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2016 Tour de Langkawi (HC), Malaysia

21st edition: February 24 - March 2, 2016

Tour de Langkawi podium history | Start list | 2015 edition | 2017 edition

Stage 1 | Stage 2 | Stage 3 | Stage 4 | Stage 5 | Stage 6 | Stage 7 | Stage 8

2016 Tour de Langkawi race map

2016 Tour de Langkawi race map


Wednesday, March 2: 8th and Final Stage, Batu Pahat - Melaka Loop, 119.0 km

Andrea Guardini

Andrea Guardini makes it four stage wins for this Tour de Langkawi

The Race: The organizer provided this explanation.

MELAKA - Andrea Guardini of Astana made it four as he also won the conclusive stage of the 2016 Le Tour de Langkawi in the middle of the historical attractions of Melaka while South Africa’s Reinardt Janse van Rensburg of Dimension Data took the overall classification of the 21st edition of Asia’s premier stage race.

A major event in stage 8 starting from Batu Pahat was the first intermediate sprint at Semerah, km 16. The winner was no less than yellow jersey wearer Janse van Rensburg. Interestingly, veteran climber Francisco Mancebo of Skydive Dubai was second, which enabled him to enter the top 5 overall while Luca Chirico of Bardiani-CSF moved up to the top 10 thanks to his third place at that point of the race.

A breakaway finally took shape after 40km of racing, involving Seo Joo Yong (KSPO), Chiu Ho San (HKSI) and Loh Sea Keong (Malaysia). As the peloton didn’t react, their lead increased to 5.20 only 15km further. Teams Drapac, Astana and Dimension Data combined forces to set the pace of the peloton in order to catch the escapees on time for another conclusive bunch gallop. It was all together with ten kilometers to go.

Melaka’s famous and tiny street Jonker Walk made the fight for positions more complicated than usual, Guardini noted. The Italian commented: “I’m happy to win here again in Melaka. I remember very well when I first did it in 2012. I knew there was a head wind to finish but I sprinted with a good timing. It would have been hard to get better results than four stage wins in eight days of racing. The fights for sprinting have all been highly competitive.”

As he won four stages like last year, Guardini reached the exceptional total of 22 stage victories in six straight participations to Le Tour de Langkawi, a race in which he’s now the iconic rider

Janse van Rensburg won the overall classification in his first attempt. “I was a bit nervous today”, he acknowledged. “I was counting down the kilometers and I was relieved when I saw the 3km to go mark. This is my first stage race victory since 2012 [when he joined the World Tour, firstly with Argos-Shimano]. It’s been a long time. I’m happy with this breakthrough victory. This is definitely the biggest win of my career. It’s a UCI H.C. race, a very important one. It’s a good race with a good organization. I wasn’t sure to come here. I was initially a replacement rider but we came here as defending champions and we’re delighted we’ve made it again.”

Colombians Miguel Angel Lopez of Astana and Daniel Jaramillo of Unitedhealthcare accompanied him on the podium for the top 3 awards. China’s Wang Meiyin of Hengxiang won the King of the Mountains for the second time after 2013. “As a team, we’re thankful to the organizers to have allowed us to ride aggressively during the whole week”, the attacker from the Shandong province said.

For the first time, a Malaysian won the best Asian rider classification even though two splits in the bunch reduced Adiq Hussainie Othman’s advantage to Masakazu Ito to two seconds. “It’s not much but enough to bring the white jersey home and I’m very happy with that”, Adiq explained. “This jersey isn’t only mine, it belongs to the whole team who helped me defend it since stage 4. I’ve worked to lose weight and climb better, now I hope to keep the momentum for the numerous races to come on the Asia Tour.”

The Overall Team classification went to team Unitedhealthcare, while Hengxiang takes the Best Asian Team award.

Once again, champions from all continents have enriched the fame of Malaysia and Le Tour de Langkawi with a positive message delivered to the world.

Complete Results:

119.0 kilometers (74.0 miles) raced at an average speed of 43.83 km/hr (27.25 mph)

1 Andrea Guardini Astana 2hr 42min 55sec
2 Jakub Mareczko Southeast-Venezuela s.t.
3 Shiki Kuroeda Aisan s.t.
4 Michal Kolár Tinkoff s.t.
5 Andrea Palini Skydive Dubai s.t.
6 John Murphy UnitedHealthcare s.t.
7 Brenton Jones Drapac s.t.
8 Paolo Simion Bardiani-CSF s.t.
9 Matthew Goss One Pro Cycling s.t.
10 Marco Benfatto Androni Giocattoli s.t.
11 Ivan Santaromita Skydive Dubai s.t.
12 Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg Dimension Data s.t.
13 Francisco Mancebo Skydive Dubai s.t.
14 Andrea Dal Col Southeast-Venezuela s.t.
15 Jesper Hansen Tinkoff s.t.
16 Antonio Piedra Funvic Soul Cycles +4sec
17 Roland Thalmann Roth s.t.
18 Laurens De Vreese Astana s.t.
19 Shinpei Fukuda Aisan s.t.
20 Erik Baška Tinkoff s.t.
21 Daniel Jaramillo UnitedHealthcare s.t.
22 Lachlan Norris Drapac s.t.
23 Tanner Putt UnitedHealthcare s.t.
24 Jaco Venter Dimension Data s.t.
25 Jingbiao Zhao Hengxiang s.t.
26 Jonathon Clarke UnitedHealthcare s.t.
27 Tristan Marguet Roth s.t.
28 Miguel Ángel López Astana s.t.
29 Janez Brajkovic UnitedHealthcare s.t.
30 Mirco Maestri Bardiani-CSF s.t.
31 Graeme Brown Drapac s.t.
32 Luca Chirico Bardiani-CSF s.t.
33 Jamalidin Novardianto Pegasus s.t.
34 Carlos Manarelli Funvic Soul Cycles s.t.
35 Masakazu Ito Aisan s.t.
36 George Harper One Pro Cycling s.t.
37 Julen Amezqueta Southeast-Venezuela +8''
38 Adiq Othman Terengganu s.t.
39 Hyeon-Seok Kim KSPO s.t.
40 Valentin Baillifard Roth s.t.
41 Amirul Marzuki Terengganu s.t.
42 Tomás Gil Southeast-Venezuela s.t.
43 Anuar Manan Terengganu s.t.
44 James Oram One Pro Cycling s.t.
45 Karol Domagalski One Pro Cycling s.t.
46 Tom Scully Drapac s.t.
47 Joon-Yong Seo KSPO s.t.
48 Juraj Sagan Tinkoff s.t.
49 Sung-Baek Park KSPO s.t.
50 Arman Kamyshev Astana s.t.
51 Marcelo Felipe 7 Eleven-Sava RBP s.t.
52 John Ebsen One Pro Cycling s.t.
53 Yoshimitsu Hiratsuka Aisan s.t.
54 Alberto Nardin Androni Giocattoli s.t.
55 Amir Rusli Malaysia s.t.
56 Zhang Zheng Hengxiang s.t.
57 Giulio Ciccone Bardiani-CSF s.t.
58 Simone Sterbini Bardiani-CSF s.t.
59 Samuele Conti Southeast-Venezuela s.t.
60 Shahrul Mat Amin Terengganu s.t.
61 Tomohiro Hayakawa Aisan s.t.
62 Burr Ho HKSI s.t.
63 Meiyin Wang Hengxiang s.t.
64 Nur Aiman Zariff Malaysia s.t.
65 Arin Iswanna Pegasus s.t.
66 Jesse Ewart 7 Eleven-Sava RBP s.t.
67 Sofian Nabil Bakri NSC-Mycron s.t.
68 Songezo Jim Dimension Data s.t.
69 Choon Huat Goh Terengganu s.t.
70 Adrien Niyonshuti Dimension Data s.t.
71 Maher Hasnaoui Skydive Dubai s.t.
72 Guangtong Ma Hengxiang s.t.
73 Jonipher Ravina 7 Eleven-Sava RBP s.t.
74 Zawawi Azman NSC-Mycron s.t.
75 Patria Rastra Pegasus s.t.
76 Harrif Salleh Terengganu s.t.
77 Evgueni Petrov Tinkoff s.t.
78 Azri bin Ahmad Malaysia s.t.
79 Giuseppe Fonzi Southeast-Venezuela s.t.
80 Dylan Page Roth s.t.
81 Ty Magner UnitedHealthcare +22''
82 Siu Wai Ko HKSI s.t.
83 Francisco Chamorro Funvic Soul Cycles +24''
84 Ahmad Mustafa Kamal NSC-Mycron +34''
85 Ka Hoo Fung HKSI s.t.
86 Wenlong Zhang Giant-Champion System s.t.
87 Ho San Chiu HKSI s.t.
88 Agung Sahbana Pegasus s.t.
89 Kang-Eun Joo KSPO +37''
90 Johann Van Zyl Dimension Data +41''
91 Michael Gogl Tinkoff +47''
92 Dias Omirzakov Astana +1' 00''
93 Francesco Chicchi Androni Giocattoli +1' 02''
94 Azman Zulkifli Malaysia +1' 23''
95 Wan Yau Lau HKSI s.t.
96 Mark John Lexer Guevarra 7 Eleven-Sava RBP +1' 28''
97 Colin Stüssi Roth +1' 42''
98 Afiq Huznie Othman NSC-Mycron s.t.
99 Jens Mouris Drapac +2' 02''
100 Xiaolong Sun Giant-Champion System +2' 04''
101 Otavio Bulgarelli Funvic Soul Cycles +2' 18''
102 Luca Pacioni Androni Giocattoli +2' 20''
103 Nicolas Dougall Dimension Data s.t.
104 Takeaki Ayabe Aisan +2' 35''
105 Irwandie Lakasek NSC-Mycron +2' 40''
106 Mohammed Nazri Muhamad NSC-Mycron s.t.
107 Teten Rohendi Pegasus s.t.
108 Gavin Mannion Drapac +2' 55''
109 Hiu Fung Choy HKSI +2' 59''
110 Hyo-Suk Gong KSPO +2' 59''
111 Lijun Bai Giant-Champion System +3' 21''
112 Richard Handley One Pro Cycling s.t.
113 Marco Bandiera Androni Giocattoli s.t.
114 Sea Keong Loh Malaysia +4' 19''
115 Meng Yan Hengxiang +4' 35''
116 Fuwen Xue Giant-Champion System +4' 35''
117 Jianpeng Liu Hengxiang +5' 17''
118 Pablo Urtasun Funvic Soul Cycles +6' 04''
119 Edgar Nohales 7 Eleven-Sava RBP s.t.
120 Wenhui Bi Giant-Champion System +8' 29''
121 João Gaspar Funvic Soul Cycles +9' 57''
122 Kun-Soo Kim KSPO DNF
123 Ryan MacAnally Pegasus DNS

Final GC after Stage 8:

1,178.0 kilometers (532.54 miles) raced at an average speed of 41.31 km/hr (25.60 mph)

1 Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg Dimension Data 28hr 31min 21sec
2 Daniel Jaramillo UnitedHealthcare +18sec
3 Miguel Ángel López Astana +19''
4 Francisco Mancebo Skydive Dubai +23''
5 Jesper Hansen Tinkoff s.t.
6 George Harper One Pro Cycling s.t.
7 Ivan Santaromita Skydive Dubai +25''
8 Lachlan Norris Drapac +29''
9 Luca Chirico Bardiani-CSF s.t.
10 Antonio Piedra Funvic Soul Cycles s.t.
11 Janez Brajkovic UnitedHealthcare s.t.
12 Jonathon Clarke UnitedHealthcare s.t.
13 Julen Amezqueta Southeast-Venezuela +35''
14 John Ebsen One Pro Cycling +38''
15 Simone Sterbini Bardiani-CSF s.t.
16 Jaco Venter Dimension Data +44''
17 James Oram One Pro Cycling s.t.
18 Karol Domagalski One Pro Cycling +1' 03''
19 Tomás Gil Southeast-Venezuela s.t.
20 Valentin Baillifard Roth +1' 07''
21 Adiq Othman Terengganu +1' 10''
22 Masakazu Ito Aisan +1' 12''
23 Jingbiao Zhao Hengxiang +1' 13''
24 Roland Thalmann Roth +1' 17''
25 Alberto Nardin Androni Giocattoli +1' 21''
26 Marcelo Felipe 7 Eleven-Sava RBP +1' 36''
27 Samuele Conti Southeast-Venezuela +1' 38''
28 Laurens De Vreese Astana +2' 09''
29 Adrien Niyonshuti Dimension Data +2' 24''
30 Johann Van Zyl Dimension Data +3' 01''
31 Meiyin Wang Hengxiang +3' 14''
32 Evgueni Petrov Tinkoff +3' 58''
33 Amirul Marzuki Terengganu +4' 11''
34 Yoshimitsu Hiratsuka Aisan +4' 15''
35 Colin Stüssi Roth +4' 28''
36 Choon Huat Goh Terengganu +4' 29''
37 Tomohiro Hayakawa Aisan +4' 39''
38 Sofian Nabil Bakri NSC-Mycron +4' 42''
39 Songezo Jim Dimension Data +4' 56''
40 Ho San Chiu HKSI +5' 08''
41 Richard Handley One Pro Cycling +5' 36''
42 Giulio Ciccone Bardiani-CSF +5' 44''
43 Kang-Eun Joo KSPO +5' 50''
44 Mark John Lexer Guevarra 7 Eleven-Sava RBP +6' 11''
45 Joon-Yong Seo KSPO +6' 31''
46 Tom Scully Drapac +6' 53''
47 Paolo Simion Bardiani-CSF +6' 54''
48 Mirco Maestri Bardiani-CSF +7' 08''
49 Nur Aiman Zariff Malaysia +7' 37''
50 Burr Ho HKSI +7' 49''
51 Zawawi Azman NSC-Mycron +8' 17''
52 Nicolas Dougall Dimension Data +9' 22''
53 Agung Sahbana Pegasus +11' 28''
54 Jianpeng Liu Hengxiang +11' 36''
55 Amir Rusli Malaysia +11' 42''
56 Ka Hoo Fung HKSI +12' 18''
57 Jonipher Ravina 7 Eleven-Sava RBP +12' 28''
58 Edgar Nohales 7 Eleven-Sava RBP +12' 33''
59 Gavin Mannion Drapac +12' 45''
60 Juraj Sagan Tinkoff +14' 23''
61 Michael Gogl Tinkoff +15' 03''
62 Jesse Ewart 7 Eleven-Sava RBP +15' 20''
63 Erik Baška Tinkoff +15' 22''
64 Michal Kolár Tinkoff +15' 23''
65 Carlos Manarelli Funvic Soul Cycles +15' 30''
66 Wenlong Zhang Giant-Champion System +15' 50''
67 Patria Rastra Pegasus +16' 05''
68 Guangtong Ma Hengxiang +16' 07''
69 Brenton Jones Drapac +16' 25''
70 Mohammed Nazri Muhamad NSC-Mycron +17' 07''
71 Shahrul Mat Amin Terengganu +17' 32''
72 Luca Pacioni Androni Giocattoli +17' 37''
73 Giuseppe Fonzi Southeast-Venezuela +18' 06''
74 Sung-Baek Park KSPO +18' 15''
75 Jamalidin Novardianto Pegasus +18' 27''
76 Hyeon-Seok Kim KSPO +18' 34''
77 Teten Rohendi Pegasus +19' 12''
78 Siu Wai Ko HKSI +19' 33''
79 Francesco Chicchi Androni Giocattoli +20' 33''
80 Jakub Mareczko Southeast-Venezuela +20' 55''
81 Andrea Palini Skydive Dubai +20' 57''
82 John Murphy UnitedHealthcare +21' 11''
83 Graeme Brown Drapac +21' 39''
84 Dylan Page Roth +21' 41''
85 Hyo-Suk Gong KSPO +22' 29''
86 Xiaolong Sun Giant-Champion System +23' 27''
87 Zhang Zheng Hengxiang +23' 45''
88 Afiq Huznie Othman NSC-Mycron +25' 26''
89 Shinpei Fukuda Aisan +26' 28''
90 Harrif Salleh Terengganu +26' 32''
91 Ty Magner UnitedHealthcare +26' 44''
92 Marco Benfatto Androni Giocattoli +26' 47''
93 Wan Yau Lau HKSI +27' 26''
94 Sea Keong Loh Malaysia +27' 53''
95 Anuar Manan Terengganu +28' 09''
96 Andrea Guardini Astana +28' 23''
97 Meng Yan Hengxiang +28' 38''
98 Arman Kamyshev Astana +29' 54''
99 Ahmad Mustafa Kamal NSC-Mycron +31' 31''
100 Irwandie Lakasek NSC-Mycron +32' 41''
101 Maher Hasnaoui Skydive Dubai +32' 47''
102 Lijun Bai Giant-Champion System +32' 49''
103 Marco Bandiera Androni Giocattoli +33' 06''
104 Azri bin Ahmad Malaysia +33' 46''
105 Takeaki Ayabe Aisan +33' 49''
106 Tanner Putt UnitedHealthcare +35' 41''
107 Matthew Goss One Pro Cycling +36' 38''
108 Otavio Bulgarelli Funvic Soul Cycles +36' 47''
109 Azman Zulkifli Malaysia +36' 59''
110 Arin Iswanna Pegasus +39' 10''
111 Jens Mouris Drapac +39' 12''
112 Andrea Dal Col Southeast-Venezuela +39' 49''
113 Francisco Chamorro Funvic Soul Cycles +42' 30''
114 Wenhui Bi Giant-Champion System +44' 16''
115 Shiki Kuroeda Aisan +45' 08''
116 Fuwen Xue Giant-Champion System +48' 31''
117 João Gaspar Funvic Soul Cycles +49' 14''
118 Tristan Marguet Roth +52' 05''
119 Dias Omirzakov Astana +53' 35''
120 Hiu Fung Choy HKSI +59' 15''
121 Pablo Urtasun Funvic Soul Cycles +1h 09' 52''

Tuesday, March 1: Stage 7, Seremban - Parit Sulong, 202.3 km

Andrea Guardini

Andrea Guardini wins another Langkawi stage

The Race: Here is the organizer's explanation of the day's race.

