2014/07/01

Race Support: 2014 Tour de Taiwan (UCI 2.1)

During the race "2014 Tour de Taiwan", we support the french team "Team La Pomme Marseille" as mechanics and logistics.

Tour de Taiwan (國際自由車環台賽) is an UCI 2.1 race held during March 9~11, 2014.


Team LPM, the champion team of tour de Taiwan 2014!

Our mechanic Edison and the team LPM manager Frederic.

Remy won the yellow jersey.





Team La Pomme Marseille has founded in 1974 as a cycling school and has its own club team. For the time being they have upgraded and registered as a UCI continental team in 2011.

We had to take care of  7 bikes for 5 riders. All bikes are sponsored by CKT -- The private brand of mr. Chiang Kuang Tsang, a former pro rider and coach.


Even it was raining outside, so there was a lot of work cleaning all bikes after daily training.

The First Day: Taipei

Our mechanic is fine-tuning the bike before the race.

Race starts.

 Rémy Di Gregorio of Team LPM took the lead and had max 50 sec gap between the peloton.


2nd Day: Taoyuan


Tactics discussion before race.

Race starts.

Antoine was in very good condition.

Benjamin has won this stage.


Remy got the green shirt for his sprints.


Again, Remy also got the yellow jersey.


3rd Day: Chang Hua
The number of our team car was No.1, because Remy just got his yellow jersey yesterday.

Briefing before race.

Team manager was giving Antoine orders. Unfortunately he had a crash later.

Antoine still managed to get back to peloton after the cracsh.


In the end, Remy kept his green and yellow jersey today.


4th Day: Tainan


The peloton.

Team Gusto, a very strong local team. One of their rider Feng Jun-Kai got the polka dot shirt today.

Antoine was taking the lead, and controlled the pace of peloton.

Remy in peloton, defending his yellow jersey.

Our everyday home work: keep the bikes in perfect condition right after the race.


5th Day: Dapong Wan

Remy just had 2 seconds of advantage over the second rider, so we have to be very careful to defend the yellow jersey today. 


Benjamin and Remy in peloton
Remy was sometimes the servant in yellow jersey.

At last, Remy got 4 seconds of advantage and won the yellow jersey this year.


After the Race
On the day of departure, before leaving the hotel, everyone including team manager had a short ride in Kaoshung city. Then we escorted the team to the airport and wave goodbye to each other.

Cooperating with such a professional team is a valuable experience to us. Although we are all exhausted, it's definitely worthy.

Champion team of the tour de Taiwan.

The best souvenir, a yellow jersey with all riders' and staffs' signature.

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