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The 2008 Tour de Taiwan, with a tropic weather in Pingtung County, started its 2nd stage in Pingtung Tropic Agriculture Exposition Park (in Chinese: 屏東熱博園區) and raced around Pingtung Orchid Fern Bicycle Lane (in Chinese: 屏東蘭花蕨自行車道) 8 laps today. With its steadily of lane range, cyclists’ speed, endurance, and physical strength played the key roles in this stage.
Picture by Greg Chang, PhotoSport International.
In the intermediate period of this race, Sea Keong Loh, Kenichiro Tose, Peter Morse, and Angus Morton ever successively sprinted for a short-term leading, but the “main group” consisted the difference in just a few distance. Finally, 93 groups in main group were finished this race in 2H21m47s, but Marek Wesoły reached the finish line first to won the stage champion.
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SITIAWAN (10 Feb, 2008) – Englishman Jeremy Hunt overcame an early two-man breakaway to win his first ever stage victory in the prestigious Le Tour de Langkawi on the second day of Asia’s biggest road race from Butterworth to Sitiawan here today.
Japanese champion Yukiya Arashiro and Yoshimasa Hirose from Skil Shimano broke away at 85km but Hunt and his Credit Agricole teammates staged a frantic fightback and reeled the leaders in some 2km from the end.
Hunt completed the 159.7-kilometre stage in a time of 3 hours 34 minutes and 36 seconds. Italian Matteo Priamo from CSF Group-Navigare and Gustava Cesar from Karpin Galicia were second and third. Malaysian hopeful Annuar Manan from the Le Tua Racing Team performed remarkably, finishing 18th overall.
“It has been more than a year ago since I last won a stage,” said Hunt. “I came here to get some conditioning for the Classics and was hoping for a stage win. And after the win today, I hope I can win more in the days ahead.”
Several early attacks saw the peloton settling down at the 12km mark as the South African national team set the pace.
The first sprint in Sungai Bakap was won by Aurlien Clerc (Bouygues Telecom) before LeTua Cycling team’s Bernard Sulzberger took Sprint Two in Bagan Serai.
After several attempts, a successful breakway was launched by Asahiro and Hirose. They managed to open up a gap of more than four minutes from the peloton which averaged speeds of 47kmh in the first two hours.
For his efforts, Asahiro took Sprint Three in Pantai Remis. Down the final 25km, Tinkoff Credit Systems paced the main bunch as Nicolas Roche (Credit Agricole) charged away to chase the two riders up front. Credit Agricole worked hard to reel in the duo and set up a grand finish for Hunt.
Despite the win, Hunt was not able to overhaul Frenchman Matthieu Sprick for the leader’s yellow jersey.
“As a spectator, I would enjoy watching a change to the yellow jersey but not as a rider,” added Matthieu Sprick from Bouygues Telecom who is still in the leaders’s yellow jersey.
“There were a lot of attacks and I was a little happy to see the two riders going off as that allowed us to set a steady pace.”
Added new green jersey leader Gustavo Cesar of team Karpin Galicia: “we are in a good position at the moment and I believe that any change to a jersey can only mean that the race is good.”
Shinichi Fukushima, who still maintained his hold of Asia’s blue jersey, had a relatively quiet day although he did well to be second in the Second Sprint behind Sulzberger.
“Winning time in the sprint will be valuable in the final count and today, we could not do much. We will try again tomorrow,” said Shinichi.
Le Tour de Langkawi 2008 – Stage 2 . Stage winner, Jeremy Hunt crossed the finishing line:
Rated as one of the best sprinters in the world, Maximiliano Richeze took revenge on yesterday’s stage from La Toma to Merlo over 168.7kms with a clear cut win. Richeze makes a quantum leap in the standings to second overall behind race leader Martin Garrido (Palmeiras Resort-Tavira). In a stage dominated by Argentinean riders, Garrido took second ahead of Anibal Borrajo (Colavita) who also sits third overall.
Best of the An Post team was Paidi O’Brien finishing in 30th place of the 198 starters. Continue Reading »
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By Paul Verkuylen & Greg Johnson, in Hahndorf
In a virtual repeat of yesterday, an audacious and ambitious attack was snuffed out by the sprinters’ teams who set up the finish in typical style, with very little kilometers remaining, for their big guns to fire. Despite many counter attacks in the final 30km it was all together for the final bunch kick and barrelling into Hahndorf was the German powerhouse on Team High Road, Andre Greipel, who took out the stage, followed by Rabobank’s Graeme Brown in second place, and UniSA’s Allan Davis in third.
Greipel, who was discovered by the same coach as 1997 Tour de France winner Jan Ullrich, once again started his sprint from a long way out to hold off Australian’s, Brown, and Allan Davis to take his second victory this season after he also won Sundays opening criterium in Glenelg.
“I feel good and I am in good shape,” Greipel explained. Continue Reading »