
47Max Walsleben (Ger) NUTRIXXION ABUS
48Floris Goesinnen (Ned) DRAPAC Cycling
49Mohammad Saufi Mat Senan (Mas) Terengganu Cycling Team
50Patrick Shaw (Aus) Huon Salmon-Genesys Wealth Adviser
51Yoshimitsu Hiratsuka (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team
52Tsgabu Grmay (Eth) MTN Qhubeka
53Sigurd Nesset (Nor) Team Frøy-Bianchi
54John Kronborg Ebsen (Den) Synergy Baku Cycling Project Team
55Morten Sandvik (Nor) Team Frøy-Bianchi
56Ki Ho Choi (HKg) Team Hong Kong China
57Brennan Townshend (GBr) Madison Genesis Team
58Dirk Müller (Ger) NUTRIXXION ABUS
59Liphongyu Navuti (Tha) Thailand National Team
60Boonratanathanakorn Thurakit (Tha) Thailand National Team
61Mohd Saiful Anwar Azis (Mas) Terengganu Cycling Team
62Joseph Cooper (NZl) Huon Salmon-Genesys Wealth Adviser
63Halvor Tandrevold (Nor) Team Frøy-Bianchi
64Mart Ojavee (Est) Champion System Pro Cycling Team
65Yuzuru Suzuki (Jpn) Shimano Racing Team
66Chen Lu Qin (Chn) Max Success Sports Cycling Team
67Ryan Sherlock (Irl) Polygon Sweet Nice Team
68Kohei Uchima (Jpn) Japan National Team
69Johann Van Zyl (RSA) MTN Qhubeka
70Burr Ho (HKg) Team Hong Kong China
71Christopher Jenninngs (RSA) Team La Pomme Marseille
72Hsin Hua Huang (Tpe) Team Senter - Merida
73Ryoma Nonaka (Jpn) Shimano Racing Team
74Benjamin Sydlik (Ger) NUTRIXXION ABUS
75Hayato Yoshida (Jpn) Shimano Racing Team
76Petr Lechner (Cze) ARBÖ-Gebrüder Weiss-Oberndorfer
77Masahiko Yasui (Jpn) Shimano Racing Team
78Mohd Nor Umardi Rosdi (Mas) Terengganu Cycling Team
79Yat Wai Chan (HKg) Team Hong Kong China
80Dominic Jelfs (Irl) Madison Genesis Team0:01:14
81Bradley White (USA) UnitedHealthCare Pro Cycling0:02:05
82Martyn Irvine (Irl) UnitedHealthCare Pro Cycling
83Rick Ampler (Ger) NUTRIXXION ABUS
84Yasuharo Nakajima (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team0:02:51
85Nur Arif Prayoga (Ina) Polygon Sweet Nice Team0:03:40
86Yue Peng Liu (Chn) Max Success Sports Cycling Team0:05:32
87Daniel Summerhill (USA) UnitedHealthCare Pro Cycling
88Yi Hao Tseng (Tpe) Team Senter - Merida
89Mohd Nur Rizuan Zainal (Mas) Malaysia National Team
90Shimpei Fukuda (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team
91Che Wei Hu (Tpe) Team Senter - Merida0:06:16
92Shotaro Iribe (Jpn) Shimano Racing Team0:09:19
93Jacques Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) MTN Qhubeka0:09:47
94Chun Wing Leung (HKg) Team Hong Kong China
95Ahmad Fahmi Farhan Ahmad Fuat (Mas) Malaysia National Team
96Takero Terasaki (Jpn) Japan National Team
97Hiroki Nishimura (Jpn) Japan National Team0:12:52

Points classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Kirill Pozdnyakov (Rus) Synergy Baku Cycling Project Team17pts
2King Lok Cheung (HKg) Team Hong Kong China14
3Christoph Scweizer (Ger) Synergy Baku Cycling Project Team13
4Anthony Giacoppo (Aus) Huon Salmon-Genesys Wealth Adviser12
5Benjamin Giraud (Fra) Team La Pomme Marseille11
6Takeaki Ayabe (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team10
7Robbie Hucker (Aus) DRAPAC Cycling9
8Benjamin Edmüller (Ger) ARBÖ-Gebrüder Weiss-Oberndorfer8
9Bernard Sulzberger (Aus) DRAPAC Cycling8
10Grischa Janorschke (Ger) NUTRIXXION ABUS7
11Fabian Schnaidt (Ger) Champion System Pro Cycling Team7
12Anuar Manan (Mas) Synergy Baku Cycling Project Team6
13Hao Liu (Chn) Max Success Sports Cycling Team5
14Jakub Kratochvila (Cze) ARBÖ-Gebrüder Weiss-Oberndorfer5
15Oddbjørn Klomtsen Andersen (Nor) Team Frøy-Bianchi4
16Ian Bibby (GBr) Madison Genesis Team3
17Sai-Udomsin Phuchong (Tha) Thailand National Team3
18Gordon Mccauley (NZl) DRAPAC Cycling3
19Zachary Bell (Can) Champion System Pro Cycling Team3
20Thomas Vaubourzeix (Fra) Team La Pomme Marseille2
21Po Hung Wu (Tpe) Team Senter - Merida1
22Kohei Uchima (Jpn) Japan National Team1
23Jacques Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) MTN Qhubeka1

Teams classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Synergy Baku Cycling Project Team9:46:28
2Team Hong Kong China
3Champion System Pro Cycling Team0:00:08
4DRAPAC Cycling
5Huon Salmon-Genesys Wealth Advisers
6Thailand National Team
7Aisan Racing Team
8ARBÖ-Gebrüder Weiss-Oberndorfer
9Madison Genesis Team
10Max Success Sports Cycling Team
11Team La Pomme Marseille
12NUTRIXXION ABUS
13Team Frøy-Bianchi
14Team Senter - Merida
15MTN QhubekaMTN
16Terengganu Cycling Team
17Shimano Racing Team
18UnitedHealthCare Pro Cycling0:02:05
19Polygon Sweet Nice Team0:03:40
20Japan National Team0:09:47
21Malaysia National Team0:15:11

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