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January 29/11 7:15 am - Tour de Langkawi: Stage 7


Posted by Editoress on 01/29/11
 

Guardini Nets His Fourth, Manan Loses Points Jersey, Nino Corredor Retains Yellow

Four wins out of five bunch sprints: Andrea Guardini underlined his superiority with yet another victory in the Tour de Langkawi today. The 21 year old Italian neo-pro has had a stunning debut in this race and is becoming more and more confident, starting his sprint over 250 metres from the line in Tampin and holding off all his rivals.

Vuelta a España stage winner Robert Forster (United Healthcare) was second while Dene Rogers (Giant Kenda) was third. Malaysian favourite Anuar Manan (Terengganu ProAsia Cycling) had previously been closest to Guardini in terms of finishing speed in this race but he was boxed in today, placing only 24th. As a result, he has lost the blue points jersey he was wearing during the stage.

Guardini changed tactics today, realising that Manan tended to be fast in the intermediate sprints but then not as rapid as him at the end of the stages. As a result he and his team were content that a break went clear, and they didn’t try to bring them back until much closer to the end.

“I have decided not to race for hotspot sprints anymore and keep all my strength for the finish,” he said. “Thanks to the breakaway, no hotspot sprint was contested [by the peloton] so Anuar was not able to take more points on the way. I have a comfortable lead but it's not over yet for the blue jersey.”

He and the rest of the riders had anticipated a different type of finish, and were surprised to see how things turned out. Fortunately he was able to adjust and it didn’t affect his chances. “It was a different sprint from the previous days, because not many people expected such a finish,” he said afterwards. “Looking at the road book, it was a false flat uphill, but in reality the last 2 kilometres were downhill. But I handled the situation, I took the corner in 5th position…that was ideal, and I did 300 metres finishing flat out.”

Race leader Libardo Nino Corredor (Le Tua) had a relatively quiet day in the saddle and his slender two second lead wasn’t really threatened at any point by closest rival Jonnatha Monsalve (Androni Giocattoli). He’s now a day closer to the race finish in Kuala Lumpur, where the 42 year old could become the oldest-ever winner of the event.

“This stage has been little bit difficult for me because my team is not very strong,” he said. “However it went without problems. The circumstances of the race helped me because other teams have worked strongly and there were riders away to catch the bonuses.”

Monsalve said afterwards that the team made the decision to wait until the finale, then try to take back the two seconds to yellow. However the same confusion about the finish which was mentioned by Guardini also applied to him, and he didn’t have his chance.

“We thought today was a good day to take the yellow jersey because the road book showed an uphill finish,” he stated. “That's why we let a breakaway go, because we thought I could take the yellow jersey with that uphill to the line. Unfortunately the finish was downhill and there was nothing to get.”

Three days now remain in the race, and while the points jersey contest looks more certain this evening due to Manan’s misfortune, the battle for yellow is still very much a close one.

How it happened:

A total of 123 riders lined out on the 149.5 kilometre race from Banting to Tampin. The stage was run off under cooler temperatures and there was little sun. There were many attacks inside the first ten kilometres, with a group of four eventually going clear and being joined at kilometre 14 by another quartet.

The break comprised Manuele Caddeo (Colnago CSF Inox Pro), Maxim Jenkins (UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling), Kihong Yoo (Korea National Team), Loh Sea Keong (Malaysia National Team), Othman M. Adiq (Drapac Professional Cycling Team), David McCann (Giant Kenda), Deon Locke (Team Champion Systems) and Bradley Potgieter (MTN Qhubeka).

Five kilometres later, the octet had a 50 second advantage over the bunch. Recognising that this was most likely the break of the day, Ebrahim Javani (Suren Cycling Team) set off in pursuit but struggled to get on terms. He was caught by the bunch after 34 kilometres of racing, by which time the break was two minutes 40 seconds clear.

Caddeo took the first sprint in Sungai Pelek (km 44.6), beating Potgieter, Loh and Jenkins. The riders covered 46 kilometres of racing in the first hour, and the gap here was three minutes 15 seconds. This had increased to four minutes 25 seconds by the sprint in Port Dickson (km 82), where Potgieter, Locke, Caddeo and Loh were first across the prime line.

It began to rain soon afterwards and this spurred the bunch into action, with several attacks going clear and the pace picking up. The acceleration had the expected effect on the break’s advantage and by the second KOM prime at Linggi (km 105.7), the lead was just over two minutes. Locke beat Adiq and Caddeo to the summit there.