PARIT SULONG - Astana’s Andrea Guardini claimed his 21st victory at Le Tour de Langkawi in stage 7 of the 21st edition of the event. The Italian outsprinted his compatriots Jakub Mareczko of Southeast and Andrea Palini from Skydive Dubai in a tight finish at Parit Sulong where Reinardt Janse van Rensburg (Dimension Data) retained the overall lead on the eve of the grand finale in the historical city of Melaka.

The longest stage of this year’s race happened to be more eventful than anyone expected it to be. Juraj Sagan of Tinkoff was all fired up after finishing second in stage 6. He initiated a front group of six riders with Tanner Putt (Unitedhealthcare), Karol Domagalski (One Pro Cycling), Ma Guangtong (Hengxiang), Laurens De Vreese (Astana) and Meher Hasnaoui (Skydive Dubai). Former leader Miguel Angel Lopez of Astana who was avid of taking his revenge after losing the yellow jersey because of a mechanical rode flat out in the first hill of the day. He crested Bukit Miku (km 28) in first position with the aim of taking time bonus at the intermediate sprint in Johol (km 46) but Janse van Rensburg also made the front group of 25 riders that was formed after catching the initial attackers.

Six riders went clear before Johol, most of them for the second time of the day: De Vreese, Sagan, Putt, Domagalski, Gong Hyo Suk (KSPO) and Agung Sahbana (Pegasus). Several attacks occurred in that front group and at the head of the peloton led all day by Dimension Data. The maximum lead was 5.20 at km 145 when De Vreese, Putt and Gong were the remaining breakaway riders, rejoined by then by a Chinese duo from Hengxiang with Ma and Zheng Zhang. For most of the stage, De Vreese who was 2.05 adrift on GC was the virtual leader of Le Tour de Langkawi but Janse van Rensburg never panicked.

De Vreese was the last man to surrender with 5km to go, which gave a free ride to Astana’s sprinter Guardini who leapfrogged Mareczko in the last 50 metres. “After what happened yesterday, it’s normal that Miguel Angel was a bit angry but that’s cycling”, the Italian explained. “Astana had such a good tactic today with a strong rider [De Vreese] in the breakaway. Nobody wanted to pull strongly in the finale but it turned out to being a bunch sprint and it was a very good one for me. With 200m to go, I passed in a very small gap between two other riders but a bit of luck is always needed for winning a bunch sprint. To reach 21 victories at Le Tour de Langkawi is really amazing. It’s never simple to win.”

“I didn’t feel the pressure when De Vreese was at the front”, Janse van Rensburg echoed. “I even told my team-mates to slow down sometimes. We didn’t get a lot of help. We also didn’t really want to close the gap. Now we’re just with one stage to go. Anything can still happen because a lot of guys still want to do something but I definitely feel happier today with the work done by my team than yesterday because of the way I took the lead.”

Adiq Husainie Othman of Terengganu is also close to becoming the first Malaysian to win the best Asian competition. “Our sprinters Harrif [Saleh] and Anuar [Manan] are getting better and better every day”, the Dungun-born rider said. “Harrif was fifth yesterday, fourth today, hopefully we’ll get a place on the podium tomorrow. It’s going to be fast, fast and fast in Melaka. I hope to avoid any mechanical and take the white jersey home.”

Stage 8 starting in Batu Pahat will feature 119km including an 8km loop through all historical venues in Melaka.

Complete results:

203.3 kilometers (125.8 miles) raced at an average speed of 42.26 km/hr (26.28 mph)

1 Andrea Guardini Astana 4hr 47min 12sec
2 Jakub Mareczko Southeast-Venezuela s.t.
3 Andrea Palini Skydive Dubai s.t.
4 Harrif Salleh Terengganu s.t.
5 Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg Dimension Data s.t.
6 Paolo Simion Bardiani CSF s.t.
7 John Murphy UnitedHealthcare s.t.
8 Shinpei Fukuda Aisan s.t.
9 Marco Benfatto Androni Giocattoli s.t.
10 Michal Kolár Tinkoff s.t.
11 Brenton Jones Drapac s.t.
12 Joon-Yong Seo KSPO s.t.
13 Luca Chirico Bardiani CSF s.t.
14 Francisco Mancebo Skydive Dubai s.t.
15 Francisco Chamorro Funvic Soul Cycles s.t.
16 Lutfi Fauzan Ahmad Malaysia s.t.
17 Marcelo Felipe 7-Eleven s.t.
18 Mirco Maestri Bardiani CSF s.t.
19 Jesper Hansen Tinkoff s.t.
20 Shahrul Mat Amin Terengganu s.t.
21 Erik Baška Tinkoff s.t.
22 Hyeon-Seok Kim KSPO s.t.
23 Daniel Jaramillo UnitedHealthcare s.t.
24 Shiki Kuroeda Aisan s.t.
25 Miguel Ángel López Astana s.t.
26 Jaco Venter Dimension Data s.t.
27 Ivan Santaromita Skydive Dubai s.t.
28 Antonio Piedra Funvic Soul Cycles s.t.
29 Jamalidin Novardianto Pegasus s.t.
30 Arin Iswanna Pegasus s.t.
31 Kang-Eun Joo KSPO s.t.
32 Jingbiao Zhao Hengxiang s.t.
33 Lachlan Norris Drapac s.t.
34 Patria Rastra Pegasus s.t.
35 Irwandie Lakasek NSC-Mycron s.t.
36 Julen Amezqueta Southeast-Venezuela s.t.
37 George Harper One Pro Cycling s.t.
38 Jonathon Clarke UnitedHealthcare s.t.
39 Masakazu Ito Aisan s.t.
40 Laurens De Vreese Astana s.t.
41 Adiq Othman Terengganu s.t.
42 Adrien Niyonshuti Dimension Data s.t.
43 Jesse Ewart 7-Eleven s.t.
44 James Oram One Pro Cycling s.t.
45 Janez Brajkovic UnitedHealthcare s.t.
46 Valentin Baillifard Roth s.t.
47 Roland Thalmann Roth s.t.
48 Tomás Gil Southeast-Venezuela s.t.
49 Burr Ho HKSI s.t.
50 Tomohiro Hayakawa Aisan s.t.
51 Anuar Manan Terengganu s.t.
52 Michael Gogl Tinkoff s.t.
53 Sofian Nabil Bakri NSC-Mycron s.t.
54 Meiyin Wang Hengxiang s.t.
55 Ka Hoo Fung HKSI s.t.
56 Karol Domagalski One Pro Cycling s.t.
57 John Ebsen One Pro Cycling s.t.
58 Dias Omirzakov Astana s.t.
59 Kun-Soo Kim KSPO s.t.
60 Ahmad Mustafa Kamal NSC-Mycron s.t.
61 Alberto Nardin Androni Giocattoli s.t.
62 Giulio Ciccone Bardiani CSF s.t.
63 Choon Huat Goh Terengganu s.t.
64 Samuele Conti Southeast-Venezuela s.t.
65 Zawawi Azman NSC-Mycron s.t.
66 Zhang Zheng Hengxiang s.t.
67 Amirul Marzuki Terengganu s.t.
68 Yoshimitsu Hiratsuka Aisan s.t.
69 Amir Rusli Malaysia s.t.
70 Carlos Manarelli Funvic Soul Cycles s.t.
71 Edgar Nohales 7-Eleven s.t.
72 Jonipher Ravina 7-Eleven s.t.
73 Simone Sterbini Bardiani CSF s.t.
74 Wenlong Zhang Giant-Champion System s.t.
75 Teten Rohendi Pegasus s.t.
76 Ho San Chiu HKSI s.t.
77 Mark John Lexer Guevarra 7-Eleven s.t.
78 Graeme Brown Drapac s.t.
79 Tom Scully Drapac s.t.
80 Afiq Huznie Othman NSC-Mycron s.t.
81 Jianpeng Liu Hengxiang s.t.
82 Hiu Fung Choy HKSI +18sec
83 Nur Aiman Zariff Malaysia s.t.
84 Juraj Sagan Tinkoff s.t.
85 Azman Zulkifli Malaysia s.t.
86 Maher Hasnaoui Skydive Dubai s.t.
87 Richard Handley One Pro Cycling s.t.
88 Luca Pacioni Androni Giocattoli s.t.
89 Agung Sahbana Pegasus s.t.
90 Matthew Goss One Pro Cycling s.t.
91 Evgueni Petrov Tinkoff s.t.
92 Arman Kamyshev Astana +25''
93 Azri bin Ahmad Malaysia +30''
94 Fuwen Xue Giant-Champion System s.t.
95 Nicolas Dougall Dimension Data +36''
96 Wan Yau Lau HKSI +40''
97 Sung-Baek Park KSPO +44''
98 Otavio Bulgarelli Funvic Soul Cycles s.t.
99 Andrea Dal Col Southeast-Venezuela +57''
100 Takeaki Ayabe Aisan s.t.
101 Johann Van Zyl Dimension Data +1' 02''
102 Songezo Jim Dimension Data s.t.
103 Mohammed Nazri Muhamad NSC-Mycron s.t.
104 Xiaolong Sun Giant-Champion System s.t.
105 João Gaspar Funvic Soul Cycles +1' 06''
106 Giuseppe Fonzi Southeast-Venezuela s.t.
107 Ty Magner UnitedHealthcare +1' 07''
108 Gavin Mannion Drapac s.t.
109 Sea Keong Loh Malaysia s.t.
110 Pablo Urtasun Funvic Soul Cycles +1' 21''
111 Jens Mouris Drapac +1' 37''
112 Tristan Marguet Roth +1' 39''
113 Hyo-Suk Gong KSPO +1' 41''
114 Siu Wai Ko HKSI s.t.
115 Marco Bandiera Androni Giocattoli +2' 21''
116 Francesco Chicchi Androni Giocattoli s.t.
117 Colin Stüssi Roth s.t.
118 Dylan Page Roth s.t.
119 Guangtong Ma Hengxiang +4' 13''
120 Tanner Putt UnitedHealthcare +4' 41''
121 Ryan MacAnally Pegasus s.t.
122 Lijun Bai Giant-Champion System +6' 34''
123 Meng Yan Hengxiang s.t.
124 Wenhui Bi Giant-Champion System s.t.

GC after Stage 7:

1,059.0 kilometers (658.54 miles) raced so far at an average speed of 41.04 km/hr (25.52 mph).

1 Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg Dimension Data 25hr 48min 29sec
2 Daniel Jaramillo UnitedHealthcare +11sec
3 Miguel Ángel López Astana +12''
4 George Harper One Pro Cycling +16''
5 Jesper Hansen Tinkoff +20''
6 Francisco Mancebo Skydive Dubai +22''
7 Lachlan Norris Drapac s.t.
8 Janez Brajkovic UnitedHealthcare s.t.
9 Ivan Santaromita Skydive Dubai s.t.
10 Antonio Piedra Funvic Soul Cycles s.t.
11 Jonathon Clarke UnitedHealthcare s.t.
12 Luca Chirico Bardiani CSF +23''
13 Julen Amezqueta Southeast-Venezuela +24''
14 John Ebsen One Pro Cycling +27''
15 Simone Sterbini Bardiani CSF s.t.
16 James Oram One Pro Cycling +33''
17 Jaco Venter Dimension Data +37''
18 Karol Domagalski One Pro Cycling +52''
19 Tomás Gil Southeast-Venezuela s.t.
20 Valentin Baillifard Roth +56''
21 Adiq Othman Terengganu +59''
22 Masakazu Ito Aisan +1' 05''
23 Jingbiao Zhao Hengxiang +1' 06''
24 Roland Thalmann Roth +1' 10''
25 Alberto Nardin Androni Giocattoli s.t.
26 Marcelo Felipe 7-Eleven +1' 25''
27 Samuele Conti Southeast-Venezuela +1' 27''
28 Laurens De Vreese Astana +2' 02''
29 Richard Handley One Pro Cycling +2' 12''
30 Adrien Niyonshuti Dimension Data +2' 13''
31 Johann Van Zyl Dimension Data +2' 17''
32 Colin Stüssi Roth +2' 43''
33 Meiyin Wang Hengxiang +3' 03''
34 Evgueni Petrov Tinkoff +3' 47''
35 Amirul Marzuki Terengganu +4' 00''
36 Yoshimitsu Hiratsuka Aisan +4' 04''
37 Choon Huat Goh Terengganu +4' 18''
38 Tomohiro Hayakawa Aisan +4' 28''
39 Sofian Nabil Bakri NSC-Mycron +4' 31''
40 Ho San Chiu HKSI +4' 35''
41 Mark John Lexer Guevarra 7-Eleven +4' 40''
42 Songezo Jim Dimension Data +4' 45''
43 Kang-Eun Joo KSPO +5' 10''
44 Lutfi Fauzan Ahmad Malaysia +5' 27''
45 Giulio Ciccone Bardiani CSF +5' 33''
46 Jianpeng Liu Hengxiang +6' 16''
47 Joon-Yong Seo KSPO +6' 26''
48 Edgar Nohales 7-Eleven +6' 26''
49 Tom Scully Drapac +6' 42''
50 Paolo Simion Bardiani CSF +6' 51''
51 Nicolas Dougall Dimension Data +6' 59''
52 Mirco Maestri Bardiani CSF +7' 01''
53 Nur Aiman Zariff Malaysia +7' 26''
54 Burr Ho HKSI +7' 38''
55 Zawawi Azman NSC-Mycron +8' 06''
56 Gavin Mannion Drapac +9' 47''
57 Agung Sahbana Pegasus +10' 51''
58 Amir Rusli Malaysia +11' 31''
59 Ka Hoo Fung HKSI +11' 41''
60 Jonipher Ravina 7-Eleven +12' 17''
61 Juraj Sagan Tinkoff +14' 12''
62 Michael Gogl Tinkoff +14' 13''
63 Mohammed Nazri Muhamad NSC-Mycron +14' 24''
64 Jesse Ewart 7-Eleven +15' 09''
65 Wenlong Zhang Giant-Champion System +15' 13''
66 Luca Pacioni Androni Giocattoli +15' 14''
67 Erik Baška Tinkoff +15' 15''
68 Michal Kolár Tinkoff +15' 20''
69 Carlos Manarelli Funvic Soul Cycles +15' 23''
70 Patria Rastra Pegasus +15' 54''
71 Guangtong Ma Hengxiang +15' 56''
72 Brenton Jones Drapac +16' 22''
73 Teten Rohendi Pegasus +16' 29''
74 Shahrul Mat Amin Terengganu +17' 21''
75 Giuseppe Fonzi Southeast-Venezuela +17' 55''
76 Sung-Baek Park KSPO +18' 04''
77 Jamalidin Novardianto Pegasus +18' 20''
78 Hyeon-Seok Kim KSPO +18' 23''
79 Siu Wai Ko HKSI +19' 08''
80 Hyo-Suk Gong KSPO +19' 27''
81 Francesco Chicchi Androni Giocattoli +19' 28''
82 Andrea Palini Skydive Dubai +20' 54''
83 Jakub Mareczko Southeast-Venezuela +20' 58''
84 John Murphy UnitedHealthcare +21' 08''
85 Xiaolong Sun Giant-Champion System +21' 20''
86 Dylan Page Roth +21' 30''
87 Graeme Brown Drapac +21' 32''
88 Kun-Soo Kim KSPO +22' 52''
89 Sea Keong Loh Malaysia +23' 33''
90 Zhang Zheng Hengxiang +23' 34''
91 Afiq Huznie Othman NSC-Mycron +23' 41''
92 Meng Yan Hengxiang +24' 00''
93 Wan Yau Lau HKSI +26' 00''
94 Ty Magner UnitedHealthcare +26' 19''
95 Shinpei Fukuda Aisan +26' 21''
96 Harrif Salleh Terengganu +26' 21''
97 Ryan MacAnally Pegasus +26' 31''
98 Marco Benfatto Androni Giocattoli +26' 44''
99 Anuar Manan Terengganu +27' 58''
100 Andrea Guardini Astana +28' 30''
101 Lijun Bai Giant-Champion System +29' 25''
102 Marco Bandiera Androni Giocattoli +29' 42''
103 Arman Kamyshev Astana +29' 43''
104 Irwandie Lakasek NSC-Mycron +29' 58''
105 Ahmad Mustafa Kamal NSC-Mycron +30' 54''
106 Takeaki Ayabe Aisan +31' 11''
107 Maher Hasnaoui Skydive Dubai +32' 36''
108 Azri bin Ahmad Malaysia +33' 35''
109 Otavio Bulgarelli Funvic Soul Cycles +34' 26''
110 Azman Zulkifli Malaysia +35' 33''
111 Tanner Putt UnitedHealthcare +35' 34''
112 Wenhui Bi Giant-Champion System +35' 44''
113 Matthew Goss One Pro Cycling +36' 35''
114 Jens Mouris Drapac +37' 07''
115 Arin Iswanna Pegasus +38' 59''
116 João Gaspar Funvic Soul Cycles +39' 14''
117 Andrea Dal Col Southeast-Venezuela +39' 46''
118 Francisco Chamorro Funvic Soul Cycles +42' 03''
119 Fuwen Xue Giant-Champion System +43' 53''
120 Shiki Kuroeda Aisan +45' 09''
121 Tristan Marguet Roth +51' 58''
122 Dias Omirzakov Astana +52' 32''
123 Hiu Fung Choy HKSI +56' 13''
124 Pablo Urtasun Funvic Soul Cycles +1h 03' 45''

Monday, February 29: Stage 6, Putrajaya - Rembau, 147.6 km

Jakub Mareczko

Jakub Mareczko wins stage 6

The Race: The organizer provided this narrative.

