Veteran Japanese rider Masahiko Mifune continued to defy the pundits by winning the second stage of the Tour of South China Sea in Shenzhen yesterday as Hong Kong ace Wong Kam-po's hopes of regaining his title received another blow. Mifune, the surprise winner of last January's Hong Kong Cycling Classic, proved that age didn't matter as he was first across the line at the end of the 88km Shenzhen Long Hua stage raced in Bao'an District. Mifune, who races for the Hong Kong-based Marco Polo team and turns 36 on January 8, nudged in front of Alexey Shmidt right on the line to snatch the yellow jersey from Russian Alexander Khatuntsev, the first-stage winner. Hong Kong's Derek Wong Ngai-ching finished third for the SAR's second consecutive podium finish, but star cyclist Wong Kam-po failed to fire yesterday and now trails Mifune by 42 seconds in the individual classification list in sixth place. Wong, who last won the Tour in 2001 and finished second in Sunday's stage, is also in danger of losing his tag as the top Chinese rider (Greater China Classification) after giving up his blue jersey to his namesake after finishing a lowly 25th yesterday. 'I didn't have it today. I was a bit tired from Sunday's race. Maybe I will have a better day tomorrow,' said a disappointed Wong, who has won the Tour four times. Derek Wong, meanwhile, was delighted to have finished on the podium, saying he could have won the race had he used better tactics. 'I think I went in front too early. I didn't time it that well and the other riders sped past me in the last 50 metres of the race. I decided to go for it during the last 300 metres, but I didn't have much left at the end,' said 26-year-old Wong, who finished just behind Shmidt and shared the winner's finishing time of 1:52.58. Derek Wong is only six seconds behind Mifune in third place.