2017 Tour de Taiwan Set Out in Tamsui, New Taipei City
The second stage of 2017 Tour de Taiwan, the international bicycle race, began in Fisherman’s Wharf in Tamsui on 27 March. Mayor Chu of New Taipei City was the chief guest to fire the starting shot for 21 teams from 32 countries. He welcomed all attendees to experience the beauty of New Taipei City, especially the most breathtaking view of “Venus Coast,” he also wished all the athletes good luck and good records.
Mayor Chu said, the route started from Fisherman’s Wharf, passed by Sanzhi, Shimen, Jinshan, Wanli and Aodi along the Northern Coastal Highway, and returned from Baishawan visitor center. It was both challenging and picturesque. He also encouraged all citizens to cycle in the northern coast for the sake of health maintenance, as well as exposing to the nature and the landscape of humanity of New Taipei City.
Secretary General of Chinese Taipei Cycling Association, Mr. Kai-Zhi Li, also said that this year’s Tour de Taiwan made some breakthroughs – it was the first time to live broadcast the whole journey, and European sports channels would also replay the highlights of the events in 20 languages.
The 682.11 km-long race started from 26th to 30th March, consisted of 5 stages from the north to the south including Taipei, New Taipei, Taoyuan, Nantou, and Pingdong, covered different terrains that challenged the cyclists’ strength, endurance and skills.
The 21 teams that attended the race were UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team, NIPPO-Vini Fantini, Team Novo Nordisk, IsoWhey Sports SwissWellness, Monkey Town Continental Team, Hrinkow Advarics Cycleang, Cibel-Cebon, JLT Condor, Memil Pro Cycling, Elevate-KHS Pro Cycling, Team Illuminate, Action Cycling Team, KSPO Bianchi Asia Pro Cycling, Giant Cycling Team, RTS-Monton Racing Team, Aisan Racing Team, Hong Kong Cycling Team, Russian National Team, Thailand National Team, Tabriz Shahrdary Team, and Team Ukyo.