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2017 Tour de Langkawi (HC), Malaysia

22nd edition: February 22 - March 1, 2017

Tour de Langkawi podium history | 2016 edition | Start list
Stage 1 | Stage 2 | Stage 3 | Stage 4 | Stage 5 | Stage 6 | Stage 7 | Stage 8

Tour de Langkawi map

2016 Tour de Langkawi race map


Wednesday, March 1: 8th and Final Stage, Setiawangsa - Putrajaya, 121 km (75.24 miles)

Travis McCabe

Travis McCabe wins the Langkawi Tour final stage. ltdl photo

The race: Here's the organizer's telling of the day's racing.

WorldTour squad Dimension Data became the first team to win Le Tour de Langkawi on three consecutive editions with three different African riders as neo-pro Ryan Gibbons, 22, followed the path of Algeria’s Youcef Reguigui and his compatriot Reinardt Janse van Rensburg from South Africa.

He finished fourth of the conclusive stage in Putrajaya won by Travis McCabe who made it two for Unitedhealthcare after he took stage 2 and regained the points competition as well, throughout the intermediate sprints as he won all three of them.

“We wanted to race hard again today”, McCabe declared. “Typically when the race is hard and there are a few climbs, we can get rid of some heavy sprinters. The sprint came down to the last corner and I had Greg Henderson putting me in perfect position and I jumped at about 300 metres to go. Coming from doing the same job in the WorldTour, he makes my life so much easier! Pretty much all I have to do is to put my hands up. All the guys allowed me to get this win. We had a double goal as we really wanted [Daniel] Jaramillo to take the time bonuses to jump on the podium. He’s got a good kick. So I was not looking at the sprint jersey, I was more looking at the stage win.”

“This was my first time here. I’ll remember the beautiful landscapes of Malaysia. The people were fantastic. That was awesome to see so many people out there cheering us on. I couldn’t ask for a better race to start off the season. I’m really happy that I came and we’ll be back next year.”

“Before coming to Malaysia, I didn’t think I’d be sitting here with the yellow jersey at the end”, said Gibbons who learned “jesi kuning” in bahasa Malaysia during his six days in the lead of LTdL. “The team had a lot of faith in me but to have responsibility to lead in the second race of my first year as a pro, but I couldn’t have imagined the dream coming true this week. It’s been stressful, even having the yellow jersey, being on good form and believing in myself.”

“On the second climb, IsoWhey attacked. But I had Jacques [Janse van Rensburg], our road captain, with me the whole time. He told me to relax and not too worry although I could have gone harder for the intermediate sprints. A group of sixteen riders got fifteen seconds ahead of us in the main climb but we caught them very quickly. After that I knew we should have the jersey for good but this is cycling, anything can happen, a crash or a mechanical. Even going into the last sprint, I touched wheel with my team-mates in a corner.”

“It was a goal to win the last stage as well. I’m disappointed not to have made it but in the last curve I was maybe where I shouldn’t. I was following Pippo [Pozzato] and [Alberto] Cecchin. When I came out, it was way too late. There were five riders up the road. I was able to catch two of them but I was glad to stay up and win yellow and teal.”

Gibbons was the second South African to win the points competition after his mentor Robert Hunter fifteen years ago. “He was the first South African to win a stage in all three Grand Tours”, he continued.

“He’s definitely a role model. I see myself as a very similar rider to him. He was a sprinter but also someone who could go well in small climbs and do all right in time trial. He’s the one who put cycling on the map in South Africa. I do look up to him. He inspired many South Africans.”

“It’s really special to follow his footsteps, also here in Malaysia. If I do half of what he achieved, it would be a successful career for me. He’s been talking to me every day during Le Tour de Langkawi. He has a lot of faith in me as well. Since 2004, he’s believed that I can do a lot. He’s been motivating me this week, which is great. From day 3, he believed I could win the Tour. His support really helped.”

“I’m really ambitious and I’m very hungry”, Gibbons concluded. “I’d be a liar if I’d say I don’t want to win more. It’s been a perfect start. I have to keep on learning. I don’t want to set myself goals that I can’t achieve. Hopefully this is just the beginning. It was my first time in this position. “

“I’ve learned that with winning come the press, the media, the fans… I had never experienced a team work like that. I also learned a lot about sprinting. I’ve only won a stage, I’ve been second, third, fourth and fifth. I don’t look at those as seven losses. I look at them as seven learning experiences. I know what not to do now. I’m grateful for the lesson I can take from my Malaysian experience. It was my first time here. I’ve not enjoyed just the winning but the support from the people, the different cultures, the different foods, the weather that is similar to some parts of South Africa on the coast so I can handle it. It’s been so welcoming, I’d like to come back.”

Complete Results:

121 kilometers (75.24 miles) raced at an average speed of 45.66 km/hr (28.39 mph)

1 Travis MCCABE Unitedhealthcare 2hr 39min 0sec
2 Anthony Giacoppo IsoWhey Sports s.t.
3 Riccardo STACCHIOTTI Nippo-Vini Fantini s.t.
4 Ryan GIBBONS Dimension Data s.t.
5 Mohd Shahrul MAT AMIN Terengganu Cycling s.t.
6 Andrea PALINI Androni Giocattoli s.t.
7 Marco MARONESE Bardiani-CSF s.t.
8 Enrico BARBIN Bardiani-CSF s.t.
9 Filippo POZZATO Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia s.t.
10 Mekseb DEBESAY Dimension Data s.t.
11 Giacomo BERLATO Nippo-Vini Fantini s.t.
12 Marcelo FELIPE 7 Eleven Philippines s.t.
13 Egan Arley BERNAL Androni Giocattoli s.t.
14 Alberto CECCHIN Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia s.t.
15 Chris Harper IsoWhey Sports s.t.
16 JUAN PABLO VILLEGAS Manzana Postobon s.t.
17 Daniel Alexander JARAMILLO Unitedhealthcare s.t.
18 Hideto NAKANE Nippo-Vini Fantini s.t.
19 Cameron BAYLY IsoWhey Sports s.t.
20 SERGIO ANDRES HIGUITA Manzana Postobon s.t.
21 Masakazu ITO Nippo-Vini Fantini s.t.
22 Greg HENDERSON Unitedhealthcare s.t.
23 Ben O'CONNOR Dimension Data s.t.
24 Lorenzo ROTA Bardiani-CSF s.t.
25 Fernando ORJUELA Manzana Postobon s.t.
26 Robbie HUCKER IsoWhey Sports s.t.
27 Turakit BOONRATANATHANAKORN Thailand Continental s.t.
28 Dmitriy LUKYANOV Vino Astana Motors s.t.
29 WILMAR ANDRES PAREDES Manzana Postobon s.t.
30 Dadi SURYADI Terengganu Cycling s.t.
31 VICTOR NIÑO CORREDOR Sapura Cycling s.t.
32 Timothy ROE IsoWhey Sports s.t.
33 Fausto MASNADA Androni Giocattoli s.t.
34 Adrien NIYONSHUTI Dimension Data s.t.
35 BERNARDO ALBEIRO SUAZA Manzana Postobon @ 5sec
36 WILMAR JAHIR PEREZ Sapura Cycling s.t.
37 IVAN RAMIRO SOSA Androni Giocattoli @ 9sec
38 Nick DOUGALL Dimension Data s.t.
39 John Bohn EBSEN Infinite AIS @ 19sec
40 Jacques JANSE VAN RENSBURG Dimension Data 38
41 Yecid Arturo SIERRA Manzana Postobon 39
42 Tanner PUTT Unitedhealthcare +2:03
43 Giuseppe FONZI Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia +13:48
44 Rafael ANDRIATO Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia s.t.
45 Jakub MARECZKO Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia s.t.
46 Jacopo MOSCA Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia s.t.
47 Joonyong SEO KSPO Bianchi s.t.
48 Seungwoo CHOI KSPO Bianchi s.t.
49 Daeyeon KIM KSPO Bianchi s.t.
50 Shijin ZHANG Keyi Look s.t.
51 Siyu YANG Keyi Look s.t.
52 Hang SHI Giant s.t.
53 Tomohiro HAYAKAWA Aisan Racing s.t.
54 Phuchong SAI-UDOMSIL Thailand Continental s.t.
55 Nawuti LIPHONGYU Thailand Continental s.t.
56 Adrian HEGYVARY Unitedhealthcare s.t.
57 Carlos Eduardo ALZATE Unitedhealthcare s.t.
58 Paolo SIMION Bardiani-CSF s.t.
59 Niccolo' PACINOTTI Bardiani-CSF s.t.
60 Marco BENFATTO Androni Giocattoli s.t.
61 Scott SUNDERLAND IsoWhey Sports s.t.
62 Muhammad Ameen AHMAD KAMAL Malaysia s.t.
63 Azman ZULKIFLI MOHD Malaysia s.t.
64 Muhammad Ameer AHMAD KAMAL Malaysia s.t.
65 Anuar MANAN Terengganu Cycling s.t.
66 Muhamad Nur Aiman MOHD ZARIFF Malaysia s.t.
67 Eiman Firdaus MOHD ZAMRI Malaysia s.t.
68 Irwandie LAKASEK Malaysia s.t.
69 Maxat AYAZBAYEV Keyi Look s.t.
70 Stepan ASTAFYEV Vino Astana Motors s.t.
71 Sergey VLASSENKO Vino Astana Motors s.t.
72 Aiman CAHYADI Sapura Cycling s.t.
73 Taras VOROPAYEV Vino Astana Motors s.t.
74 Sea Keong LOH Thailand Continental s.t.
75 Akmal Hakim ZAKARIA Sapura Cycling s.t.
76 Sofian Nabil Omar MOHD BAKRI Sapura Cycling s.t.
77 Shiki KUROEDA Aisan Racing s.t.
78 Mohamad Izzat Hilmi ABDUL HALIL Sapura Cycling s.t.
79 Aspan ZHUKENOV Vino Astana Motors s.t.
80 Kota SUMIYOSHI Aisan Racing s.t.
81 Dominic PEREZ 7 Eleven Philippines s.t.
82 Xin WANG Keyi Look s.t.
83 Khunakorn NONTHICHAN Infinite AIS s.t.
84 Ying Hon YEUNG Infinite AIS s.t.
85 Mohd Zamri SALEH Terengganu Cycling s.t.
86 Nelson MARTIN 7 Eleven Philippines s.t.
87 Muhamad Afiq Huznie OTHMAN Infinite AIS s.t.
88 Zhiwen CHEN Giant s.t.
89 Kritsada CHANGPAD Infinite AIS s.t.
90 Tianhao GU Giant s.t.
91 Nur Amirul Fakhruddin MARZUKI Terengganu Cycling s.t.
92 Penghai DENG Giant s.t.
93 Jesse James EWART 7 Eleven Philippines s.t.
94 Bonjoe MARTIN 7 Eleven Philippines s.t.
95 Haiwang LIU Giant s.t.
96 Marino KOBAYASHI Nippo-Vini Fantini s.t.
97 Ryohei KOMORI Aisan Racing s.t.

Final GC after stage 8:

1,220.2 kilometers (760.03 miles) raced at an average speed of 42.01 km/hr (26.12 mph)

1 Ryan GIBBONS Dimension Data 29hr 4min 57sec
2 Cameron BAYLY IsoWhey Sports @ 33sec
3 Alberto CECCHIN Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia 35
4 Daniel Alexander JARAMILLO Unitedhealthcare 37
5 Mekseb DEBESAY Dimension Data 41
6 Chris Harper IsoWhey Sports 43
7 Egan Arley BERNAL Androni Giocattoli s.t.
8 Ben O'CONNOR Dimension Data s.t.
9 Timothy ROE IsoWhey Sports s.t.
10 Fernando ORJUELA Manzana Postobon 50
11 Enrico BARBIN Bardiani-CSF +1:07
12 Hideto NAKANE Nippo-Vini Fantini +1:16
13 Robbie HUCKER IsoWhey Sports +1:20
14 BERNARDO ALBEIRO SUAZA Manzana Postobon +1:25
15 IVAN RAMIRO SOSA Androni Giocattoli +1:29
16 Fausto MASNADA Androni Giocattoli +1:32
17 Dmitriy LUKYANOV Vino Astana Motors +2:07
18 VICTOR NIÑO CORREDOR Sapura Cycling +2:15
19 WILMAR JAHIR PEREZ Sapura Cycling +2:31
20 Marcelo FELIPE 7 Eleven Philippines +2:38
21 WILMAR ANDRES PAREDES Manzana Postobon s.t.
22 Filippo POZZATO Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia +4:35
23 Dadi SURYADI Terengganu Cycling +4:37
24 Adrien NIYONSHUTI Dimension Data +5:40
25 Yecid Arturo SIERRA Manzana Postobon +6:05
26 Masakazu ITO Nippo-Vini Fantini +6:09
27 Travis MCCABE Unitedhealthcare +7:26
28 John Bohn EBSEN Infinite AIS +7:44
29 Mohd Shahrul MAT AMIN Terengganu Cycling +8:02
30 Greg HENDERSON Unitedhealthcare +10:51
31 Riccardo STACCHIOTTI Nippo-Vini Fantini +14:27
32 Jacopo MOSCA Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia +15:00
33 Tomohiro HAYAKAWA Aisan Racing +15:55
34 Ying Hon YEUNG Infinite AIS +16:43
35 Tanner PUTT Unitedhealthcare +16:46
36 Lorenzo ROTA Bardiani-CSF +17:19
37 Sergey VLASSENKO Vino Astana Motors +19:27
38 Jacques JANSE VAN RENSBURG Dimension Data +19:49
39 Nick DOUGALL Dimension Data +20:37
40 Penghai DENG Giant +21:27
41 Azman ZULKIFLI MOHD Malaysia +22:13
42 Jesse James EWART 7 Eleven Philippines +22:32
43 SERGIO ANDRES HIGUITA Manzana Postobon +23:10
44 Marco MARONESE Bardiani-CSF +23:33
45 Hang SHI Giant s.t.
46 Carlos Eduardo ALZATE Unitedhealthcare +23:35
47 Muhamad Nur Aiman MOHD ZARIFF Malaysia +25:21
48 Siyu YANG Keyi Look +27:16
49 Rafael ANDRIATO Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia +27:22
50 Anthony Giacoppo IsoWhey Sports +27:32
51 Zhiwen CHEN Giant +27:45
52 Muhammad Ameer AHMAD KAMAL Malaysia +27:52
53 Daeyeon KIM KSPO Bianchi +28:05
54 Niccolo' PACINOTTI Bardiani-CSF +28:47
55 Turakit BOONRATANATHANAKORN Thailand Continental +29:32
56 Joonyong SEO KSPO Bianchi +31:08
57 Muhammad Ameen AHMAD KAMAL Malaysia +34:15
58 Khunakorn NONTHICHAN Infinite AIS +34:30
59 Sea Keong LOH Thailand Continental +34:31
60 Giacomo BERLATO Nippo-Vini Fantini +38:01
61 Stepan ASTAFYEV Vino Astana Motors +39:14
62 Maxat AYAZBAYEV Keyi Look +39:15
63 Nelson MARTIN 7 Eleven Philippines +39:19
64 Phuchong SAI-UDOMSIL Thailand Continental +39:57
65 Aiman CAHYADI Sapura Cycling +42:12
66 Taras VOROPAYEV Vino Astana Motors +42:55
67 Nur Amirul Fakhruddin MARZUKI Terengganu Cycling +43:26
68 JUAN PABLO VILLEGAS Manzana Postobon +47:25
69 Kritsada CHANGPAD Infinite AIS +48:35
70 Xin WANG Keyi Look +49:26
71 Andrea PALINI Androni Giocattoli +50:27
72 Shiki KUROEDA Aisan Racing +51:15
73 Tianhao GU Giant +52:05
74 Seungwoo CHOI KSPO Bianchi +52:13
75 Jakub MARECZKO Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia +55:13
76 Nawuti LIPHONGYU Thailand Continental +55:25
77 Mohd Zamri SALEH Terengganu Cycling +56:15
78 Bonjoe MARTIN 7 Eleven Philippines +56:45
79 Scott SUNDERLAND IsoWhey Sports +56:56
80 Marco BENFATTO Androni Giocattoli +57:20
81 Kota SUMIYOSHI Aisan Racing +57:27
82 Paolo SIMION Bardiani-CSF +57:45
83 Dominic PEREZ 7 Eleven Philippines +57:48
84 Ryohei KOMORI Aisan Racing +57:48
85 Haiwang LIU Giant +58:22
86 Irwandie LAKASEK Malaysia +58:34
87 Muhamad Afiq Huznie OTHMAN Infinite AIS +58:40
88 Adrian HEGYVARY Unitedhealthcare +1:00:21
89 Aspan ZHUKENOV Vino Astana Motors +1:00:54
90 Akmal Hakim ZAKARIA Sapura Cycling +1:01:03
91 Giuseppe FONZI Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia +1:01:33
92 Eiman Firdaus MOHD ZAMRI Malaysia +1:01:58
93 Shijin ZHANG Keyi Look +1:02:06
94 Sofian Nabil Omar MOHD BAKRI Sapura Cycling +1:02:17
95 Anuar MANAN Terengganu Cycling +1:04:37
96 Marino KOBAYASHI Nippo-Vini Fantini +1:04:39
97 Mohamad Izzat Hilmi ABDUL HALIL Sapura Cycling +1:05:14

Tuesday, February 28: Stage 7, Melaka - Rembau, 148.1 km (92.1 miles)

Jakub Mareczko

Jakub Mareczjo gets his second Langkawi Tour stage win of 2017. ltdl photo

The race: Here's the organizer's telling of the day's racing.

