Schlagwort-Archiv: Filippo Pozzato

Jakub Mareczko zweimal bei der Le Tour de Langkawi vorne

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*photos by Le Tour de Langkawi 2017

REMBAU: Als die heißen Favoriten für den Massen-Sprint in diesem Jahr beendeten, wurde Italiens Jakub Mareczko von Wilier Triestina der erste Fahrer, der zwei Etappen auf der diesjährigen Le Tour de Langkawi gewann, als er die Etappe 6 nach Rembau hinaufkletterte, nachdem er seine Saison in Pantai Remis am Tag 3 eröffnet hatte.

Er ist in Rembau ungeschlagen, wo er vor einem Jahr seinen ersten Malaysischen Erfolg hatte. Auch ein kleiner Sprinter, zog in die Spitze der Punkte-Wettbewerbe. Während Ryan Gibbons, fünfter auf der Linie, das gelbe Trikot behalten hat.

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Enrico Barbin breaks the ice for Bardiani CSF

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*photos by Le Tour de Langkawi 2017
MUAR : 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 Filippo Pozzato 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.

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Jakub Mareczko gewinnt vor Filippo Pozzato die 3.Etappe der Tour de Langkawi

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PANTAI REMIS: Jakub “Kuba” Mareczko gab Wilier Triestina seinen ersten Sieg der Saison 2017 in der 3. Etappe von Le Tour de Langkawi bei Pantai Remis am Tag nach seinem Teamkollegen Filippo Pozzato in der Nähe. Der verkleinerte italienische Outsprint-Stadium 1-Sieger Scott Sunderland, der in die Führung der Punkte Klassifizierung bewegt, während Ryan Gibbons von Südafrika das gelbe Trikot vor der Königsetappe behalten, um die Cameron Highlands.

“Endlich habe ich das Eis gebrochen”, kommentierte Mareczko. “Das ganze Team war vorbereitet um mich zum Sieg zu bringen. Ich danke meinen Teamkollegen dafür. Pozzato, [Alberto] Cecchin und [Rafael] Andriato zerrten mich zu den ersten Positionen des Pelotons und ich konnte meinen Sprint mit 400 Metern starten. ”

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Travis McCabe ruins Gibbons and Pozzato’s dreams

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GERIK : 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.

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Filippo Pozzato, ein Stern unter neuen Gesichtern

SHAH ALAM: Als er die Einreichungsform des italienischen Outfits Willier Triestina erhielt, war Le Tour de Langkawi Vorstandsvorsitzender Emir Abdul Jalal voller Freude, mit dem Zusatz von Filippo Pozzato zusammen mit dem kommenden Sprinter Jakub Mareczko.

“Das ist ein echter Coup für unsere Veranstaltung”, erklärte Emir. “Pozzato ist einer der wahren Stars des weltweiten Radsports, nicht nur wegen seines Aussehens, sondern auch wegen seiner Platten. Er ist ein Etappensieger in jeder einzelnen Grand Tour: Tour de France, Giro d’Italia und Vuelta a Espana. Er war auch der Gewinner des Jahres 2006 in Mailand-Sanremo, ein Rennen, in dem er vor zehn Jahren die Top Ten noch einmal machte. Es bedeutet, dass er immer noch sehr konkurrenzfähig ist und er wird eine großartige Show hier in Malaysia liefern. Es erinnert an die Zeiten, in denen wir Weltklasse-Helden wie Gianni Bugno mit Mapei, Jens Voigt oder Stuart O’Grady mit Crédit Agricole begrüßen konnten. ”

Ein echter Liebhaber des Reisens in Asien, vor allem in Singapur, Japan und China, wird Pozzato sein Debüt bei Le Tour de Langkawi im Alter von 35 Jahren mit dem Ziel, für Mailand-San-Remo und Mareczko auszuhelfen.

Nach einer Niederlage gegen die Mannschaft von UAE Abu Dhabi wird der Etappensieghalter Andrea Guardini (22) LTdL wegen eines Zusammenstoßes die Veranstaltung der Abu Dhabi Tour verpassen, doch Mareczko wird nach sechs Jahren dominanter Position im Sprint zu seinem Nachfolger gekürt durch den einst schnellsten Mann von Astana.

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