Race: Tour de Taiwan, Stage 5
Start/Finish: Jianshanpi Resort/Dapeng Bay National Scenic Area, Taiwan
Distance: 177.6 kilometers
Dapeng Bay National Scenic Area, Taiwan — Racing was fast from the gun in the fifth and final stage of the Tour de Taiwan. Several early attacks were all well marked, and it took nearly two hours for a six-man group to break clear and gain an advantage of nearly three minutes. The stage concluded with three laps around a short, flat circuit in Dapeng Bay National Scenic Area. As the breakaway entered the circuit, their advantage was quickly diminished by the charging peloton. With five kilometers remaining, the break was reeled in as the sprinter’s teams controlled the finish. Tino Thomel (RTS-Santic Racing Team) proved to be the quickest as he sprinted to victory.
“The pace was very hard to start and didn’t let up until almost two hours when the break finally escaped,” Team Novo Nordisk’s Stephen Clancy said. “The Tour de Taiwan was a good race and hopefully we’ll be back next year.”
Results: Tino Thomel (RTS-Santic Racing Team) won the final stage as Wouter Wippert (Drapac Professional Cycling) came in second and Ioannis Tamouridis (Synergy Baku Cycling Project) was third. Mirsamad Pourseydigolakhour (Tabriz Petrochemical Cycling Team) took the overall win.
Team Novo Nordisk, the world’s first all-diabetes pro cycling squad, returns to European racing at the Gran Premio Miguel Indurain on Saturday, April 4th.