REMBAU - In a very eventful stage 6 in the 21st Le Tour de Langkawi, Jakub Mareczko of Southeast claimed his first ever victory in the Malaysian event he’s taking part in for the second time while a mechanical incident with 6km to go deprived Colombia’s Miguel Angel Lopez from Astana of the overall lead. South Africa Reinardt Janse van Rensburg racing for Dimension Data took over although he was victim of a crash with 500 metres to go, which prevented him from contesting the stage victory he was looking for. Juraj Sagan of Tinkoff and Dylan Page from Roth finished second and third respectively in Rembau.

It was a very different stage from the scenarios Le Tour de Langkawi is used to. Songezo Jim (Dimension Data), Michael Gogl (Tinkoff), James Oram (One Pro Cycling), Mirco Maestri (Bardiani-CSF), Tim Scully (Drapac), Gong Hyo Suk (KSPO), Amirul Mazuki (Terengganu), joined by Giuseppe Fonzi (Southeast) formed a breakaway after ten kilometres of racing. They were about to get caught by the peloton led by Unitedhealthcare but Maestri and Gong insisted. They were reinforced by Adrien Niyonshuti (Dimension Data), Gogl again, Tanner Putt (Unitedhealthcare) and Julen Amezqueta (Southeast).

Putt rode away solo from that group but it was George Harper of One Pro Cycling who passed the last King of the Mountain sprint in first position with 8km to go at Bukit Miku. He was caught in the downhill where Lopez had a broken wheel with 6km to go. The race leader chased hard but couldn’t return to the peloton before the sprint. It was an acrobatic one with a sharp u-turn. Mareczko made the best of it.

“It’s been a bit difficult for me to take part in the sprints early on because there have been a few crashes, but today finally I managed to make it”, the Italian commented. “Today there were more KOM primes than usual. It wasn’t easy to hold the place but my teammates kept me in the main group. In the last few corners in the run in to the finish, I stayed in the first three so I was in the right position for sprinting.”

It was a day for new names to appear on the results sheet. “It was a very nervous sprint”, Page explained. “I use my brakes the best I could to get this result, which is a great one for me since I’m a neo pro and we’re a new team in this category of racing. I crashed on stage 2 and I’ve struggled to sleep since but I’m back! This race has a great organisation. It’s a super Tour!”

Sagan isn’t exactly a new name in cycling but Peter’s elder brother Juraj isn’t usually the one who gets on stage to receive the laurels. “I’m always helping others”, the Slovakian said. “But today I had the green light because our sprinter Michael Kolar had a flat tyre with 7km to go. This is my first international result as a pro. I’m quite happy with it.”

Andrea Guardini didn’t contest the sprint. “I was a bit full gas at 15km to go and I took the decision to leave this stage for rest and try to win another stage – tomorrow or the last stage”, the leader of the points competition said. This was harder than the other stages. It’s unfortunate than my team-mate Lopez lost the yellow jersey due to a mechanical but that’s part of cycling.”

It resulted in a change of leadership in the overall ranking. “I am really sorry for Lopez to lose the jersey in such a way”, Janse van Rensburg noted. “It is not the nicest way to take the jersey. I was looking forward to a bit more of a battle for the jersey, but I guess it’s cycling… But after the line I was a little bit disappointed because I missed my chance to go for the victory today. Some guys went straight into me in the corner, so I didn’t make the corner at 500m to go. My chain was off after that so I had to stop to put it back on.

“It is kind of bitter sweet today, but yeah … I take it as it comes. The race changes now completely for us. We are going to have to defend. The bunch is really getting aggressive now, so I think it’s going to be quite a big fight tomorrow, and there is quite a climb early on. So we are going to have to be top of our game coming out.”

Stage 7 from Seremban to Parit Sulong is the longest of the event with 202.3km.

Complete Results:

147.60 kilometers (91.79 miles) raced at an average speed of 41.38 km/hr (25.73mph)

1 Jakub Mareczko Southeast-Venezuela 3hr 34min 1sec
2 Juraj Sagan Tinkoff s.t.
3 Dylan Page Roth s.t.
4 John Murphy UnitedHealthcare s.t.
5 Harrif Salleh Terengganu s.t.
6 Ryan MacAnally Pegasus s.t.
7 Brenton Jones Drapac s.t.
8 Francesco Chicchi Androni Giocattoli s.t.
9 Paolo Simion Bardiani CSF s.t.
10 Andrea Palini Skydive Dubai s.t.
11 Joon-Yong Seo KSPO s.t.
12 Karol Domagalski One Pro Cycling s.t.
13 Shinpei Fukuda Aisan s.t.
14 Daniel Jaramillo UnitedHealthcare s.t.
15 Jaco Venter Dimension Data s.t.
16 Luca Chirico Bardiani CSF s.t.
17 Lachlan Norris Drapac s.t.
18 Francisco Mancebo Skydive Dubai s.t.
19 Jingbiao Zhao Hengxiang s.t.
20 Ivan Santaromita Skydive Dubai s.t.
21 Antonio Piedra Funvic Soul Cycles s.t.
22 Jamalidin Novardianto Pegasus s.t.
23 George Harper One Pro Cycling s.t.
24 Lutfi Fauzan Ahmad Malaysia s.t.
25 Shahrul Mat Amin Terengganu s.t.
26 James Oram One Pro Cycling s.t.
27 Kang-Eun Joo KSPO s.t.
28 Adiq Othman Terengganu s.t.
29 Jesper Hansen Tinkoff s.t.
30 Hyeon-Seok Kim KSPO s.t.
31 Graeme Brown Drapac s.t.
32 Alberto Nardin Androni Giocattoli s.t.
33 Amirul Marzuki Terengganu s.t.
34 Tomás Gil Southeast-Venezuela s.t.
35 Janez Brajkovic UnitedHealthcare s.t.
36 Jonathon Clarke UnitedHealthcare s.t.
37 Masakazu Ito Aisan s.t.
38 Julen Amezqueta Southeast-Venezuela s.t.
39 Roland Thalmann Roth s.t.
40 Valentin Baillifard Roth s.t.
41 Giulio Ciccone Bardiani CSF s.t.
42 Amir Rusli Malaysia s.t.
43 Meiyin Wang Hengxiang s.t.
44 Tom Scully Drapac s.t.
45 Samuele Conti Southeast-Venezuela s.t.
46 Simone Sterbini Bardiani CSF s.t.
47 Tomohiro Hayakawa Aisan s.t.
48 Luca Pacioni Androni Giocattoli s.t.
49 John Ebsen One Pro Cycling s.t.
50 Xiaolong Sun Giant-Champion System s.t.
51 Jianpeng Liu Hengxiang s.t.
52 Edgar Nohales 7-Eleven s.t.
53 Nur Aiman Zariff Malaysia s.t.
54 Colin Stüssi Roth s.t.
55 Johann Van Zyl Dimension Data s.t.
56 Mirco Maestri Bardiani CSF s.t.
57 Songezo Jim Dimension Data s.t.
58 Marcelo Felipe 7-Eleven s.t.
59 Marco Benfatto Androni Giocattoli s.t.
60 Anuar Manan Terengganu s.t.
61 Evgueni Petrov Tinkoff s.t.
62 Takeaki Ayabe Aisan s.t.
63 Miguel Ángel López Astana +35sec
64 Ho San Chiu HKSI +39''
65 Mark John Lexer Guevarra 7-Eleven s.t.
66 Jonipher Ravina 7-Eleven s.t.
67 Adrien Niyonshuti Dimension Data s.t.
68 Choon Huat Goh Terengganu s.t.
69 Richard Handley One Pro Cycling s.t.
70 Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg Dimension Data s.t.
71 Burr Ho HKSI s.t.
72 Afiq Huznie Othman NSC-Mycron s.t.
73 Jesse Ewart 7-Eleven s.t.
74 Zhang Zheng Hengxiang s.t.
75 Otavio Bulgarelli Funvic Soul Cycles s.t.
76 Agung Sahbana Pegasus s.t.
77 Sofian Nabil Bakri NSC-Mycron s.t.
78 Zawawi Azman NSC-Mycron s.t.
79 Teten Rohendi Pegasus s.t.
80 Yoshimitsu Hiratsuka Aisan s.t.
81 Patria Rastra Pegasus s.t.
82 Lijun Bai Giant-Champion System s.t.
83 Nicolas Dougall Dimension Data s.t.
84 Laurens De Vreese Astana s.t.
85 Sung-Baek Park KSPO +45''
86 Azman Zulkifli Malaysia +1' 16''
87 Mohammed Nazri Muhamad NSC-Mycron s.t.
88 Michal Kolár Tinkoff s.t.
89 Jens Mouris Drapac s.t.
90 Ty Magner UnitedHealthcare s.t.
91 Gavin Mannion Drapac +1' 25''
92 Marco Bandiera Androni Giocattoli +1' 27''
93 Hyo-Suk Gong KSPO +1' 54''
94 Guangtong Ma Hengxiang s.t.
95 Siu Wai Ko HKSI s.t.
96 Ka Hoo Fung HKSI +4' 22''
97 Arman Kamyshev Astana +4' 34''
98 Irwandie Lakasek NSC-Mycron +4' 50''
99 Wenlong Zhang Giant-Champion System s.t.
100 Maher Hasnaoui Skydive Dubai s.t.
101 Arin Iswanna Pegasus s.t.
102 Kun-Soo Kim KSPO s.t.
103 Erik Baška Tinkoff s.t.
104 Wan Yau Lau HKSI s.t.
105 Hiu Fung Choy HKSI s.t.
106 Meng Yan Hengxiang s.t.
107 João Gaspar Funvic Soul Cycles +4' 55''
108 Wenhui Bi Giant-Champion System +4' 55''
109 Andrea Guardini Astana +7' 54''
110 Michael Gogl Tinkoff s.t.
111 Giuseppe Fonzi Southeast-Venezuela s.t.
112 Francisco Chamorro Funvic Soul Cycles s.t.
113 Carlos Manarelli Funvic Soul Cycles s.t.
114 Azri bin Ahmad Malaysia s.t.
115 Andrea Dal Col Southeast-Venezuela s.t.
116 Ahmad Mustafa Kamal NSC-Mycron s.t.
117 Shiki Kuroeda Aisan s.t.
118 Fuwen Xue Giant-Champion System s.t.
119 Sea Keong Loh Malaysia s.t.
120 Tanner Putt UnitedHealthcare +8' 20''
121 Matthew Goss One Pro Cycling +9' 17''
122 Pablo Urtasun Funvic Soul Cycles +9' 55''
123 Tristan Marguet Roth s.t.
124 Dias Omirzakov Astana +12' 24''

GC after Stage 6:

856.7 kilometers (532.74 miles) raced so far at an average speed of 40.76 km/hr (25.35 mph)

1 Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg Dimension Data 21hr 1min 17sec
2 Daniel Jaramillo UnitedHealthcare +11sec
3 Miguel Ángel López Astana +12''
4 George Harper One Pro Cycling +16''
5 Jesper Hansen Tinkoff +20''
6 Lachlan Norris Drapac +22''
7 Francisco Mancebo Skydive Dubai s.t.
8 Janez Brajkovic UnitedHealthcare s.t.
9 Ivan Santaromita Skydive Dubai s.t.
10 Antonio Piedra Funvic Soul Cycles s.t.
11 Jonathon Clarke UnitedHealthcare s.t.
12 Luca Chirico Bardiani CSF +23''
13 Julen Amezqueta Southeast-Venezuela +24''
14 John Ebsen One Pro Cycling +27''
15 Simone Sterbini Bardiani CSF s.t.
16 James Oram One Pro Cycling +33''
17 Jaco Venter Dimension Data +37''
18 Tomás Gil Southeast-Venezuela +52''
19 Karol Domagalski One Pro Cycling +55''
20 Valentin Baillifard Roth +56''
21 Adiq Othman Terengganu +59''
22 Masakazu Ito Aisan +1' 05''
23 Jingbiao Zhao Hengxiang +1' 06''
24 Roland Thalmann Roth +1' 10''
25 Alberto Nardin Androni Giocattoli s.t.
26 Johann Van Zyl Dimension Data +1' 15''
27 Marcelo Felipe 7-Eleven +1' 25''
28 Samuele Conti Southeast-Venezuela +1' 27''
29 Richard Handley One Pro Cycling +1' 54''
30 Laurens De Vreese Astana +2' 06''
31 Adrien Niyonshuti Dimension Data +2' 13''
32 Colin Stüssi Roth +2' 43''
33 Meiyin Wang Hengxiang +3' 03''
34 Evgueni Petrov Tinkoff +3' 29''
35 Songezo Jim Dimension Data +3' 43''
36 Amirul Marzuki Terengganu +4' 00''
37 Yoshimitsu Hiratsuka Aisan +4' 04''
38 Choon Huat Goh Terengganu +4' 18''
39 Tomohiro Hayakawa Aisan +4' 28''
40 Sofian Nabil Bakri NSC-Mycron +4' 31''
41 Ho San Chiu HKSI +4' 35''
42 Mark John Lexer Guevarra 7-Eleven +4' 40''
43 Kang-Eun Joo KSPO +5' 10''
44 Lutfi Fauzan Ahmad Malaysia +5' 27''
45 Giulio Ciccone Bardiani CSF +5' 33''
46 Jianpeng Liu Hengxiang +6' 16''
47 Nicolas Dougall Dimension Data +6' 23''
48 Joon-Yong Seo KSPO +6' 26''
49 Edgar Nohales 7-Eleven s.t.
50 Tom Scully Drapac +6' 42''
51 Paolo Simion Bardiani CSF +6' 51''
52 Mirco Maestri Bardiani CSF +7' 01''
53 Nur Aiman Zariff Malaysia +7' 08''
54 Burr Ho HKSI +7' 38''
55 Zawawi Azman NSC-Mycron +8' 06''
56 Gavin Mannion Drapac +8' 40''
57 Agung Sahbana Pegasus +10' 33''
58 Amir Rusli Malaysia +11' 31''
59 Ka Hoo Fung HKSI +11' 41''
60 Guangtong Ma Hengxiang +11' 43''
61 Jonipher Ravina 7-Eleven +12' 17''
62 Mohammed Nazri Muhamad NSC-Mycron +13' 22''
63 Juraj Sagan Tinkoff +13' 55''
64 Michael Gogl Tinkoff +14' 13''
65 Luca Pacioni Androni Giocattoli +14' 56''
66 Jesse Ewart 7-Eleven +15' 09''
67 Wenlong Zhang Giant-Champion System +15' 13''
68 Erik Baška Tinkoff +15' 15''
69 Michal Kolár Tinkoff +15' 20''
70 Carlos Manarelli Funvic Soul Cycles +15' 23''
71 Patria Rastra Pegasus +15' 54''
72 Brenton Jones Drapac +16' 22''
73 Teten Rohendi Pegasus +16' 29''
74 Giuseppe Fonzi Southeast-Venezuela +16' 49''
75 Sung-Baek Park KSPO +17' 20''
76 Shahrul Mat Amin Terengganu +17' 21''
77 Meng Yan Hengxiang +17' 26''
78 Hyo-Suk Gong KSPO +17' 49''
79 Jamalidin Novardianto Pegasus +18' 20''
80 Hyeon-Seok Kim KSPO +18' 23''
81 Siu Wai Ko HKSI +19' 08''
82 Francesco Chicchi Androni Giocattoli +19' 28''
83 Xiaolong Sun Giant-Champion System +20' 18''
84 Andrea Palini Skydive Dubai +20' 58''
85 Jakub Mareczko Southeast-Venezuela +21' 04''
86 John Murphy UnitedHealthcare +21' 08''
87 Dylan Page Roth +21' 30''
88 Graeme Brown Drapac +21' 32''
89 Sea Keong Loh Malaysia +22' 26''
90 Lijun Bai Giant-Champion System +22' 51''
91 Kun-Soo Kim KSPO +22' 52''
92 Zhang Zheng Hengxiang +23' 37''
93 Afiq Huznie Othman NSC-Mycron +23' 41''
94 Ty Magner UnitedHealthcare +25' 12''
95 Wan Yau Lau HKSI +25' 20''
96 Shinpei Fukuda Aisan +26' 21''
97 Harrif Salleh Terengganu +26' 21''
98 Ryan MacAnally Pegasus +26' 31''
99 Marco Benfatto Androni Giocattoli +26' 44''
100 Marco Bandiera Androni Giocattoli +27' 21''
101 Anuar Manan Terengganu +27' 58''
102 Andrea Guardini Astana +28' 40''
103 Wenhui Bi Giant-Champion System +28' 50''
104 Arman Kamyshev Astana +29' 18''
105 Irwandie Lakasek NSC-Mycron +29' 58''
106 Ahmad Mustafa Kamal NSC-Mycron +30' 54''
107 Tanner Putt UnitedHealthcare +30' 57''
108 Takeaki Ayabe Aisan +31' 11''
109 Maher Hasnaoui Skydive Dubai +32' 18''
110 Azri bin Ahmad Malaysia +33' 05''
111 Otavio Bulgarelli Funvic Soul Cycles +33' 42''
112 Azman Zulkifli Malaysia +35' 15''
113 Jens Mouris Drapac +35' 30''
114 Matthew Goss One Pro Cycling +36' 17''
115 João Gaspar Funvic Soul Cycles +38' 08''
116 Andrea Dal Col Southeast-Venezuela +38' 49''
117 Arin Iswanna Pegasus +38' 59''
118 Francisco Chamorro Funvic Soul Cycles +42' 03''
119 Fuwen Xue Giant-Champion System +43' 23''
120 Shiki Kuroeda Aisan +45' 09''
121 Tristan Marguet Roth +50' 19''
122 Dias Omirzakov Astana +52' 32''
123 Hiu Fung Choy HKSI +55' 55''
124 Pablo Urtasun Funvic Soul Cycles +1h 02' 24''

Sunday, March 28: Stage 5, Tapah - Kuala Lumpur, 148.8 km

Andrea Guardini

Andrea Guardini wins stage 5

The Race: As told by the race organizer.

