Taipei, March 27 (CNA) James Gullen from team JLT Condor of Great Britain celebrated his win in stage two of the Tour de Taiwan in New Taipei City on Monday ahead of teammate Edmund Bradbury.
Gullen won in 2 hours 41 minutes and 50 seconds. The victory also puts him on top of the overall individual ranking of 4 hours 20 minutes and 45 seconds.
The 114.67-kilometer race started at the Fisherman's Wharf in New Taipei's Tamsui District, and passed through Taiwan's east coast at Sanzhi, Shimen, Jinshan, Yeliu, and Wanli towns before finishing at the tourist center of Baisha Bay.
Gullen's sprint to the finish line also won him a "yellow jersey," which is worn by the overall time leader and is the most prized jersey.
Commenting on his victory on Monday, Gullen said the win was a close call. He said he managed to save his grunt before overtaking his opponent in the last kilometer of the race.
According to Gullen, the wind worked in his favor while he attacked the last five-kilometer stretch for the finish line.
"Fortunately the weather today was remarkably good and sunny," he explained.
This year's Tour de Taiwan comprises 21 teams from across the globe, including the local Action Cycling Team, which came ninth on Monday with Taiwanese cyclist Chen Chien-liang (陳建良).
The 2017 Tour de Taiwan consists of five stages. The third and fourth stages will take place in Taoyuan City and Nantou County after starting from Taipei on Sunday. The last stage will be in Pingtung County, southern Taiwan.
(By Lee Chin-wei and Ko Lin)