Tipped as one of the hot favourites for the bunch sprint finishes this year, Italy’s Jakub Mareczko of Wilier Triestina became the first rider to win two stages at this year’s Le Tour de Langkawi as claimed stage 7 to Rembau after he opened his season’s account in Pantai Remis on day 3.

He’s unbeaten in Rembau where he took his first ever Malaysian success one year ago and therefore announced himself for filling the shoes of Andrea Guardini who holds the record of stage victories with 22. Also a diminutive sprinter, Mareczko moved into the lead of the points competition while Ryan Gibbons, fifth on the line, retained the yellow jersey.

“I put my team at the front in the final kilometers with [Filippo] Pozzato, [Alberto] Cecchin and [Rafael] Andriato to lead me out”, Mareczko explained. “There was a curve with 400 metres to go.

Cecchin took it in first position. After Andriato’s last pull, I opened my sprint. It feels very good to get a second stage win. I’m very happy today. After winning a stage, my goal this year was to get the points jersey. Now I have it and I hope to defend it tomorrow by trying to get another first place. I’m hoping for a sunny day to conclude Le Tour de Langkawi after the pouring rain we’ve had today.”

“My priority was to retain the yellow jersey”, echoed Gibbons. “It was nice to have the teal as well but Mareczko is a top quality rider. He’s fast! I’m not too disappointed. I’m happy for him but I hope I’ll get it back tomorrow. I was feeling very good today, also under the rain. I was cautious on the wet. It was easy to go down. Just stay upright and out of trouble, that was my concern. Tomorrow’s stage is short.

It’s going to be very aggressive. But we’re ready for it. I’m so thankful for the help I got from my team-mates. There’s one more day. I’m strongly hoping that I’ll be in yellow in Putrajaya as well.”

Veteran WorldTour rider Greg Henderson of Unitedhealthcare was awarded the combativity prize of the day after being the driving force behind the main breakaway of the day with Jacopo Mosca (Wilier Triestina), Huang En (Keyi Look), Dominic Perez (7/11) and escape artist Loh Sea Keong (Thailand Continental Team).

The conclusive stage of the 22nd Le Tour de Langkawi will be 121km long from Setiawangsa (Kuala Lumpur) to Putrajaya.

Complete results:

148.1 kilometers (92.1 miles) raced at an average speed of 43.61 km/hr (27.12 mph)

1 Jakub MARECZKO Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia 3:23:45
2 Travis MCCABE Unitedhealthcare s.t.
3 Andrea PALINI Androni Giocattoli s.t.
4 Joonyong SEO KSPO Bianchi s.t.
5 Ryan GIBBONS Dimension Data s.t.
6 Mekseb DEBESAY Dimension Data s.t.
7 Enrico BARBIN Bardiani-CSF s.t.
8 Paolo SIMION Bardiani-CSF s.t.
9 Riccardo STACCHIOTTI Nippo-Vini Fantini s.t.
10 Alberto CECCHIN Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia s.t.
11 Rafael ANDRIATO Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia s.t.
12 Anthony Giacoppo IsoWhey Sports s.t.
13 Turakit BOONRATANATHANAKORN Thailand Continental s.t.
14 Mohd Shahrul MAT AMIN Terengganu Cycling s.t.
15 Kota SUMIYOSHI Aisan Racing s.t.
16 SERGIO ANDRES HIGUITA Manzana Postobon s.t.
17 Daniel Alexander JARAMILLO Unitedhealthcare s.t.
18 Cameron BAYLY IsoWhey Sports s.t.
19 Chris Harper IsoWhey Sports s.t.
20 Egan Arley BERNAL Androni Giocattoli s.t.
21 Zhiwen CHEN Giant s.t.
22 Marcelo FELIPE 7 Eleven Philippines s.t.
23 Robbie HUCKER IsoWhey Sports s.t.
24 Fausto MASNADA Androni Giocattoli s.t.
25 Marco MARONESE Bardiani-CSF s.t.
26 Daeyeon KIM KSPO Bianchi s.t.
27 Carlos Eduardo ALZATE Unitedhealthcare s.t.
28 Anuar MANAN Terengganu Cycling s.t.
29 Phuchong SAI-UDOMSIL Thailand Continental s.t.
30 Tomohiro HAYAKAWA Aisan Racing s.t.
31 IVAN RAMIRO SOSA Androni Giocattoli s.t.
32 Hideto NAKANE Nippo-Vini Fantini s.t.
33 Fernando ORJUELA Manzana Postobon s.t.
34 WILMAR ANDRES PAREDES Manzana Postobon s.t.
35 Ben O'CONNOR Dimension Data s.t.
36 Ying Hon YEUNG Infinite AIS s.t.
37 Nur Amirul Fakhruddin MARZUKI Terengganu Cycling s.t.
38 Masakazu ITO Nippo-Vini Fantini s.t.
39 BERNARDO ALBEIRO SUAZA Manzana Postobon s.t.
40 Eiman Firdaus MOHD ZAMRI Malaysia s.t.
41 Taras VOROPAYEV Vino Astana Motors s.t.
42 Dmitriy LUKYANOV Vino Astana Motors s.t.
43 WILMAR JAHIR PEREZ Sapura Cycling s.t.
44 VICTOR NIÑO CORREDOR Sapura Cycling s.t.
45 Ryohei KOMORI Aisan Racing s.t.
46 Sofian Nabil Omar MOHD BAKRI Sapura Cycling s.t.
47 Sergey VLASSENKO Vino Astana Motors s.t.
48 Muhamad Afiq Huznie OTHMAN Infinite AIS s.t.
49 Azman ZULKIFLI MOHD Malaysia s.t.
50 Timothy ROE IsoWhey Sports s.t.
51 Jacopo MOSCA Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia s.t.
52 Stepan ASTAFYEV Vino Astana Motors s.t.
53 Giacomo BERLATO Nippo-Vini Fantini s.t.
54 Mohd Zamri SALEH Terengganu Cycling s.t.
55 Muhammad Ameer AHMAD KAMAL Malaysia s.t.
56 Lorenzo ROTA Bardiani-CSF 16
57 Filippo POZZATO Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia s.t.
58 Greg HENDERSON Unitedhealthcare 26
59 Tanner PUTT Unitedhealthcare 33
60 Shiki KUROEDA Aisan Racing s.t.
61 Giuseppe FONZI Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia 43
62 Adrian HEGYVARY Unitedhealthcare 45
63 Penghai DENG Giant 47
64 Nick DOUGALL Dimension Data s.t.
65 Khunakorn NONTHICHAN Infinite AIS +1:07
66 Scott SUNDERLAND IsoWhey Sports +1:09
67 Jesse James EWART 7 Eleven Philippines +1:14
68 Aiman CAHYADI Sapura Cycling +1:15
69 Mohamad Izzat Hilmi ABDUL HALIL Sapura Cycling s.t.
70 Tianhao GU Giant +1:16
71 Muhammad Ameen AHMAD KAMAL Malaysia s.t.
72 Irwandie LAKASEK Malaysia s.t.
73 Siyu YANG Kayi Look s.t.
74 Nelson MARTIN 7 Eleven Philippines s.t.
75 Dadi SURYADI Terengganu Cycling s.t.
76 Muhamad Nur Aiman MOHD ZARIFF Malaysia s.t.
77 Akmal Hakim ZAKARIA Sapura Cycling s.t.
78 Hang SHI Giant +1:28
79 Bonjoe MARTIN 7 Eleven Philippines +1:38
80 Niccolo' PACINOTTI Bardiani-CSF s.t.
81 Maxat AYAZBAYEV Kayi Look s.t.
82 Adrien NIYONSHUTI Dimension Data s.t.
83 Yecid Arturo SIERRA Manzana Postobon s.t.
84 Jacques JANSE VAN RENSBURG Dimension Data s.t.
85 Marino KOBAYASHI Nippo-Vini Fantini s.t.
86 John Bohn EBSEN Infinite AIS s.t.
87 Nawuti LIPHONGYU Thailand Continental s.t.
88 Kritsada CHANGPAD Infinite AIS s.t.
89 Marco BENFATTO Androni Giocattoli s.t.
90 Seungwoo CHOI KSPO Bianchi +2:03
91 Aspan ZHUKENOV Vino Astana Motors +2:09
92 Haiwang LIU Giant +2:50
93 Xin WANG Kayi Look +3:20
94 Shijin ZHANG Kayi Look s.t.
95 Sea Keong LOH Thailand Continental +3:57
96 Dominic PEREZ 7 Eleven Philippines +5:44
97 JUAN PABLO VILLEGAS Manzana Postobon +8:18

GC after Stage 7:

1,101.2 kilometers (684.78 miles) raced so far at an average speed of 41.65 km/hr (25.9 mph)

1 Ryan GIBBONS Dimension Data 26:26:06
2 Cameron BAYLY IsoWhey Sports @ 24sec
3 Alberto CECCHIN Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia 28
4 Mekseb DEBESAY Dimension Data 33
5 Chris Harper IsoWhey Sports 34
6 Daniel Alexander JARAMILLO Unitedhealthcare s.t.
7 Egan Arley BERNAL Androni Giocattoli s.t.
8 Ben O'CONNOR Dimension Data s.t.
9 Timothy ROE IsoWhey Sports s.t.
10 Fernando ORJUELA Manzana Postobon 41
11 Enrico BARBIN Bardiani-CSF 58
12 Jacopo MOSCA Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia +1:03
13 Hideto NAKANE Nippo-Vini Fantini +1:07
14 BERNARDO ALBEIRO SUAZA Manzana Postobon +1:11
15 Robbie HUCKER IsoWhey Sports s.t.
16 IVAN RAMIRO SOSA Androni Giocattoli s.t.
17 Fausto MASNADA Androni Giocattoli +1:23
18 Tomohiro HAYAKAWA Aisan Racing +1:58
19 Dmitriy LUKYANOV Vino Astana Motors s.t.
20 VICTOR NIÑO CORREDOR Sapura Cycling +2:06
21 WILMAR JAHIR PEREZ Sapura Cycling +2:17
22 Marcelo FELIPE 7 Eleven Philippines +2:29
23 WILMAR ANDRES PAREDES Manzana Postobon s.t.
24 Ying Hon YEUNG Infinite AIS +2:46
25 Filippo POZZATO Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia +4:26
26 Dadi SURYADI Terengganu Cycling +4:28
27 Yecid Arturo SIERRA Manzana Postobon +5:17
28 Sergey VLASSENKO Vino Astana Motors +5:30
29 Adrien NIYONSHUTI Dimension Data +5:31
30 Masakazu ITO Nippo-Vini Fantini +6:00
31 John Bohn EBSEN Infinite AIS +7:16
32 Travis MCCABE Unitedhealthcare +7:27
33 Penghai DENG Giant +7:30
34 Mohd Shahrul MAT AMIN Terengganu Cycling +7:53
35 Azman ZULKIFLI MOHD Malaysia +8:16
36 Jesse James EWART 7 Eleven Philippines +8:35
37 Hang SHI Giant +9:36
38 Carlos Eduardo ALZATE Unitedhealthcare +9:38
39 Greg HENDERSON Unitedhealthcare +10:42
40 Muhamad Nur Aiman MOHD ZARIFF Malaysia +11:24
41 Siyu YANG Kayi Look +13:19
42 Rafael ANDRIATO Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia +13:25
43 Zhiwen CHEN Giant +13:48
44 Muhammad Ameer AHMAD KAMAL Malaysia +13:55
45 Daeyeon KIM KSPO Bianchi +14:08
46 Riccardo STACCHIOTTI Nippo-Vini Fantini +14:22
47 Tanner PUTT Unitedhealthcare +14:34
48 Niccolo' PACINOTTI Bardiani-CSF +14:50
49 Lorenzo ROTA Bardiani-CSF +17:10
50 Joonyong SEO KSPO Bianchi +17:11
51 Jacques JANSE VAN RENSBURG Dimension Data +19:02
52 Muhammad Ameen AHMAD KAMAL Malaysia +20:18
53 Nick DOUGALL Dimension Data +20:19
54 Khunakorn NONTHICHAN Infinite AIS +20:33
55 Sea Keong LOH Thailand Continental +20:34
56 SERGIO ANDRES HIGUITA Manzana Postobon +23:01
57 Marco MARONESE Bardiani-CSF +23:24
58 Stepan ASTAFYEV Vino Astana Motors +25:17
59 Maxat AYAZBAYEV Kayi Look +25:18
60 Nelson MARTIN 7 Eleven Philippines +25:22
61 Phuchong SAI-UDOMSIL Thailand Continental +26:00
62 Anthony Giacoppo IsoWhey Sports +27:29
63 Aiman CAHYADI Sapura Cycling +28:15
64 Taras VOROPAYEV Vino Astana Motors +28:58
65 Turakit BOONRATANATHANAKORN Thailand Continental +29:23
66 Nur Amirul Fakhruddin MARZUKI Terengganu Cycling +29:29
67 Kritsada CHANGPAD Infinite AIS +34:38
68 Xin WANG Kayi Look +35:29
69 Shiki KUROEDA Aisan Racing +37:18
70 Giacomo BERLATO Nippo-Vini Fantini +37:52
71 Tianhao GU Giant +38:08
72 Seungwoo CHOI KSPO Bianchi +38:16
73 Jakub MARECZKO Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia +41:16
74 Nawuti LIPHONGYU Thailand Continental +41:28
75 Mohd Zamri SALEH Terengganu Cycling +42:18
76 Bonjoe MARTIN 7 Eleven Philippines +42:48
77 Scott SUNDERLAND IsoWhey Sports +42:59
78 Marco BENFATTO Androni Giocattoli +43:23
79 Kota SUMIYOSHI Aisan Racing +43:30
80 Paolo SIMION Bardiani-CSF +43:48
81 Dominic PEREZ 7 Eleven Philippines +43:51
82 Ryohei KOMORI Aisan Racing +43:51
83 Haiwang LIU Giant +44:25
84 Irwandie LAKASEK Malaysia +44:37
85 Muhamad Afiq Huznie OTHMAN Infinite AIS +44:43
86 Adrian HEGYVARY Unitedhealthcare +46:24
87 Aspan ZHUKENOV Vino Astana Motors +46:57
88 Akmal Hakim ZAKARIA Sapura Cycling +47:06
89 JUAN PABLO VILLEGAS Manzana Postobon +47:16
90 Giuseppe FONZI Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia +47:36
91 Eiman Firdaus MOHD ZAMRI Malaysia +48:01
92 Shijin ZHANG Kayi Look +48:09
93 Sofian Nabil Omar MOHD BAKRI Sapura Cycling +48:20
94 Andrea PALINI Androni Giocattoli +50:18
95 Anuar MANAN Terengganu Cycling +50:40
96 Marino KOBAYASHI Nippo-Vini Fantini +50:42
97 Mohamad Izzat Hilmi ABDUL HALIL Sapura Cycling +51:17

Monday, February 27: Stage 6, Senawang - Muar, 176.3 kilometers

Enrico Barbin

Enrico Barbin smiles as he gets his first professional race win as well as gaining the first win of the 2017 season for his Bardiani-CSF team. ltdl photo

The race: Here's the organizer's telling of the day's racing.

Just like Mekseb Debesay and Ryan Gibbons in the two previous stages, Italy’s Enrico Barbin opened his professional account at the 2017 Le Tour de Langkawi as he claimed his first victory at the age of 26 in Muar. He outsprinted Australia’s Anthony Giacoppo of IsoWhey Sports Swisswellness and his compatriot Filippo Pozzato from Wilier Triestina to deliver Bardiani CSF’s first win of the year and their first stage victory at LTdL since Marco Canola won solo in Kuantan in 2012.

The Italian squad managed by the Reverberis, father and son, is the oldest participant to LTdL, having made their first appearance as Scrigno in 1998 with five stage wins that year including the first ever as a pro for Alessandro Petacchi. Their organization is also the most successful in terms of stage victories in the history of the Malaysian premier stage race as Barbin bagged their 35th while Gianni Savio’s team now called Androni is second on the tally with 24, followed by the currently named Wilier Triestina outfit with 16.

“It’s an honour for me to become part of this history”, Barbin declared. “I was feeling well and my whole team too [his team-mate Lorenzo Rota was up the road for most of the stage along with Colombia’s Wilmar Paredes and Hong Kong’s Ronald Yeung who was awarded the daily prize of most combative rider]. I’m not fast enough to beat the fastest sprinters here but I took advantage of them. Through the radio, we had perfect explanation of the finale and where the wind was blowing from so it was a question of getting the best position over the bridge and anticipate the sprint with 300 metres to go.”

“We were working for [stage 3 winner Jakub] Mareczko”, Pozzato explained. “But Unitedhealthcare attacked in the wind after the bridge. Kuba followed them but it was a bit far away from the line. Barbin has been smart accelerating from behind. I went after him but I got blocked for a little while and when I resumed my sprint with no speed it was too difficult and too late.”

As much as Pozzato replaced Mareczko due to sprinting circumstances, Giacoppo found himself as a substitute for Scott Sunderland. “We were going for Scott”, the Western Australian said, “but he got caught out of position in the last corner so I went myself. When we caught Mareczko, I hesitated a bit. Maybe I should have kept going.”

“Safety first was at the back of my mind but I definitely wanted to be in the sprint”, commented Gibbons who retained the yellow jersey.