KUALA LUMPUR - Andrea Guardini became the first rider to reach the number of 20 stage victories at Le Tour de Langkawi – out of 37 in total in his six-year long pro career at the age of 26 – as he claimed the sprinters’ queen stage at Dataran Merdeka, Kuala Lumpur, making it four out of four on the race’s most prestigious venue. Coming third while stage 2 winner Andrea Palini finished second, South Africa’s Reinardt Janse van Rensburg who is second overall to Colombia’s Miguel Angel Lopez diminished his deficit from 29 to 23 seconds with three stages remaining.

It took 63 kilometres for the breakaway of the day to take shape. Beforehand, Guardini had to go for the first intermediate sprint against Janse van Rensburg to protect the overall lead of his team-mate Lopez. The Dimension Data fast man took two seconds there but sustained a flat tyre 2km before the second intermediate sprint, so Guardini could give way to the riders fighting for fifth place overall. Bardiani’s Luca Chirico and Jesper Hansen captured three and two seconds bonus respectively. Then it was time for breaking away.

Racing for the King of the Mountains competition, Wang Meiyin (Hengxiang) rode on the offensive again, and once again with Loh Sea Keong who was accompanied by another rider from Malaysia national team Aiman. Amirul Mazuki (Terengganu) and Kim Hyeonseok (KSPO) were the other members of the move before Carlos Manarelli (Funvic) rejoined them to compose a six-man front group. They had a maximum advantage of 3.20 at km 77.

In the finale, John Ebsen and Richard Handley, both from One Pro Cycling, came across to the two remaining leaders Loh and Amirul. They got reined in nearby the famous twin towers of Kuala Lumpur.

The inevitable bunch sprint was easily won by Guardini. “It’s a wonderful day for me and a perfect fourth win here on my favourite finishing line of Le Tour de Langkawi”, the Italian declared. “Every time I come to Kuala Lumpur, I win, it’s fantastic. With 20km to go, my mind was all set on this finish location. I could feel a lot of adrenaline in the run in. I knew exactly where I needed to pass my adversaries to outsprint them. We took control of the race and I had a really good sprint.”

“It was a very fast stage again”, Superman Lopez – his nickname – commented. “I’ve lost a little bit of time on GC but we caught the breakaway riders by profiting from the work of the other teams too. I’m happy to retain the yellow jersey and to realize that the flag of [the Federal Territory of] Kuala Lumpur is exactly the same as Colombia’s at the exception of the heraldry in the middle. I feel much welcome in Malaysia.”

Malaysia’s Adiq Hussainie Othman also retained the lead of the best Asian rider classification. “I was a bit nervous in the race today with [Masakazu] Ito and Zhao Jingbiao only at six and seven seconds”, the Terengganu rider from Dungun explained. “I had a big problem with my bicycle so I got it changed after 80km and it went well till the end.

Tomorrow it’s the most complicated day to defend the white jersey but I’ve reckoned the course at training and it should be no problem as long as there’s no technical issue. It was emotionally fabulous to hear people shouting my name loud on the road sides today. It felt like Adiq was everywhere!”

At the finishing line, Youth and Sport Minister YB Khairy Jamaluddin emphasized the great popular success of LTdL this year. Stage 6 will be held from Putrajaya, the home of the Malaysian government, to Rembau (147km) on a lumpy terrain likely to make the race very interesting.

Complete Results: all 125 starters finished.

148.8 kilometers (92.53 miles) raced at an average speed of 44.90 km/hr (27.92 mph)

1 Andrea Guardini Astana 3hr 18min 50sec
2 Andrea Palini Skydive Dubai s.t.
3 Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg Dimension Data s.t.
4 Erik Baška Tinkoff s.t.
5 Brenton Jones Drapac s.t.
6 Jakub Mareczko Southeast-Venezuela s.t.
7 Paolo Simion Bardiani CSF s.t.
8 Francesco Chicchi Androni Giocattoli s.t.
9 Dylan Page Roth s.t.
10 Anuar Manan Terengganu s.t.
11 Tanner Putt UnitedHealthcare s.t.
12 John Murphy UnitedHealthcare s.t.
13 Shinpei Fukuda Aisan s.t.
14 Sung-Baek Park KSPO s.t.
15 Karol Domagalski One Pro Cycling s.t.
16 Daniel Jaramillo UnitedHealthcare s.t.
17 Michal Kolár Tinkoff s.t.
18 Joon-Yong Seo KSPO s.t.
19 Francisco Mancebo Skydive Dubai s.t.
20 Luca Chirico Bardiani CSF s.t.
21 Miguel Ángel López Astana s.t.
22 Mirco Maestri Bardiani CSF s.t.
23 Ivan Santaromita Skydive Dubai s.t.
24 Ryan MacAnally Pegasus s.t.
25 Adiq Othman Terengganu s.t.
26 Laurens De Vreese Astana s.t.
27 Hyeon-Seok Kim KSPO s.t.
28 Burr Ho HKSI s.t.
29 Antonio Piedra Funvic Soul Cycles s.t.
30 Julen Amezqueta Southeast-Venezuela s.t.
31 Marcelo Felipe 7-Eleven s.t.
32 Patria Rastra Pegasus s.t.
33 Janez Brajkovic UnitedHealthcare s.t.
34 James Oram One Pro Cycling s.t.
35 Lachlan Norris Drapac s.t.
36 Marco Benfatto Androni Giocattoli s.t.
37 Masakazu Ito Aisan s.t.
38 Wenlong Zhang Giant-Champion System s.t.
39 Jesper Hansen Tinkoff s.t.
40 Jingbiao Zhao Hengxiang s.t.
41 Francisco Chamorro Funvic Soul Cycles s.t.
42 Lutfi Fauzan Ahmad Malaysia s.t.
43 Jaco Venter Dimension Data s.t.
44 Kang-Eun Joo KSPO s.t.
45 Evgueni Petrov Tinkoff s.t.
46 Sofian Nabil Bakri NSC-Mycron s.t.
47 Azri bin Ahmad Malaysia s.t.
48 Siu Wai Ko HKSI s.t.
49 Valentin Baillifard Roth s.t.
50 Roland Thalmann Roth s.t.
51 Jonathon Clarke UnitedHealthcare s.t.
52 Alberto Nardin Androni Giocattoli s.t.
53 Tomás Gil Southeast-Venezuela s.t.
54 Amir Rusli Malaysia s.t.
55 Jamalidin Novardianto Pegasus s.t.
56 Yoshimitsu Hiratsuka Aisan s.t.
57 Teten Rohendi Pegasus s.t.
58 John Ebsen One Pro Cycling s.t.
59 Guangtong Ma Hengxiang s.t.
60 Simone Sterbini Bardiani CSF s.t.
61 Maher Hasnaoui Skydive Dubai s.t.
62 Adrien Niyonshuti Dimension Data s.t.
63 Juraj Sagan Tinkoff s.t.
64 George Harper One Pro Cycling s.t.
65 Edgar Nohales 7-Eleven s.t.
66 Samuele Conti Southeast-Venezuela s.t.
67 Kun-Soo Kim KSPO s.t.
68 Jonipher Ravina 7-Eleven s.t.
69 Meng Yan Hengxiang s.t.
70 Ho San Chiu HKSI +14sec
71 Ka Hoo Fung HKSI s.t.
72 Ahmad Mustafa Kamal NSC-Mycron s.t.
73 Richard Handley One Pro Cycling s.t.
74 Colin Stüssi Roth s.t.
75 Choon Huat Goh Terengganu s.t.
76 Xiaolong Sun Giant-Champion System s.t.
77 Jesse Ewart 7-Eleven s.t.
78 Amirul Marzuki Terengganu s.t.
79 Agung Sahbana Pegasus s.t.
80 Giulio Ciccone Bardiani CSF s.t.
81 Jianpeng Liu Hengxiang s.t.
82 Mark John Lexer Guevarra 7-Eleven s.t.
83 Johann Van Zyl Dimension Data s.t.
84 Graeme Brown Drapac s.t.
85 Matthew Goss One Pro Cycling s.t.
86 Giuseppe Fonzi Southeast-Venezuela s.t.
87 Songezo Jim Dimension Data +14''
88 Wenhui Bi Giant-Champion System +20''
89 Hiu Fung Choy HKSI +22''
90 Azman Zulkifli Malaysia s.t.
91 Wan Yau Lau HKSI s.t.
92 Afiq Huznie Othman NSC-Mycron s.t.
93 Andrea Dal Col Southeast-Venezuela +25''
94 Luca Pacioni Androni Giocattoli s.t.
95 Lijun Bai Giant-Champion System s.t.
96 Pablo Urtasun Funvic Soul Cycles s.t.
97 Irwandie Lakasek NSC-Mycron +29''
98 Nur Aiman Zariff Malaysia s.t.
99 Tom Scully Drapac +31''
100 Ty Magner UnitedHealthcare s.t.
101 Michael Gogl Tinkoff +35''
102 Hyo-Suk Gong KSPO +49''
103 Mohammed Nazri Muhamad NSC-Mycron s.t.
104 Fuwen Xue Giant-Champion System +53''
105 Zawawi Azman NSC-Mycron s.t.
106 Arin Iswanna Pegasus s.t.
107 Lukas Jaun Roth +53''
108 Carlos Manarelli Funvic Soul Cycles s.t.
109 Dias Omirzakov Astana s.t.
110 Nicolas Dougall Dimension Data s.t.
111 Tomohiro Hayakawa Aisan s.t.
112 Gavin Mannion Drapac +1' 04''
113 Arman Kamyshev Astana +1' 07''
114 Takeaki Ayabe Aisan +1' 12''
115 Sea Keong Loh Malaysia +1' 18''
116 Jens Mouris Drapac +2' 02''
117 Harrif Salleh Terengganu s.t.
118 Shahrul Mat Amin Terengganu +2' 06''
119 Meiyin Wang Hengxiang s.t.
120 Otavio Bulgarelli Funvic Soul Cycles +3' 08''
121 João Gaspar Funvic Soul Cycles s.t.
122 Zhang Zheng Hengxiang s.t.
123 Tristan Marguet Roth +4' 19''
124 Marco Bandiera Androni Giocattoli s.t.
125 Shiki Kuroeda Aisan +4' 30''

GC after Stage 5:

709.1 kilometers (440.95 miles) raced so far at an average speed of 40.64 km/hr (25.27 mph)

1 Miguel Ángel López Astana 17hr 26min 53sec
2 Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg Dimension Data +23sec
3 Daniel Jaramillo UnitedHealthcare +34''
4 George Harper One Pro Cycling +39''
5 Jesper Hansen Tinkoff +43''
6 Janez Brajkovic UnitedHealthcare +45''
7 Lachlan Norris Drapac s.t.
8 Francisco Mancebo Skydive Dubai s.t.
9 Ivan Santaromita Skydive Dubai s.t.
10 Antonio Piedra Funvic Soul Cycles s.t.
11 Jonathon Clarke UnitedHealthcare s.t.
12 Luca Chirico Bardiani CSF +46''
13 Julen Amezqueta Southeast-Venezuela +50''
14 John Ebsen One Pro Cycling s.t.
15 Simone Sterbini Bardiani CSF s.t.
16 Jaco Venter Dimension Data +1' 00''
17 James Oram One Pro Cycling +1' 02''
18 Tomás Gil Southeast-Venezuela +1' 15''
19 Karol Domagalski One Pro Cycling +1' 18''
20 Valentin Baillifard Roth +1' 19''
21 Adiq Othman Terengganu +1' 22''
22 Masakazu Ito Aisan +1' 28''
23 Jingbiao Zhao Hengxiang +1' 29''
24 Roland Thalmann Roth +1' 33''
25 Alberto Nardin Androni Giocattoli s.t.
26 Richard Handley One Pro Cycling +1' 38''
27 Johann Van Zyl Dimension Data s.t.
28 Marcelo Felipe 7-Eleven +1' 48''
29 Laurens De Vreese Astana +1' 50''
30 Samuele Conti Southeast-Venezuela s.t.
31 Adrien Niyonshuti Dimension Data +1' 59''
32 Colin Stüssi Roth +3' 06''
33 Meiyin Wang Hengxiang +3' 26''
34 Yoshimitsu Hiratsuka Aisan +3' 48''
35 Evgueni Petrov Tinkoff +3' 52''
36 Choon Huat Goh Terengganu +4' 02''
37 Songezo Jim Dimension Data +4' 06''
38 Sofian Nabil Bakri NSC-Mycron +4' 15''
39 Ho San Chiu HKSI +4' 19''
40 Amirul Marzuki Terengganu +4' 24''
41 Mark John Lexer Guevarra 7-Eleven s.t.
42 Tomohiro Hayakawa Aisan +4' 51''
43 Kang-Eun Joo KSPO +5' 33''
44 Lutfi Fauzan Ahmad Malaysia +5' 50''
45 Giulio Ciccone Bardiani CSF +5' 56''
46 Nicolas Dougall Dimension Data +6' 07''
47 Jianpeng Liu Hengxiang +6' 39''
48 Michael Gogl Tinkoff +6' 42''
49 Joon-Yong Seo KSPO +6' 49''
50 Edgar Nohales 7-Eleven s.t.
51 Tom Scully Drapac +7' 05''
52 Paolo Simion Bardiani CSF +7' 14''
53 Burr Ho HKSI +7' 22''
54 Mirco Maestri Bardiani CSF +7' 25''
55 Nur Aiman Zariff Malaysia +7' 31''
56 Gavin Mannion Drapac +7' 38''
57 Ka Hoo Fung HKSI +7' 42''
58 Zawawi Azman NSC-Mycron +7' 50''
59 Carlos Manarelli Funvic Soul Cycles +7' 52''
60 Giuseppe Fonzi Southeast-Venezuela +9' 18''
61 Agung Sahbana Pegasus +10' 17''
62 Wenlong Zhang Giant-Champion System +10' 46''
63 Erik Baška Tinkoff +10' 48''
64 Amir Rusli Malaysia +11' 54''
65 Jonipher Ravina 7-Eleven +12' 01''
66 Guangtong Ma Hengxiang +12' 06''
67 Mohammed Nazri Muhamad NSC-Mycron +12' 29''
68 Meng Yan Hengxiang +12' 59''
69 Juraj Sagan Tinkoff +14' 24''
70 Michal Kolár Tinkoff +14' 27''
71 Jesse Ewart 7-Eleven +14' 53''
72 Sea Keong Loh Malaysia +14' 55''
73 Luca Pacioni Androni Giocattoli +15' 19''
74 Patria Rastra Pegasus +15' 38''
75 Teten Rohendi Pegasus +16' 13''
76 Hyo-Suk Gong KSPO +16' 23''
77 Brenton Jones Drapac +16' 45''
78 Sung-Baek Park KSPO +16' 58''
79 Shahrul Mat Amin Terengganu +17' 44''
80 Kun-Soo Kim KSPO +18' 25''
81 Jamalidin Novardianto Pegasus +18' 43''
82 Hyeon-Seok Kim KSPO +18' 46''
83 Siu Wai Ko HKSI +19' 31''
84 Francesco Chicchi Androni Giocattoli +19' 51''
85 Xiaolong Sun Giant-Champion System +20' 41''
86 Wan Yau Lau HKSI +20' 53''
87 Andrea Guardini Astana +21' 09''
88 Andrea Palini Skydive Dubai +21' 21''
89 John Murphy UnitedHealthcare +21' 31''
90 Jakub Mareczko Southeast-Venezuela +21' 37''
91 Graeme Brown Drapac +21' 55''
92 Dylan Page Roth +21' 57''
93 Lijun Bai Giant-Champion System +22' 35''
94 Tanner Putt UnitedHealthcare +23' 00''
95 Zhang Zheng Hengxiang +23' 21''
96 Ahmad Mustafa Kamal NSC-Mycron +23' 23''
97 Afiq Huznie Othman NSC-Mycron +23' 25''
98 Wenhui Bi Giant-Champion System +24' 18''
99 Ty Magner UnitedHealthcare +24' 19''
100 Arman Kamyshev Astana +25' 07''
101 Irwandie Lakasek NSC-Mycron +25' 31''
102 Azri bin Ahmad Malaysia +25' 34''
103 Marco Bandiera Androni Giocattoli +26' 17''
104 Shinpei Fukuda Aisan +26' 44''
105 Harrif Salleh Terengganu s.t.
106 Ryan MacAnally Pegasus +26' 54''
107 Marco Benfatto Androni Giocattoli +27' 07''
108 Matthew Goss One Pro Cycling +27' 23''
109 Maher Hasnaoui Skydive Dubai +27' 51''
110 Anuar Manan Terengganu +28' 21''
111 Andrea Dal Col Southeast-Venezuela +31' 18''
112 Takeaki Ayabe Aisan +31' 34''
113 Otavio Bulgarelli Funvic Soul Cycles +33' 26''
114 João Gaspar Funvic Soul Cycles +33' 36''
115 Lukas Jaun Roth +34' 16''
116 Azman Zulkifli Malaysia +34' 22''
117 Francisco Chamorro Funvic Soul Cycles +34' 32''
118 Arin Iswanna Pegasus s.t.
119 Jens Mouris Drapac +34' 37''
120 Fuwen Xue Giant-Champion System +35' 52''
121 Shiki Kuroeda Aisan +37' 38''
122 Dias Omirzakov Astana +40' 11''
123 Tristan Marguet Roth +40' 47''
124 Hiu Fung Choy HKSI +51' 28''
125 Pablo Urtasun Funvic Soul Cycles +52' 52''

Saturday, February 27: Stage 4, Ipoh - Cameron Highlands, 129.4 km (80.47 miles)

Miguel Angel Lopez

Miguel Angel Lopez wins at Cameron Highlands

The Race: here's organizer's telling of the stage story.

