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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Tour de Tai Yawn (Update) Stage 5

After four stages of the Tour de Taiwan, the teams are making the most of the race and clamoring for points. The weather has been miserable since the weekend, and I feel bad for all the guys out there chugging away.

The great thing about competition, is that it is often so intense, it makes you forget about the sensations of freezing wet misery. Some nice reporting on Stage 3 Here and Here.

As it stands after Stage 4 in Taichung, the Aussie, Rhys Polluck from Team Drapac, still holds the GC with a seemingly insurmountable lead of 9:57:13 over the rest of the field.

Lee Rodgers has another stellar piece from his ongoing series with Velo News.

Today, Stage 5 cuts up Changhua for 150km through the mostly flat farmland with an opening hop over the Highway 74 and a couple kilometers of rollers along a short section of Bagua Shan.

Most of the Changhua route slices down the Highway 17 through Lukang, and into Erlin. This is is a miserably desolate and windy route as it misses some nice roadway along the other side of the Choshui River. The route skips Hsiluo and its amazing bridge, but instead, assaults the riders with the nasty Highway 1 back to Changhua. Not the most creative or rewarding routes, but I am sure the riders with have fun picking each other apart in the crosswinds.

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