By: Lee Chin-wei and Kuo Chung-han
Taipei, Oct. 28 (CNA) Spanish cyclist Oscar Pujol won the 2016 Taiwan KOM (King of
the Mountains) Challenge and the race’s NT$1 million (US$31,615) first prize on Friday, covering the mountainous 105-kilometer course in just under three and a half hours.
Fan Yung-yi (范永奕) was the top Taiwanese finisher, placing 13th in a time of 3 hours, 37 minutes, and 35.94 seconds, 7 minutes 52 seconds behind Pujol.
Emma Jane Pooley, a former British professional cyclist and a first timer in the challenge, won the woman’s title and NT$200,000 first prize in 4:08:40.14.
Taiwanese cyclist Chen Tzu-yin (陳姿吟) finished third in 4:38:07.11 and countrywoman Huang Ting-ying (黃亭茵), who competed in the Rio Olympics, placed fourth, one minute 50 seconds behind Chen.
Now in its fifth year, the grueling one-day race takes cyclists on the Central Cross-Island Highway through mountains in eastern and central Taiwan. [FULL STORY]