TANAH RATA, CAMERON HIGHLANDS - Astana managed to complete the double task of winning flat and mountain stages with Miguel Angel Lopez reaching Tanah Rata in a brilliant solo effort after Andrea Guardini opened the record book of the 2016 Le Tour de Langkawi in Baling on day 1. With an advantage of 29 seconds over South Africa’s Reinardt Janse van Rensburg from Dimension Data, the young Colombian has what it takes to become the overall winner of the 21st edition on March 2nd in Melaka.

After a breakaway attempt involving Wang Meiyin (Hangxiang) and Luca Chirico (Bardiani-CSF) that could mean a threat to the favourites, three riders went clear after 24 kilometres of racing: Ho Burr (HKSI), Shiki Kuroeda (Aisan) and Lukas Jaun (Roth). The peloton didn’t react until they reached a maximum advantage of 6.27 at km 45. Three riders formed a counter attack on the way up to the Cameron Highlands with the inevitable Wang being accompanied by Donaben Goh (Terengganu) and Loh Sea Keong (Malaysia). As the trio caught the first escapees, only Ho was able to handle their rhythm.

Wang, Loh, Ho and Goh passed the first category climb of Ringlet in that order. Wang and Goh were the last two breakaway riders caught by the main peloton in the final climb to Tanah Rata. With 5km to go, Lopez attacked in the steepest part of the climb. Johnny Clarke of Unitedhealthcare bridged the gap so the Colombian had to accelerate once again 3km before the line while his compatriot Daniel Jaramillo, also from Unitedhealthcare, chased him down but had to be content with the second place.

“It was a very fast stage”, Lopez commented. “I had to justify my team-mates’ dedication. With one rider less, it wasn’t easy to do so much work to make me win up here, but I attacked where I was told to do so. This is a very important victory for me. To start the season well will give me a lot of confidence and serenity for my further goals, the main one being the Vuelta a España.”

“Miguel Angel did a really good job and I’m happy for him because he’s a really good guy”, Guardini echoed after he retained the teal jersey of the points classification. “We wanted to play our cards as soon as possible in Le Tour de Langkawi, even though it’s hard to catch all the breakaways.”

For the first time, a Malaysian became the best Asian rider after the queen stage. “I thank my coach Adam Szabo, my team Terengganu, my family and my wife who came to watch me racing today”, said Adiq Hussainie Othman. “I wouldn’t be here without them. I’ve worked hard and lost a lot of weight to do well in this queen stage of Le Tour de Langkawi. I prefer long climbs like this one than steep ones like Genting. I did my best to stay in the first group. Now I’ll try to make history in becoming the first Malaysian to win the best Asian competition.”

Stage 5 will take the riders from Tapah to Kuala Lumpur with a detour in town under the iconic towers and the traditional finish at Dataran Merdeka. This is considered the sprinters’ queen stage. “It’s my favourite finish”, Guardini warned. “I’ve won it three times out of three. I want to make it four.”

Complete results:

129.4 km (80.47 miles) raced at an average speed of 37.76 km/hr (23.48 mph)

1 Miguel Ángel López Astana 3hr 25min 37sec
2 Daniel Jaramillo UnitedHealthcare +30sec
3 Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg Dimension Data +35''
4 Francisco Mancebo Skydive Dubai s.t.
5 Jonathon Clarke UnitedHealthcare s.t.
6 Giulio Ciccone Bardiani CSF s.t.
7 George Harper One Pro Cycling s.t.
8 Jesper Hansen Tinkoff s.t.
9 Luca Chirico Bardiani CSF s.t.
10 Janez Brajkovic UnitedHealthcare s.t.
11 Lachlan Norris Drapac s.t.
12 Antonio Piedra Funvic Soul Cycles s.t.
13 John Ebsen One Pro Cycling s.t.
14 Julen Amezqueta Southeast Venezuela s.t.
15 Hyo-Suk Gong KSPO s.t.
16 Ivan Santaromita Skydive Dubai s.t.
17 Simone Sterbini Bardiani CSF s.t.
18 Jaco Venter Dimension Data +50''
19 Tomás Gil Southeast Venezuela +1' 00''
20 Valentin Baillifard Roth +1' 04''
21 James Oram One Pro Cycling s.t.
22 Colin Stüssi Roth +1' 09''
23 Karol Domagalski One Pro Cycling +1' 14''
24 Adiq Othman Terengganu s.t.
25 Kang-Eun Joo KSPO s.t.
26 Richard Handley One Pro Cycling s.t.
27 Jingbiao Zhao Hengxiang s.t.
28 Johann Van Zyl Dimension Data s.t.
29 Masakazu Ito Aisan +1' 18''
30 Alberto Nardin Androni Giocattoli s.t.
31 Jianpeng Liu Hengxiang s.t.
32 Roland Thalmann Roth s.t.
33 Tomohiro Hayakawa Aisan +1' 35''
34 Laurens De Vreese Astana s.t.
35 Samuele Conti Southeast Venezuela s.t.
36 Marcelo Felipe 7-Eleven +1' 44''
37 Adrien Niyonshuti Dimension Data s.t.
38 Agung Sahbana Pegasus s.t.
39 Ka Hoo Fung HKSI +2' 03''
40 Jonipher Ravina 7-Eleven +3' 30''
41 Meiyin Wang Hengxiang s.t.
42 Yoshimitsu Hiratsuka Aisan +3' 33''
43 Nicolas Dougall Dimension Data +3' 37''
44 Songezo Jim Dimension Data s.t.
45 Mark John Lexer Guevarra 7-Eleven s.t.
46 Evgueni Petrov Tinkoff s.t.
47 Michael Gogl Tinkoff s.t.
48 Choon Huat Goh Terengganu s.t.
49 Ho San Chiu HKSI +3' 50''
50 Sofian Nabil Bakri NSC - Mycron +3' 55''
51 Amirul Marzuki Terengganu s.t.
52 Jamalidin Novardianto Pegasus +3' 57''
53 Lutfi Fauzan Ahmad Malaysia +5' 40''
54 Giuseppe Fonzi Southeast Venezuela +6' 19''
55 Tom Scully Drapac s.t.
56 Gavin Mannion Drapac s.t.
57 Edgar Nohales 7-Eleven +6' 34''
58 Joon-Yong Seo KSPO +6' 45''
59 Carlos Manarelli Funvic Soul Cycles +6' 47''
60 Nur Aiman Zariff Malaysia s.t.
61 Amir Rusli Malaysia s.t.
62 Mohammed Nazri Muhamad NSC - Mycron s.t.
63 Mirco Maestri Bardiani CSF +7' 10''
64 Paolo Simion Bardiani CSF s.t.
65 Burr Ho HKSI s.t.
66 Zawawi Azman NSC - Mycron +7' 35''
67 Meng Yan Hengxiang +7' 52''
68 Wenhui Bi Giant-Champion System +9' 01''
69 Jesse Ewart 7-Eleven +9' 14''
70 Sea Keong Loh Malaysia +9' 37''
71 Kun-Soo Kim KSPO +9' 43''
72 Patria Rastra Pegasus +10' 31''
73 Shahrul Mat Amin Terengganu s.t.
74 Wenlong Zhang Giant-Champion System s.t.
75 Marco Bandiera Androni Giocattoli +10' 33''
76 Erik Baška Tinkoff s.t.
77 Teten Rohendi Pegasus +11' 06''
78 Juraj Sagan Tinkoff +11' 37''
79 Afiq Huznie Othman NSC - Mycron +11' 51''
80 Guangtong Ma Hengxiang s.t.
81 Sung-Baek Park KSPO s.t.
82 Brenton Jones Drapac +14' 24''
83 Michal Kolár Tinkoff s.t.
84 Siu Wai Ko HKSI s.t.
85 Luca Pacioni Androni Giocattoli +14' 50''
86 Francesco Chicchi Androni Giocattoli s.t.
87 Ahmad Mustafa Kamal NSC - Mycron s.t.
88 Hyeon-Seok Kim KSPO s.t.
89 Arman Kamyshev Astana s.t.
90 Wan Yau Lau HKSI +14' 58''
91 Maher Hasnaoui Skydive Dubai s.t.
92 Xiaolong Sun Giant-Champion System +15' 02''
93 Zhang Zheng Hengxiang s.t.
94 Irwandie Lakasek NSC - Mycron +19' 55''
95 Takeaki Ayabe Aisan +20' 33''
96 Graeme Brown Drapac +21' 37''
97 Andrea Guardini Astana s.t.
98 Harrif Salleh Terengganu s.t.
99 Dias Omirzakov Astana s.t.
100 Andrea Palini Skydive Dubai s.t.
101 Jakub Mareczko Southeast Venezuela s.t.
102 Marco Benfatto Androni Giocattoli s.t.
103 Matthew Goss One Pro Cycling s.t.
104 Hiu Fung Choy HKSI s.t.
105 Azri bin Ahmad Malaysia s.t.
106 Tristan Marguet Roth s.t.
107 Lukas Jaun Roth s.t.
108 Dylan Page Roth s.t.
109 Otavio Bulgarelli Funvic Soul Cycles s.t.
110 Ryan MacAnally Pegasus s.t.
111 Ty Magner UnitedHealthcare s.t.
112 Arin Iswanna Pegasus s.t.
113 Shinpei Fukuda Aisan s.t.
114 Francisco Chamorro Funvic Soul Cycles s.t.
115 John Murphy UnitedHealthcare s.t.
116 Tanner Putt UnitedHealthcare s.t.
117 Lijun Bai Giant-Champion System s.t.
118 Fuwen Xue Giant-Champion System s.t.
119 Jens Mouris Drapac s.t.
120 Andrea Dal Col Southeast Venezuela +22' 34''
121 Anuar Manan Terengganu +23' 14''
122 Shiki Kuroeda Aisan +23' 14''
123 João Gaspar Funvic Soul Cycles +27' 43''
124 Pablo Urtasun Funvic Soul Cycles s.t.
125 Azman Zulkifli Malaysia +29' 45''
126 Murad Tarek Obaid Skydive Dubai +58' 22 (OTL)
127 Nicola Ruffoni Bardiani CSF DNF

Complete GC after Stage 4:

560.3 kilometers (348.42 miles) raced so far at an average speed of 39.64 km/hr (24.65 mph)

1 Miguel Ángel López Astana 14hr 8min 3sec
2 Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg Dimension Data +29sec
3 Daniel Jaramillo UnitedHealthcare +34''
4 George Harper One Pro Cycling +39''
5 Jesper Hansen Tinkoff +45''
6 Janez Brajkovic UnitedHealthcare s.t.
7 Lachlan Norris Drapac s.t.
8 Francisco Mancebo Skydive Dubai s.t.
9 Antonio Piedra Funvic Soul Cycles s.t.
10 Ivan Santaromita Skydive Dubai s.t.
11 Jonathon Clarke UnitedHealthcare s.t.
12 Luca Chirico Bardiani CSF +49''
13 Julen Amezqueta Southeast Venezuela +50''
14 John Ebsen One Pro Cycling s.t.
15 Simone Sterbini Bardiani CSF s.t.
16 Jaco Venter Dimension Data +1' 00''
17 James Oram One Pro Cycling +1' 02''
18 Tomás Gil Southeast Venezuela +1' 15''
19 Karol Domagalski One Pro Cycling +1' 18''
20 Valentin Baillifard Roth +1' 19''
21 Adiq Othman Terengganu +1' 22''
22 Richard Handley One Pro Cycling +1' 24''
23 Johann Van Zyl Dimension Data s.t.
24 Masakazu Ito Aisan +1' 28''
25 Jingbiao Zhao Hengxiang +1' 29''
26 Roland Thalmann Roth +1' 33''
27 Alberto Nardin Androni Giocattoli s.t.
28 Marcelo Felipe 7-Eleven +1' 48''
29 Laurens De Vreese Astana +1' 50''
30 Samuele Conti Southeast Venezuela s.t.
31 Adrien Niyonshuti Dimension Data +1' 59''
32 Colin Stüssi Roth +2' 52''
33 Meiyin Wang Hengxiang +3' 28''
34 Yoshimitsu Hiratsuka Aisan +3' 48''
35 Choon Huat Goh Terengganu +3' 48''
36 Songezo Jim Dimension Data +3' 52''
37 Evgueni Petrov Tinkoff s.t.
38 Ho San Chiu HKSI +4' 05''
39 Amirul Marzuki Terengganu s.t.
40 Mark John Lexer Guevarra 7-Eleven s.t.
41 Sofian Nabil Bakri NSC - Mycron +4' 15''
42 Tomohiro Hayakawa Aisan +5' 08''
43 Nicolas Dougall Dimension Data +5' 14''
44 Kang-Eun Joo KSPO +5' 33''
45 Giulio Ciccone Bardiani CSF +5' 42''
46 Lutfi Fauzan Ahmad Malaysia +5' 50''
47 Michael Gogl Tinkoff +6' 07''
48 Jianpeng Liu Hengxiang +6' 25''
49 Gavin Mannion Drapac +6' 34''
50 Tom Scully Drapac s.t.
51 Joon-Yong Seo KSPO +6' 49''
52 Edgar Nohales 7-Eleven s.t.
53 Carlos Manarelli Funvic Soul Cycles +7' 02''
54 Nur Aiman Zariff Malaysia s.t.
55 Paolo Simion Bardiani CSF +7' 14''
56 Burr Ho HKSI +7' 22''
57 Mirco Maestri Bardiani CSF +7' 25''
58 Ka Hoo Fung HKSI +7' 28''
59 Zawawi Azman NSC - Mycron +7' 50''
60 Giuseppe Fonzi Southeast Venezuela +9' 04''
61 Agung Sahbana Pegasus +10' 03''
62 Wenlong Zhang Giant-Champion System +10' 46''
63 Erik Baška Tinkoff +10' 48''
64 Amir Rusli Malaysia +11' 54''
65 Jonipher Ravina 7-Eleven +12' 01''
66 Guangtong Ma Hengxiang +12' 06''
67 Mohammed Nazri Muhamad NSC - Mycron +12' 29''
68 Meng Yan Hengxiang +12' 59''
69 Sea Keong Loh Malaysia +13' 37''
70 Juraj Sagan Tinkoff +14' 24''
71 Michal Kolár Tinkoff +14' 28''
72 Jesse Ewart 7-Eleven +14' 39''
73 Luca Pacioni Androni Giocattoli +14' 54''
74 Hyo-Suk Gong KSPO +15' 34''
75 Patria Rastra Pegasus +15' 38''
76 Shahrul Mat Amin Terengganu s.t.
77 Teten Rohendi Pegasus +16' 13''
78 Brenton Jones Drapac +16' 45''
79 Sung-Baek Park KSPO +16' 58''
80 Kun-Soo Kim KSPO +18' 25''
81 Jamalidin Novardianto Pegasus +18' 43''
82 Hyeon-Seok Kim KSPO +18' 47''
83 Siu Wai Ko HKSI +19' 31''
84 Francesco Chicchi Androni Giocattoli +19' 51''
85 Xiaolong Sun Giant-Champion System +20' 27''
86 Wan Yau Lau HKSI +20' 31''
87 Andrea Guardini Astana +21' 22''
88 Andrea Palini Skydive Dubai +21' 27''
89 John Murphy UnitedHealthcare +21' 31''
90 Jakub Mareczko Southeast Venezuela +21' 37''
91 Graeme Brown Drapac +21' 41''
92 Dylan Page Roth +21' 57''
93 Marco Bandiera Androni Giocattoli +21' 58''
94 Lijun Bai Giant-Champion System +22' 10''
95 Tanner Putt UnitedHealthcare +23' 00''
96 Afiq Huznie Othman NSC - Mycron +23' 03''
97 Ahmad Mustafa Kamal NSC - Mycron +23' 09''
98 Zhang Zheng Hengxiang +23' 21''
99 Ty Magner UnitedHealthcare +23' 48''
100 Wenhui Bi Giant-Champion System +23' 58''
101 Arman Kamyshev Astana +24' 00''
102 Irwandie Lakasek NSC - Mycron +25' 02''
103 Azri bin Ahmad Malaysia +25' 34''
104 Harrif Salleh Terengganu +26' 44''
105 Shinpei Fukuda Aisan s.t.
106 Ryan MacAnally Pegasus +26' 54''
107 Marco Benfatto Androni Giocattoli +27' 07''
108 Matthew Goss One Pro Cycling +27' 10''
109 Maher Hasnaoui Skydive Dubai +27' 51''
110 Anuar Manan Terengganu +28' 21''
111 Otavio Bulgarelli Funvic Soul Cycles +30' 18''
112 Takeaki Ayabe Aisan +30' 22''
113 João Gaspar Funvic Soul Cycles +30' 28''
114 Andrea Dal Col Southeast Venezuela +30' 53''
115 Jens Mouris Drapac +32' 35''
116 Shiki Kuroeda Aisan +33' 08''
117 Lukas Jaun Roth +33' 23''
118 Azman Zulkifli Malaysia +34' 00''
119 Francisco Chamorro Funvic Soul Cycles +34' 32''
120 Arin Iswanna Pegasus s.t.
121 Fuwen Xue Giant-Champion System +34' 59''
122 Tristan Marguet Roth +36' 28''
123 Dias Omirzakov Astana +39' 18''
124 Hiu Fung Choy HKSI +51' 06''
125 Pablo Urtasun Funvic Soul Cycles +52' 27''

Friday, February 26: Stage 3, Kalum - Kuala Kangsar, 107.2 km (66.66 miles)

John Murphy

John Murphy wins Langkawi stage 3

The Race: Here's the organizer's explanation of the stage.