“Going over the bridge when we turned right, we were behind Unitedhealthcare but we lost the wheels and four of their riders and Mareczko got away. I spent all my energy trying to close the gap because I didn’t want to lose any time on the UHC rider who is high on GC [Daniel Jaramillo]. I brought the peloton with me but when the proper sprint started I already made my effort so I just focused on not crashing.”

“Today was the first day in the Tour that I wasn’t at 100%. Normally I feel good racing in the rain but I only found my legs in the third hour. Maybe the rain was a little factor. There was no real stress though. I see two more sprint opportunities. It would be really good to bring the yellow jersey home.” He concluded.

Stage 7 from the historical city of Melaka to Rembau will be 148km long with three climbs in the finale.

Complete Results:

176.3 kilometers (109.63 miles) raced at an average speed of 42.44 km/hr (26.39 mph)

1 Enrico BARBIN Bardiani-CSF 4hr 9min 16sec
2 Anthony Giacoppo IsoWhey Sports s.t.
3 Filippo POZZATO Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia s.t.
4 Andrea PALINI Androni Giocattoli s.t.
5 Marco MARONESE Bardiani-CSF s.t.
6 Marco BENFATTO Androni Giocattoli s.t.
7 Riccardo STACCHIOTTI Nippo-Vini Fantini s.t.
8 Paolo SIMION Bardiani-CSF s.t.
9 Daniel Alexander JARAMILLO Unitedhealthcare s.t.
10 Mohd Zamri SALEH Terengganu Cycling s.t.
11 Seungwoo CHOI KSPO Bianchi s.t.
12 Mohamad Izzat ABDUL HALIL Sapura Cycling s.t.
13 Ryan GIBBONS Dimension Data s.t.
14 Joonyong SEO KSPO Bianchi s.t.
15 Shijin ZHANG Keyi Look s.t.
16 Sergey VLASSENKO Vino Astana Motors s.t.
17 Anuar MANAN Terengganu Cycling s.t.
18 Robbie HUCKER IsoWhey Sports s.t.
19 SERGIO ANDRES HIGUITA Manzana Postobon s.t.
20 Daeyeon KIM KSPO Bianchi s.t.
21 Shiki KUROEDA Aisan Racing s.t.
22 Chris Harper IsoWhey Sports s.t.
23 Jakub MARECZKO Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia s.t.
24 Shotaro WATANABE Aisan Racing s.t.
25 JUAN PABLO VILLEGAS Manzana Postobon s.t.
26 Alberto CECCHIN Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia s.t.
27 Mekseb DEBESAY Dimension Data s.t.
28 Travis MCCABE Unitedhealthcare s.t.
29 Egan Arley BERNAL Androni Giocattoli s.t.
30 Ben O'CONNOR Dimension Data s.t.
31 Rafael ANDRIATO Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia s.t.
32 Mohd Shahrul MAT AMIN Terengganu Cycling s.t.
33 Hideto NAKANE Nippo-Vini Fantini s.t.
34 Giacomo BERLATO Nippo-Vini Fantini s.t.
35 Tanner PUTT Unitedhealthcare s.t.
36 Timothy ROE IsoWhey Sports s.t.
37 Dmitriy LUKYANOV Vino Astana Motors s.t.
38 Cameron BAYLY IsoWhey Sports s.t.
39 Carlos Eduardo ALZATE Unitedhealthcare s.t.
40 Fernando ORJUELA Manzana Postobon s.t.
41 Marcelo FELIPE 7 Eleven Philippines s.t.
42 Jacopo MOSCA Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia s.t.
43 Zhiwen CHEN Giant s.t.
44 Tomohiro HAYAKAWA Aisan Racing s.t.
45 Fausto MASNADA Androni Giocattoli s.t.
46 Masakazu ITO Nippo-Vini Fantini s.t.
47 Dominic PEREZ 7 Eleven Philippines s.t.
48 IVAN RAMIRO SOSA Androni Giocattoli s.t.
49 Stepan ASTAFYEV Vino Astana Motors s.t.
50 Penghai DENG Giant s.t.
51 BERNARDO ALBEIRO SUAZA Manzana Postobon s.t.
52 Muhammad Ameer KAMAL Malaysia @ 12sec
53 VICTOR NIÑO CORREDOR Sapura Cycling @ 15sec
54 Dadi SURYADI Terengganu Cycling s.t.
55 WILMAR JAHIR PEREZ MUÑOZ Sapura Cycling s.t.
56 Nelson MARTIN 7 Eleven Philippines s.t.
57 Aiman CAHYADI Sapura Cycling s.t.
58 Muhamad Nur MOHD ZARIFF Malaysia s.t.
59 Taras VOROPAYEV Vino Astana Motors s.t.
60 Bonjoe MARTIN 7 Eleven Philippines s.t.
61 Eiman Firdaus MOHD ZAMRI Malaysia s.t.
62 Haesung CHO KSPO Bianchi s.t.
63 Nur Amirul Fakhruddin MARZUKI Terengganu Cycling s.t.
64 Jesse James EWART 7 Eleven Philippines s.t.
65 Niccolo' PACINOTTI Bardiani-CSF s.t.
66 Kritsada CHANGPAD Infinite AIS s.t.
67 Adrien NIYONSHUTI Dimension Data s.t.
68 Ying Hon YEUNG Infinite AIS s.t.
69 Azman ZULKIFLI MOHD Malaysia s.t.
70 Muhamad Afiq Huznie OTHMAN Infinite AIS 19
71 Irwandie LAKASEK Malaysia s.t.
72 Hang SHI Giant 21
73 Tianhao GU Giant s.t.
74 Turakit BOONRATANATHANAKORN Thailand Continental s.t.
75 Yecid Arturo SIERRA Manzana Postobon s.t.
76 Scott SUNDERLAND IsoWhey Sports 23
77 Sofian Nabil Omar MOHD BAKRI Sapura Cycling s.t.
78 Phuchong SAI-UDOMSIL Thailand Continental s.t.
79 Akmal Hakim ZAKARIA Sapura Cycling s.t.
80 Ryohei KOMORI Aisan Racing 30
81 Kota SUMIYOSHI Aisan Racing s.t.
82 WILMAR ANDRES PAREDES Manzana Postobon 35
83 Muhammad Ameen KAMAL Malaysia 37
84 Marino KOBAYASHI Nippo-Vini Fantini 43
85 Khunakorn NONTHICHAN Infinite AIS 55
86 Aspan ZHUKENOV Vino Astana Motors s.t.
87 Greg HENDERSON Unitedhealthcare 57
88 Adrian HEGYVARY Unitedhealthcare s.t.
89 Nawuti LIPHONGYU Thailand Continental +1:00
90 Sea Keong LOH Thailand Continental +1:04
91 Haiwang LIU Giant +1:08
92 Giuseppe FONZI Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia +1:10
93 Nick DOUGALL Dimension Data s.t.
94 Jacques JANSE VAN RENSBURG Dimension Data s.t.
95 Siyu YANG Keyi Look +1:16
96 Maxat AYAZBAYEV Keyi Look +1:41
97 John Bohn EBSEN Infinite AIS s.t.
98 Lorenzo ROTA Bardiani-CSF s.t.
99 Xin WANG Keyi Look +1:50
100 En HUANG Keyi Look +2:37

GC after Stage 6:

953.10 kilometers (592.69 miles) raced so far at an average speed of 41.36 km/hr (25.72 mph)

1 Ryan GIBBONS Dimension Data 23hr 2min 22sec
2 Cameron BAYLY IsoWhey Sports @ 23sec
3 Alberto CECCHIN Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia 27
4 Mekseb DEBESAY Dimension Data 32
5 Chris Harper IsoWhey Sports 33
6 Daniel Alexander JARAMILLO Unitedhealthcare s.t.
7 Egan Arley BERNAL Androni Giocattoli s.t.
8 Timothy ROE IsoWhey Sports s.t.
9 Ben O'CONNOR Dimension Data s.t.
10 Fernando ORJUELA Manzana Postobon 40
11 Enrico BARBIN Bardiani-CSF 59
12 Jacopo MOSCA Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia +1:02
13 Hideto NAKANE Nippo-Vini Fantini +1:06
14 BERNARDO ALBEIRO SUAZA Manzana Postobon +1:10
15 Robbie HUCKER IsoWhey Sports s.t.
16 IVAN RAMIRO SOSA Androni Giocattoli s.t.
17 Fausto MASNADA Androni Giocattoli +1:22
18 Tomohiro HAYAKAWA Aisan Racing +1:57
19 Dmitriy LUKYANOV Vino Astana Motors s.t.
20 VICTOR NIÑO CORREDOR Sapura Cycling +2:05
21 WILMAR JAHIR PEREZ Sapura Cycling +2:16
22 Marcelo FELIPE 7 Eleven Philippines +2:28
23 WILMAR ANDRES PAREDES Manzana Postobon s.t.
24 Ying Hon YEUNG Infinite AIS +2:45
25 Dadi SURYADI Terengganu Cycling +3:11
26 Yecid Arturo SIERRA Manzana Postobon +3:38
27 Adrien NIYONSHUTI Dimension Data +3:52
28 Filippo POZZATO Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia +4:09
29 Sergey VLASSENKO Vino Astana Motors +5:29
30 John Bohn EBSEN Infinite AIS +5:37
31 Masakazu ITO Nippo-Vini Fantini +5:59
32 Penghai DENG Giant +6:42
33 Jesse James EWART 7 Eleven Philippines +7:20
34 Travis MCCABE Unitedhealthcare +7:32
35 Mohd Shahrul MAT AMIN Terengganu Cycling +7:52
36 Hang SHI Giant +8:07
37 Azman ZULKIFLI MOHD Malaysia +8:15
38 Carlos Eduardo ALZATE Unitedhealthcare +9:37
39 Muhamad Nur MOHD ZARIFF Malaysia +10:09
40 Greg HENDERSON Unitedhealthcare +10:15
41 Siyu YANG Keyi Look +12:02
42 Niccolo' PACINOTTI Bardiani-CSF +13:11
43 Rafael ANDRIATO Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia +13:24
44 Zhiwen CHEN Giant +13:47
45 Muhammad Ameer AHMAD KAMAL Malaysia +13:54
46 Tanner PUTT Unitedhealthcare +14:00
47 Daeyeon KIM KSPO Bianchi +14:07
48 Riccardo STACCHIOTTI Nippo-Vini Fantini +14:21
49 Sea Keong LOH Thailand Continental +16:37
50 Lorenzo ROTA Bardiani-CSF +16:56
51 Joonyong SEO KSPO Bianchi +17:10
52 Jacques JANSE VAN RENSBURG Dimension Data +17:23
53 Muhammad Ameen AHMAD KAMAL Malaysia +19:01
54 Khunakorn NONTHICHAN Infinite AIS +19:25
55 Nick DOUGALL Dimension Data +19:31
56 SERGIO ANDRES HIGUITA Manzana Postobon +23:00
57 Marco MARONESE Bardiani-CSF +23:23
58 Maxat AYAZBAYEV Keyi Look +23:39
59 Nelson MARTIN 7 Eleven Philippines +24:05
60 Stepan ASTAFYEV Vino Astana Motors +25:16
61 Phuchong SAI-UDOMSIL Thailand Continental +25:59
62 Aiman CAHYADI Sapura Cycling +26:59
63 Anthony Giacoppo IsoWhey Sports +27:28
64 Taras VOROPAYEV Vino Astana Motors +28:57
65 Turakit BOONRATANATHANAKORN Thailand Continental +29:22
66 Nur Amirul Fakhruddin MARZUKI Terengganu Cycling +29:28
67 Xin WANG Keyi Look +32:08
68 Kritsada CHANGPAD Infinite AIS +32:59
69 Seungwoo CHOI KSPO Bianchi +36:12
70 Shiki KUROEDA Aisan Racing +36:44
71 Tianhao GU Giant +36:51
72 Shotaro WATANABE Aisan Racing +37:04
73 Haesung CHO KSPO Bianchi +37:12
74 Giacomo BERLATO Nippo-Vini Fantini +37:51
75 Dominic PEREZ 7 Eleven Philippines +38:09
76 JUAN PABLO VILLEGAS Manzana Postobon +38:57
77 Nawuti LIPHONGYU Thailand Continental +39:49
78 Bonjoe MARTIN 7 Eleven Philippines +41:09
79 Jakub MARECZKO Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia +41:28
80 Haiwang LIU Giant +41:34
81 Marco BENFATTO Androni Giocattoli +41:44
82 Scott SUNDERLAND IsoWhey Sports +41:49
83 Mohd Zamri SALEH Terengganu Cycling +42:17
84 Irwandie LAKASEK Malaysia +43:20
85 Kota SUMIYOSHI Aisan Racing +43:29
86 Paolo SIMION Bardiani-CSF +43:47
87 Ryohei KOMORI Aisan Racing +43:50
88 Muhamad Afiq Huznie OTHMAN Infinite AIS +44:42
89 Aspan ZHUKENOV Vino Astana Motors +44:47
90 Shijin ZHANG Keyi Look +44:48
91 Adrian HEGYVARY Unitedhealthcare +45:38
92 Akmal Hakim ZAKARIA Sapura Cycling +45:49
93 Giuseppe FONZI Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia +46:52
94 Eiman Firdaus MOHD ZAMRI Malaysia +48:00
95 Sofian Nabil Omar MOHD BAKRI Sapura Cycling +48:19
96 Marino KOBAYASHI Nippo-Vini Fantini +49:03
97 Mohamad Izzat Hilmi ABDUL HALIL Sapura Cycling +50:02
98 Andrea PALINI Androni Giocattoli +50:21
99 Anuar MANAN Terengganu Cycling +50:39
100 En HUANG Keyi Look +53:46

Sunday, February 26: Stage 5, Meru Raya - Kuala Kubu Bharu, 151.5 km (94.21 miles)

Ryan Gibbons

GC leader Ryan Gibbons wins stage 5

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

Race leader Ryan Gibbons of Dimension Data claimed his first pro victory at the end of stage 5 of the 22nd Le Tour de Langkawi in Kuala Kubu Baru where he outsprinted stage 3 winner Jakub Mareczko and stage 2 winner Travis McCabe. The 22 year old South African also increased his lead in the overall ranking from 11 to 23 seconds over Australia’s Cameron Bayly as he also collected two seconds bonus on the way.

“Getting second on stage 1, that was a sense of achievement but today my first pro win is more a relief than anything else and I’m just so happy to finally get a win for the team and also for myself”, Gibbons commented.

“This result will stay for the rest of my career. On a good day on a flat road, I can win a bunch sprint but today with a bit of a drag and the road surface being bricks, it suited me a bit more but moreover my team put me in a perfect position. I would have been hard not to win. I’m really grateful for their help.”

“I wasn’t targeting the intermediate sprints”, the race leader continued. “It was more riding defensively. Every time with 1km to the sprint we so IsoWhey moving up. They had the teal jersey with Sunderland but Bayly was also up there so I had just had to make sure I’d finish in front of him. I’ve managed to pick up four points and two seconds. It was mainly watching the guys on GC, not worrying too much and not attacking them. The teal jersey is a great award but my focus for now is the yellow jersey. If it happens that I can win it as well, I’ll be grateful though.”

The whole stage was marked by one breakaway only. After fifty kilometers covered at a very high speed, Italy’s Fausto Masnada rode away, got a maximum advantage of 3.50 and sat up after the last intermediate sprint with just over 20km to go as the bunch was certainly going to reel him in.

“We wanted to ride offensively today since yesterday it didn’t go that well for us”, the Androni Giocattoli rider said the day his team manager Gianni Savio attended Le Tour de Langkawi. “We expected something more [the yellow jersey with Egan Bernal]. We started today with the idea to break away. After 50km, seeing that big groups weren’t going anywhere, I tried by himself, hoping that I’d get some help but nobody followed so I continued on my own. I never got bored. I’m happy I did it. I also came here looking for a good shape ahead of the races in Italy, so it’s been a good day.”

Stage 6 from Senawang to Muar will be 176.3km long with three climbs to start with in the first 45km.