Potgieter was again first in the next intermediate sprint. He passed the line in Chembong (km 124.7) ahead of Caddeo, Jenkins and Adiq, but it was looking less and less likely that he or the others would get to use their sprint at the finish. The peloton was just 20 seconds back with five kilometres to go, and they were caught soon afterwards. Pierre Rolland (Team Europcar) then clipped away two kilometres from the line, but he couldn’t prevent a big bunch finish and the fourth victory of Andrea Guardini.

Next up is a 156.5 kilometre race from Kuala Pilah to Jasin. After a bonus sprint at Bahau, two fourth category climbs come in the first third of the stage and should help those keen to try their chances in a break. Later on, two intermediate sprints precede the final rush for the line.

Tour de Langkawi press release

 

Stage 7: Banting to Tampin, 149.5 kms
1 Andrea Guardini (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri Sotttoli 3:24:57
2 Robert Förster (Ger) United Healthcare Pro Cycling
3 Dene Rogers (NZl) Giant Kenda Pro Cycling Team
4 Boris Shpilevsky (Rus) Tabriz Petrochemical Cycling Team
5 Marcel Kittel (Ger) Skil Shimano Cycling Team
6 Takashi Miyazawa (Jpn) Farnese Vini - Neri Sotttoli
7 André Schulze (Ger) CCC Polsat Polkowice
8 Elia Favilli (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri Sotttoli
9 Joeri Stallaert (Bel) Landbouwkrediet
10 Chan Jae Jang (Kor) Korean National Team
11 Omar Lombardi (Ita) Colnago CSF INOX Pro
12 Taiji Nishitani (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team
13 Matthias Friedemann (Ger) Team Champion System
14 Andrea Pasqualon (Ita) Colnago CSF INOX Pro
15 Koen De Kort (Ned) Skil Shimano Cycling Team
16 Luca Barla (Ita) Androni Giocattoli
17 Hariff Salleh (Mas) Terengganu ProAsia Cycling
18 Sébastien Delfosse (Bel) Landbouwkrediet
19 Arran Brown (RSA) MTN Qhubeka
20 Geert Verheyen (Bel) Landbouwkrediet
21 Takeaki Ayabe (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team
22 Adi Putera (Sin) Singapore National Team
23 Libardo Nino Corredor (Col) Le Tua Cycling Team
24 Anuar Manan (Mas) Terengganu ProAsia Cycling
25 Hamid Shirisisan (Iri) Suren Cycling Team
26 Manuele Caddeo (Ita) Colnago CSF INOX Pro
27 Jacob Rathe (USA) Chipotle Development Team
28 Hilton Clarke (Aus) United Healthcare Pro Cycling
29 Rhys Pollock (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling
30 Shinpei Fukuda (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team
31 Thomas Palmer (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling
32 Mohd Nor Rizuan Zainal (Mas) Malaysian National Team
33 Raymond Kreder (Ned) Chipotle Development Team
34 Guillaume Le Floch (Fra) Team Europcar
35 Amir Rusli (Mas) Malaysian National Team
36 Jonathan Monsalve (Ven) Androni Giocattoli
37 Alex Howes (USA) Chipotle Development Team
38 Christoff Van Heerden (RSA) MTN Qhubeka
39 Ahmad Fahrullah Alias (Mas) Malaysian National Team
40 Boy Van Poppel (Ned) United Healthcare Pro Cycling
41 Abolfazl Nazari Daghalian (Iri) Suren Cycling Team
42 Gyung Gu Jang (Kor) Korean National Team
43 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Colnago CSF INOX Pro
44 Ameli Meysam (Iri) Suren Cycling Team
45 Ebrahim Javani (Iri) Suren Cycling Team
46 Phuchong Sai-Udomsil (Tha) Terengganu ProAsia Cycling
47 José Mendes (Por) CCC Polsat Polkowice
48 Darren Low (Sin) Singapore National Team
49 Tobias Erler (Ger) Tabriz Petrochemical Cycling Team
50 Amir Zargari (Iri) Azad University Cycling Team
51 Emanuele Sella (Ita) Androni Giocattoli
52 Kirk Carlsen (USA) Chipotle Development Team
53 Christopher Jones (USA) United Healthcare Pro Cycling
54 Suhardi Hassan (Mas) Malaysian National Team
55 Andrei Krasilnikau (Blr) Chipotle Development Team
