Tour de Taiwan 2007

Tour de Taiwan 2007 posterThe Tour de Taiwan 2007  started on Sunday with a criterium in Kaohsiung. The race passes through several cities on Taiwan's west coast before concluding with a criterium around the World Trade Center in Taipei on Saturday. A map of the tour route can be seen by clicking on the thumbnail below. There doesn't seem to be much media coverage of the event, but try Google News or for updates. 

The race is part of the 2006-2007 UCI Asia Tour. There are 14 teams in the race including national teams from Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Hong Kong and United Arab Emirates. Other teams from Australia, the USA, Holland and Germany are also participating. Results after stage three show Australian rider Dean Windsor from the Drapac Porsche team leading the general classification by 5 seconds.

The event coincides with the Taipei International Cycle Show which runs from 24-27 March at the Taipei World Trade Center. This is one of the most important bike industry trade shows. Even though a lot of Taiwan's bicycle production has shifted to factories in China in recent years Taiwan is still an important centre for manufacturing mid-range and high-end bikes. It is also headquarters to some major companies like Giant and Merida. 

Update: Report on the final stage in Taipei. Also video at YouTube.  

Route map of the Tour de Taiwan 2007