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

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

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

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

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


LE Tour de Langkawi begrüsst “One Pro Cycling” Debüt Team in der großen Liga

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Shah Alam: Le Tour de Langkawi wird zweiundzwanzig Mannschaften einladen.
Vom 24. Februar bis 2. März von denen ein Team seinen ersten Auftritt auf dem malaysischen Ereignis mit riesigen Erwartungen hat. Es ist One Pro Cycling, der erste britische UCI registrierten Pro Kontinental Kader.
Sie stellen in Kangar nicht weniger als den 2011 Mailand-Sanremo Gewinner Matt Goss aus Australien auf.

Als wir das erste mal mit ihren Sportdirektor Matthew Winston sprachen, fanden wir dieses Team ist ein besonderes und hat eine glänzende Zukunft

Der CEO der Le Tour de Langkawi Emir Abdul Jalal unterstrich: “Wir waren die ersten H. C. Rennen die Tinkoff und Slipstream einluden, sowie Garmin und jetzt Cannondale zurück seit dem Jahr 2007. Wir wünschen One Pro Cycling ihrem Pfad zu folgen, und ebenso erfolgreich in den kommenden Jahren zu bleiben.

Le Tour de Langkawi hat eine reiche Geschichte um einzuladen neu geschaffene oder Aufsteiger Pro Continental Teams wie Cervélo und ISD 2009 MTN in 20
11 noch vor ihrer aktualisierung die große Liga, RusVelo im Jahr 2012.

Wir sind dankbar, Team-Manager wie [Tinkoffs] Stefano Feltrin, [Dimension Datas] Douglas Ryder oder Shayne Bannan von Orica Greenedge, die sich unserer Hilfe auf ihr Debüt erinnern und ihre Mannschaften jedes mal nach Malaysia senden, wenn es in ihres Rennens Zeitplan passt.

Wir haben hart gearbeitet, um einen Rennkalender für One Pro Cycling im Jahr 2016, zu entwickeln und unsere Kader zu fördern, kommentierte Winston.


Zwei positive Vorführungen in Südamerika geben Team Androni Selbstvertrauen

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KUALA LUMPUR – Zwei positive Vorsaisonergebnisse in Südamerika haben das Vertrauen innerhalb der Le Tour de Langkawi (LTDL) allgegenwärtigen Teams Androni-Venezuela, das die 20. Auflage des Rennens in Langkawi von 8-15 März beginnen wird gestärkt.

Der charismatische italienische Manager Gianni Savio, sagte die Einladung zur Teilnahme an LTDL Rennen war schon immer von der Mannschaft geschätzt, die alle Ausgaben seit 1999 fuhren, als das Team noch Aguardiente-Selle Italia genannt wurde.