Complete results:

151.5 kilometers (94.21 miles) raced at an average speed of 43.84 km/hr (27.26 mph)

1 Ryan GIBBONS Dimension Data 3:27:20
2 Jakub MARECZKO Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia s.t.
3 Travis MCCABE Unitedhealthcare s.t.
4 Riccardo STACCHIOTTI Nippo-Vini Fantini s.t.
5 Anthony Giacoppo IsoWhey Sports s.t.
6 Mohd Zamri SALEH Terengganu Cycling s.t.
7 Marco MARONESE Bardiani-CSF s.t.
8 Shiki KUROEDA Aisan Racing s.t.
9 Mohamad Izzat HABDUL HALIL Sapura Cycling s.t.
10 Enrico BARBIN Bardiani-CSF s.t.
11 Mekseb DEBESAY Dimension Data s.t.
12 Anuar MANAN Terengganu Cycling s.t.
13 Mohd Shahrul MAT AMIN Terengganu Cycling s.t.
14 Shijin ZHANG Keyi Look s.t.
15 Marcelo FELIPE 7 Eleven-Philippines s.t.
16 Chris Harper IsoWhey Sports s.t.
17 Phuchong SAI-UDOMSIL Thailand Continental s.t.
18 BERNARDO ALBEIRO SUAZA Manzana Postobon s.t.
19 Daniel Alexander JARAMILLO Unitedhealthcare s.t.
20 SERGIO ANDRES HIGUITA Manzana Postobon s.t.
21 Scott SUNDERLAND IsoWhey Sports s.t.
22 Robbie HUCKER IsoWhey Sports s.t.
23 Paolo SIMION Bardiani-CSF s.t.
24 Penghai DENG Giant s.t.
25 Jacopo MOSCA Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia s.t.
26 Yevgeniy GIDICH Vino Astana Motors s.t.
27 Egan Arley BERNAL Androni Giocattoli s.t.
28 Shotaro WATANABE Aisan Racing s.t.
29 Muhammad Ameer AHMAD KAMAL Malaysia s.t.
30 Timothy ROE IsoWhey Sports s.t.
31 Masakazu ITO Nippo-Vini Fantini s.t.
32 JUAN PABLO VILLEGAS Manzana Postobon s.t.
33 Kota SUMIYOSHI Aisan Racing s.t.
34 Hideto NAKANE Nippo-Vini Fantini s.t.
35 Alberto CECCHIN Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia s.t.
36 Ben O'CONNOR Dimension Data s.t.
37 IVAN RAMIRO SOSA Androni Giocattoli s.t.
38 WILMAR ANDRES PAREDES Manzana Postobon s.t.
39 Dmitriy LUKYANOV Vino Astana Motors s.t.
40 Niccolo' PACINOTTI Bardiani-CSF s.t.
41 Fausto MASNADA Androni Giocattoli s.t.
42 Irwandie LAKASEK Malaysia s.t.
43 Sergey VLASSENKO Vino Astana Motors s.t.
44 Ying Hon YEUNG Infinite AIS s.t.
45 Turakit BOONRATANATHANAKORN Thailand Continental s.t.
46 Tomohiro HAYAKAWA Aisan Racing s.t.
47 Fernando ORJUELA GUTIERREZ Manzana Postobon s.t.
48 Eiman Firdaus MOHD ZAMRI Malaysia s.t.
49 Cameron BAYLY IsoWhey Sports s.t.
50 VICTOR NIÑO CORREDOR Sapura Cycling s.t.
51 WILMAR JAHIR PEREZ MUÑOZ Sapura Cycling s.t.
52 Aiman CAHYADI Sapura Cycling s.t.
53 Filippo POZZATO Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia s.t.
54 Azman ZULKIFLI MOHD Malaysia s.t.
55 Greg HENDERSON Unitedhealthcare s.t.
56 Nur Amirul Fakhruddin MARZUKI Terengganu Cycling s.t.
57 Giacomo BERLATO Nippo-Vini Fantini s.t.
58 Dadi SURYADI Terengganu Cycling s.t.
59 Jesse James EWART 7 Eleven-Philippines s.t.
60 Thanawut SANIKWATHI Thailand Continental s.t.
61 Yecid Arturo SIERRA SANCHEZ Manzana Postobon s.t.
62 Rafael ANDRIATO Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia s.t.
63 Muhamad Nur Aiman MOHD ZARIFF Malaysia s.t.
64 Maxat AYAZBAYEV Keyi Look s.t.
65 Muhamad Afiq Huznie OTHMAN Infinite AIS s.t.
66 Hang SHI Giant s.t.
67 Marino KOBAYASHI Nippo-Vini Fantini s.t.
68 Akmal Hakim ZAKARIA Sapura Cycling s.t.
69 Adrien NIYONSHUTI Dimension Data s.t.
70 Dominic PEREZ 7 Eleven-Philippines s.t.
71 Bonjoe MARTIN 7 Eleven-Philippines s.t.
72 Haiwang LIU Giant s.t.
73 Marco BENFATTO Androni Giocattoli s.t.
74 Tianhao GU Giant 21
75 Carlos Eduardo ALZATE Unitedhealthcare s.t.
76 Taras VOROPAYEV Vino Astana Motors 23
77 Kritsada CHANGPAD Infinite AIS s.t.
78 Khunakorn NONTHICHAN Infinite AIS s.t.
79 Muhammad Ameen AHMAD KAMAL Malaysia s.t.
80 Andrea PALINI Androni Giocattoli s.t.
81 Nelson MARTIN 7 Eleven-Philippines s.t.
82 Seungwoo CHOI KSPO Bianchi s.t.
83 Siyu YANG Keyi Look 32
84 Aspan ZHUKENOV Vino Astana Motors 35
85 Yahui SHI Keyi Look 36
86 Tanner PUTT Unitedhealthcare s.t.
87 Ryohei KOMORI Aisan Racing 45
88 Sofian Nabil Omar MOHD BAKRI Sapura Cycling s.t.
89 Jacques JANSE VAN RENSBURG Dimension Data 49
90 Nick DOUGALL Dimension Data 56
91 Stepan ASTAFYEV Vino Astana Motors 58
92 John Bohn EBSEN Infinite AIS +1:03
93 Tanaphon SEANAUMNUAYPHON Infinite AIS s.t.
94 Xin WANG Keyi Look +1:09
95 Adrian HEGYVARY Unitedhealthcare +1:15
96 Giuseppe FONZI Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia +1:24
97 Zhiwen CHEN Giant 0
98 En HUANG Keyi Look +2:11
99 Xiang Yuan LI Giant +2:32
100 Sea Keong LOH Thailand Continental +2:49
101 Nawuti LIPHONGYU Thailand Continental s.t.
102 Lorenzo ROTA Bardiani-CSF +3:37
103 Joonyong SEO KSPO Bianchi +3:50
104 Daeyeon KIM KSPO Bianchi s.t.
105 Haesung CHO KSPO Bianchi +4:08
106 Sukho KANG KSPO Bianchi +7:42

GC after Stage 5:

776.80 kilometers raced so far at an average speed of 41.12 km/hr (25.57 mph)

1 Ryan GIBBONS Dimension Data 18:53:06
2 Cameron BAYLY IsoWhey Sports 23
3 Alberto CECCHIN Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia 27
4 Yevgeniy GIDICH Vino Astana Motors 29
5 Mekseb DEBESAY Dimension Data 32
6 Chris Harper IsoWhey Sports 33
7 Daniel Alexander JARAMILLO Unitedhealthcare s.t.
8 Egan Arley BERNAL Androni Giocattoli s.t.
9 Timothy ROE IsoWhey Sports s.t.
10 Ben O'CONNOR Dimension Data s.t.
11 Fernando ORJUELA Manzana Postobon 40
12 Jacopo MOSCA Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia +1:02
13 Hideto NAKANE Nippo-Vini Fantini +1:06
14 Enrico BARBIN Bardiani-CSF +1:09
15 BERNARDO ALBEIRO SUAZA Manzana Postobon +1:10
16 IVAN RAMIRO SOSA Androni Giocattoli s.t.
17 Robbie HUCKER IsoWhey Sports s.t.
18 Fausto MASNADA Androni Giocattoli +1:22
19 VICTOR NIÑO CORREDOR Sapura Cycling +1:50
20 WILMAR ANDRES PAREDES Manzana Postobon +1:56
21 Tomohiro HAYAKAWA Aisan Racing +1:57
22 Dmitriy LUKYANOV Vino Astana Motors s.t.
23 WILMAR JAHIR PEREZ Sapura Cycling +2:01
24 Marcelo FELIPE 7 Eleven-Philippines +2:28
25 Ying Hon YEUNG Infinite AIS +2:39
26 Dadi SURYADI Terengganu Cycling +2:56
27 Yecid Arturo SIERRA Manzana Postobon +3:17
28 Adrien NIYONSHUTI Dimension Data +3:37
29 John Bohn EBSEN Infinite AIS +3:56
30 Filippo POZZATO Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia +4:13
31 Sergey VLASSENKO Vino Astana Motors +5:29
32 Masakazu ITO Nippo-Vini Fantini +5:59
33 Penghai DENG Giant +6:42
34 Jesse James EWART 7 Eleven-Philippines +7:05
35 Travis MCCABE Unitedhealthcare +7:32
36 Hang SHI Giant +7:46
37 Mohd Shahrul MAT AMIN Terengganu Cycling +7:52
38 Azman ZULKIFLI MOHD Malaysia +8:00
39 Greg HENDERSON Unitedhealthcare +9:18
40 Carlos Eduardo ALZATE Unitedhealthcare +9:37
41 Muhamad Nur Aiman MOHD ZARIFF Malaysia +9:54
42 Siyu YANG Keyi Look +10:46
43 Niccolo' PACINOTTI Bardiani-CSF +12:56
44 Rafael ANDRIATO Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia +13:24
45 Muhammad Ameer AHMAD KAMAL Malaysia +13:42
46 Zhiwen CHEN Giant +13:47
47 Tanner PUTT Unitedhealthcare +14:00
48 Daeyeon KIM KSPO Bianchi +14:07
49 Riccardo STACCHIOTTI Nippo-Vini Fantini +14:21
50 Lorenzo ROTA Bardiani-CSF +15:21
51 Sea Keong LOH Thailand Continental +15:33
52 Jacques JANSE VAN RENSBURG Dimension Data +16:13
53 Joonyong SEO KSPO Bianchi +17:10
54 Khunakorn NONTHICHAN Infinite AIS +18:10
55 Nick DOUGALL Dimension Data +18:21
56 Muhammad Ameen AHMAD KAMAL Malaysia +18:24
57 Maxat AYAZBAYEV Keyi Look +21:58
58 SERGIO ANDRES HIGUITA Manzana Postobon +23:00
59 Marco MARONESE Bardiani-CSF +23:23
60 Nelson MARTIN 7 Eleven-Philippines +23:50
61 Stepan ASTAFYEV Vino Astana Motors +25:16
62 Phuchong SAI-UDOMSIL Thailand Continental +25:36
63 Aiman CAHYADI Sapura Cycling +26:44
64 Anthony Giacoppo IsoWhey Sports +27:34
65 Taras VOROPAYEV Vino Astana Motors +28:42
66 Turakit BOONRATANATHANAKORN Thailand Continental +29:01
67 Nur Amirul Fakhruddin MARZUKI Terengganu Cycling +29:13
68 Xin WANG Keyi Look +30:18
69 Kritsada CHANGPAD Infinite AIS +32:44
70 Seungwoo CHOI KSPO Bianchi +36:12
71 Tianhao GU Giant +36:30
72 Haesung CHO KSPO Bianchi +36:37
73 Shiki KUROEDA Aisan Racing +36:44
74 Shotaro WATANABE Aisan Racing +37:04
75 Giacomo BERLATO Nippo-Vini Fantini +37:51
76 Dominic PEREZ 7 Eleven-Philippines +38:09
77 Nawuti LIPHONGYU Thailand Continental +38:49
78 JUAN PABLO VILLEGAS Manzana Postobon +38:57
79 Haiwang LIU Giant +40:26
80 Bonjoe MARTIN 7 Eleven-Philippines +40:54
81 Scott SUNDERLAND IsoWhey Sports +41:26
82 Jakub MARECZKO Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia +41:28
83 Marco BENFATTO Androni Giocattoli +41:44
84 Mohd Zamri SALEH Terengganu Cycling +42:17
85 Kota SUMIYOSHI Aisan Racing +42:59
86 Irwandie LAKASEK Malaysia +43:01
87 Ryohei KOMORI Aisan Racing +43:20
88 Paolo SIMION Bardiani-CSF +43:47
89 Aspan ZHUKENOV Vino Astana Motors +43:52
90 Muhamad Afiq Huznie OTHMAN Infinite AIS +44:23
91 Thanawut SANIKWATHI Thailand Continental +44:27
92 Adrian HEGYVARY Unitedhealthcare +44:41
93 Shijin ZHANG Keyi Look +44:48
94 Akmal Hakim ZAKARIA Sapura Cycling +45:26
95 Giuseppe FONZI Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia +45:42
96 Tanaphon SEANAUMNUAYPHON Infinite AIS +46:34
97 Eiman Firdaus MOHD ZAMRI Malaysia +47:25
98 Yahui SHI Keyi Look +47:30
99 Sofian Nabil Omar MOHD BAKRI Sapura Cycling +47:56
100 Xiang Yuan LI Giant +48:17
101 Marino KOBAYASHI Nippo-Vini Fantini +48:20
102 Mohamad Izzat Hilmi ABDUL HALIL Sapura Cycling +50:02
103 Andrea PALINI Androni Giocattoli +50:21
104 Sukho KANG KSPO Bianchi +50:36
105 Anuar MANAN Terengganu Cycling +50:39
106 En HUANG Keyi Look +50:49

Saturday, February 25: Stage 4. Seri Manjung - Cameron Highlands, 174.4 km (108.45 miles)

Mekseb Debesay

Mekseb Debesay wins Langkawi stage 4. ltdl photo

The race: Here's the organizer's stage report.

Dimension Data continued its winning streak with Eritrea’s Mekseb Debesay coming first atop the mythical Cameron Highlands, beating Australia’s Cameron Bayly by the length of a bike while Ryan Gibbons, third on the line only four seconds later, retained the yellow jersey and therefore gave the South African outfit a good chance to become the first team to win three Le Tour de Langkawi in a row after Youcef Reguigui and Reinardt Janse van Rensburg did so in 2015 and 2016.

“This is my first big victory”, reacted Debesay who only joined the WorldTour giants last year. “We rode together with my team-mates all day. The finale was quite hard but I followed some good riders and I outsprinted them. It was always my childhood dream in Africa to become a successful professional cyclist. It’s a dream come true now. I’ve been inspired by my compatriots Daniel Teklehaimanot and Natnael Berhane. They’re my heroes and I want to ride the Grand Tours like them in the same way I did today.”

Bayly of IsoWhey Sports Swisswellness moved up to second overall as he finished right behind Debesay and ahead of a group of nine riders who surge atop the final climb and comprised hot favourites Egan Bernal and Daniel Jaramillo as well as race leader Gibbons. “This is definitely a good result”, Bayly analyzed. “I’m a little bit disappointed to get second and not to win, being so close, but at the end of the day I was just not quick enough for the sprint. There were quite a few attacks before.

The Androni team was really aggressive. Bernal was very strong. I attacked with 1.5km to go. The Dimension Data rider came to wheel. I had to lead the sprint out. It’s good to be second on GC. We’ve got another four stages to go with a few of our riders in the top ten. We’ll try to shake things out, we’re not gonna leave it.”

Gibbons who expected to be in yellow for the last time saved his jersey and became the favourite for the overall classification as he’s got potential to improve his lead throughout the time bonuses in the upcoming sprints. “I’m more shocked than you guys are to still lead the race”, the South African said.

“A group of guys rode away but my team mates kept looking back and saw that I was coming across. Thankfully they didn’t put the pace on. They did a good job making sure that I was still up there. Jacques Janse van Rensburg brought me back to the front a few times. Nothing in my history proved that I could climb that well. This is new for me. I was not bluffing. It’s a surprise for me that I’ve been able to stay up there.”

Stage 5 from Meru Raya to Kuala Kubu Bahru, close to Kuala Lumpur, on a distance of 151.5km, should suit the sprinters.

