Japan’s Yukiya Arashiro won the Tour de Taiwan title, after the fifth and final stage finished at the Dapeng Bay National Scenic Area today.
Arashiro edged Australia’s Jonathan Clarke by two seconds on the final general classification. Belgian Jimmy Janssens rounded out the podium.
Italian Luca Pacioni won the final stage in 4:18:52, beating Argentinean Lucas Sebastian Haedo and Dutchman Raymond Kreder in second and third respectively.
Eddie van Heerden was the highest-placed South African on the final GC, claiming 27th spot.
“Eddie went into one of the early breaks and managed to stay away from the peloton for large parts of the race,” SA team coach Bonga Ngqobane said.
“He took the category-four King of the Mountains challenge at the 152.3km mark.
“The peloton caught up in the last few kilometres, as the race came down to a massive bunch sprint,” he added
Van Heerden’s teammate Calvin Beneke finished 37th overall and was the first South African home on the last stage – placing 17th.
View more results below.
1. Luca Pacioni (Italy) 4:18:52
2. Lucas Sebastian Haedo (Argentina)
3. Raymond Kreder (Netherlands)
4. Jacob Tipper (Britain)
5. Michael Freiberg (Australia)
6. Cima Imerio (Italy)
7. Joon Yong Seo (Korea)
8. Jose Alfredo Rodriguez (Mexico)
9. Mohamad Izzat Hilmi Abdul Halil (Malaysia)
10. Burr Ho (China)
17. Calvin Beneke (South Africa)
41. Eddie van Heerden (South Africa)
63. Mornay van Heerden (South Africa)
71. Aidan van Niekerk (South Africa)
93. Byron Munton (South Africa)
1. Yukiya Arashiro (Japan) 16:50:18
2. Jonathan Clarke (Australia) +2″
3. Jimmy Janssens (Belgium) +13″
4. Edwin Avila (Colombia) +31″
5. Markus Freiberger (Austria) +37″
6. Eder Frayre (Mexico) +41″
7. Jason Lea (Australia)
8. Hideto Nakane (Japan)
9. Alex Turrin (Italy)
10. Gianni Marchand (Belgium)
27. Eddie van Heerden (South Africa)
37. Calvin Beneke (South Africa)
60. Aidan van Niekerk (South Africa)
69. Mornay van Heerden (South Africa)
91. Byron Munton (South Africa)