56 Guillaume Bourgeois (Sui) Team Champion System
57 Samad Poor Seiedi (Iri) Azad University Cycling Team
58 Ji Wen Low (Sin) Singapore National Team
59 David Pell (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling
60 Markus Eibegger (Aut) Tabriz Petrochemical Cycling Team
61 Dennis Van Niekerk (RSA) MTN Qhubeka
62 Hossein Askari (Iri) Tabriz Petrochemical Cycling Team
63 Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar
64 Abbas Saeidi Tanha (Iri) Azad University Cycling Team
65 Farshad Salehian (Iri) Azad University Cycling Team
66 Hyo Suk Gong (Kor) Korean National Team
67 Bartlomiej Matysiak (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice
68 Kin San Wu (HKg) Team Champion System
69 Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) Team Europcar
70 Deon Locke (Aus) Team Champion System
71 Shinichi Fukushima (Jpn) Terengganu ProAsia Cycling
72 Hui Zhang (Chn) Max Success Sports Cycling
73 Ghafari Vahid (Iri) Suren Cycling Team
74 Max Jenkins (USA) United Healthcare Pro Cycling
75 Lukasz Bodnar (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice
76 Mohd Rauf Nur Nisbah (Mas) Malaysian National Team
77 Mehdi Sohrabi (Iri) Tabriz Petrochemical Cycling Team
78 Alireza Haghi (Iri) Azad University Cycling Team
79 David McCann (Irl) Giant Kenda Pro Cycling Team
80 Choon Huat Goh (Sin) Singapore National Team
81 Rafal Ratajczyk (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice
82 Ramin Mehrabani Azar (Iri) Suren Cycling Team
83 Pengda Jiao (Chn) Max Success Sports Cycling
84 Antonio Santoro (Ita) Androni Giocattoli
85 Lachlan David Morton (Aus) Chipotle Development Team
86 Gang Xu (Chn) Max Success Sports Cycling
87 Otavio Didier Bulgarelli (Bra) Farnese Vini - Neri Sotttoli
88 Ghader Mizbani Iranagh (Iri) Tabriz Petrochemical Cycling Team
89 Stuart Shaw (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling
90 Muhamad Adiq Husainie Othman (Mas) Drapac Professional Cycling
91 Floris Goesinnen (Ned) Drapac Professional Cycling
92 Alex Coutts (GBr) Giant Kenda Pro Cycling Team
93 Yong Li Ng (Mas) Le Tua Cycling Team
94 G. Luca Mirenda (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri Sotttoli
95 Rahim Ememi (Iri) Azad University Cycling Team
96 Mohd Shahrul Mat Amin (Mas) Terengganu ProAsia Cycling
97 Mohammad Saufi Mat Senan (Mas) Terengganu ProAsia Cycling
98 Jun Rong Ho (Sin) Singapore National Team
99 Yukihiro Doi (Jpn) Skil Shimano Cycling Team
100 David Veilleux (Can) Team Europcar
101 Albert Timmer (Ned) Skil Shimano Cycling Team
102 Mohd Rhazif Mohd Salleh (Mas) Le Tua Cycling Team
103 Angelo Pagani (Ita) Colnago CSF INOX Pro
104 Baptiste Plackaert (Bel) Landbouwkrediet all s.t.
105 Paolo Locatelli (Ita) Colnago CSF INOX Pro 0:19
106 James Tennent (RSA) MTN Qhubeka
107 Kazuhiro Mori (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team
108 Kenichi Suzuki (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team
109 Karl Menzies (Aus) United Healthcare Pro Cycling all s.t.
110 Kenny Robert Van Hummel (Ned) Skil Shimano Cycling Team 0:22
111 Damien Gaudin (Fra) Team Europcar 0:30
112 Benjamin Gourgue (Bel) Landbouwkrediet 0:31
113 Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli s.t.
114 Blazej Janiaczyk (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice 0:48
115 Sam Witmitz (Aus) Le Tua Cycling Team 1:41
116 Adrian Why Kit Chuah (Mas) Le Tua Cycling Team
117 Roberto De Patre (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri Sotttoli
118 Bradley Potgieter (RSA) MTN Qhubeka all s.t.
119 Wei Kei Chang (Tpe) Giant Kenda Pro Cycling Team 1:47
120 Thomas Bonnin (Fra) Skil Shimano Cycling Team 2:57
121 Hao Liu (Chn) Max Success Sports Cycling 3:03
122 Sea Keong Loh (Mas) Malaysian National Team s.t.
123 Ki Hong Yoo (Kor) Korean National Team 7:23
 