Complete results:

174.4 kilometers raced at an average speed of 37.67 km/hr (23.42 mph)

1 Mekseb DEBESAY Dimension Data 4:37:49
2 Cameron BAYLY IsoWhey Sports s.t.
3 Ryan GIBBONS Dimension Data @ 4sec
4 Yevgeniy GIDICH Vino Astana Motors s.t.
5 Alberto CECCHIN Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia s.t.
6 Ben O'CONNOR Dimension Data s.t.
7 Chris Harper IsoWhey Sports s.t.
8 Egan Arley BERNAL GOMEZ Androni Giocattoli s.t.
9 Daniel Alexander JARAMILLO Unitedhealthcare s.t.
10 Timothy ROE IsoWhey Sports s.t.
11 SERGIO ANDRES HIGUITA Manzana Postobon s.t.
12 WILMAR JAHIR PEREZ MUÑOZ Sapura Cycling @ 8sec
13 Fernando ORJUELA GUTIERREZ Manzana Postobon 11
14 VICTOR NIÑO CORREDOR Sapura Cycling s.t.
15 WILMAR ANDRES PAREDES Manzana Postobon 14
16 Jacques JANSE VAN RENSBURG Dimension Data 19
17 Jacopo MOSCA Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia 22
18 Hideto NAKANE Nippo-Vini Fantini 37
19 Ying Hon YEUNG Infinite AIS 41
20 John Bohn EBSEN Infinite AIS s.t.
21 BERNARDO ALBEIRO SUAZA Manzana Postobon s.t.
22 Robbie HUCKER IsoWhey Sports s.t.
23 Enrico BARBIN Bardiani-CSF s.t.
24 IVAN RAMIRO SOSA CUERVO Androni Giocattoli s.t.
25 Yecid Arturo SIERRA SANCHEZ Manzana Postobon 54
26 Fausto MASNADA Androni Giocattoli +1:02
27 Marcelo FELIPE 7 Eleven-Philippines s.t.
28 Tomohiro HAYAKAWA Aisan Racing +1:28
29 Stepan ASTAFYEV Vino Astana Motors s.t.
30 Dmitriy LUKYANOV Vino Astana Motors s.t.
31 Masakazu ITO Nippo-Vini Fantini s.t.
32 Dadi SURYADI Terengganu Cycling s.t.
33 Adrien NIYONSHUTI Dimension Data +2:40
34 Aiman CAHYADI Sapura Cycling s.t.
35 Phuchong SAI-UDOMSIL Thailand Continental s.t.
36 Filippo POZZATO Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia +3:50
37 Sea Keong LOH Thailand Continental +4:38
38 Nur Amirul Fakhruddin MARZUKI Terengganu Cycling s.t.
39 Turakit BOONRATANATHANAKORN Thailand Continental s.t.
40 Anthony Giacoppo IsoWhey Sports s.t.
41 Hang SHI Giant +5:00
42 Taras VOROPAYEV Vino Astana Motors s.t.
43 Sergey VLASSENKO Vino Astana Motors s.t.
44 Xin WANG Keyi Look s.t.
45 Penghai DENG Giant s.t.
46 Jesse James EWART 7 Eleven-Philippines s.t.
47 Mohd Shahrul MAT AMIN Terengganu Cycling +6:18
48 Azman ZULKIFLI MOHD Malaysia s.t.
49 Travis MCCABE Unitedhealthcare +7:21
50 Daeyeon KIM KSPO Bianchi +8:12
51 Tianhao GU Giant s.t.
52 Zhiwen CHEN Giant s.t.
53 Kritsada CHANGPAD Infinite AIS s.t.
54 Muhamad Nur Aiman MOHD ZARIFF Malaysia s.t.
55 Haesung CHO KSPO Bianchi s.t.
56 Muhammad Ameen AHMAD KAMAL Malaysia s.t.
57 Khunakorn NONTHICHAN Infinite AIS s.t.
58 Carlos Eduardo ALZATE ESCOBAR Unitedhealthcare s.t.
59 Greg HENDERSON Unitedhealthcare s.t.
60 Siyu YANG Keyi Look s.t.
61 Muhammad Ameer AHMAD KAMAL Malaysia +9:14
62 Lorenzo ROTA Bardiani-CSF +10:43
63 Niccolo' PACINOTTI Bardiani-CSF +10:45
64 Bonjoe MARTIN 7 Eleven-Philippines s.t.
65 Seungwoo CHOI KSPO Bianchi +11:40
66 Joonyong SEO KSPO Bianchi +11:51
67 Nawuti LIPHONGYU Thailand Continental s.t.
68 Tanner PUTT Unitedhealthcare +12:55
69 Rafael ANDRIATO Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia s.t.
70 Giacomo BERLATO Nippo-Vini Fantini +13:52
71 Riccardo STACCHIOTTI Nippo-Vini Fantini s.t.
72 Shiki KUROEDA Aisan Racing s.t.
73 Nelson MARTIN 7 Eleven-Philippines s.t.
74 Dominic PEREZ 7 Eleven-Philippines s.t.
75 Nick DOUGALL Dimension Data s.t.
76 Haiwang LIU Giant s.t.
77 Shotaro WATANABE Aisan Racing s.t.
78 Scott SUNDERLAND IsoWhey Sports +18:52
79 Adrian HEGYVARY Unitedhealthcare s.t.
80 Jakub MARECZKO Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia s.t.
81 Giuseppe FONZI Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia s.t.
82 Kota SUMIYOSHI Aisan Racing s.t.
83 Mohamad Izzat Hilmi ABDUL HALIL Sapura Cycling s.t.
84 Marco MARONESE Bardiani-CSF s.t.
85 Mohd Zamri SALEH Terengganu Cycling s.t.
86 Akmal Hakim ZAKARIA Sapura Cycling s.t.
87 Xiang Yuan LI Giant s.t.
88 Aspan ZHUKENOV Vino Astana Motors s.t.
89 Anuar MANAN Terengganu Cycling s.t.
90 Sofian Nabil Omar MOHD BAKRI Sapura Cycling s.t.
91 Marco BENFATTO Androni Giocattoli s.t.
92 Irwandie LAKASEK Malaysia s.t.
93 Yahui SHI Keyi Look s.t.
94 Thanawut SANIKWATHI Thailand Continental s.t.
95 Sukho KANG KSPO Bianchi s.t.
96 Ryohei KOMORI Aisan Racing s.t.
97 Marino KOBAYASHI Nippo-Vini Fantini s.t.
98 En HUANG Keyi Look +19:03
99 Shijin ZHANG Keyi Look s.t.
100 Tanaphon SEANAUMNUAYPHON Infinite AIS +19:08
101 JUAN PABLO VILLEGAS CARDONA Manzana Postobon +19:52
102 Andrea PALINI Androni Giocattoli +20:05
103 Paolo SIMION Bardiani-CSF +20:22
104 Muhamad Afiq Huznie OTHMAN Infinite AIS s.t.
105 Maxat AYAZBAYEV Keyi Look s.t.
106 Eiman Firdaus MOHD ZAMRI Malaysia +20:36
107 Nicolas MARINI Nippo-Vini Fantini +34:06

GC after Stage 4:

625.30 kilometers (388.84 miles) raced so far at an average speed of 40.51 km/hr (25.19 mph)

1 Ryan GIBBONS Dimension Data 15:25:58
2 Cameron BAYLY IsoWhey Sports @ 11sec
3 Alberto CECCHIN Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia 15
4 Yevgeniy GIDICH Vino Astana Motors 17
5 Chris Harper IsoWhey Sports 21
6 Mekseb DEBESAY Dimension Data s.t.
7 Daniel Alexander JARAMILLO Unitedhealthcare s.t.
8 Egan Arley BERNAL GOMEZ Androni Giocattoli s.t.
9 Timothy ROE IsoWhey Sports s.t.
10 Ben O'CONNOR Dimension Data s.t.
11 Fernando ORJUELA GUTIERREZ Manzana Postobon 28
12 Jacopo MOSCA Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia 50
13 Hideto NAKANE Nippo-Vini Fantini 54
14 Enrico BARBIN Bardiani-CSF 57
15 BERNARDO ALBEIRO SUAZA Manzana Postobon 58
16 IVAN RAMIRO SOSA CUERVO Androni Giocattoli s.t.
17 Robbie HUCKER IsoWhey Sports s.t.
18 Fausto MASNADA Androni Giocattoli +1:19
19 VICTOR NIÑO CORREDOR Sapura Cycling +1:38
20 WILMAR ANDRES PAREDES Manzana Postobon +1:44
21 Tomohiro HAYAKAWA Aisan Racing +1:45
22 Dmitriy LUKYANOV Vino Astana Motors s.t.
23 WILMAR JAHIR PEREZ MUÑOZ Sapura Cycling +1:49
24 Marcelo FELIPE 7 Eleven-Philippines +2:16
25 Ying Hon YEUNG Infinite AIS +2:27
26 John Bohn EBSEN Infinite AIS +2:41
27 Dadi SURYADI Terengganu Cycling +2:44
28 Yecid Arturo SIERRA SANCHEZ Manzana Postobon +3:05
29 Adrien NIYONSHUTI Dimension Data +3:25
30 Filippo POZZATO Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia +4:01
31 Sergey VLASSENKO Vino Astana Motors +5:17
32 Masakazu ITO Nippo-Vini Fantini +5:47
33 Penghai DENG Giant +6:30
34 Jesse James EWART 7 Eleven-Philippines +6:53
35 Travis MCCABE Unitedhealthcare +7:24
36 Hang SHI Giant +7:34
37 Mohd Shahrul MAT AMIN Terengganu Cycling +7:40
38 Azman ZULKIFLI MOHD Malaysia +7:48
39 Carlos Eduardo ALZATE ESCOBAR Unitedhealthcare +9:04
40 Greg HENDERSON Unitedhealthcare +9:06
41 Muhamad Nur Aiman MOHD ZARIFF Malaysia +9:42
42 Siyu YANG Keyi Look +10:02
43 Daeyeon KIM KSPO Bianchi +10:05
44 Lorenzo ROTA Bardiani-CSF +11:32
45 Sea Keong LOH Thailand Continental +12:32
46 Niccolo' PACINOTTI Bardiani-CSF +12:44
47 Rafael ANDRIATO Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia +13:12
48 Tanner PUTT Unitedhealthcare s.t.
49 Joonyong SEO KSPO Bianchi s.t.
50 Muhammad Ameer AHMAD KAMAL Malaysia +13:30
51 Zhiwen CHEN Giant +13:35
52 Riccardo STACCHIOTTI Nippo-Vini Fantini +14:09
53 Jacques JANSE VAN RENSBURG Dimension Data +15:12
54 Nick DOUGALL Dimension Data +17:13
55 Khunakorn NONTHICHAN Infinite AIS +17:35
56 Muhammad Ameen AHMAD KAMAL Malaysia +17:49
57 Maxat AYAZBAYEV Keyi Look +21:46
58 SERGIO ANDRES HIGUITA GARCIA Manzana Postobon +22:48
59 Marco MARONESE Bardiani-CSF +23:11
60 Nelson MARTIN 7 Eleven-Philippines +23:15
61 Stepan ASTAFYEV Vino Astana Motors +24:06
62 Phuchong SAI-UDOMSIL Thailand Continental +25:24
63 Aiman CAHYADI Sapura Cycling +26:32
64 Anthony Giacoppo IsoWhey Sports +27:22
65 Taras VOROPAYEV Vino Astana Motors +28:07
66 Turakit BOONRATANATHANAKORN Thailand Continental +28:49
67 Xin WANG Keyi Look +28:57
68 Nur Amirul Fakhruddin MARZUKI Terengganu Cycling +29:01
69 Kritsada CHANGPAD Infinite AIS +32:09
70 Haesung CHO KSPO Bianchi +32:17
71 Seungwoo CHOI KSPO Bianchi +35:37
72 Nawuti LIPHONGYU Thailand Continental +35:48
73 Tianhao GU Giant +35:57
74 Shiki KUROEDA Aisan Racing +36:32
75 Shotaro WATANABE Aisan Racing +36:52
76 Giacomo BERLATO Nippo-Vini Fantini +37:39
77 Dominic PEREZ 7 Eleven-Philippines +37:57
78 JUAN PABLO VILLEGAS CARDONA Manzana Postobon +38:45
79 Haiwang LIU Giant +40:14
80 Bonjoe MARTIN 7 Eleven-Philippines +40:42
81 Scott SUNDERLAND IsoWhey Sports +41:16
82 Jakub MARECZKO Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia +41:22
83 Marco BENFATTO Androni Giocattoli +41:32
84 Mohd Zamri SALEH Terengganu Cycling +42:05
85 Ryohei KOMORI Aisan Racing +42:23
86 Sukho KANG KSPO Bianchi +42:42
87 Kota SUMIYOSHI Aisan Racing +42:47
88 Irwandie LAKASEK Malaysia +42:49
89 Aspan ZHUKENOV Vino Astana Motors +43:05
90 Adrian HEGYVARY Unitedhealthcare +43:14
91 Paolo SIMION Bardiani-CSF +43:35
92 Giuseppe FONZI Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia +44:06
93 Muhamad Afiq Huznie OTHMAN Infinite AIS +44:11
94 Thanawut SANIKWATHI Thailand Continental +44:15
95 Shijin ZHANG Keyi Look +44:36
96 Akmal Hakim ZAKARIA Sapura Cycling +45:14
97 Tanaphon SEANAUMNUAYPHON Infinite AIS +45:19
98 Xiang Yuan LI Giant +45:33
99 Yahui SHI Keyi Look +46:42
100 Sofian Nabil Omar MOHD BAKRI Sapura Cycling +46:59
101 Eiman Firdaus MOHD ZAMRI Malaysia +47:13
102 Marino KOBAYASHI Nippo-Vini Fantini +48:08
103 En HUANG Keyi Look +48:26
104 Andrea PALINI Androni Giocattoli +49:46
105 Mohamad Izzat Hilmi ABDUL HALIL Sapura Cycling +49:50
106 Anuar MANAN Terengganu Cycling +50:27
107 Nicolas MARINI Nippo-Vini Fantini +56:42

Friday, February 24: Stage 3, Serdang - Pantai Remis, 118.0 km (73.38 miles)

Jakub Mareczko

Jakub Mareczko wins the Langkawi Tour's third stage

The race: Here's the organizer's telling of the day's racing.

PANTAI REMIS: Jakub “Kuba” Mareczko gave Wilier Triestina their first victory of the 2017 season in stage 3 of Le Tour de Langkawi at Pantai Remis the day after his team-mate Filippo Pozzato came close. The diminutive Italian outsprinted stage 1 winner Scott Sunderland who moved into the lead of the points classification whereas Ryan Gibbons of South Africa retained the yellow jersey ahead of the queen stage to the Cameron Highlands.

“Finally I broke the ice”, Mareczko commented. “The whole team was dedicated to bring me to victory. I’m grateful to my team-mates for that. Pozzato, [Alberto] Cecchin and [Rafael] Andriato dragged me to the first positions of the peloton and I could launch my sprint with 400 metres to go.”

Tipped for being the “new Andrea Guardini” [in reference to the 22-time stage winner at LTdL], Mareczko won by a length of a bike over Sunderland. “It was difficult with a lot of people moving up all the time ahead of the sprint as everyone was fresh”, the Australian explained. “I’ve started my sprint from a long way back as I was out of position. I came from 25th wheel at 300m to go while he [Mareczko] was third wheel with 200m to go. His team here is built around him while mine has four guys out of six who are strong in the climbs. They have to protect themselves for GC so I have to ride solo and use other teams.”

Dimension Data did most of the pace at the helm of the peloton behind escape artist Loh Sea Keong (Thailand Continental Team) who was accompanied by Stepan Astafyev (Vino Astana Motors) and Dominic Perez (7/11) with a maximum lead of five minutes.

“In the last two kilometers, I nearly fell about three times”, race leader Gibbons informed. “So my head wasn’t in it. About 200 metres to go, I tried to come out and I just went backwards. Hopefully I can find my head again for the upcoming stages. My team rode all day because they had a lot of faith in me and I was confident in myself. Jacques Janse van Rensburg sat at the front of the peloton by himself for 90 kilometres. I’m sorry to have let the team down. It just wasn’t my day.”

Gibbons added that, being realistic, he expects stage 4 to be his final day in the yellow jersey as his team-mates Mekseb Debesay from Eritrea and Ben O’Connor from Australia will take the team’s leadership over from him. Colombians are set to fill the shoes of their compatriot Miguel Angel “Superman” Lopez who was a brilliant stage winner in the Cameron Highlands one year ago.

Complete Results:

118.0 kilometers raced at an average speed of 41.91 km/hr (26.06 mph)