KUALA KANGSAR - American cyclist John Murphy fended off the Italian sprinters on stage 3 of the 21st Le Tour de Langkawi as he proved himself faster and smarter than Francesco Chicchi, Jakub Mareczko and Andrea Guardini. The latter retained the yellow jersey of race leader ahead of the queen stage to the Cameron Highlands.

A leading trio opened the road for 100 out of 107km of racing from Kulim to Kuala Kangsar, formed of Donaben Goh (Terengganu), James Oram (One Pro Cycling) and Joao Pereira (Funvic-Soul-Carrefour). They reached a maximum lead of 3.40 after 29km. Oram was impressive as forged on in the finale with Goh on his wheel but the pair got reined in 2km before the finish.

The key of the sprint was a position on the right side of the road due some wind blowing from the left. Murphy was at the right place and claimed his first ever stage victory at Le Tour de Langkawi after beating last year’s young star Caleb Ewan in the conclusive stage of the Herald Sun Tour earlier this month in Australia.

“The Unitedhealthcare Pro Cycling team was phenomenal today”, Murphy emphasized. “The guys did an awesome job keeping me in pole position all day, keeping me hydrated in the heat, giving me mars bars… I was in a really good position in the last corner. I had a great lead out. It was a drag race, that’s what I like. It’s a wonderful finish for me and my team. I’m very happy to win here in Malaysia. I’m having an amazing time. It’s a beautiful country and we’ll keep on racing till the end.”

Guardini was happy to keep the yellow jersey but surprisingly, rather than expressing his disappointment, he was full of praise for the day’s winner. “In Unitedhealthcare, we’ve now found a team that can pull with us”, the Italian said. “They do a really good job for their sprinter. I quickly understood how difficult it would be to win the sprint when I launched mine. I started and stayed in the same position I was in.”

Chicchi and Mareczko looked more affected by the defeat. “I’m disappointed”, Chicchi commented. “I’ve had to launched from a bit too far out. Unitedhealthcare did a perfect job. They went to the right, protected by the barriers while I was in the middle of the road going slightly uphill and exposed to the side wind. I have lost because of my too strong desire to win.”

“I was in fourth position at the last curve then I got a bit lost in the sprint”, Mareczko described. “I recovered some positions and managed to pass Guardini but I couldn’t get better than third.”

Guardini and Murphy made themselves available for helping their respective Colombian team-mate in stage 4 from Ipoh to the Cameron Highlands. Miguel Angel Lopez will become Astana’s leader while Unitedhealthcare has more than one card to play with Colombia’s Daniel Jaramillo but also Janez Brajkovic and Johnny Clarke.

Complete Results:

107.2 kilometers raced at an average speed of 42.73 km/hr (26.57 mph)

1 John Murphy UnitedHealthcare 2hr 30min 31sec
2 Francesco Chicchi Androni Giocattoli s.t.
3 Jakub Mareczko Southeast-Venezuela s.t.
4 Michal Kolár Tinkoff s.t.
5 Andrea Guardini Astana s.t.
6 Shiki Kuroeda Aisan s.t.
7 Shinpei Fukuda Aisan s.t.
8 Brenton Jones Drapac s.t.
9 Paolo Simion Bardiani-CSF s.t.
10 Andrea Palini Skydive Dubai s.t.
11 Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg Dimension Data s.t.
12 Joon-Yong Seo KSPO s.t.
13 Karol Domagalski One Pro Cycling s.t.
14 Mirco Maestri Bardiani-CSF s.t.
15 Harrif Salleh Terengganu s.t.
16 Luca Chirico Bardiani-CSF s.t.
17 Ryan MacAnally Pegasus s.t.
18 Siu Wai Ko HKSI s.t.
19 Graeme Brown Drapac s.t.
20 Irwandie Lakasek NSC - Mycron s.t.
21 Anuar Manan Terengganu s.t.
22 Miguel Ángel López Astana s.t.
23 Jingbiao Zhao Hengxiang s.t.
24 Daniel Jaramillo UnitedHealthcare s.t.
25 Hyeon-Seok Kim KSPO s.t.
26 Janez Brajkovic UnitedHealthcare s.t.
27 Tanner Putt UnitedHealthcare s.t.
28 Antonio Piedra Funvic Soul Cycles s.t.
29 Julen Amezqueta Southeast-Venezuela s.t.
30 Amirul Marzuki Terengganu s.t.
31 Carlos Manarelli Funvic Soul Cycles s.t.
32 Lachlan Norris Drapac s.t.
33 Marcelo Felipe 7-Eleven s.t.
34 Ivan Santaromita Skydive Dubai s.t.
35 Jesper Hansen Tinkoff s.t.
36 Zawawi Azman NSC - Mycron s.t.
37 Jaco Venter Dimension Data s.t.
38 Adrien Niyonshuti Dimension Data s.t.
39 Arin Iswanna Pegasus s.t.
40 Evgueni Petrov Tinkoff s.t.
41 Sofian Nabil Bakri NSC - Mycron s.t.
42 Patria Rastra Pegasus s.t.
43 Roland Thalmann Roth s.t.
44 Erik Baška Tinkoff s.t.
45 Lutfi Fauzan Ahmad Malaysia s.t.
46 Jamalidin Novardianto Pegasus s.t.
47 Afiq Huznie Othman NSC - Mycron s.t.
48 Masakazu Ito Aisan s.t.
49 Zhang Zheng Hengxiang s.t.
50 Songezo Jim Dimension Data s.t.
51 Francisco Mancebo Skydive Dubai s.t.
52 Ty Magner UnitedHealthcare s.t.
53 James Oram One Pro Cycling s.t.
54 Gavin Mannion Drapac s.t.
55 Meng Yan Hengxiang s.t.
56 Jonathon Clarke UnitedHealthcare s.t.
57 Tomás Gil Southeast-Venezuela s.t.
58 Wenlong Zhang Giant-Champion System s.t.
59 Richard Handley One Pro Cycling s.t.
60 Meiyin Wang Hengxiang s.t.
61 George Harper One Pro Cycling s.t.
62 Valentin Baillifard Roth s.t.
63 Shahrul Mat Amin Terengganu s.t.
64 Tomohiro Hayakawa Aisan s.t.
65 Alberto Nardin Androni Giocattoli s.t.
66 John Ebsen One Pro Cycling s.t.
67 Guangtong Ma Hengxiang s.t.
68 Johann Van Zyl Dimension Data s.t.
69 Sung-Baek Park KSPO s.t.
70 Teten Rohendi Pegasus s.t.
71 Laurens De Vreese Astana s.t.
72 Ahmad Mustafa Kamal NSC - Mycron s.t.
73 Amir Rusli Malaysia s.t.
74 Yoshimitsu Hiratsuka Aisan s.t.
75 Maher Hasnaoui Skydive Dubai s.t.
76 Luca Pacioni Androni Giocattoli s.t.
77 Giulio Ciccone Bardiani-CSF s.t.
78 Samuele Conti Southeast-Venezuela s.t.
79 Simone Sterbini Bardiani-CSF s.t.
80 Francisco Chamorro Funvic Soul Cycles s.t.
81 Adiq Othman Terengganu s.t.
82 Tom Scully Drapac s.t.
83 Azri bin Ahmad Malaysia s.t.
84 Jianpeng Liu Hengxiang s.t.
85 Choon Huat Goh Terengganu s.t.
86 Andrea Dal Col Southeast-Venezuela s.t.
87 Ho San Chiu HKSI s.t.
88 Burr Ho HKSI s.t.
89 Agung Sahbana Pegasus s.t.
90 Nur Aiman Zariff Malaysia s.t.
91 Edgar Nohales 7-Eleven s.t.
92 Jonipher Ravina 7-Eleven +16sec
93 Dylan Page Roth s.t.
94 Azman Zulkifli Malaysia +18''
95 Ka Hoo Fung HKSI s.t.
96 Mark John Lexer Guevarra 7-Eleven s.t.
97 Xiaolong Sun Giant-Champion System s.t.
98 Jesse Ewart 7-Eleven s.t.
99 Lijun Bai Giant-Champion System s.t.
100 Giuseppe Fonzi Southeast-Venezuela +18''
101 Kang-Eun Joo KSPO +22''
102 Takeaki Ayabe Aisan s.t.
103 Hiu Fung Choy HKSI s.t.
104 Otavio Bulgarelli Funvic Soul Cycles s.t.
105 Marco Benfatto Androni Giocattoli +23''
106 Kun-Soo Kim KSPO s.t.
107 João Gaspar Funvic Soul Cycles +26''
108 Fuwen Xue Giant-Champion System s.t.
109 Matthew Goss One Pro Cycling s.t.
110 Wan Yau Lau HKSI s.t.
111 Nicolas Dougall Dimension Data +31''
112 Arman Kamyshev Astana s.t.
113 Mohammed Nazri Muhamad NSC - Mycron +35''
114 Hyo-Suk Gong KSPO s.t.
115 Wenhui Bi Giant-Champion System s.t.
116 Juraj Sagan Tinkoff +43''
117 Michael Gogl Tinkoff +47''
118 Tristan Marguet Roth s.t.
119 Sea Keong Loh Malaysia +1' 00''
120 Jens Mouris Drapac +1' 19''
121 Colin Stüssi Roth +1' 28''
122 Marco Bandiera Androni Giocattoli +3' 06''
123 Lukas Jaun Roth +3' 30''
124 Murad Tarek Obaid Skydive Dubai +5' 33''
125 Pablo Urtasun Funvic Soul Cycles +9' 22''
126 Nicola Ruffoni Bardiani-CSF s.t.
127 Dias Omirzakov Astana s.t.
128 Yake Hou Giant-Champion System DNF

GC after Stage 3:

430.90 kilometers (267.96 miles) raced so far at an average speed of 40.24 km/hr (25.02 mph)

1 Andrea Guardini Astana 10hr 42min 14sec
2 Andrea Palini Skydive Dubai +2sec
3 John Murphy UnitedHealthcare +6''
4 James Oram One Pro Cycling +10''
5 Meiyin Wang Hengxiang s.t.
6 Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg Dimension Data +12''
7 Jakub Mareczko Southeast-Venezuela s.t.
8 Michal Kolár Tinkoff +16''
9 Paolo Simion Bardiani-CSF s.t.
10 Karol Domagalski One Pro Cycling s.t.
11 Graeme Brown Drapac s.t.
12 Marcelo Felipe 7-Eleven s.t.
13 Joon-Yong Seo KSPO s.t.
14 George Harper One Pro Cycling s.t.
15 Luca Pacioni Androni Giocattoli s.t.
16 Adiq Othman Terengganu +20''
17 Daniel Jaramillo UnitedHealthcare +22''
18 Jesper Hansen Tinkoff s.t.
19 Miguel Ángel López Astana s.t.
20 Janez Brajkovic UnitedHealthcare s.t.
21 Lachlan Norris Drapac s.t.
22 Jaco Venter Dimension Data s.t.
23 Lutfi Fauzan Ahmad Malaysia s.t.
24 Francisco Mancebo Skydive Dubai s.t.
25 Ivan Santaromita Skydive Dubai s.t.
26 Masakazu Ito Aisan s.t.
27 Antonio Piedra Funvic Soul Cycles s.t.
28 Richard Handley One Pro Cycling s.t.
29 Jonathon Clarke UnitedHealthcare s.t.
30 Johann Van Zyl Dimension Data s.t.
31 Choon Huat Goh Terengganu +23''
32 Mirco Maestri Bardiani-CSF +27''
33 Amirul Marzuki Terengganu s.t.
34 Jingbiao Zhao Hengxiang s.t.
35 Luca Chirico Bardiani-CSF s.t.
36 Carlos Manarelli Funvic Soul Cycles s.t.
37 Adrien Niyonshuti Dimension Data s.t.
38 Gavin Mannion Drapac s.t.
39 Erik Baška Tinkoff s.t.
40 Valentin Baillifard Roth s.t.
41 Roland Thalmann Roth s.t.
42 Songezo Jim Dimension Data s.t.
43 Alberto Nardin Androni Giocattoli s.t.
44 Julen Amezqueta Southeast-Venezuela s.t.
45 Evgueni Petrov Tinkoff s.t.
46 Zawawi Azman NSC - Mycron s.t.
47 Laurens De Vreese Astana s.t.
48 Guangtong Ma Hengxiang s.t.
49 Yoshimitsu Hiratsuka Aisan s.t.
50 Tomás Gil Southeast-Venezuela s.t.
51 Wenlong Zhang Giant-Champion System s.t.
52 John Ebsen One Pro Cycling s.t.
53 Samuele Conti Southeast-Venezuela s.t.
54 Simone Sterbini Bardiani-CSF s.t.
55 Burr Ho HKSI s.t.
56 Edgar Nohales 7-Eleven s.t.
57 Ho San Chiu HKSI s.t.
58 Tom Scully Drapac s.t.
59 Nur Aiman Zariff Malaysia s.t.
60 Sofian Nabil Bakri NSC - Mycron +32''
61 Dylan Page Roth s.t.
62 Mark John Lexer Guevarra 7-Eleven +45''
63 Lijun Bai Giant-Champion System +45''
64 Tanner Putt UnitedHealthcare +1' 35''
65 Nicolas Dougall Dimension Data +1' 49''
66 Colin Stüssi Roth +1' 55''
67 Ty Magner UnitedHealthcare +2' 23''
68 Brenton Jones Drapac s.t.
69 Michael Gogl Tinkoff +2' 42''
70 Giuseppe Fonzi Southeast-Venezuela +2' 57''
71 João Gaspar Funvic Soul Cycles s.t.
72 Juraj Sagan Tinkoff +2' 59''
73 Tomohiro Hayakawa Aisan +3' 45''
74 Hyeon-Seok Kim KSPO +4' 09''
75 Azri bin Ahmad Malaysia s.t.
76 Sea Keong Loh Malaysia +4' 12''
77 Azman Zulkifli Malaysia +4' 27''
78 Kang-Eun Joo KSPO +4' 31''
79 Francesco Chicchi Androni Giocattoli +5' 13''
80 Shinpei Fukuda Aisan +5' 19''
81 Harrif Salleh Terengganu s.t.
82 Siu Wai Ko HKSI s.t.
83 Patria Rastra Pegasus s.t.
84 Ryan MacAnally Pegasus s.t.
85 Irwandie Lakasek NSC - Mycron s.t.
86 Sung-Baek Park KSPO s.t.
87 Teten Rohendi Pegasus s.t.
88 Meng Yan Hengxiang s.t.
89 Giulio Ciccone Bardiani-CSF s.t.
90 Anuar Manan Terengganu s.t.
91 Amir Rusli Malaysia s.t.
92 Shahrul Mat Amin Terengganu s.t.
93 Jianpeng Liu Hengxiang s.t.
94 Xiaolong Sun Giant-Champion System +5' 37''
95 Ka Hoo Fung HKSI s.t.
96 Jesse Ewart 7-Eleven s.t.
97 Marco Benfatto Androni Giocattoli +5' 42''
98 Matthew Goss One Pro Cycling +5' 45''
99 Wan Yau Lau HKSI +5' 45''
100 Mohammed Nazri Muhamad NSC - Mycron +5' 54''
101 Zhang Zheng Hengxiang +8' 31''
102 Andrea Dal Col Southeast-Venezuela s.t.
103 Ahmad Mustafa Kamal NSC - Mycron s.t.
104 Agung Sahbana Pegasus s.t.
105 Jonipher Ravina 7-Eleven +8' 43''
106 Otavio Bulgarelli Funvic Soul Cycles +8' 53''
107 Kun-Soo Kim KSPO +8' 54''
108 Arman Kamyshev Astana +9' 22''
109 Nicola Ruffoni Bardiani-CSF +9' 38''
110 Takeaki Ayabe Aisan +10' 01''
111 Shiki Kuroeda Aisan +10' 12''
112 Jens Mouris Drapac +11' 10''
113 Afiq Huznie Othman NSC - Mycron +11' 24''
114 Marco Bandiera Androni Giocattoli +11' 37''
115 Lukas Jaun Roth +12' 01''
116 Maher Hasnaoui Skydive Dubai +13' 05''
117 Francisco Chamorro Funvic Soul Cycles +13' 07''
118 Arin Iswanna Pegasus s.t.
119 Fuwen Xue Giant-Champion System +13' 34''
120 Jamalidin Novardianto Pegasus +14' 58''
121 Tristan Marguet Roth +15' 03''
122 Wenhui Bi Giant-Champion System +15' 09''
123 Hyo-Suk Gong KSPO +15' 11''
124 Dias Omirzakov Astana +17' 53''
125 Murad Tarek Obaid Skydive Dubai +20' 07''
126 Pablo Urtasun Funvic Soul Cycles +24' 56''
127 Hiu Fung Choy HKSI +29' 41''

Thursday, February 25: Stage 2, Sungai Petani - Georgetown, 158.1 km (98.31 miles)

Stage 2 video

Andrea Palini

Andrea Palini outsprints Andrea Guardini to win Langkawi stage 2

The Race: The organizer provided this stage summary.

GEORGETOWN, PENANG - Andrea Palini of Skydive Dubai outsprinted Astana’s Andrea Guardini on the finishing line in Georgetown on the occasion of an unprecedented stage finishing in Penang via the 24km long second bridge and the 5km long Teluk Bahang hill.

China’s Wang Meiyin missed out on taking the yellow jersey from Guardini after another breakaway that saw him accumulating points for the King of the Mountains and the points classification he now leads.

After 22km of racing, the Hengxiang versatile rider found the way to escape along with Loh Sea Keong (Malaysia national team), Sofian Nabil (NSC), Gong Hyo Suk (KSPO) and Jamilidin Navardianto (Pegasus). They got a maximum advantage of 4.15 at km 50. As Wang won all three intermediate sprints, he collected nine seconds of time bonus, which put him in a virtual position of race leader with the perspective of taking the yellow jersey, shall Guardini not be the stage winner.

