BENDIGO cyclist Robbie Hucker has continued his affinity with the Tour of Taiwan, scoring his first win with Team Ukyo this week.
Hucker crossed to the Japanese squad for this season after several years with the Australian-based IsoWhey Sports team.
He won the Taiwanese race in 2016 and continued that positive momentum this week, unleashing a strong sprint finish to win stage two of the race and take the lead in the overall classification.
After a technical descent into Jiaobanshan Park, Hucker swooped around the outside of United Health Care’s Jonathan Clarke to sprint to victory, with Korean rider Hyeong Min Choe sneaking in for second ahead of Clarke.
Hucker had evidently spent plenty of fuel tickets in the win, dropping down the overall classification the next day to sit 17th after stage three.
He bounced back on stage four, finishing ninth behind winner Cameron Bayly.
The win came after a strong finish to 2017, that saw him finish 10th at the event that served as his season finale.
Bendigo’s Jason Lea is also riding at the tour for the Bennelong SwissWellness team.