1 Jakub MARECZKO Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia 2:48:56
2 Scott SUNDERLAND IsoWhey Sports s.t.
3 Mohd Zamri SALEH Terengganu Cycling s.t.
4 Nicolas MARINI Nippo-Vini Fantini s.t.
5 Marco BENFATTO Androni Giocattoli s.t.
6 Travis MCCABE Unitedhealthcare s.t.
7 Enrico BARBIN Bardiani-CSF s.t.
8 Yevgeniy GIDICH Vino Astana Motors s.t.
9 Thanawut SANIKWATHI Thailand Continental s.t.
10 Mohamad Hilmi ABDUL HALIL Sapura Cycling s.t.
11 WILMAR ANDRES PAREDES Manzana Postobon s.t.
12 Mekseb DEBESAY Dimension Data s.t.
13 Sergey VLASSENKO Vino Astana Motors s.t.
14 Anuar MANAN Terengganu Cycling s.t.
15 Ryan GIBBONS Dimension Data s.t.
16 Phuchong SAI-UDOMSIL Thailand Continental s.t.
17 Anthony Giacoppo IsoWhey Sports s.t.
18 Shijin ZHANG Keyi Look s.t.
19 Mohd Shahrul MAT AMIN Terengganu Cycling s.t.
20 Shiki KUROEDA Aisan Racing s.t.
21 Chris Harper IsoWhey Sports s.t.
22 Irwandie LAKASEK Malaysia s.t.
23 Joonyong SEO KSPO Bianchi s.t.
24 Hideto NAKANE Nippo-Vini Fantini s.t.
25 Andrea PALINI Androni Giocattoli s.t.
26 Kota SUMIYOSHI Aisan Racing s.t.
27 Marco MARONESE Bardiani-CSF s.t.
28 Muhamad Afiq Huznie OTHMAN Infinite AIS s.t.
29 BERNARDO ALBEIRO SUAZA Manzana Postobon s.t.
30 Marcelo FELIPE 7 Eleven-Philippines s.t.
31 Rafael ANDRIATO Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia s.t.
32 Sofian Nabil Omar MOHD BAKRI Sapura Cycling s.t.
33 Xiang Yuan LI Giant s.t.
34 Daniel Alexander JARAMILLO Unitedhealthcare s.t.
35 Shotaro WATANABE Aisan Racing s.t.
36 Seungwoo CHOI KSPO Bianchi s.t.
37 Bonjoe MARTIN 7 Eleven-Philippines s.t.
38 Egan Arley BERNAL GOMEZ Androni Giocattoli s.t.
39 SERGIO ANDRES HIGUITA Manzana Postobon s.t.
40 Penghai DENG Giant s.t.
41 Nelson MARTIN 7 Eleven-Philippines s.t.
42 Eiman Firdaus MOHD ZAMRI Malaysia s.t.
43 IVAN RAMIRO SOSA CUERVO Androni Giocattoli s.t.
44 Riccardo STACCHIOTTI Nippo-Vini Fantini s.t.
45 Zhiwen CHEN Giant s.t.
46 Tanner PUTT Unitedhealthcare s.t.
47 Muhammad AHMAD KAMAL Malaysia s.t.
48 Masakazu ITO Nippo-Vini Fantini s.t.
49 Maxat AYAZBAYEV Keyi Look s.t.
50 Filippo POZZATO Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia s.t.
51 Tomohiro HAYAKAWA Aisan Racing s.t.
52 Fernando ORJUELA Manzana Postobon s.t.
53 Yahui SHI Keyi Look s.t.
54 Alberto CECCHIN Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia s.t.
55 Ben O'CONNOR Dimension Data s.t.
56 Daeyeon KIM KSPO Bianchi s.t.
57 Adrien NIYONSHUTI Dimension Data s.t.
58 Fausto MASNADA Androni Giocattoli s.t.
59 Jacopo MOSCA Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia s.t.
60 Nawuti LIPHONGYU Thailand Continental s.t.
61 Tianhao GU Giant s.t.
62 Timothy ROE IsoWhey Sports s.t.
63 Akmal Hakim ZAKARIA Sapura Cycling s.t.
64 Taras VOROPAYEV Vino Astana Motors s.t.
65 Dmitriy LUKYANOV Vino Astana Motors s.t.
66 Kritsada CHANGPAD Infinite AIS s.t.
67 Khunakorn NONTHICHAN Infinite AIS s.t.
68 Jesse James EWART 7 Eleven-Philippines s.t.
69 Ying Hon YEUNG Infinite AIS s.t.
70 Xin WANG Keyi Look s.t.
71 Stepan ASTAFYEV Vino Astana Motors s.t.
72 Dadi SURYADI Terengganu Cycling s.t.
73 Azman ZULKIFLI MOHD Malaysia s.t.
74 Carlos Eduardo ALZATE Unitedhealthcare s.t.
75 VICTOR NIÑO CORREDOR Sapura Cycling s.t.
76 Aiman CAHYADI Sapura Cycling s.t.
77 Muhamad MOHD ZARIFF Malaysia s.t.
78 Haiwang LIU Giant s.t.
79 Lorenzo ROTA Bardiani-CSF s.t.
80 Cameron BAYLY IsoWhey Sports s.t.
81 Adrian HEGYVARY Unitedhealthcare @ 12sec
82 WILMAR JAHIR PEREZ Sapura Cycling @ 14sec
83 Hang SHI Giant s.t.
84 Dominic PEREZ 7 Eleven-Philippines s.t.
85 John Bohn EBSEN Infinite AIS s.t.
86 Turakit BOONRATANATHANAKORN Thailand Continental s.t.
87 Muhammad Ameen AHMAD KAMAL Malaysia s.t.
88 Siyu YANG Keyi Look 20
89 Tanaphon SEANAUMNUAYPHON Infinite AIS 21
90 Sungbaek PARK KSPO Bianchi s.t.
91 Haesung CHO KSPO Bianchi s.t.
92 Aspan ZHUKENOV Vino Astana Motors s.t.
93 JUAN PABLO VILLEGAS CARDONA Manzana Postobon s.t.
94 Nick DOUGALL Dimension Data s.t.
95 Greg HENDERSON Unitedhealthcare s.t.
96 Ryohei KOMORI Aisan Racing 28
97 Nur Amirul Fakhruddin MARZUKI Terengganu Cycling 29
98 Paolo SIMION Bardiani-CSF s.t.
99 Niccolo' PACINOTTI Bardiani-CSF s.t.
100 Giacomo BERLATO Nippo-Vini Fantini 31
101 Yecid Arturo SIERRA SANCHEZ Manzana Postobon 41
102 Sukho KANG KSPO Bianchi 45
103 Robbie HUCKER IsoWhey Sports @ 0sec
104 Sea Keong LOH Thailand Continental +1:57
105 Giuseppe FONZI Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia +2:30
106 Jacques Willem JANSE VAN RENSBURG Dimension Data s.t.
107 Marino KOBAYASHI Nippo-Vini Fantini s.t.
108 En HUANG Keyi Look +2:37

GC after Stage 3:

459.90 kilometers (280.39 miles) raced so far at an average speed of 41.73 km/hr (25.95 mph)

1 Ryan GIBBONS Dimension Data 10:48:09
2 Travis MCCABE Unitedhealthcare @ 3
3 Filippo POZZATO Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia 11
4 Alberto CECCHIN Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia s.t.
5 Yevgeniy GIDICH Vino Astana Motors 13
6 Enrico BARBIN Bardiani-CSF 16
7 Chris Harper IsoWhey Sports 17
8 Rafael ANDRIATO Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia s.t.
9 Sergey VLASSENKO Vino Astana Motors s.t.
10 Hideto NAKANE Nippo-Vini Fantini s.t.
11 Riccardo STACCHIOTTI Nippo-Vini Fantini s.t.
12 Daniel Alexander JARAMILLO Unitedhealthcare s.t.
13 BERNARDO ALBEIRO SUAZA Manzana Postobon s.t.
14 Egan Arley BERNAL GOMEZ Androni Giocattoli s.t.
15 Tanner PUTT Unitedhealthcare s.t.
16 Fernando ORJUELA Manzana Postobon s.t.
17 IVAN RAMIRO SOSA Androni Giocattoli s.t.
18 Tomohiro HAYAKAWA Aisan Racing s.t.
19 Timothy ROE IsoWhey Sports s.t.
20 Fausto MASNADA Androni Giocattoli s.t.
21 Cameron BAYLY IsoWhey Sports s.t.
22 Ben O'CONNOR Dimension Data s.t.
23 Dmitriy LUKYANOV Vino Astana Motors s.t.
24 Robbie HUCKER IsoWhey Sports s.t.
25 Jacopo MOSCA Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia 28
26 Mekseb DEBESAY Dimension Data 31
27 Adrien NIYONSHUTI Dimension Data 45
28 Lorenzo ROTA Bardiani-CSF 49
29 Carlos Eduardo ALZATE Unitedhealthcare 52
30 Greg HENDERSON Unitedhealthcare 54
31 Marcelo FELIPE 7 Eleven-Philippines +1:14
32 Dadi SURYADI Terengganu Cycling +1:16
33 Mohd Shahrul MAT AMIN Terengganu Cycling +1:22
34 Maxat AYAZBAYEV Keyi Look +1:24
35 VICTOR NIÑO CORREDOR Sapura Cycling +1:27
36 Joonyong SEO KSPO Bianchi +1:30
37 WILMAR ANDRES PAREDES Manzana Postobon s.t.
38 Penghai DENG Giant s.t.
39 Azman ZULKIFLI MOHD Malaysia s.t.
40 Muhamad MOHD ZARIFF Malaysia s.t.
41 WILMAR JAHIR PEREZ Sapura Cycling +1:41
42 Ying Hon YEUNG Infinite AIS +1:46
43 Siyu YANG Keyi Look +1:50
44 Daeyeon KIM KSPO Bianchi +1:53
45 Jesse James EWART 7 Eleven-Philippines s.t.
46 Niccolo' PACINOTTI Bardiani-CSF +1:59
47 John Bohn EBSEN Infinite AIS +2:00
48 Yecid Arturo SIERRA Manzana Postobon +2:11
49 Hang SHI Giant +2:24
50 Nick DOUGALL Dimension Data +3:21
51 Muhammad AHMAD KAMAL Malaysia +4:16
52 Marco MARONESE Bardiani-CSF s.t.
53 Masakazu ITO Nippo-Vini Fantini +4:19
54 Zhiwen CHEN Giant +5:23
55 Sea Keong LOH Thailand Continental +7:54
56 Nelson MARTIN 7 Eleven-Philippines +9:23
57 Khunakorn NONTHICHAN Infinite AIS s.t.
58 Muhammad Ameen AHMAD KAMAL Malaysia +9:37
59 Jacques JANSE VAN RENSBURG Dimension Data +14:53
60 JUAN PABLO VILLEGAS Manzana Postobon +18:53
61 Scott SUNDERLAND IsoWhey Sports +22:24
62 Jakub MARECZKO Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia +22:30
63 Nicolas MARINI Nippo-Vini Fantini +22:36
64 Stepan ASTAFYEV Vino Astana Motors +22:38
65 Marco BENFATTO Androni Giocattoli +22:40
66 Shiki KUROEDA Aisan Racing s.t.
67 Phuchong SAI-UDOMSIL Thailand Continental +22:44
68 Anthony Giacoppo IsoWhey Sports s.t.
69 SERGIO ANDRES HIGUITA Manzana Postobon s.t.
70 Shotaro WATANABE Aisan Racing +23:00
71 Taras VOROPAYEV Vino Astana Motors +23:07
72 Mohd Zamri SALEH Terengganu Cycling +23:13
73 Paolo SIMION Bardiani-CSF s.t.
74 Ryohei KOMORI Aisan Racing +23:31
75 Giacomo BERLATO Nippo-Vini Fantini +23:47
76 Sukho KANG KSPO Bianchi +23:50
77 Muhamad Afiq Huznie OTHMAN Infinite AIS +23:52
78 Aiman CAHYADI Sapura Cycling s.t.
79 Irwandie LAKASEK Malaysia +23:57
80 Kota SUMIYOSHI Aisan Racing s.t.
81 Seungwoo CHOI KSPO Bianchi s.t.
82 Nawuti LIPHONGYU Thailand Continental s.t.
83 Kritsada CHANGPAD Infinite AIS s.t.
84 Xin WANG Keyi Look s.t.
85 Haesung CHO KSPO Bianchi +24:05
86 Dominic PEREZ 7 Eleven-Philippines s.t.
87 Sungbaek PARK KSPO Bianchi +24:09
88 Turakit BOONRATANATHANAKORN Thailand Continental +24:11
89 Aspan ZHUKENOV Vino Astana Motors +24:13
90 Adrian HEGYVARY Unitedhealthcare +24:22
91 Nur Amirul Fakhruddin MARZUKI Terengganu Cycling +24:23
92 Giuseppe FONZI Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia +25:14
93 Thanawut SANIKWATHI Thailand Continental +25:23
94 Shijin ZHANG Keyi Look +25:33
95 Tanaphon SEANAUMNUAYPHON Infinite AIS +26:11
96 Akmal Hakim ZAKARIA Sapura Cycling +26:22
97 Haiwang LIU Giant s.t.
98 Xiang Yuan LI Giant +26:41
99 Eiman Firdaus MOHD ZAMRI Malaysia s.t.
100 Tianhao GU Giant +27:45
101 Yahui SHI Keyi Look +27:50
102 Sofian Nabil Omar MOHD BAKRI Sapura Cycling +28:07
103 Marino KOBAYASHI Nippo-Vini Fantini +29:16
104 En HUANG Keyi Look +29:23
105 Andrea PALINI Androni Giocattoli +29:41
106 Bonjoe MARTIN 7 Eleven-Philippines +29:57
107 Mohamad Izzat Hilmi ABDUL HALIL Sapura Cycling +30:58
108 Anuar MANAN Terengganu Cycling +31:35

Thursday, February 23: Stage 2, Jerteh - Gerik, 208.1 km (129.41 miles)

Travis McCabe

Travis McCabe just beats Filippo Pozzato to win stage 2. ldtl photo

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

American outfit Unitedhealthcare continued its winning streak at Le Tour de Langkawi with Travis McCabe outsprinting Filippo Pozzato and Ryan Gibbons who became the new race leader on the slightly downhill finish in Gerik in the state of Perak in northern Malaysia. They previously won a stage in 2014 with Bradley White and in 2016 with John Murphy.

Exactly like Murphy one year ago, McCabe lined up at LTdL fresh from a stage win at the Herald Sun Tour in Australia. “We came here with the ambition to win”, the American sprinter said at the post-race press conference. “We really wanted to work on the lead out train that we have. I wasn’t trying to fill the shoes of Murphy but it’s great to do the same as him. For me, today, it was all about patience. We showed yesterday that we had the lead out train and the power to take me to the line but I made a mistake by going way too early. Today I went into a small break before the category 1 climb to make it easier when Manzana really hit it on the climb.”

It was a long but eventful day of racing from the East Coast to the jungle via the Titiwangsa Range. It started with a crash involving Pozzato and taking Terengganu’s sprinter Harrif Saleh out of the race as he hit a rock. 49 kilometres were covered in the first hour, making it impossible for anyone to escape from the peloton but a group of 16 riders eventually rode away but the presence of the likes of Jacques Janse van Rensburg (Dimension Data), Bernardo Suaza (Manzana-Postobon) and Robbie Hucker (IsoWhey Sports Swisswellness) forced Androni Giocattoli to chase. Attracted by the King of the Mountains competition after losing hopes of winning the overall classification after a crash in stage 1, John Ebsen (Infinite AIS) went on his own 90km before the finish in order to score important points atop Titiwangsa. The selective terrain reduced the bunch to fifty riders only.

Italy’s Pozzato was close to add his name to the record of stage winners at Gerik after his prestigious compatriots Gianni Bugno in 1997 and Rinaldo Nocentini in 1999 but McCabe outclassed him at the very end of a tight finish. “My day started with a crash while I was in the middle of road at the back of the peloton in order to not risk anything”, Pozzato explained.

“But someone bumped into me after losing control of his handlebar and I fell on my face. My head was shocked by the crash but my legs were going much better than yesterday after the traveling. In the finale I wanted to anticipate the sprint because I’m not as fast as these guys.

But the Unitedhealthcare riders have done a great job as they rode strongly from 1.2km to the end. There was no space for me to attack. When they opened it for their sprinter, I exited on the right side of the road. I hesitated a bit but at the end he was faster than me. It’s a pity because I would have liked to break the ice and take a first victory this year, especially for the team. They need some results after the good work done since the beginning of the year. We’ll try again.”

Third on the line, Gibbons took over from Scott Sunderland in the lead of the overall ranking. “I had a bike change due to a mechanical at about 60km to go”, the South African revealed. “It had a 53 on and I couldn’t get it down to the 11 [gear]. I had a perfect lead out. I thought it was no problem to come round him but I had no speed. I’m disappointed not to win but I’m happy to be in the yellow jersey. It sounds like an excuse but I think I’m quicker than these guys and I want to prove it in the coming days.”

Stage 3 is expected to be a good one for the sprinters, being relatively short (118km) from Serdang to Pantai Remis.

Complete Results:

208.1 kilometers raced at an average speed of 40.98 km/hr (25.48 mph)

1 Travis MCCABE Unitedhealthcare 5:04:41
2 Filippo POZZATO Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia s.t.
3 Ryan GIBBONS Dimension Data s.t.
4 Alberto CECCHIN Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia s.t.
5 Yevgeniy GIDICH Vino Astana Motors s.t.
6 Marco MARONESE Bardiani-CSF s.t.
7 Riccardo STACCHIOTTI Nippo-Vini Fantini s.t.
8 Rafael ANDRIATO Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia s.t.
9 Cameron BAYLY IsoWhey Sports s.t.
10 Mohd Shahrul MAT AMIN Terengganu Cycling s.t.
11 WILMAR ANDRES PAREDES Manzana Postobon s.t.
12 Tanner PUTT Unitedhealthcare s.t.
13 Muhammad AHMAD KAMAL Malaysia s.t.
14 Zhiwen CHEN Giant s.t.
15 Marcelo FELIPE 7 Eleven Philippines s.t.
16 Sergey VLASSENKO Vino Astana Motors s.t.
17 Joonyong SEO KSPO Bianchi s.t.
18 Chris Harper IsoWhey Sports s.t.
19 Enrico BARBIN Bardiani-CSF s.t.
20 Mekseb DEBESAY Dimension Data s.t.
21 Hideto NAKANE Nippo-Vini Fantini s.t.
22 Penghai DENG Giant s.t.
23 Maxat AYAZBAYEV Keyi Look s.t.
24 Robbie HUCKER IsoWhey Sports s.t.
25 Fernando ORJUELA GUTIERREZ Manzana Postobon s.t.
26 Daniel Alexander JARAMILLO Unitedhealthcare s.t.
27 Egan Arley BERNAL GOMEZ Androni Giocattoli s.t.
28 Jacopo MOSCA Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia s.t.
29 Tomohiro HAYAKAWA Aisan Racing s.t.
30 Timothy ROE IsoWhey Sports s.t.
31 BERNARDO ALBEIRO SUAZA Manzana Postobon s.t.
32 IVAN RAMIRO SOSA CUERVO Androni Giocattoli s.t.
33 Fausto MASNADA Androni Giocattoli s.t.
34 Ben O'CONNOR Dimension Data s.t.
35 Dadi SURYADI Terengganu Cycling s.t.
36 Yecid Arturo SIERRA SANCHEZ Manzana Postobon s.t.
37 Hang SHI Giant s.t.
38 Azman ZULKIFLI MOHD Malaysia s.t.
39 Masakazu ITO Nippo-Vini Fantini s.t.
40 Dmitriy LUKYANOV Vino Astana Motors s.t.
41 Niccolo' PACINOTTI Bardiani-CSF s.t.
42 Lorenzo ROTA Bardiani-CSF s.t.
43 Greg HENDERSON Unitedhealthcare s.t.
44 Muhamad Nur Aiman MOHD ZARIFF Malaysia s.t.
45 Siyu YANG Keyi Look s.t.
46 WILMAR JAHIR PEREZ MUÑOZ Sapura Cycling 11
47 VICTOR NIÑO CORREDOR Sapura Cycling 14
48 John Bohn EBSEN Infinite AIS 16
49 Carlos Eduardo ALZATE ESCOBAR Unitedhealthcare s.t.
50 Ying Hon YEUNG Infinite AIS s.t.
51 Adrien NIYONSHUTI Dimension Data 19
52 Sea Keong LOH Thailand Continental 23
53 Jesse James EWART 7 Eleven Philippines s.t.
54 Daeyeon KIM KSPO Bianchi s.t.
55 Nick DOUGALL Dimension Data +2:20
56 Khunakorn NONTHICHAN Infinite AIS +7:53
57 Nelson MARTIN 7 Eleven Philippines s.t.
58 Muhammad Ameen AHMAD KAMAL Malaysia s.t.
59 Jacques Willem JANSE VAN RENSBURG Dimension Data +12:06
60 JUAN PABLO VILLEGAS CARDONA Manzana Postobon s.t.
61 Mohamad Izzat Hilmi ABDUL HALIL Sapura Cycling +22:22
62 Muhamad Afiq Huznie OTHMAN Infinite AIS s.t.
63 Tianhao GU Giant s.t.
64 Aspan ZHUKENOV Vino Astana Motors s.t.
65 Aiman CAHYADI Sapura Cycling s.t.
66 Akmal Hakim ZAKARIA Sapura Cycling s.t.
67 Xiang Yuan LI Giant s.t.
68 Haiwang LIU Giant s.t.
69 Eiman Firdaus MOHD ZAMRI Malaysia s.t.
70 Haesung CHO KSPO Bianchi s.t.
71 Shotaro WATANABE Aisan Racing s.t.
72 Scott SUNDERLAND IsoWhey Sports +22:27
73 Marino KOBAYASHI Nippo-Vini Fantini s.t.
74 SERGIO ANDRES HIGUITA GARCIA Manzana Postobon s.t.
75 Marco BENFATTO Androni Giocattoli s.t.
76 Giacomo BERLATO Nippo-Vini Fantini s.t.
77 Kota SUMIYOSHI Aisan Racing s.t.
78 Turakit BOONRATANATHANAKORN Thailand Continental s.t.
79 Dominic PEREZ 7 Eleven Philippines s.t.
80 Stepan ASTAFYEV Vino Astana Motors s.t.
81 Taras VOROPAYEV Vino Astana Motors s.t.
82 Anthony Giacoppo IsoWhey Sports s.t.
83 Thanawut SANIKWATHI Thailand Continental s.t.
84 Yahui SHI Keyi Look s.t.
85 Xin WANG Keyi Look s.t.
86 Nawuti LIPHONGYU Thailand Continental s.t.
87 Kritsada CHANGPAD Infinite AIS s.t.
88 Phuchong SAI-UDOMSIL Thailand Continental s.t.
89 Mohd Zamri SALEH Terengganu Cycling s.t.
90 Bonjoe MARTIN 7 Eleven Philippines s.t.
91 Tanaphon SEANAUMNUAYPHON Infinite AIS s.t.
92 Irwandie LAKASEK Malaysia s.t.
93 Anuar MANAN Terengganu Cycling s.t.
94 Giuseppe FONZI Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia s.t.
95 Andrea PALINI Androni Giocattoli s.t.
96 Seungwoo CHOI KSPO Bianchi s.t.
97 Nicolas MARINI Nippo-Vini Fantini s.t.
98 Shiki KUROEDA Aisan Racing s.t.
99 Ryohei KOMORI Aisan Racing s.t.
100 Jakub MARECZKO Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia s.t.
101 Adrian HEGYVARY Unitedhealthcare s.t.
102 Sofian Nabil Omar MOHD BAKRI Sapura Cycling s.t.
103 En HUANG Keyi Look s.t.
104 Sukho KANG KSPO Bianchi s.t.
105 Nur Amirul Fakhruddin MARZUKI Terengganu Cycling s.t.
106 Sungbaek PARK KSPO Bianchi s.t.
107 Shijin ZHANG Keyi Look s.t.
108 Paolo SIMION Bardiani-CSF s.t.

