Tour de Taiwan races through Taichung

Shinichi Fukushima wins stage five

Shinichi Fukushima of Japan crosses the line to win the fifth stage of the Tour de Taiwan.

The fifth stage of the Tour de Taiwan raced through Taichung today. The 111 kilometre stage began at Taichung Park in the morning. It then made a clockwise loop through Shalu, Dajia and Dongshi followed by a mountain hill top finish at the Taichung Metropolitan Park. Shinichi Fukushima of Japan won the stage. Park Sung Baek of Korea won the bunch sprint for second place.

Cyclist Shinichi Fukushima of Japan

Japanese rider Shinichi Fukushima broke away at the 30 kilometre mark of the stage and maintained the lead to finish one minute and 26 seconds ahead of the main bunch. It was an impressive effort to win the stage after a long solo break away. During the presentation Fukushima said that he wanted to do something special for the people of Japan after the tsunami and earthquake.

Markus Eibegger in yellow jersey

There were no major changes in the general classification with Markus Eibegger of Austria holding on to the yellow jersey. Mart Ojavee of Estonia was awarded the green jersey for best sprinter. Mehdi Sohrabi of Iraq was awarded the King of the Mountains jersey and also the blue jersey for best Asian rider. Adam Phelan of Australia was awarded the white jersey for best young rider.

The Tour de Taiwan continues with a stage in Changhua County tomorrow. The race will then head to the south and east of Taiwan before concluding on 28 March in Taipei. Detailed race results are available at Cyclingnews.com.

*More photos in the Tour de Taiwan 2011 set at flickr and at Demotix.