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Schnaidt wins final stage of the Tour de Taiwan

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Benjamin Giraud (Team La Pomme Marseille 13) get airborne over the line

Benjamin Giraud (Team La Pomme Marseille 13) get airborne over the line
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The jersey winners are interviewed

The jersey winners are interviewed
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Team Novo Nordisk

Team Novo Nordisk
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A puzzled Di Gregorio

A puzzled Di Gregorio
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The Taiwanese tifosi

The Taiwanese tifosi
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Hello

Hello
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Team Novo Nordisk

Team Novo Nordisk
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Noting the parcours

Noting the parcours
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Musettes ready for the riders

Musettes ready for the riders
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Czech team Bauknecht - Author

Czech team Bauknecht - Author
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Greek road champion Ioannis Tamouridis is back at SP Tableware

Greek road champion Ioannis Tamouridis is back at SP Tableware
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Fabian Schnaidt (Team Vorarlberg)

Fabian Schnaidt (Team Vorarlberg)
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Wouter Wippert getting ready to go

Wouter Wippert getting ready to go
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La Pomme Marseille 13

La Pomme Marseille 13
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Team Gusto

Team Gusto
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Finding the right camera angel

Finding the right camera angel
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The jersey winners on the podium

The jersey winners on the podium
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Smiles from Japanese national team

Smiles from Japanese national team
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At the startline

At the startline
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2014 Tour de Taiwan winner, Remy Di Gregorio

2014 Tour de Taiwan winner, Remy Di Gregorio
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The points winner, Fabian Schnaidt (Team Vorarlberg)

The points winner, Fabian Schnaidt (Team Vorarlberg)
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Parkhotel Valkenburg CT

Parkhotel Valkenburg CT
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Team classification winners Parkhotel Valkenburg CT

Team classification winners Parkhotel Valkenburg CT
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Enjoying a moment prerace

Enjoying a moment prerace
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The heat got to one Drapac rider

The heat got to one Drapac rider
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Time to cool down for Synergy BAku

Time to cool down for Synergy BAku
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La Pomme Marseille 13 had a good Tour de Taiwan

La Pomme Marseille 13 had a good Tour de Taiwan
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A Team Stölting rider gulps down some water

A Team Stölting rider gulps down some water
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Synergy Baku cooling down

Synergy Baku cooling down
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Post-race cola for Remy

Post-race cola for Remy
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Team Vorarlberg

Team Vorarlberg
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The start line for Stage 5

The start line for Stage 5
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Mountain classification victor, Chun Kai Feng (Gusto)

Mountain classification victor, Chun Kai Feng (Gusto)
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Cam Wurf (Cannondale)

Cam Wurf (Cannondale)
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Joonas Henttala (Novo Nordisk)

Joonas Henttala (Novo Nordisk)
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Azeri champion Samir Jabrayilov (Synergy Baku Cycling Project)

Azeri champion Samir Jabrayilov (Synergy Baku Cycling Project)
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Remy Di Gregorio knows he has the win in the back

Remy Di Gregorio knows he has the win in the back
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Fabian Schnaidt celebrates winning the stage

Fabian Schnaidt celebrates winning the stage
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The bunch crosses the line

The bunch crosses the line
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Checking the gap back to the peloton

Checking the gap back to the peloton
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Joonas Henttala (Team Novo Nordisk) leads the break

Joonas Henttala (Team Novo Nordisk) leads the break
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Checking the race is going ok

Checking the race is going ok
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Ioannis Tamouridis (SP Tableawre)

Ioannis Tamouridis (SP Tableawre)
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Samir Jabrayilov (Synergy Baku Cycling Project)

Samir Jabrayilov (Synergy Baku Cycling Project)
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The peloton on one of the laps around Stage 5

The peloton on one of the laps around Stage 5
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The convoy

The convoy
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Decked out in blue

Decked out in blue
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La Pomme Marseille controlling affairs

La Pomme Marseille controlling affairs
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Remy Di Gregorio (La Pomme Marseille)

Remy Di Gregorio (La Pomme Marseille)
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Novo Nordisk at the back of the bunch

Novo Nordisk at the back of the bunch
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Fabian Schnaidt

Fabian Schnaidt
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Stage winner Fabian Schnaidt

Stage winner Fabian Schnaidt
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Feed time

Feed time
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Team Gusto

Team Gusto
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Tabriz Shahrdari Ranking driving the peloton

Tabriz Shahrdari Ranking driving the peloton
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Taiwan

Taiwan
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Remy Di Gregorio

Remy Di Gregorio
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Champagne time

Champagne time
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Remy Di Gregorio in the yellow jersey

