Kittel best in Tirreno, Hucker wins in Taiwan, Gaviria out: Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

March 13, 2018

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Hucker wins stage 2 of the Tour de Taiwan

by VeloClub

Australian rider Robbie Hucker proved best on Monday’s second stage of the Tour de Taiwain, winning a select group sprint at the end of the 120 kilometre stage from Taouyan City Hall to Jiaobanshan Park.

The Team UKYO rider beat Korea’s Hyeong Min Choe, compatriot Jonathan Clarke (UnitedHealthcare), Felix Alejandro Baron (Team Illuminate) and six others. The next big group was 31 seconds back. The stage was mainly flat, although there were two second category climbs inside the final hour of competition.

Hucker had placed 24th in Sunday’s opening stage. His triumph on Monday elevated him to first overall in GC. He ends the day four seconds clear of Choe and six ahead of Clarke. The 2.1-ranked event continues with a 156.3 kilometre race from HSR Hsinschu Station to Shingan Visitor Information Center. This includes a first category climb a little over halfway through, as well as the second category Li-Yu Tuan Reservoir climb closer to the finish.