GC after stage 2:

332.90 kilometers (207.01 miles) raced so far at an average speed of 41.66 km/hr (25.91 mph)

1 Ryan GIBBONS Dimension Data 7:59:13
2 Travis MCCABE Unitedhealthcare 3
3 Filippo POZZATO Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia 11
4 Alberto CECCHIN Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia s.t.
5 Yevgeniy GIDICH Vino Astana Motors 13
6 Enrico BARBIN Bardiani-CSF 16
7 Rafael ANDRIATO Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia 17
8 Riccardo STACCHIOTTI Nippo-Vini Fantini s.t.
9 Chris Harper IsoWhey Sports s.t.
10 Hideto NAKANE Nippo-Vini Fantini s.t.
11 Robbie HUCKER IsoWhey Sports s.t.
12 Cameron BAYLY IsoWhey Sports s.t.
13 Tanner PUTT Unitedhealthcare s.t.
14 Daniel Alexander JARAMILLO Unitedhealthcare s.t.
15 Fernando ORJUELA GUTIERREZ Manzana Postobon s.t.
16 Egan Arley BERNAL GOMEZ Androni Giocattoli s.t.
17 Sergey VLASSENKO Vino Astana Motors s.t.
18 BERNARDO ALBEIRO SUAZA ARANGO Manzana Postobon s.t.
19 Tomohiro HAYAKAWA Aisan Racing s.t.
20 Timothy ROE IsoWhey Sports s.t.
21 IVAN RAMIRO SOSA CUERVO Androni Giocattoli s.t.
22 Fausto MASNADA Androni Giocattoli s.t.
23 Dmitriy LUKYANOV Vino Astana Motors s.t.
24 Ben O'CONNOR Dimension Data s.t.
25 Jacopo MOSCA Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia 28
26 Mekseb DEBESAY Dimension Data 31
27 Greg HENDERSON Unitedhealthcare 33
28 Adrien NIYONSHUTI Dimension Data 45
29 Lorenzo ROTA Bardiani-CSF 49
30 Carlos Eduardo ALZATE ESCOBAR Unitedhealthcare 52
31 Marcelo FELIPE 7 Eleven Philippines +1:14
32 Dadi SURYADI Terengganu Cycling +1:16
33 Mohd Shahrul MAT AMIN Terengganu Cycling +1:22
34 Maxat AYAZBAYEV Keyi Look +1:24
35 WILMAR JAHIR PEREZ MUÑOZ Sapura Cycling +1:27
36 VICTOR NIÑO CORREDOR Sapura Cycling s.t.
37 Joonyong SEO KSPO Bianchi +1:30
38 Penghai DENG Giant +1:30
39 WILMAR ANDRES PAREDES ZAPATA Manzana Postobon s.t.
40 Siyu YANG Keyi Look s.t.
41 Azman ZULKIFLI MOHD Malaysia s.t.
42 Yecid Arturo SIERRA SANCHEZ Manzana Postobon s.t.
43 Niccolo' PACINOTTI Bardiani-CSF s.t.
44 Muhamad Nur Aiman MOHD ZARIFF Malaysia s.t.
45 John Bohn EBSEN Infinite AIS +1:46
46 Ying Hon YEUNG Infinite AIS s.t.
47 Jesse James EWART 7 Eleven Philippines +1:53
48 Daeyeon KIM KSPO Bianchi s.t.
49 Hang SHI Giant +2:10
50 Nick DOUGALL Dimension Data +3:00
51 Muhammad Ameer AHMAD KAMAL Malaysia +4:16
52 Marco MARONESE Bardiani-CSF +4:19
53 Masakazu ITO Nippo-Vini Fantini s.t.
54 Zhiwen CHEN Giant +5:23
55 Sea Keong LOH Thailand Continental +6:03
56 Nelson MARTIN 7 Eleven Philippines +9:23
57 Muhammad Ameen AHMAD KAMAL Malaysia s.t.
58 Khunakorn NONTHICHAN Infinite AIS s.t.
59 Jacques Willem JANSE VAN RENSBURG Dimension Data +12:23
60 JUAN PABLO VILLEGAS CARDONA Manzana Postobon +18:32
61 Scott SUNDERLAND IsoWhey Sports +22:30
62 Nicolas MARINI Nippo-Vini Fantini +22:36
63 Marco BENFATTO Androni Giocattoli +22:40
64 Jakub MARECZKO Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia s.t.
65 Shiki KUROEDA Aisan Racing s.t.
66 SERGIO ANDRES HIGUITA GARCIA Manzana Postobon +22:44
67 Phuchong SAI-UDOMSIL Thailand Continental s.t.
68 Anthony Giacoppo IsoWhey Sports s.t.
69 Stepan ASTAFYEV Vino Astana Motors s.t.
70 Giuseppe FONZI Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia s.t.
71 Paolo SIMION Bardiani-CSF s.t.
72 Shotaro WATANABE Aisan Racing +23:00
73 Ryohei KOMORI Aisan Racing +23:03
74 Sukho KANG KSPO Bianchi +23:05
75 Taras VOROPAYEV Vino Astana Motors +23:07
76 Giacomo BERLATO Nippo-Vini Fantini +23:16
77 Mohd Zamri SALEH Terengganu Cycling +23:17
78 Haesung CHO KSPO Bianchi +23:44
79 Sungbaek PARK KSPO Bianchi +23:48
80 Aiman CAHYADI Sapura Cycling +23:52
81 Aspan ZHUKENOV Vino Astana Motors s.t.
82 Muhamad Afiq Huznie OTHMAN Infinite AIS s.t.
83 Nur Amirul Fakhruddin MARZUKI Terengganu Cycling +23:54
84 Dominic PEREZ 7 Eleven Philippines +23:57
85 Irwandie LAKASEK Malaysia s.t.
86 Kota SUMIYOSHI Aisan Racing s.t.
87 Nawuti LIPHONGYU Thailand Continental s.t.
88 Seungwoo CHOI KSPO Bianchi s.t.
89 Turakit BOONRATANATHANAKORN Thailand Continental s.t.
90 Xin WANG Keyi Look s.t.
91 Kritsada CHANGPAD Infinite AIS s.t.
92 Adrian HEGYVARY Unitedhealthcare +24:10
93 Thanawut SANIKWATHI Thailand Continental +25:23
94 Shijin ZHANG Keyi Look +25:33
95 Tanaphon SEANAUMNUAYPHON Infinite AIS +25:50
96 Akmal Hakim ZAKARIA Sapura Cycling +26:22
97 Haiwang LIU Giant +26:22
98 Eiman Firdaus MOHD ZAMRI Malaysia +26:41
99 Xiang Yuan LI Giant s.t.
100 Marino KOBAYASHI Nippo-Vini Fantini +26:46
101 En HUANG Keyi Look s.t.
102 Tianhao GU Giant +27:45
103 Yahui SHI Keyi Look +27:50
104 Sofian Nabil Omar MOHD BAKRI Sapura Cycling +28:07
105 Andrea PALINI Androni Giocattoli +29:41
106 Bonjoe MARTIN 7 Eleven Philippines +29:57
107 Mohamad Izzat Hilmi ABDUL HALIL Sapura Cycling +30:58
108 Anuar MANAN Terengganu Cycling +31:35

Wednesday, February 22: Stage 1, Kuala Berang - Kuala Terengganu Circuit, 124.8 km (77.61 miles)

Scott Sunderland

Scott Sunderland wins the first stage. ltdl Photo

The race: Here's the organizer's telling of the day's racing.

KUALA TERENGGANU: Former keirin rider Scott Sunderland from Australia won stage 1 of the 2017 Le Tour de Langkawi in Kuala Terengganu and thus followed the path of Dutchman Theo Bos who also successfully made the transition from sprinting on the track to sprinting on the road.

He made IsoWhey Sports Swisswellness’ first appearance to LTdL a big coup as he fended off South Africa’s Ryan Gibbons who is sensational recruit for WorldTour giants Dimension Data while Italian rivals Nicolas Marini of Nippo-Vini Fantini and Jakub Mareczko of Willier Triestina surrendered in third and fourth places.

Sunderland was well aware of winning his first pro race [after stage 1 of the UCI 2.2 Tour of Fuzhou in China in 2015] on the homeland of an old competitor of his: Olympic medalist Azizul Hasni Awang. “I know he’s from Terengganu”, the Australian reacted. “He is a great competitor and such a big presence in keirin racing. I’m aware of his fame in Malaysia. Going from track sprint to this event is definitely a lot different when you have to try to get over the hills and adjust to this style of racing. In the keirin you’ve got five or six other guys. On the road, you have to sprint against fourty or fifty riders. It can be a lot more difficult. But Azizul could definitely make the same move and succeed at LTdL as well. He is a crafty rider. He has a lot of weight on his side. Being a smaller rider [than me], he should be able to get over some of these climbs.”

It was a crash-marred finale within ten kilometers to go in Kuala Terengganu once Loh Sea Keong, now riding for Thailand Continental Team, was the last man to be reined in. He was earlier accompanied in a 10-man breakaway by Nur Amirul Fakhruddin Mazuki who delivered for hosting team Terengganu TSG as he brought the first King of the Mountains red jersey home.

“Getting the win and the yellow jersey for IsoWhey Sport Swisswellness on our debut here sets up the team for a good Tour and hopefully I’ll get one more stage victory”, Sunderland declared at the post race press conference. “It was a pretty chaotic finale but the team got me ride in a pretty good position. The crash was close to where I was so I was lucky to get through that and be able to finish off the job with the sprint. Such a win gives you the confidence that you can win another stage. That would be fantastic but it’s already amazing to be here in the lead. I’ll try to hold on to the yellow jersey as long as I can, it’s an amazing event.”

Stage 1 of Le Tour de Langkawi brought neo-pro Gibbons under the spotlights. “I’m very happy to be on the podium and give something to the team but I’m also very disappointed to be second”, the Dimension Data rider said. “I kind of waited a little bit too late. The crash happened next to me. I think I was the last rider to avoid it. This result gives me hopes for a stage win by the end of this Tour, hopefully tomorrow.”

“My team worked at perfection”, echoed Marini. “[Riccardo] Stacchiotti and [Giacomo] Berlato helped me tremendously. I had a good sprint. I opened it with Mareczko at 200 metres to go but the first two were really stronger. It’s still long way to go and we’ll try again.”

Stage 2 will be the longest of the 22nd Le Tour de Langkawi, 208km, and also a hard one from Jerteh to Grik where the race last held a stage finish with eventual Tour de France yellow jersey wearer Rinaldo Nocentini won two years after cycling legend Gianni Bugno

Complete Results:

114 starters and finishers. 124.8 kilometers raced at an average speed of 42.85 km/hr