Astana pulled the bunch but didn’t catch the remaining three breakaway riders, Wang, Loh and Nabil, before the summit of Teluk Bahang with 30km to go. It was eventually all together 11km before the end of the race. All elements that make a good bike race were combined in one day as the wind played a key role in the finale after the climbs and the Penang bridge in a very spectacular environment.

“I didn’t expect to win”, Palini explained in a post-race press conference. “I was hoping for scoring points but I didn’t think I could beat Guardini. However, I was fresher than him after the last climb. That made the difference. I’m very happy. To win here is very important. It already makes my Tour de Langkawi a successful one.”

Guardini caught the occasion to underline how difficult it is to win a race, even for a sprinter of his caliber. “I said this morning again that it’s never simple to win”, he commented. “Palini showed today that he’s a more complete rider than me. He passed the hill better than me. I rode flat out to stay with the main peloton and it took out of me the energy I needed for winning the bunch sprint.”

It was a tight finish though. Bardiani-CSF’s Nicola Ruffoni crashed behind the leading trio of sprinters, South Africa’s Reinardt Janse van Rensburg being third on the line. The fast finale prevented Wang from getting the same time as Palini, so he missed out on the yellow jersey. “But my main goal is the King of Mountains jersey”, the Chinese rider explained. “That’s why I rode away again.”

Malaysia’s Loh Sea Keong was awarded the price of most combative rider as he also took part in the breakaway for the second straight day. “My career was in a dilemma after I finished the Tour de Korea in June”, the Kelantanese explained. “I was struggling with a lot of things in my life. I decided to take a break from cycling but in November, I went to Thailand to train for making a come-back. Here I am, happy to race offensively for Malaysia again. Today it was the most valuable stage I’ve experienced in ten years of taking part in Le Tour de Langkawi. Riding in to Penang was incredibly spectacular, so was the run in to the finish when we came down to the coast from the last hill. It was a challenging route. I was thrilled to be part of the breakaway until very close to the finish.”

Complete Results:

Stage 2 video

158.1 kilometers raced at an average speed of 40.19 km/hr (24.99 mph)

1 Andrea Palini Skydive Dubai 3hr 56min 2sec
2 Andrea Guardini Astana s.t.
3 Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg Dimension Data s.t.
4 Michal Kolár Tinkoff s.t.
5 John Murphy UnitedHealthcare s.t.
6 Jakub Mareczko Southeast-Venezuela s.t.
7 Graeme Brown Drapac s.t.
8 Karol Domagalski One Pro Cycling s.t.
9 Luca Pacioni Androni Giocattoli s.t.
10 George Harper One Pro Cycling s.t.
11 Joon-Yong Seo KSPO s.t.
12 Paolo Simion Bardiani CSF s.t.
13 Marcelo Felipe 7-Eleven s.t.
14 James Oram One Pro Cycling s.t.
15 Richard Handley One Pro Cycling +6sec
16 Jesper Hansen Tinkoff s.t.
17 Daniel Jaramillo UnitedHealthcare s.t.
18 Francisco Mancebo Skydive Dubai s.t.
19 Miguel Ángel López Astana s.t.
20 Janez Brajkovic UnitedHealthcare s.t.
21 Masakazu Ito Aisan s.t.
22 Johann Van Zyl Dimension Data s.t.
23 Jaco Venter Dimension Data s.t.
24 Antonio Piedra Funvic Soul Cycles s.t.
25 Lachlan Norris Drapac s.t.
26 Lutfi Fauzan Ahmad Malaysia s.t.
27 Ivan Santaromita Skydive Dubai s.t.
28 Jonathon Clarke UnitedHealthcare s.t.
29 Guangtong Ma Hengxiang +11''
30 Adiq Othman Terengganu s.t.
31 Jingbiao Zhao Hengxiang s.t.
32 Roland Thalmann Roth s.t.
33 Gavin Mannion Drapac s.t.
34 Alberto Nardin Androni Giocattoli s.t.
35 Colin Stüssi Roth s.t.
36 Valentin Baillifard Roth s.t.
37 Amirul Marzuki Terengganu s.t.
38 Adrien Niyonshuti Dimension Data s.t.
39 Nur Aiman Zariff Malaysia s.t.
40 Zawawi Azman NSC - Mycron s.t.
41 Evgueni Petrov Tinkoff s.t.
42 Tomás Gil Southeast-Venezuela s.t.
43 Erik Baška Tinkoff s.t.
44 Luca Chirico Bardiani CSF s.t.
45 Meiyin Wang Hengxiang s.t.
46 Yoshimitsu Hiratsuka Aisan s.t.
47 Mirco Maestri Bardiani CSF s.t.
48 Simone Sterbini Bardiani CSF s.t.
49 Julen Amezqueta Southeast-Venezuela s.t.
50 John Ebsen One Pro Cycling s.t.
51 Carlos Manarelli Funvic Soul Cycles s.t.
52 Samuele Conti Southeast-Venezuela s.t.
53 Songezo Jim Dimension Data s.t.
54 Burr Ho HKSI s.t.
55 Wenlong Zhang Giant-Champion System s.t.
56 Edgar Nohales 7-Eleven s.t.
57 Ho San Chiu HKSI s.t.
58 Mark John Lexer Guevarra 7-Eleven s.t.
59 Lijun Bai Giant-Champion System s.t.
60 Choon Huat Goh Terengganu s.t.
61 Tom Scully Drapac s.t.
62 Sofian Nabil Bakri NSC - Mycron +21''
63 Ty Magner UnitedHealthcare +29''
64 Laurens De Vreese Astana +11''
65 Sea Keong Loh Malaysia +1' 02''
66 Juraj Sagan Tinkoff s.t.
67 Nicolas Dougall Dimension Data s.t.
68 Tanner Putt UnitedHealthcare +1' 19''
69 Michael Gogl Tinkoff +1' 39''
70 Nicola Ruffoni Bardiani CSF s.t.
71 Giuseppe Fonzi Southeast-Venezuela +2' 23''
72 Brenton Jones Drapac s.t.
73 João Gaspar Funvic Soul Cycles s.t.
74 Tomohiro Hayakawa Aisan +3' 29''
75 Kang-Eun Joo KSPO +3' 53''
76 Hyeon-Seok Kim KSPO s.t.
77 Azri bin Ahmad Malaysia s.t.
78 Azman Zulkifli Malaysia s.t.
79 Ka Hoo Fung HKSI +5' 03''
80 Patria Rastra Pegasus s.t.
81 Xiaolong Sun Giant-Champion System s.t.
82 Giulio Ciccone Bardiani CSF s.t.
83 Ryan MacAnally Pegasus s.t.
84 Jesse Ewart 7-Eleven s.t.
85 Teten Rohendi Pegasus s.t.
86 Irwandie Lakasek NSC - Mycron s.t.
87 Sung-Baek Park KSPO s.t.
88 Mohammed Nazri Muhamad NSC - Mycron s.t.
89 Amir Rusli Malaysia s.t.
90 Shahrul Mat Amin Terengganu s.t.
91 Anuar Manan Terengganu s.t.
92 Siu Wai Ko HKSI s.t.
93 Matthew Goss One Pro Cycling s.t.
94 Harrif Salleh Terengganu s.t.
95 Jianpeng Liu Hengxiang s.t.
96 Francesco Chicchi Androni Giocattoli s.t.
97 Meng Yan Hengxiang s.t.
98 Marco Benfatto Androni Giocattoli s.t.
99 Shinpei Fukuda Aisan s.t.
100 Wan Yau Lau HKSI s.t.
101 Jonipher Ravina 7-Eleven +8' 11''
102 Arman Kamyshev Astana +8' 15''
103 Dias Omirzakov Astana s.t.
104 Jens Mouris Drapac s.t.
105 Kun-Soo Kim KSPO s.t.
106 Ahmad Mustafa Kamal NSC - Mycron s.t.
107 Marco Bandiera Androni Giocattoli s.t.
108 Otavio Bulgarelli Funvic Soul Cycles s.t.
109 Lukas Jaun Roth s.t.
110 Agung Sahbana Pegasus s.t.
111 Andrea Dal Col Southeast-Venezuela s.t.
112 Shiki Kuroeda Aisan s.t.
113 Zhang Zheng Hengxiang s.t.
114 Hiu Fung Choy HKSI s.t.
115 Takeaki Ayabe Aisan s.t.
116 Afiq Huznie Othman NSC - Mycron +11' 08''
117 Fuwen Xue Giant-Champion System +11' 32''
118 Francisco Chamorro Funvic Soul Cycles +12' 51''
119 Arin Iswanna Pegasus s.t.
120 Maher Hasnaoui Skydive Dubai s.t.
121 Tristan Marguet Roth +14' 00''
122 Wenhui Bi Giant-Champion System +14' 18''
123 Murad Tarek Obaid Skydive Dubai s.t.
124 Yake Hou Giant-Champion System s.t.
125 Pablo Urtasun Funvic Soul Cycles s.t.
126 Hyo-Suk Gong KSPO +14' 21''
127 Jamalidin Novardianto Pegasus +14' 45''
128 Dylan Page Roth s.t.
129 Ruslan Tleubayev Astana DNS
130 Dominic Perez 7-Eleven DNS
131 Tiziano Dall'Antonia Androni Giocattoli DSQ
132 Mansoor Ali Shambih Skydive Dubai DSQ

GC after Stage 2:

323.70 kilometers (201.29 miles) raced so far at an average apeed of 39.48 km/hr (24.55 mph)

1 Andrea Guardini Astana 8hr 11min 43sec
2 Andrea Palini Skydive Dubai +2sec
3 Meiyin Wang Hengxiang +10''
4 Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg Dimension Data +12''
5 John Murphy UnitedHealthcare +16''
6 Michal Kolár Tinkoff s.t.
7 Jakub Mareczko Southeast-Venezuela s.t.
8 Graeme Brown Drapac s.t.
9 Paolo Simion Bardiani CSF s.t.
10 Karol Domagalski One Pro Cycling s.t.
11 George Harper One Pro Cycling s.t.
12 Marcelo Felipe 7-Eleven s.t.
13 Joon-Yong Seo KSPO s.t.
14 Luca Pacioni Androni Giocattoli s.t.
15 Nicola Ruffoni Bardiani CSF s.t.
16 James Oram One Pro Cycling s.t.
17 Dylan Page Roth s.t.
18 Adiq Othman Terengganu +20''
19 Daniel Jaramillo UnitedHealthcare +22''
20 Jesper Hansen Tinkoff s.t.
21 Lachlan Norris Drapac s.t.
22 Jaco Venter Dimension Data s.t.
23 Janez Brajkovic UnitedHealthcare s.t.
24 Miguel Ángel López Astana s.t.
25 Francisco Mancebo Skydive Dubai s.t.
26 Lutfi Fauzan Ahmad Malaysia s.t.
27 Masakazu Ito Aisan s.t.
28 Richard Handley One Pro Cycling s.t.
29 Ivan Santaromita Skydive Dubai s.t.
30 Antonio Piedra Funvic Soul Cycles s.t.
31 Johann Van Zyl Dimension Data s.t.
32 Jonathon Clarke UnitedHealthcare s.t.
33 Amirul Marzuki Terengganu +27''
34 Mirco Maestri Bardiani CSF s.t.
35 Colin Stüssi Roth s.t.
36 Gavin Mannion Drapac s.t.
37 Valentin Baillifard Roth s.t.
38 Jingbiao Zhao Hengxiang s.t.
39 Adrien Niyonshuti Dimension Data s.t.
40 Carlos Manarelli Funvic Soul Cycles s.t.
41 Alberto Nardin Androni Giocattoli s.t.
42 Laurens De Vreese Astana s.t.
43 Erik Baška Tinkoff s.t.
44 Luca Chirico Bardiani CSF s.t.
45 Songezo Jim Dimension Data s.t.
46 Roland Thalmann Roth s.t.
47 Guangtong Ma Hengxiang s.t.
48 Yoshimitsu Hiratsuka Aisan s.t.
49 Samuele Conti Southeast-Venezuela s.t.
50 Evgueni Petrov Tinkoff s.t.
51 John Ebsen One Pro Cycling s.t.
52 Zawawi Azman NSC - Mycron s.t.
53 Simone Sterbini Bardiani CSF s.t.
54 Julen Amezqueta Southeast-Venezuela s.t.
55 Wenlong Zhang Giant-Champion System s.t.
56 Tomás Gil Southeast-Venezuela s.t.
57 Burr Ho HKSI s.t.
58 Edgar Nohales 7-Eleven s.t.
59 Ho San Chiu HKSI s.t.
60 Choon Huat Goh Terengganu s.t.
61 Lijun Bai Giant-Champion System s.t.
62 Mark John Lexer Guevarra 7-Eleven s.t.
63 Tom Scully Drapac s.t.
64 Nur Aiman Zariff Malaysia s.t.
65 Sofian Nabil Bakri NSC - Mycron +32''
66 Nicolas Dougall Dimension Data +1' 18''
67 Tanner Putt UnitedHealthcare +1' 35''
68 Michael Gogl Tinkoff +1' 55''
69 Juraj Sagan Tinkoff +2' 16''
70 Ty Magner UnitedHealthcare +2' 23''
71 Brenton Jones Drapac +2' 33''
72 Giuseppe Fonzi Southeast-Venezuela +2' 39''
73 João Gaspar Funvic Soul Cycles s.t.
74 Sea Keong Loh Malaysia +3' 12''
75 Tomohiro Hayakawa Aisan +3' 45''
76 Hyeon-Seok Kim KSPO +4' 09''
77 Kang-Eun Joo KSPO s.t.
78 Azri bin Ahmad Malaysia s.t.
79 Azman Zulkifli Malaysia s.t.
80 Patria Rastra Pegasus +5' 19''
81 Harrif Salleh Terengganu s.t.
82 Siu Wai Ko HKSI s.t.
83 Marco Benfatto Androni Giocattoli s.t.
84 Shinpei Fukuda Aisan s.t.
85 Sung-Baek Park KSPO s.t.
86 Matthew Goss One Pro Cycling s.t.
87 Xiaolong Sun Giant-Champion System s.t.
88 Teten Rohendi Pegasus s.t.
89 Giulio Ciccone Bardiani CSF s.t.
90 Ryan MacAnally Pegasus s.t.
91 Irwandie Lakasek NSC - Mycron s.t.
92 Francesco Chicchi Androni Giocattoli s.t.
93 Meng Yan Hengxiang s.t.
94 Ka Hoo Fung HKSI s.t.
95 Amir Rusli Malaysia s.t.
96 Jesse Ewart 7-Eleven s.t.
97 Mohammed Nazri Muhamad NSC - Mycron s.t.
98 Jianpeng Liu Hengxiang s.t.
99 Shahrul Mat Amin Terengganu s.t.
100 Anuar Manan Terengganu s.t.
101 Wan Yau Lau HKSI s.t.
102 Shiki Kuroeda Aisan +7' 51''
103 Jonipher Ravina 7-Eleven +8' 27''
104 Zhang Zheng Hengxiang +8' 31''
105 Andrea Dal Col Southeast-Venezuela s.t.
106 Kun-Soo Kim KSPO s.t.
107 Otavio Bulgarelli Funvic Soul Cycles s.t.
108 Agung Sahbana Pegasus s.t.
109 Dias Omirzakov Astana s.t.
110 Ahmad Mustafa Kamal NSC - Mycron s.t.
111 Marco Bandiera Androni Giocattoli s.t.
112 Lukas Jaun Roth s.t.
113 Arman Kamyshev Astana +8' 51''
114 Takeaki Ayabe Aisan +9' 39''
115 Jens Mouris Drapac +9' 51''
116 Afiq Huznie Othman NSC - Mycron +11' 24''
117 Maher Hasnaoui Skydive Dubai +13' 05''
118 Francisco Chamorro Funvic Soul Cycles +13' 07''
119 Arin Iswanna Pegasus s.t.
120 Fuwen Xue Giant-Champion System +13' 08''
121 Tristan Marguet Roth +14' 16''
122 Murad Tarek Obaid Skydive Dubai +14' 34''
123 Yake Hou Giant-Champion System s.t.
124 Wenhui Bi Giant-Champion System s.t.
125 Hyo-Suk Gong KSPO +14' 36''
126 Jamalidin Novardianto Pegasus +14' 58''
127 Pablo Urtasun Funvic Soul Cycles +15' 34''
128 Hiu Fung Choy HKSI +29' 19''

Tour de Langkawi stage 2 video: It's in italian, but the action is easy to understand


Wednesday, February 24: Stage 1, Kangar - Baling, 165.6 km (102.98 miles)

Andrea Guardini wins stage 1

Andrea Guardini wins Langkawi stage 1

The Race:

Here's the stage story from the race organizer:

BALING - Italy’s Andrea Guardini of Astana fended off new opponents at Le Tour de Langkawi to claim his nineteenth stage victory in six straight participations to the Malaysian race as he won stage 1 in Baling in a much expected bunch gallop. As they discovered the event for the first time, Australia’s Brenton Jones from Drapac and Skydive Dubai’s Andrea Palini who also hails from Italy came second and third respectively.

Like in 2011 and 20115, Guardini will start stage 2 in the yellow jersey but with an advantage of only two seconds over China’s Wang Meiyin who was the other top contender of the day. The versatile rider from Hengxiang who is well known in Malaysia after he finished fifth overall in 2013, having won the Cameron Highlands stage and the King of the Mountains price that year, firstly bridged the gap to the initial three attackers Adiq Hussainie Othman (Terengganu), Loh Sea Keong (Malaysia national team) and Meher Hasnaoui (Skydive Dubai). Wang won the first two intermediate sprints at km 22 and 56 ahead of Othman who managed to claim the third one to secure the third place in the overall classification through the time bonuses. Wang also outsprinted his three breakaway companions at the mountains prices.

