This is the first time that a Taiwanese cyclist won the Best Asian Title, along with the symbol of Taiwan Excellence being broadcasted in 61 counties in the Tour de Taiwan 2017.
The Tour de Taiwan 2017, approved by the UCI (International Cycling Union) as a class 2.1 event on the UCI Asia Tour calendar 2017, took place from March 26–30. The whole race was streamed on YouTube. In addition to being online, the Eurosport TV Channel broadcasted the highlights of the Tour de Taiwan 2017 in 20 languages to 61 countries. The world was able to see the race and the symbol of Taiwan Excellence.
The Tour de Taiwan 2017 is a 5-stage competition that runs over 5 days from March 26 to March 30. The complete tour covers 682.11 kilometers. 21 very competitive teams came to the Tour de Taiwan, including three UCI Professional Continental Teams, three national teams and fifteen UCI Continental Teams.
The Taiwanese rider Chien Liang CHEN claimed the first intermediate sprint and overturned the leader to claim the Blue Jersey. It was the first time that a Taiwanese cyclist won the Best Asian Title after the Tour de Taiwan was upgraded to a class UCI 2.1 event.
The following are the 2017 Tour de Taiwan Results.
First Stage Winner: Edwin Avila
Second Stage Winner: James Gullen
Third Stage Winner: Daniel Summerhill
Fourth Stage Winner: Edwin Avila
Fifth Stage Winner: Breton Jones
Yellow Jersey (GC): Benjami Prades (ESP)
Green Jersey (Points): Edwin Avila (COL)
Polka Dot Jersey (KOM): Benjami Prades (ESP)
Blue Jersey (Best Asian): Chien Liang CHEN (TPE)
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