1 Scott SUNDERLAND Isowhey Sports 2:54:45
2 Ryan GIBBONS Dimension Data s.t.
3 Nicolas MARINI Nippo-Vini Fantini s.t.
4 Jakub MARECZKO Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia s.t.
5 Travis MCCABE Unitedhealthcare s.t.
6 Marco BENFATTO Androni Giocattoli s.t.
7 Shiki KUROEDA Aisan Racing s.t.
8 Yevgeniy GIDICH Vino Astana Motors s.t.
9 Phuchong SAI-UDOMSIL Thailand @ 4sec
10 Enrico BARBIN Bardiani-CSF s.t.
11 Jacques JANSE VAN RENSBURG Dimension Data s.t.
12 SERGIO ANDRES HIGUITA Manzana Postobon s.t.
13 Chris Harper Isowhey Sports s.t.
14 Robbie HUCKER Isowhey Sports s.t.
15 Rafael ANDRIATO Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia s.t.
16 Hideto NAKANE Nippo-Vini Fantini s.t.
17 Daniel Alexander JARAMILLO Unitedhealthcare s.t.
18 Egan Arley BERNAL GOMEZ Androni Giocattoli s.t.
19 Riccardo STACCHIOTTI Nippo-Vini Fantini s.t.
20 Fernando ORJUELA GUTIERREZ Manzana Postobon s.t.
21 BERNARDO ALBEIRO SUAZA Manzana Postobon s.t.
22 Filippo POZZATO Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia s.t.
23 Anthony Giacoppo Isowhey Sports s.t.
24 Timothy ROE Isowhey Sports s.t.
25 Tomohiro HAYAKAWA Aisan Racing s.t.
26 Paolo SIMION Bardiani-CSF s.t.
27 Dmitriy LUKYANOV Vino Astana Motors s.t.
28 Tanner PUTT Unitedhealthcare s.t.
29 Fausto MASNADA Androni Giocattoli s.t.
30 IVAN RAMIRO SOSA CUERVO Androni Giocattoli s.t.
31 Cameron BAYLY Isowhey Sports s.t.
32 Sergey VLASSENKO Vino Astana Motors s.t.
33 Alberto CECCHIN Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia s.t.
34 Ben O'CONNOR Dimension Data s.t.
35 Stepan ASTAFYEV Vino Astana Motors s.t.
36 Giuseppe FONZI Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia s.t.
37 Jacopo MOSCA Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia 15
38 Adrien NIYONSHUTI Dimension Data s.t.
39 Mekseb DEBESAY Dimension Data 18
40 Greg HENDERSON Unitedhealthcare 20
41 Ryohei KOMORI Aisan Racing 23
42 Carlos Eduardo ALZATE Unitedhealthcare s.t.
43 Sukho KANG KSPO Bianchi Asia 25
44 Shotaro WATANABE Aisan Racing s.t.
45 Taras VOROPAYEV Vino Astana Motors 27
46 Nick DOUGALL Dimension Data s.t.
47 Giacomo BERLATO Nippo-Vini Fantini 36
48 Mohd Zamri SALEH Terengganu Cycling 37
49 Lorenzo ROTA Bardiani-CSF s.t.
50 VICTOR NIÑO CORREDOR Sapura Cycling +1:00
51 WILMAR JAHIR PEREZ Sapura Cycling +1:03
52 Dadi SURYADI Terengganu Cycling s.t.
53 Marcelo FELIPE 7 Eleven Philippines s.t.
54 Haesung CHO KSPO Bianchi Asia +1:09
55 Mohd Shahrul MAT AMIN Terengganu Cycling s.t.
56 Sungbaek PARK KSPO Bianchi Asia s.t.
57 Irwandie LAKASEK Malaysia +1:17
58 Aiman CAHYADI Sapura Cycling s.t.
59 Siyu YANG Keyi Look s.t.
60 Nelson MARTIN 7 Eleven Philippines s.t.
61 Joonyong SEO KSPO Bianchi Asia s.t.
62 Seungwoo CHOI KSPO Bianchi Asia s.t.
63 Aspan ZHUKENOV Vino Astana Motors s.t.
64 Penghai DENG Giant s.t.
65 Jesse James EWART 7 Eleven Philippines s.t.
66 Muhammad AHMAD KAMAL Malaysia s.t.
67 Daeyeon KIM KSPO Bianchi Asia s.t.
68 Nawuti LIPHONGYU Thailand s.t.
69 Dominic PEREZ 7 Eleven Philippines s.t.
70 Khunakorn NONTHICHAN Infinite AIS s.t.
71 Azman ZULKIFLI MOHD Malaysia s.t.
72 Niccolo' PACINOTTI Bardiani-CSF s.t.
73 Kota SUMIYOSHI Aisan Racing s.t.
74 John Bohn EBSEN Infinite AIS s.t.
75 Muhamad Afiq Huznie OTHMAN Infinite AIS s.t.
76 Kritsada CHANGPAD Infinite AIS s.t.
77 Yecid Arturo SIERRA SANCHEZ Manzana Postobon s.t.
78 Xin WANG Keyi Look s.t.
79 Hiroaki HARADA Aisan Racing s.t.
80 Maxat AYAZBAYEV Keyi Look s.t.
81 Nur Amirul Fakhruddin MARZUKI Terengganu Cycling s.t.
82 Ying Hon YEUNG Infinite AIS s.t.
83 Turakit BOONRATANATHANAKORN Thailand s.t.
84 Muhamad Nur Aiman MOHD ZARIFF Malaysia s.t.
85 WILMAR ANDRES PAREDES ZAPATA Manzana Postobon s.t.
86 Adrian HEGYVARY Unitedhealthcare +1:30
87 Hang SHI Giant +1:57
88 Thanawut SANIKWATHI Thailand +2:43
89 Shijin ZHANG Keyi Look +2:53
90 Josh BERRY 7 Eleven Philippines +3:10
91 Tanaphon SEANAUMNUAYPHON Infinite AIS s.t.
92 Akmal Hakim ZAKARIA Sapura Cycling +3:47
93 Haiwang LIU Giant s.t.
94 Muhammad Ameer AHMAD KAMAL Malaysia +4:06
95 Eiman Firdaus MOHD ZAMRI Malaysia s.t.
96 Marino KOBAYASHI Nippo-Vini Fantini s.t.
97 Marco MARONESE Bardiani-CSF s.t.
98 Xiang Yuan LI Giant s.t.
99 En HUANG Keyi Look s.t.
100 Sarawut SIRIONNACHAI Thailand s.t.
101 Masakazu ITO Nippo-Vini Fantini s.t.
102 Zhiwen CHEN Giant +5:10
103 Yahui SHI Keyi Look s.t.
104 Tianhao GU Giant s.t.
105 Sofian Nabil Omar MOHD BAKRI Sapura Cycling +5:30
106 Sea Keong LOH Thailand s.t.
107 JUAN PABLO VILLEGAS CARDONA Manzana Postobon +6:13
108 Andrea PALINI Androni Giocattoli +7:01
109 Mohd Harrif SALEH Terengganu Cycling s.t.
110 Bonjoe MARTIN 7 Eleven Philippines +7:17
111 Mohamad Izzat Hilmi ABDUL HALIL Sapura Cycling +8:25
112 Luca PACIONI Androni Giocattoli +8:43
113 Anuar MANAN Terengganu Cycling +8:55
114 Simone VELASCO Bardiani-CSF +13:26

GC after Stage 1:

1 Scott SUNDERLAND Isowhey Sports 2:54:35
2 Ryan GIBBONS Dimension Data 4
3 Nicolas MARINI Nippo-Vini Fantini 6
4 Jakub MARECZKO Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia 10
5 Travis MCCABE Unitedhealthcare s.t.
6 Marco BENFATTO Androni Giocattoli s.t.
7 Shiki KUROEDA Aisan Racing s.t.
8 Yevgeniy GIDICH Vino Astana Motors s.t.
9 Phuchong SAI-UDOMSIL Thailand 14
10 Enrico BARBIN Bardiani-CSF s.t.
11 Jacques JANSE VAN RENSBURG Dimension Data s.t.
12 SERGIO ANDRES HIGUITA GARCIA Manzana Postobon s.t.
13 Chris Harper Isowhey Sports s.t.
14 Robbie HUCKER Isowhey Sports s.t.
15 Rafael ANDRIATO Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia s.t.
16 Hideto NAKANE Nippo-Vini Fantini s.t.
17 Daniel Alexander JARAMILLO Unitedhealthcare s.t.
18 Egan Arley BERNAL GOMEZ Androni Giocattoli s.t.
19 Riccardo STACCHIOTTI Nippo-Vini Fantini s.t.
20 Fernando ORJUELA GUTIERREZ Manzana Postobon s.t.
21 BERNARDO ALBEIRO SUAZA Manzana Postobon s.t.
22 Filippo POZZATO Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia s.t.
23 Anthony Giacoppo Isowhey Sports s.t.
24 Timothy ROE Isowhey Sports s.t.
25 Tomohiro HAYAKAWA Aisan Racing s.t.
26 Paolo SIMION Bardiani-CSF s.t.
27 Dmitriy LUKYANOV Vino Astana Motors s.t.
28 Tanner PUTT Unitedhealthcare s.t.
29 Fausto MASNADA Androni Giocattoli s.t.
30 IVAN RAMIRO SOSA CUERVO Androni Giocattoli s.t.
31 Cameron BAYLY Isowhey Sports s.t.
32 Sergey VLASSENKO Vino Astana Motors s.t.
33 Alberto CECCHIN Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia s.t.
34 Ben O'CONNOR Dimension Data s.t.
35 Stepan ASTAFYEV Vino Astana Motors s.t.
36 Giuseppe FONZI Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia s.t.
37 Jacopo MOSCA Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia 25
38 Adrien NIYONSHUTI Dimension Data s.t.
39 Mekseb DEBESAY Dimension Data 28
40 Greg HENDERSON Unitedhealthcare 30
41 Ryohei KOMORI Aisan Racing 33
42 Carlos Eduardo ALZATE ESCOBAR Unitedhealthcare s.t.
43 Sukho KANG KSPO Bianchi Asia 35
44 Shotaro WATANABE Aisan Racing s.t.
45 Taras VOROPAYEV Vino Astana Motors 37
46 Nick DOUGALL Dimension Data s.t.
47 Giacomo BERLATO Nippo-Vini Fantini 46
48 Lorenzo ROTA Bardiani-CSF s.t.
49 Mohd Zamri SALEH Terengganu Cycling 47
50 VICTOR NIÑO CORREDOR Sapura Cycling +1:10
51 Marcelo FELIPE 7 Eleven Philippines +1:11
52 WILMAR JAHIR PEREZ MUÑOZ Sapura Cycling +1:13
53 Dadi SURYADI Terengganu Cycling s.t.
54 Haesung CHO KSPO Bianchi Asia +1:19
55 Mohd Shahrul MAT AMIN Terengganu Cycling s.t.
56 Sungbaek PARK KSPO Bianchi Asia s.t.
57 Maxat AYAZBAYEV Keyi Look +1:21
58 Nur Amirul Fakhruddin MARZUKI Terengganu Cycling +1:24
59 Irwandie LAKASEK Malaysia +1:27
60 Aiman CAHYADI Sapura Cycling s.t.
61 Siyu YANG Keyi Look s.t.
62 Nelson MARTIN 7 Eleven Philippines s.t.
63 Joonyong SEO KSPO Bianchi Asia s.t.
64 Seungwoo CHOI KSPO Bianchi Asia s.t.
65 Aspan ZHUKENOV Vino Astana Motors s.t.
66 Penghai DENG Giant s.t.
67 Jesse James EWART 7 Eleven Philippines s.t.
68 Muhammad Ameen AHMAD KAMAL Malaysia s.t.
69 Daeyeon KIM KSPO Bianchi Asia s.t.
70 Nawuti LIPHONGYU Thailand s.t.
71 Dominic PEREZ 7 Eleven Philippines s.t.
72 Khunakorn NONTHICHAN Infinite AIS s.t.
73 Azman ZULKIFLI MOHD Malaysia s.t.
74 Niccolo' PACINOTTI Bardiani-CSF s.t.
75 Kota SUMIYOSHI Aisan Racing s.t.
76 John Bohn EBSEN Infinite AIS s.t.
77 Muhamad Afiq Huznie OTHMAN Infinite AIS s.t.
78 Kritsada CHANGPAD Infinite AIS s.t.
79 Yecid Arturo SIERRA SANCHEZ Manzana Postobon s.t.
80 Xin WANG Keyi Look s.t.
81 Hiroaki HARADA Aisan Racing s.t.
82 Ying Hon YEUNG Infinite AIS s.t.
83 Turakit BOONRATANATHANAKORN Thailand s.t.
84 Muhamad Nur Aiman MOHD ZARIFF Malaysia s.t.
85 WILMAR ANDRES PAREDES ZAPATA Manzana Postobon s.t.
86 Adrian HEGYVARY Unitedhealthcare +1:40
87 Hang SHI Giant +2:07
88 Thanawut SANIKWATHI Thailand +2:53
89 Shijin ZHANG Keyi Look +3:03
90 Josh BERRY 7 Eleven Philippines +3:20
91 Tanaphon SEANAUMNUAYPHON Infinite AIS s.t.
92 Akmal Hakim ZAKARIA Sapura Cycling +3:57
93 Haiwang LIU Giant s.t.
94 Muhammad Ameer AHMAD KAMAL Malaysia +4:16
95 Eiman Firdaus MOHD ZAMRI Malaysia s.t.
96 Marino KOBAYASHI Nippo-Vini Fantini s.t.
97 Marco MARONESE Bardiani-CSF s.t.
98 Xiang Yuan LI Giant s.t.
99 En HUANG Keyi Look s.t.
100 Sarawut SIRIONNACHAI Thailand s.t.
101 Masakazu ITO Nippo-Vini Fantini s.t.
102 Zhiwen CHEN Giant +5:20
103 Yahui SHI Keyi Look s.t.
104 Tianhao GU Giant s.t.
105 Sofian Nabil Omar MOHD BAKRI Sapura Cycling +5:37
106 Sea Keong LOH Thailand s.t.
107 JUAN PABLO VILLEGAS CARDONA Manzana Postobon +6:23
108 Andrea PALINI Androni Giocattoli +7:11
109 Mohd Harrif SALEH Terengganu Cycling s.t.
110 Bonjoe MARTIN 7 Eleven Philippines +7:27
111 Mohamad Izzat Hilmi ABDUL HALIL Sapura Cycling +8:35
112 Luca PACIONI Androni Giocattoli +8:53
113 Anuar MANAN Terengganu Cycling +9:05
114 Simone VELASCO Bardiani-CSF +13:36

Start list with backnumbers, February 21, 2017:

Team Dimension Data
DS: Cookson Oliver
1 Dougall, Nick RSA
2 Gibbons, Ryan RSA
3 Niyonshuti, Adrien RWA
4 O'Connor, Ben AUS
5 Van Rensburg, Jacques RSA
6 Debesay, Mekseb ERI
UnitedHealthCare Professional Cycling
DS: Redant Hendrik
11 Alzate Escobar, Carlos Eduardo COL
12 Hegyvary, Adrian USA
13 Henderson, Greg NZL
14 Jaramillo Diez, Daniel Alexander COL
15 McCabe, Travis USA
16 Putt, Tanner USA
Bardiani CSF
DS: Zanatta Stefano
21 Barbin, Enrico ITA
22 Maronese, Marco ITA
23 Pacinotti, Niccolo ITA
24 Rota, Lorenzo ITA
25 Simion, Paolo ITA
26 Velasco, Simone ITA
Team Wilier Triestina
DS: Amoriello Luca
31 Mareczko, Jakub ITA
32 Pozzato, Filippo ITA
33 Andriato, Rafael BRA
34 Fonzi, Giuseppe ITA
35 Mosca, Jacopo ITA
36 Cecchin, Alberto ITA
Manzana Postobon Team
DS: Vargas, Oscar
41 Orjuela, Fernando COL
42 Villegas, Juan COL
43 Suaza Arango, Bernado Albeiro COL
44 Sierra, Yecid COL
45 Higuita, Sergio COL
46 Paredes, Wilmar COL
Androni Giocattoli
DS: Savio Gianni
51 Bernal Gomez, Egan Arley COL
52 Benfatto, Marco ITA
53 Sosa Cuervo, Ivan Ramiro COL
54 Pacioni, Luca ITA
55 Palini, Andrea ITA
56 Masnada, Fausto ITA
Nippo - Vini Fantini
DS: Fukushima, Shinichi
61 Berlato, Giacomo ITA
62 Marini, Nicolas ITA
63 Stacchiotti, Riccardo ITA
64 Ito, Masakazu JPN
65 Kobayashi, Marino JPN
66 Nakane, Hideto JPN
Isowhey Sports Swisswellness
DS: Christie Johnston Andrew
71 Bayly, Cameron AUS
72 Harper, Chris AUS
73 Sunderland, Scott AUS
74 Giacoppo, Anthony AUS
75 Roe, Timothy AUS
76 Hucker, Robbie AUS
Terengganu Cycling Team
DS: Feng Zhenyu
81 Manan, Anuar MAS
82 Saleh, Mohd Harrif MAS
83 Suryadi, Dadi INA
84 Mazuki, Nur Amirull Fakhruddin MAS
85 Saleh, Mohd Zamri MAS
86 Mat Amin, Mohd Shahrul MAS
Vino Astana Motors
DS: Kruchina Sergey
91 Gidich, Yevgeniy KAZ
92 Astafyev, Stepan KAZ
93 Lukyanov, Dmitriy KAZ
94 Voropayev, Taras KAZ
95 Vlassenko, Sergey KAZ
96 Zhukenov, Aspan KAZ
Infinite AIS Cycling Team
DS: Duclos Sebastien
101 Ebsen, John Kronborg DEN
102 Yeung, Ying Hon Ronald HKG
103 Changpad, Kritsada THA
104 Nonthichan, Khunakorn THA
105 Seanaumnuayphon, Tanaphon THA
106 Othman, Muhammad Afiq Huznie MAS
Aisan Racing Team
DS: Beppu Takumi
111 Komori, Ryohei JPN
112 Hayakawa, Tomohiro JPN
113 Sumiyoshi, Kota JPN
114 Kuroeda, Shiki JPN
115 Harada, Hiroaki JPN
116 Watanabe, Shotaro JPN
KSPO Bianchi Asia Procycling
DS: Lee Byung Ii
121 Park, Sungbaek KOR
122 Seo, Joonyong KOR
123 Choi, Seungwoo KOR
124 Kang, Sukho KOR
125 Kim, Daeyeon KOR
126 Cho, Haesung KOR
Keyi Look Cycling Team
DS: Han Feng
131 Huang, En CHN
132 Wang, Xin CHN
133 Zhang, Shijin CHN
134 Yang, Siyu CHN
135 Shi, Yahui CHN
136 Ayazbayev, Maxat KAZ
Thailand Continental Cycling Team
DS: Kasiaphat, Wisut
141 Saiudomsin, Phuchong THA
142 Boonratanathanakorn, Thurakit THA
143 Liphongyu, Navuti THA
144 Sanikwathi, Thanawut THA
145 Sirironnachai, Sarawut THA
146 Loh, Sea Keong MAS
7 Eleven Roadbike Philippine
DS: Rodriguez Ric
151 Felipe, Marcelo PHI
152 Martin, Nelson PHI
153 Ewart, Jesse James AUS
154 Berry, Josh AUS
155 Perez, Dominic PHI
156 Martin, Bonjoe PHI
KFC Cycling Team
DS: Parno, Parno
161 Muhammad Imam, Arifin INA
162 Juangga, Selamat INA
163 Gani, Abdul INA
164 Suryadi, Bambang INA
165 Abdurrohman, Muhammad INA
166 Jamal, Hibatullah INA
Sapura Cycling Team
DS: Escobar Roure Sergi Oscar
171 Mohd Bakri, Sofian Nabil MAS
172 Azman, Muhammad Zawawi MAS
173 Shahbana, Agung Ali INA
174 Cahyadi, Aiman INA
175 Perez Munoz, Wilmar Jahir COL
176 Nino Corredor, Victor COL
Giant Cycling Team
DS: Song Guoqiang
181 Chen, Zhiwen CHN
182 Deng, Penghai CHN
183 Gu, Tianhao CHN
184 Shi, Hang CHN
185 Li, Xiang Yuan CHN
186 Liu, Haiwang CHN
Malaysia National Team
DS: Omar, Saad
191 Ahmad Kamal, Muhammad Ameen MAS
192 Ahmad Kamal, Muhammad Ameer MAS
193 Zulkiflie, Nik Mohd Hazwan MAS
194 Mohd Zariff, Mohamad Nur Aiman MAS
195 Lakasek, Irwandie MAS
196 Razali, Muhammad Farid MAS