Race: Tour de Taiwan, Stage 3
Start/Finish: Baguashan Buddha (Circuit), Taiwan
Distance: 130 kilometers
Overview: Stage 3 of the Tour de Taiwan greeted riders with much more favorable weather conditions than yesterday’s torrential downpour. About 10-km into the race, a break of several racers broke clear on the first climb, The small group was quickly caught, but a new break of six riders, including Team Novo Nordisk’s Stephen Clancy, eventually gained an advantage of around two minutes as the peloton settled in for the long, flat 100-km to the finish.
While the mid-section of the race proved uneventful, the pace livened up in the final kilometers as teams jostled for position for the short, steep climb to the finish. With just five kilometers to go, the breakaway was reeled in as the peloton drove to the final climb. The 500-meter uphill finish wasn’t quite enough to stop the sprinters as Drapac Pro Cycling’s Wouter Wippert took the win.
“Today the Category 2 climb made the race quite difficult from the beginning,” Stephen Clancy said. “I used my knowledge of the route from racing here last year and was able to descend quickly to get to the front of the race. I dug very deep to join the breakaway, but I’m pleased with how I felt today and how the stage went.”
Results: Wouter Wippert (Drapac Pro Cycling) sprinted for first with Ioannis Tamouridis (Synergy Baku Cycling Project) in second and Mirsamad Poorseyedigolakhour (Tabriz Petrochemical Team) came third.
Team Novo Nordisk, the world’s first all-diabetes pro cycling squad, continues racing tomorrow in Stage 4 of the Tour de Taiwan in a 102-km climbing stage from Tainan to the Hibiscus Resort.
(Photo: ©Sonoko Tanaka)