Remy Di Gregorio in the yellow jersey
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Remy Di Gregorio is the 2014 Tour de Taiwan champion

Remy Di Gregorio is the 2014 Tour de Taiwan champion
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abian Schnaidt (Team Vorarlberg) in the green jersey

abian Schnaidt (Team Vorarlberg) in the green jersey
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The polka dotted Chun Kai Feng (Gusto)

The polka dotted Chun Kai Feng (Gusto)
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The riders out on course

The riders out on course
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Blue jersey winner

Blue jersey winner
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Here is your prize

Here is your prize
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The break building their lead

The break building their lead
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Team Stölting on the front of the bunch

Team Stölting on the front of the bunch
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Frenchman Rémy Di Gregorio (La Pomme Marseille) has won the 26th Tour de Taiwan, while Germany's Fabian Schnaidt from Vorarlberg out-sprinted his team-mate Benjamin Giraud in a tight finish in the "Terrific Taiwan" fifth and last stage at Dapeng Bay. 

A photo-finish was required to determine the winner, and Giraud was eventually denied a second victory after stage 2. A bunch gallop followed the end of the dream for Hong Kong's Cheung King Lok who was the last breakaway rider caught within 5km to go after he left his companions Samir Jabraylov (Synergy Baku), Muradjan Halmuratov (Terengganu TSG), Ben Johnson (Drapac), Joonas Henttala (Team Novo Nordisk), Khalil Khorshid (Tabriz Ranking) and Hung Kung Hung (Chinese Taipei).

"This is incredible", former Champion System rider Schnaidt reacted. "I wasn't too happy before the stage because of all the bruises I have to deal with since my crash on stage 1. I was already close to winning in Taipei but I got stopped by this crash. However, I like Asian racing because it's contested on wide roads unlike in Europe."

The Tour de Taiwan was Di Gregorio's first race in Asia. It turned out to being also the first 2.1 overall victory of his career. "In 2011, I won a stage at Paris-Nice," he recalled of his time with Astana. "In 2012, I won a difficult stage of the Vuelta Asturias atop the Alto del Naranco. In 2013, I won the Tour of Bulgaria. So I keep winning. Personally I had my sights set on the Criterium International but for La Pomme Marseille, it was important to come here and win. With one stage win and the overall classification, we're delighted. I'm pleased to repay the team for the trust they have in me."

"My team-mates have done a hard work today", Di Gregorio continued. "The composition of the breakaway suited us but tactically, it wasn't easy to control as the gaps were tight and the time bonus was crucial. In the final sprint, Benjamin [Giraud] did the job so my rivals on GC [stage 4 Ioannis Tamouridis and points classification overall winner Marco Zanotti] couldn't take the time bonus. It's a bit strange to win a mostly flat race because of the time bonus I scored myself in the first two stages. I'm a climber. I want to express myself in the hilly races. The Tour de Taiwan isn't the ideal preparation for the Criterium International. Now I'll have to recover from the traveling and the jet lag but I'm very happy to go home with the yellow jersey."

With seven riders of the final top ten – Di Gregorio, Tamouridis, Brian Bulgac, Markus Eibegger, Davide Formolo, Cameron Wurf and Wesley Sulzberger – being or having been part of the World Tour and a well balanced course that kept the suspense high till the very end, the Tour de Taiwan organizers reached a conclusion that their 2.1 status is well deserved.

Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Fabian Schnaidt (Ger) Team Vorarlberg3:55:27
2Benjamin Giraud (Fra) Team La Pomme Marseille 13
3Wouter Wippert (Ned) Drapac Professional Cycling
4Takashi Miyazawa (Jpn) Japan National Team
5Marco Zanotti (Ita) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Cycling Team
6Christoph Schweizer (Ger) Synergy Baku Cycling Project
7Ioannis Tamouridis (Gre) SP Tableware
8Georgios Bouglas (Gre) SP Tableware
9Luke Keough (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team
10Hsiao Shih Hsin (Tpe) Team Gusto

General classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Rémy Di Gregorio (Fra) Team La Pomme Marseille 1315:23:53
2Ioannis Tamouridis (Gre) SP Tableware0:00:04
3Marco Zanotti (Ita) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Cycling Team0:00:08
4Jan Dieteren (Ger) Team Stölting0:00:09
5Brian Bulgac (Ned) Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Cycling Team0:00:10
6Markus Eibegger (Aut) Synergy Baku Cycling Project0:00:11
7Davide Formolo (Ita) Cannondale0:00:12
8Cameron Wurf (Aus) Cannondale0:00:15
9Kohei Uchima (Jpn) Japan National Team0:00:16
10Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling

 

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