Team Illuminate launches season with success in Taiwan – Gallery

Team Illuminate‘s season-opening trip to the Tour de Taiwan proved successful for the US Continental squad, which scored multiple top 10 finishes and led the team classification for three stages.

Avanti IsoWhey Sport’s Robbie Hucker won the final general classification ahead of Francisco Mancebo (SkyDive Dubai) and Avanti’s Ben O’Connor, but Illuminate left its mark on mulitple stages.

The five-rider roster of Flavio De Luna, recently crowned Colombian national champion Edwin Avila, Scott Sunderland, Alexander Ray and Griffin Easter took on the five-stage UCI 2.1 event from March 6-10.


Canadian Ray struck first with a podium finish on the opening stage, coming in third behind Drapac Pro Cycling’s Will Clark and UnitedHealthcare’s Carlos Alzate. Avila rode into the top 10 during stage 2 with a ninth-place result in a stage won by Vino4Ever’s Stepan Astafyev. The former Colombian track specialist bettered that the next day with a fifth-place finish in the 119.3km third stage in Taoyuan.

It was Avila’s turn again during stage 4, a 166km stage from Nantou to Xiang-Shan Visitor Center in which he finished second, while Illuminate’s Ray grabbed seventh and US rider Griffin Easter was 12th. Ray was Illuminate’s top finished on the final stage, coming in 12th. Avila was next for Illuminate in 14th. Overall, the team finished fourth in the team competition won by Avanti.

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