GC
1 Libardo Nino Corredor (Col) Le Tua Cycling Team 21:39:42
2 Jonathan Monsalve (Ven) Androni Giocattoli at 0:02
3 Emanuele Sella (Ita) Androni Giocattoli 0:19
4 Dennis Van Niekerk (RSA) MTN Qhubeka 0:22
5 Rahim Ememi (Iri) Azad University Cycling Team s.t.
6 Lachlan David Morton (Aus) Chipotle Development Team 0:27
7 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Colnago CSF INOX Pro 0:44
8 Ghader Mizbani Iranagh (Iri) Tabriz Petrochemical Cycling Team 0:50
9 Hossein Askari (Iri) Tabriz Petrochemical Cycling Team 0:52
10 Hyo Suk Gong (Kor) Korean National Team s.t.
11 Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar 1:23
12 José Mendes (Por) CCC Polsat Polkowice 1:44
13 Amir Zargari (Iri) Azad University Cycling Team 1:54
14 Alex Howes (USA) Chipotle Development Team 1:58
15 Kirk Carlsen (USA) Chipotle Development Team 2:21
16 Markus Eibegger (Aut) Tabriz Petrochemical Cycling Team 2:35
17 Alex Coutts (GBr) Giant Kenda Pro Cycling Team 2:37
18 Samad Poor Seiedi (Iri) Azad University Cycling Team 3:15
19 Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) Team Europcar 3:28
20 Gyung Gu Jang (Kor) Korean National Team 3:30
21 Geert Verheyen (Bel) Landbouwkrediet 3:48
22 Christopher Jones (USA) United Healthcare Pro Cycling
23 Pengda Jiao (Chn) Max Success Sports Cycling both s.t.
24 Gang Xu (Chn) Max Success Sports Cycling 3:55
25 Andrei Krasilnikau (Blr) Chipotle Development Team 3:59
26 Yukihiro Doi (Jpn) Skil Shimano Cycling Team 5:08
27 Ramin Mehrabani Azar (Iri) Suren Cycling Team 5:15
28 Guillaume Bourgeois (Sui) Team Champion System 5:58
29 Max Jenkins (USA) United Healthcare Pro Cycling 6:02
30 Mohammad Saufi Mat Senan (Mas) Terengganu ProAsia Cycling 6:03
31 Hui Zhang (Chn) Max Success Sports Cycling 6:05
32 Takeaki Ayabe (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team 6:21
33 Farshad Salehian (Iri) Azad University Cycling Team 7:09
34 David Pell (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling 8:05
35 Sébastien Delfosse (Bel) Landbouwkrediet 8:13
36 Yong Li Ng (Mas) Le Tua Cycling Team s.t.
37 Manuele Caddeo (Ita) Colnago CSF INOX Pro 8:54
38 Mohd Shahrul Mat Amin (Mas) Terengganu ProAsia Cycling 9:13
39 Muhamad Adiq Husainie Othman (Mas) Drapac Professional Cycling 10:12
40 Phuchong Sai-Udomsil (Tha) Terengganu ProAsia Cycling 10:13
41 Antonio Santoro (Ita) Androni Giocattoli 11:03
42 Jacob Rathe (USA) Chipotle Development Team 11:42
43 David McCann (Irl) Giant Kenda Pro Cycling Team 11:46
44 Kin San Wu (HKg) Team Champion System 11:51
45 Albert Timmer (Ned) Skil Shimano Cycling Team 13:05
46 Hamid Shirisisan (Iri) Suren Cycling Team 14:00
47 Deon Locke (Aus) Team Champion System 14:54
48 Kenichi Suzuki (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team 15:21
49 Jun Rong Ho (Sin) Singapore National Team 16:09
50 Mehdi Sohrabi (Iri) Tabriz Petrochemical Cycling Team 16:34
51 Wei Kei Chang (Tpe) Giant Kenda Pro Cycling Team 16:42
52 Abolfazl Nazari Daghalian (Iri) Suren Cycling Team 19:28
53 Guillaume Le Floch (Fra) Team Europcar 19:30
54 Amir Rusli (Mas) Malaysian National Team 19:50
55 Alireza Haghi (Iri) Azad University Cycling Team 20:15
56 Koen De Kort (Ned) Skil Shimano Cycling Team 20:32
57 Hao Liu (Chn) Max Success Sports Cycling 20:42
58 Christoff Van Heerden (RSA) MTN Qhubeka 20:54
59 Benjamin Gourgue (Bel) Landbouwkrediet 20:59
60 Mohd Rauf Nur Nisbah (Mas) Malaysian National Team 21:51
61 Luca Barla (Ita) Androni Giocattoli 22:22
62 Angelo Pagani (Ita) Colnago CSF INOX Pro 24:14
63 Thomas Bonnin (Fra) Skil Shimano Cycling Team 24:34
64 G. Luca Mirenda (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri Sotttoli 24:36
