William Clarke has sprinted to victory in Stage One of the Tour de Taiwan in Taipei City, the second year in a row that the Drapac Professional Cycling has won the stage.
A group of ten riders formed a group that would stay away until the finish and although breaking up late in the race managed to keep an advantage of fifty-eight seconds from the chasing peloton.
?I knew with about five or six kilometres to go we were not going to be caught. My best chance was to sprint so I was just making sure it stayed together. I thought the United Healthcare rider (Alzate) was fast so I followed him into the last corner and kicked past him,? Clarke explained.
?I?m looking to get another result,? Clarke continued, ?another stage win would be nice. We will see how it pans out, the race is very lumpy so I?ll look to take my chances along the way.?
The result places William second in the general classification two seconds behind Alzate of United Healthcare.
?We went looking for an early move as Will was confident he could do the job. If the move did not stick then we would revert to Jason Lowndes who didn’t let us down with third in the bunch sprint,? says Sport Director Agostino Giramondo.
Tomorrow?s stage two is one hundred and sixteen kilometres from Yanhai to Baisha Bay Visitors Centre.
Results snapshot ? Drapac Professional Cycling, Tour de Taiwan Stage One:
1 William Clarke (AUS)
13 Jason Lowndes (AUS) +58
29 Nathan Earle (AUS) +58
72 Bernard Sulzberger (AUS) +58
96 Travis Meyer (AUS) +1:38