After getting on the podium twice, Giovanni Lonardi (Nippo Vini Fantini Faizanè) guaranteed his chance to sprint for the stage win ahead of Eric Young (Elevate – KHS Pro Cycling) and Hayato Yoshida (Nippo Vini Fantini Faizanè). Jonathan Clarke (Floyd’s Pro Cycling) is the winner of 2019 Tour de Taiwan.
There were attacks after attacks front km 0, the race was quite intense because we have 26 riders with their time difference within 16 seconds. No rider was able to go clear and finally there was a group of 8 made it in the front just before the first intermediate sprint (74.4km). However, marshal of the race went the wrong way so the race was once neutralized. As the first intermediate is just 200m away, commissaire made a quick decision and amended the first intermediate sprint to 86.2km, the second time we pass Checheng Elementary School.
After the short break, the race went on and Diego Antonio Ochoa (Manzana Postobon), Guy Niv (Israel Cycling Academy), Edmund Bradbury (Memil – CCN Pro Cycling), Muhamad Zawawi Azman (Team Sapura Cycling) and Sergio Tu (CCC Development Team) stayed in the front. The quintet was working together in the longest stage, while Neri – Selle Italia – KTM took the command of the peloton and the yellow jersey squad Floyd’s Pro Cycling came to their assistance.
Compared with the first hour, the middle of the race was relatively stabilized, but the battle for GC was yet to finish, especially in the last 2 intermediate sprints and finish. The Italian and Canadian team brought back the leading 5 after 150km race. Riders were setting a 50km-up pace on the circuit, but Marcus Culey (Team Sapura Cycling) still managed to go clear alone. The Australian took most points and bonus seconds ahead of the bunch. Etienne van Empel (Neri Sottoli – Selle Italia – KTM) got 2 seconds in the second intermediate sprint as a GC contender.
The third intermediate sprint was another hectic battle after Marcus. Nariyuki Masuda (Japan National Team) made it get the precious 1 second and took the blue jersey. Afterward, the bunch kept pressing on and captured Marcus inside the final 6km. Teams had shown their speed in the very final. Elevate – KHS Pro Cycling and Floyd’s Pro Cycling seemed to be the fastest until the final 500m, but Giovanni Lonardi (Nippo Vini Fantini Faizanè) timed it perfectly and delivered the first victory of his squad in 2019.