Race: Tour de Taiwan, Stage 4
Start/Finish: Sun Moon Lake to Tataka, Taiwan
Distance: 102.8 kilometers
Tataka, Taiwan — Wednesday’s Queen stage at the Tour de Taiwan featured the most challenging profile of the race with over 60 kilometers of climbing packed into a 102.8-km route. Even the small climbs situated in the first 30-km caused several riders to drop, even before the day’s big climb.
A small breakaway formed in the first half of the race and eventually extended their gap to well over three minutes. On the day’s main climb, the peloton split early and soon diminished into small groups as riders ascended into a heavy fog. Team Novo Nordisk’s Scott Ambrose was riding strong with the front group, but he experienced a mechanical issue and was forced to change bikes. The delay forced Ambrose out of the lead group, and he had to complete the final 10-km solo up the finishing climb into Tataka.
“I was feeling strong and was in good position for the final,” Ambrose said. “The mechanical put me out of the lead group, but the legs are good. I’m looking forward to the final day of racing, and hopefully all of my bad luck is out of the way.”
Results: Mirsamad Poorseyedigolakhour (Tabriz Petrochemical Team) took the win with Rahim Emami (Pishgaman Giant Team) coming in second and Ghader Mizbani (Tabriz Petrochemical Team) finishing third.
Team Novo Nordisk, the world’s first all-diabetes pro cycling squad, continues racing Thursday in the final stage at the Tour de Taiwan. The 177.6-km route begins at the Jianshanpi Resort and ends at Dapang Bay.