Schlagwort-Archiv: Ryan Gibbons

Travis McCabe gewann zwei mal, Ryan Gibbons schrieb Geschichte

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PUTRAJAYA : 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.

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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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Der Durchbruch bei Ryan Gibbons

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KUALA KUBU BHARU : 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.”

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Debesay torments Cameron in the Cameron Highlands

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CAMERON HIGHLANDS : 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.

Organised by the Ministry of Youth and Sports Malaysia and managed by Ciclista Sports Sdn Bhd, the 22nd edition of Le Tour de Langkawi (LTdL) from 22 February to 1 March, 2017 is set to cover more than 1,200km over 8 stages, the UCI 2.HC (hors category) race featuring again as one of the biggest events on the UCI Asia Tour calendar.

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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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Scott Sunderland schlägt vor, dass Azizul Hasni Awang auch bei LTDL gewinnen könnte

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KUALA TERENGGANU: Der ehemalige Keirin-Fahrer Scott Sunderland aus Australien gewann die Etappe 1 der Tour de Langkawi 2017 in Kuala Terengganu und folgte dem Weg des Holländers Theo Bos, der auch erfolgreich den Übergang vom Sprint auf der Bahn zum Sprint auf der Straße machte.

Er machte IsoWhey Sports Swisswellness ersten Auftritt zu LTdL einen großen Cup, als er Südafrikas Ryan Gibbons abwehrte, den sensationellen Rekruten für WorldTour Giants Dimension Data, während die italienischen Rivalen Nicolas Marini von Nippo-Vini Fantini und Jakub Mareczko von Willier Triestina in dritter und Vierten Stellen platziert wurden.

Sunderland war sich bewusst, dass er sein erstes Pro-Rennen [nach der Etappe 1 der UCI 2.2 Tour von Fuzhou in China im Jahr 2015] in der Heimat eines alten Konkurrenten von ihm: Olympia-Medaillengewinner Azizul Hasni Awang gewann. “Ich weiß, er ist aus Terengganu”, reagierte der Australier. “Er ist ein großer Konkurrent und eine so große Präsenz im Keirin-Rennen. Ich bin mir seines Ruhmes in Malaysia bewusst. Von Bahn Sprint auf dieser Veranstaltung zu fahren ist definitiv ganz anders, wenn Sie versuchen müssen, über die Hügel zu kommen und Sie dieser Art von Rennen anzupassen. In der Keirin hast du fünf oder sechs andere Jungs. Auf der Straße müssen Sie gegen vierzig oder fünfzig Fahrer sprinten. Es kann viel schwieriger sein Aber Azizul konnte definitiv den gleichen Zug machen und auch bei LTLL erfolgreich sein. Er ist ein schlauer Fahrer. Er hat viel Gewicht auf seiner Seite. Als ein kleinerer Fahrer [als ich], sollte er in der Lage sein, über einige dieser Aufstiege zu kommen. ”

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South African Championships: Reinardt Janse van Rensburg and Stefan de Bod win Gold

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Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka execute team plan perfectly to win South African nationals Gold
The South African National Road Race Championships which took place in Wellington today, turned out to be the perfect race for Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka as Reinardt Janse van Rensburg was crowned the national elite champion and Stefan de Bod defended his u23 title. The duo crossed the line side by side after a well-executed team plan.

Our African Team started the 180km championship race as the marked favourites but we were confident that our depth in strength and a solid race tactic would be enough to come out on top. The race got off to just the start we had hoped, with a small group of 6 riders going clear from the peloton. We had Jacques Janse van Rensburg in the move, and the plan was to then have more of our troops ride across to the breakaway after the halfway point in the race. Weiterlesen

Dubai Tour # 5: Cavendish frustrierter 4. auf der letzten Dubai-Etappe

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Team Dimension Data für Qhubeka verlasst Dubai mit 8. und 9.Platz insgesamt.
Die Dubai Tour erreichte ihren Abschluss heute mit einem Massensprint in der Innenstadt von Dubai. Marcel Kittel (Quickstep-Floors) gewann den Sieg vor Elia Viviani (Team Sky) und Riccardo Minali (Astana). Team Dimension Daten für Qhubeka’s Mark Cavendish auf Platz 4.

Nur eine kurze 124km lange Etappe in den Straßen von Dubai brachte die 4. Auflage der Dubai Tour zu Ende. Ein schneller Start verhinderte irgendwelche Ablenkungen von der Erlangung einer Lücke von irgendeiner Bedeutung, und so war ein letzter Königs-Sprint ausschlaggebend um die Etappe zu entscheiden.

Team Dimension Daten für Qhubeka hofften, die Tour auf eine hohe Note nach einer Reihe von Fehlschlägen in früheren Stadien der Veranstaltung beenden. Mit 11km noch zu fahren, zog unser afrikanischer Zug auf der linken Seite der Straße mit allen 8 Fahrern, um vom Kopf des Pelotons aus zu befehlen. Jay Thomson, Nic Dougall, Scott Thwaites, Ryan Gibbons und Bernhard Eisel hatten die Aufgabe, das Tempo von Reinardt Janse van Rensburg, Mark Renshaw und Mark Cavendish in einer guten Ausgangslage zu halten.

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