Veteran Taiwanese cyclist Feng Chun-kai yesterday finished sixth on the fourth stage of the Tour de Taiwan, but remained the top Asian rider, holding on to his blue jersey for the third day in a row.
After finishing the 156km Kaohsiung leg, the 33-year-old Miaoli native was sixth in the overall standings with a total time of 12 hours, 19 minutes and 29 seconds, putting him 7 seconds ahead of Tadaaki Nakai and Shoma Kazama of Japan’s Shimano Racing Team.
Feng on Monday took the lead in the Asian rider category after the 124.71km second stage in Taoyuan, taking the blue jersey from Aisan Racing Team’s Hayato Okamoto, who dominated the first day of the Tour.
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Feng’s Chinese Taipei Cycling Team leads the team general classification category with a time of 37 hours, just 1:12 ahead of Shimano Racing.
“The Chinese Taipei team is very strong, and currently we are the best team in team general classification. Thanks to my teammates’ help, we will try to hold onto the blue jersey,” Feng said in a statement on Tuesday.
Feng, an Olympian, also won the Tour de Taiwan’s King of the Mountain polka dot jersey for three consecutive years from 2012 to 2014.
Team Ukyo’s Raymond Kreder won the Kaohsiung stage to place fifth just ahead of Feng in the overall individual standings. Kreder’s teammate, Benjamin Dyball of Austria, leads the overall standings with a time of 12:17:40, followed by British rider Sam Culverwell of Trinity Racing and Spanish rider Marcos Garcia Fernandez of Kinan Racing Team.
The annual Tour de Taiwan, a 2.1 category race on the UCI Asia Tour, started on Sunday and ends today with the 156km fifth stage in Pingtung County.
The event was not held last year because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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