Wong Kam-po's hopes of one giant effort to help him retain the Tour of Taiwan title was never forthcoming as he settled for second overall in Taipei. Hong Kong's finest rider could not make up the difference between himself and tour leader, American Mike Carter, coming home third after the ninth and final stage of the gruelling series. Carter, who rides for the Taiwan County Team, had a four minute and 17-second advantage going into the last stage. The American stayed close with the main bunch to win the title. Wong trailed Carter by three minutes, 53 seconds after the riders completed the 135-kilometre road race from Ilan to Taipei. Wong said: 'The gap was too much for me. 'I had to make up more than four minutes, which for anyone would be too much. 'I tried my best. It was extremely difficult to break away from the main bunch. 'I started the Tour of Taiwan last month thinking I would be lucky to finish among the top three. 'I have finished second which still isn't bad.' Despite Wong's failure to retain his title, January's Tour of South China Sea champion still finished as Asia's number one rider, beating the top Chinese and Kazakhstan riders. Man Wai-chung silenced his critics when he had another good race to finish 14th overall. Another Hong Kong rider in the competition, Ng Kwok-wah, finished 29th.