The maximum advantage of the leading quartet was 6.50 at km 50. Once the TV live coverage was on, the Malaysian audience enjoyed Loh’s fighting spirit as the Kelantanese from Kuala Krai forged on in a brilliant solo effort before he was the last rider to get caught by the peloton in the last ten kilometers of racing. The head wind in the final stretch was a key factor for Guardini to show that his sprinting abilities remain intact.

“It’s always hard to win, especially when being the hot favourite”, Guardini declared in the post-race press conference. “In stage 1, it’s also difficult to take control of the events. Everyone was waiting for my team to do it. Fortunately, Southeast collaborated with us to catch the breakaway. There were good riders at the front but a lot of head wind at the end. As a team, we’ve done a good job but we’ve also lost one rider [Ruslan Tleubayev] who broke a collarbone in a crash. It’s nice to have the jersey but it’ll be even more difficult to control the race with one rider less.”

The Astana sprinter dedicated his victory to a new born baby after he spoke to his wife on the phone prior to the start. “For the first time I became an uncle last night so this win is for Robin, my niece”, he said. “Le Tour de Langkawi isn’t a race like last year for me. I find some rivals who are new to me. I’ve already taken part in a lot of races [Dubai Tour, Tour of Qatar and Tour of Oman] before coming here but I hope to keep a good condition from now until the last stage.”

Wang expressed the same wish, even though it was a surprise to a few observers to see him on the attack so early in Le Tour de Langkawi rather than waiting for the expected to be decisive stage 4 to the Cameron Highlands. “I thank my team for having given me the opportunity to try and go for the sprints and the KOM points”, said the 27 year old from Qufu in the Shandong province. “I also thank the organizers for inviting us once again. Le Tour de Langkawi is a platform for Chinese cyclists on the international cycling scene.”

And here's the stage story from race winner Andrea Guardini's Astana team:

"When we come here, to Malaysia, people always expect for my sprint and work of my teammates. Every time it is difficult to control the race, but today we have done a very good job; we let a good breakaway go and successfully caught escapees" - explained Andrea Guardini after winning the first stage of the 2016 Tour de Langkawi.

Andrea Guardini won the first stage at Le Tour de Lanqkawi from mass sprint at the end of very hot and nervous day in Malaysia.

“We controlled the race from the very beginning of the stage. Dias Omirzakov and Arman Kamyshev did a great job today! We controlled the breakaway during the whole day. At the end of the race guys tried to help Andrea, but the road was very wide and chaotic motions in the bunch resulted in bad crash with 4 km to go” – comments sports director Dmitri Sedoun.

Ruslan Tleubayev was involved in the crash with 4 km to go and forced to abandon the race. An ambulance took him straight from the race to hospital for further examinations. With double fracture of the clavicle Ruslan will fly to Europe for emergency surgery.

"It will be hard to start tomorrow only with five riders. I hope Ruslan will quickly recover. I wish him to get well soon and want to thank all of my teammates for the work they have done for me today" - concluded Guardini.

This victory enabled Andrea to become a leader of the points classification and take the leader's yellow jersey.  

Stage 2 from Sungai Petani to Georgetown, set to be 158km long, will mark the return of Le Tour de Langkawi on the island of Penang for the first time since 1999.

Complete Results:

165.6 kilometers raced at an average speed of 38.82 km/hr

1 Andrea Guardini Astana 4hr 15min 57sec
2 Brenton Jones Drapac s.t.
3 Andrea Palini Skydive Dubai s.t.
4 John Murphy UnitedHealthcare s.t.
5 Dylan Page Roth s.t.
6 Michal Kolár Tinkoff s.t.
7 Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg Dimension Data s.t.
8 Shinpei Fukuda Aisan s.t.
9 Marco Benfatto Androni Giocattoli s.t.
10 Harrif Salleh Terengganu s.t.
11 Paolo Simion Bardiani-CSF s.t.
12 Nicola Ruffoni Bardiani-CSF s.t.
13 Hyeon-Seok Kim KSPO s.t.
14 Siu Wai Ko HKSI s.t.
15 Jakub Mareczko Southeast-Venezuela s.t.
16 Graeme Brown Drapac s.t.
17 Karol Domagalski ONE Pro Cycling s.t.
18 Mirco Maestri Bardiani-CSF s.t.
19 George Harper ONE Pro Cycling s.t.
20 Kang-Eun Joo KSPO s.t.
21 Patria Rastra Pegasus s.t.
22 Marcelo Felipe 7 Eleven-SAVA RBP s.t.
23 Daniel Jaramillo UnitedHealthcare s.t.
24 Amirul Marzuki Terengganu s.t.
25 Laurens De Vreese Astana s.t.
26 Jesper Hansen Tinkoff s.t.
27 Lachlan Norris Drapac s.t.
28 Matthew Goss ONE Pro Cycling s.t.
29 Sung-Baek Park KSPO s.t.
30 Jaco Venter Dimension Data s.t.
31 Jamalidin Novardianto Pegasus s.t.
32 Zhang Zheng Hengxiang s.t.
33 Colin Stüssi Roth s.t.
34 Carlos Manarelli Funvic Soul Cycles s.t.
35 Lutfi Fauzan Ahmad Malaysia s.t.
36 Janez Brajkovic UnitedHealthcare s.t.
37 Gavin Mannion Drapac s.t.
38 Murad Tarek Obaid Skydive Dubai s.t.
39 Miguel Ángel López Astana s.t.
40 Valentin Baillifard Roth s.t.
41 Azri bin Ahmad Malaysia s.t.
42 Francisco Mancebo Skydive Dubai s.t.
43 Songezo Jim Dimension Data s.t.
44 Teten Rohendi Pegasus s.t.
45 Adrien Niyonshuti Dimension Data s.t.
46 Xiaolong Sun Giant - Champion System s.t.
47 Jingbiao Zhao Hengxiang s.t.
48 Erik Baška Tinkoff s.t.
49 Andrea Dal Col Southeast-Venezuela s.t.
50 Giulio Ciccone Bardiani-CSF s.t.
51 Tanner Putt UnitedHealthcare s.t.
52 Luca Chirico Bardiani-CSF s.t.
53 Tomohiro Hayakawa Aisan s.t.
54 Alberto Nardin Androni Giocattoli s.t.
55 Masakazu Ito Aisan s.t.
56 Meng Yan Hengxiang s.t.
57 Francesco Chicchi Androni Giocattoli s.t.
58 Yoshimitsu Hiratsuka Aisan s.t.
59 Sofian Nabil Bakri NSC - Mycron s.t.
60 Joon-Yong Seo KSPO s.t.
61 Ivan Santaromita Skydive Dubai s.t.
62 Samuele Conti Southeast-Venezuela s.t.
63 Kun-Soo Kim KSPO s.t.
64 Ryan MacAnally Pegasus s.t.
65 Irwandie Lakasek NSC - Mycron s.t.
66 Roland Thalmann Roth s.t.
67 Luca Pacioni Androni Giocattoli s.t.
68 Richard Handley ONE Pro Cycling s.t.
69 Francisco Chamorro Funvic Soul Cycles s.t.
70 Guangtong Ma Hengxiang s.t.
71 Wenlong Zhang Giant-Champion System s.t.
72 John Ebsen ONE Pro Cycling s.t.
73 Michael Gogl Tinkoff s.t.
74 Antonio Piedra Funvic Soul Cycles s.t.
75 Evgueni Petrov Tinkoff s.t.
76 Jonipher Ravina 7 Eleven-SAVA RBP s.t.
77 Julen Amezqueta Southeast-Venezuela s.t.
78 Simone Sterbini Bardiani-CSF s.t.
79 Azman Zulkifli Malaysia s.t.
80 James Oram ONE Pro Cycling s.t.
81 Amir Rusli Malaysia s.t.
82 Burr Ho HKSI s.t.
83 Edgar Nohales 7 Eleven-SAVA RBP s.t.
84 Zawawi Azman NSC - Mycron s.t.
85 Tomás Gil Southeast-Venezuela s.t.
86 Ka Hoo Fung HKSI s.t.
87 Ho San Chiu HKSI s.t.
88 Nicolas Dougall Dimension Data s.t.
89 Tiziano Dall'Antonia Androni Giocattoli s.t.
90 Jesse Ewart 7 Eleven-SAVA RBP s.t.
91 Choon Huat Goh Terengganu s.t.
92 Meiyin Wang Hengxiang s.t.
93 Otavio Bulgarelli Funvic Soul Cycles s.t.
94 Hyo-Suk Gong KSPO s.t.
95 Giuseppe Fonzi Southeast-Venezuela s.t.
96 Agung Sahbana Pegasus s.t.
97 Lijun Bai Giant-Champion System s.t.
98 Jianpeng Liu Hengxiang s.t.
99 Johann Van Zyl Dimension Data s.t.
100 Mark John Lexer Guevarra 7 Eleven-SAVA RBP s.t.
101 Mohammed Nazri Muhamad NSC - Mycron s.t.
102 João Gaspar Funvic Soul Cycles s.t.
103 Ahmad Mustafa Kamal NSC - Mycron s.t.
104 Jonathon Clarke UnitedHealthcare s.t.
105 Tom Scully Drapac s.t.
106 Dias Omirzakov Astana s.t.
107 Adiq Othman Terengganu s.t.
108 Yake Hou Giant-Champion System s.t.
109 Maher Hasnaoui Skydive Dubai s.t.
110 Juraj Sagan Tinkoff +58sec
111 Tristan Marguet Roth s.t.
112 Pablo Urtasun Funvic Soul Cycles +1' 00''
113 Takeaki Ayabe Aisan +1' 08''
114 Jens Mouris Drapac +1' 20''
115 Fuwen Xue Giant-Champion System s.t.
116 Ty Magner UnitedHealthcare +1' 38''
117 Shiki Kuroeda Aisan s.t.
118 Shahrul Mat Amin Terengganu s.t.
119 Afiq Huznie Othman NSC - Mycron s.t.
120 Sea Keong Loh Malaysia +1' 55''
121 Marco Bandiera Androni Giocattoli s.t.
122 Wenhui Bi Giant-Champion System s.t.
123 Anuar Manan Terengganu s.t.
124 Lukas Jaun Roth s.t.
125 Arman Kamyshev Astana s.t.
126 Mansoor Ali Shambih Skydive Dubai s.t.
127 Dominic Perez 7 Eleven-SAVA RBP s.t.
128 Nur Aiman Zariff Malaysia s.t.
129 Wan Yau Lau HKSI s.t.
130 Arin Iswanna Pegasus s.t.
131 Hiu Fung Choy HKSI s.t.
132 Ruslan Tleubayev Astana s.t.

GC after Stage 1:

1 Andrea Guardini  Astana 4hr 15min 47sec
2 Meiyin Wang Hengxiang +2sec
3 Adiq Othman Terengganu +3''
4 Brenton Jones Drapac +4''
5 Andrea Palini Skydive Dubai +6''
6 Maher Hasnaoui Skydive Dubai +8''
7 John Murphy UnitedHealthcare +10''
8 Dylan Page Roth s.t.
9 Michal Kolár Tinkoff s.t.
10 Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg Dimension Data s.t.
11 Shinpei Fukuda Aisan s.t.
12 Marco Benfatto Androni Giocattoli s.t.
13 Harrif Salleh Terengganu s.t.
14 Paolo Simion Bardiani-CSF s.t.
15 Nicola Ruffoni Bardiani-CSF s.t.
16 Hyeon-Seok Kim KSPO s.t.
17 Siu Wai Ko HKSI s.t.
18 Jakub Mareczko Southeast-Venezuela s.t.
19 Graeme Brown Drapac s.t.
20 Karol Domagalski ONE Pro Cycling s.t.
21 Mirco Maestri Bardiani-CSF s.t.
22 George Harper ONE Pro Cycling s.t.
23 Kang-Eun Joo KSPO s.t.
24 Patria Rastra Pegasus s.t.
25 Marcelo Felipe 7 Eleven-SAVA RBP s.t.
26 Daniel Jaramillo UnitedHealthcare s.t.
27 Amirul Marzuki Terengganu s.t.
28 Laurens De Vreese Astana s.t.
29 Jesper Hansen Tinkoff s.t.
30 Lachlan Norris Drapac s.t.
31 Matthew Goss ONE Pro Cycling s.t.
32 Sung-Baek Park KSPO s.t.
33 Jaco Venter Dimension Data s.t.
34 Jamalidin Novardianto Pegasus s.t.
35 Zhang Zheng Hengxiang s.t.
36 Colin Stüssi Roth s.t.
37 Carlos Manarelli Funvic Soul Cycles s.t.
38 Lutfi Fauzan Ahmad Malaysia s.t.
39 Janez Brajkovic UnitedHealthcare s.t.
40 Gavin Mannion Drapac s.t.
41 Murad Tarek Obaid Skydive Dubai s.t.
42 Miguel Ángel López Astana s.t.
43 Valentin Baillifard Roth s.t.
44 Azri bin Ahmad Malaysia s.t.
45 Francisco Mancebo Skydive Dubai s.t.
46 Songezo Jim Dimension Data s.t.
47 Teten Rohendi Pegasus s.t.
48 Adrien Niyonshuti Dimension Data s.t.
49 Xiaolong Sun Giant - Champion System s.t.
50 Jingbiao Zhao Hengxiang s.t.
51 Erik Baška Tinkoff s.t.
52 Andrea Dal Col Southeast-Venezuela s.t.
53 Giulio Ciccone Bardiani-CSF s.t.
54 Tanner Putt UnitedHealthcare s.t.
55 Luca Chirico Bardiani-CSF s.t.
56 Tomohiro Hayakawa Aisan s.t.
57 Alberto Nardin Androni Giocattoli s.t.
58 Masakazu Ito Aisan s.t.
59 Meng Yan Hengxiang s.t.
60 Francesco Chicchi Androni Giocattoli s.t.
61 Yoshimitsu Hiratsuka Aisan s.t.
62 Sofian Nabil Bakri NSC - Mycron s.t.
63 Joon-Yong Seo KSPO s.t.
64 Ivan Santaromita Skydive Dubai s.t.
65 Samuele Conti Southeast-Venezuela s.t.
66 Kun-Soo Kim KSPO s.t.
67 Ryan MacAnally Pegasus s.t.
68 Irwandie Lakasek NSC - Mycron s.t.
69 Roland Thalmann Roth s.t.
70 Luca Pacioni Androni Giocattoli s.t.
71 Richard Handley ONE Pro Cycling s.t.
72 Francisco Chamorro Funvic Soul Cycles s.t.
73 Guangtong Ma Hengxiang s.t.
74 Wenlong Zhang Giant - Champion System s.t.
75 John Ebsen ONE Pro Cycling s.t.
76 Michael Gogl Tinkoff s.t.
77 Antonio Piedra Funvic Soul Cycles s.t.
78 Evgueni Petrov Tinkoff s.t.
79 Jonipher Ravina 7 Eleven-SAVA RBP s.t.
80 Julen Amezqueta Southeast-Venezuela s.t.
81 Simone Sterbini Bardiani-CSF s.t.
82 Azman Zulkifli Malaysia s.t.
83 James Oram ONE Pro Cycling s.t.
84 Amir Rusli Malaysia s.t.
85 Burr Ho HKSI s.t.
86 Edgar Nohales 7 Eleven-SAVA RBP s.t.
87 Zawawi Azman NSC - Mycron s.t.
88 Tomás Gil Southeast-Venezuela s.t.
89 Ka Hoo Fung HKSI s.t.
90 Ho San Chiu HKSI s.t.
91 Nicolas Dougall Dimension Data s.t.
92 Tiziano Dall'Antonia Androni Giocattoli s.t.
93 Jesse Ewart 7 Eleven-SAVA RBP s.t.
94 Choon Huat Goh Terengganu s.t.
95 Otavio Bulgarelli Funvic Soul Cycles s.t.
96 Hyo-Suk Gong KSPO s.t.
97 Giuseppe Fonzi Southeast-Venezuela s.t.
98 Agung Sahbana Pegasus s.t.
99 Lijun Bai Giant - Champion System s.t.
100 Jianpeng Liu Hengxiang s.t.
101 Johann Van Zyl Dimension Data s.t.
102 Mark John Lexer Guevarra 7 Eleven-SAVA RBP s.t.
103 Mohammed Nazri Muhamad NSC - Mycron s.t.
104 João Gaspar Funvic Soul Cycles s.t.
105 Ahmad Mustafa Kamal NSC - Mycron s.t.
106 Jonathon Clarke UnitedHealthcare s.t.
107 Tom Scully Drapac s.t.
108 Dias Omirzakov Astana s.t.
109 Yake Hou Giant - Champion System s.t.
110 Tristan Marguet Roth s.t.
111 Shiki Kuroeda Aisan s.t.
112 Shahrul Mat Amin Terengganu s.t.
113 Afiq Huznie Othman NSC - Mycron s.t.
114 Marco Bandiera Androni Giocattoli s.t.
115 Wenhui Bi Giant - Champion System s.t.
116 Anuar Manan Terengganu s.t.
117 Lukas Jaun Roth s.t.
118 Arman Kamyshev Astana s.t.
119 Mansoor Ali Shambih Skydive Dubai s.t.
120 Dominic Perez 7 Eleven-SAVA RBP s.t.
121 Nur Aiman Zariff Malaysia s.t.
122 Wan Yau Lau HKSI s.t.
123 Arin Iswanna Pegasus s.t.
124 Hiu Fung Choy HKSI s.t.
125 Ruslan Tleubayev Astana s.t.
126 Juraj Sagan Tinkoff +1' 08''
127 Pablo Urtasun Funvic Soul Cycles +1' 10''
128 Takeaki Ayabe Aisan +1' 18''
129 Jens Mouris Drapac +1' 30''
130 Fuwen Xue Giant - Champion System s.t.
131 Ty Magner UnitedHealthcare +1' 48''
132 Sea Keong Loh Malaysia +2' 04''

Start list, February 24, 2016:

Tour de Langkawi 2016 start list