65 Ki Hong Yoo (Kor) Korean National Team 25:08
66 Choon Huat Goh (Sin) Singapore National Team 26:49
67 Lukasz Bodnar (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice 27:30
68 Andrea Pasqualon (Ita) Colnago CSF INOX Pro 28:17
69 Taiji Nishitani (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team 30:04
70 Raymond Kreder (Ned) Chipotle Development Team 31:46
71 Baptiste Plackaert (Bel) Landbouwkrediet 32:14
72 David Veilleux (Can) Team Europcar 32:43
73 Joeri Stallaert (Bel) Landbouwkrediet 33:11
74 Shinichi Fukushima (Jpn) Terengganu ProAsia Cycling 33:15
75 Hilton Clarke (Aus) United Healthcare Pro Cycling 33:48
76 Anuar Manan (Mas) Terengganu ProAsia Cycling 34:13
77 Adrian Why Kit Chuah (Mas) Le Tua Cycling Team 34:22
78 Ameli Meysam (Iri) Suren Cycling Team 34:42
79 Tobias Erler (Ger) Tabriz Petrochemical Cycling Team s.t.
80 Floris Goesinnen (Ned) Drapac Professional Cycling 35:00
81 Elia Favilli (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri Sotttoli 35:06
82 Karl Menzies (Aus) United Healthcare Pro Cycling 35:25
83 Takashi Miyazawa (Jpn) Farnese Vini - Neri Sotttoli 35:32
84 Bartlomiej Matysiak (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice 35:45
85 Mohd Nor Rizuan Zainal (Mas) Malaysian National Team 35:49
86 Blazej Janiaczyk (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice 35:54
87 Boris Shpilevsky (Rus) Tabriz Petrochemical Cycling Team 36:00
88 Kazuhiro Mori (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team 36:01
89 Ghafari Vahid (Iri) Suren Cycling Team 37:08
90 Sea Keong Loh (Mas) Malaysian National Team 37:47
91 Darren Low (Sin) Singapore National Team 38:36
92 Stuart Shaw (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling 38:49
93 Abbas Saeidi Tanha (Iri) Azad University Cycling Team 39:08
94 Damien Gaudin (Fra) Team Europcar 39:36
95 Thomas Palmer (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling 39:48
96 James Tennent (RSA) MTN Qhubeka 40:29
97 Andrea Guardini (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri Sotttoli 42:44
98 Hariff Salleh (Mas) Terengganu ProAsia Cycling 43:02
99 Chan Jae Jang (Kor) Korean National Team 43:03
100 Suhardi Hassan (Mas) Malaysian National Team 43:05
101 Robert Förster (Ger) United Healthcare Pro Cycling 43:26
102 Dene Rogers (NZl) Giant Kenda Pro Cycling Team 43:28
103 Matthias Friedemann (Ger) Team Champion System 43:34
104 Omar Lombardi (Ita) Colnago CSF INOX Pro
105 Boy Van Poppel (Ned) United Healthcare Pro Cycling
106 Otavio Didier Bulgarelli (Bra) Farnese Vini - Neri Sotttoli all s.t.
107 Rafal Ratajczyk (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice 43:55
108 Rhys Pollock (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling 44:39
109 Arran Brown (RSA) MTN Qhubeka 46:43
110 Marcel Kittel (Ger) Skil Shimano Cycling Team 47:02
111 Adi Putera (Sin) Singapore National Team 47:12
112 Shinpei Fukuda (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team
113 Ji Wen Low (Sin) Singapore National Team both s.t.
114 Paolo Locatelli (Ita) Colnago CSF INOX Pro 48:06
115 Bradley Potgieter (RSA) MTN Qhubeka 48:35
116 André Schulze (Ger) CCC Polsat Polkowice 48:45
117 Ahmad Fahrullah Alias (Mas) Malaysian National Team 49:17
118 Kenny Robert Van Hummel (Ned) Skil Shimano Cycling Team 49:28
119 Mohd Rhazif Mohd Salleh (Mas) Le Tua Cycling Team 49:43
120 Sam Witmitz (Aus) Le Tua Cycling Team 51:08
121 Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli 53:07
122 Roberto De Patre (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri Sotttoli 53:09
123 Ebrahim Javani (Iri) Suren Cycling Team 1:05:48

 


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