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January 25/11 9:38 am - Le Tour de Langkawi: Stage 3


Posted by Editoress on 01/25/11
 

Results from the 3rd day of racing at the 2011 Le Tour de Langkawi.  David Veilleux (Team Europcar) is the lone Canadian compeitor, finishing 19th on the stage and is now 22nd on GC.

 

Kittel gallops home first in Sitiawan to show he’s more than a time trialist

Marcel Kittel’s bronze medal in the time trial at last year’s Under 23 world championships has marked him out as a big talent against the watch, but he showed he is also a very strong sprinter by racing to victory on today’s third stage of the Tour de Langkawi.

 

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The tall 22 year old German rider powered into Sitiawan ahead of Malaysian favourite Anuar Manan (Terengganu ProAsia Cycling), with double stage victor Andrea Guardini (Farnese Vini – Neri Sottoli) having to be satisfied with third place.

 

Kittel wins

 

Kittel was delighted with what he achieved. “The first thing I have to say is a big thank you to my team. The lead out worked really well. I got the best position I could have for sprinting,” he stated.

Coming into the race, his Skil-Shimano team was regarded as being likely to be led in the sprints by Kenny Van Hummel. However Kittel explained that there is dual leadership in place when it comes to the flat stages, with each rider being set to earn a chance.

“When I look at our team here, I see two good climbers and two good sprinters,” he said. “For sprinting, we have Kenny van Hummel and myself. Today Kenny said he preferred to help me out, so I had the privilege to go into the sprint with him and Koen de Kort in front of me. We don’t want to focus on only one person at Skil-Shimano. The whole team is really strong.”

Guardini was unable to keep his winning streak up, but he still had plenty of reason to celebrate. He retained both the yellow jersey of race leader and the blue jersey of best sprinter, and earned more time on the podium and more publicity for his sponsor.

“We wanted to keep this yellow jersey and this blue jersey and we managed to do it. I tried to win the sprint today, the team did everything for a bunch sprint finish but third is a good result as well,” he said, not getting too hung up on the fact that he didn’t cross the line first.

He knows that tomorrow’s mountain stage to Cameron Highlands will definitely bring his time in the yellow jersey to a close. He’s a sprinter, not a climber, and confirmed that he has no expectations of being on top of the leaderboard. “Tomorrow it will be impossible to keep the yellow jersey. It will be too hard. But I’ll fight hard in the bonus sprints and I will try to make the time cut,” he said, confirming that his goal now is to keep the blue points jersey until the end of the race in Kuala Lumpur. Manan is battling well, though, and now has the same points total as his rival.

 

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Today’s 144.9 kilometre stage began in Taiping and quickly put pressure on the peloton. The fourth category climb of Bukit Gantang topped out just 17.3 kilometres after the drop of the flag and with a big crash taking place before the start of the slopes, several riders were left peeling themselves off the ground.

King of the mountains leader Koen de Kort was determined to try to keep the red jersey and his Skil-Shimano team set a fast place on the climb. However an error was made, as he explained afterwards, and he wasn’t in the top three as a result.

“We were trying to retain this jersey. I like this jersey and I would like to keep it as long as possible. The tactic was for the team to lead on the climb and then lead out on the sprint, as I was told that the climb wasn’t too hard,” he said. “That is what we did, but it sort of went wrong…I got onto the front too early and they passed with me with such speed that I couldn’t get back onto the wheel any more. It was just a mistake from my end and it won’t happen again.”

The miscalculation saw de Kort finish outside the first three, with points going instead to Jonnatha Monsalve (Androni Giocattoi), Mehdi Sohrabi (Tabriz Petrochemical Team) and Puchong Sai-Udomsin (Terengganu ProAsia Cycling). Sohrabi’s gain was enough to move him level on points, and with various other factors being equal, the jersey would be determined by where they finished on the stage itself.

Soon afterwards, David Pell (Drapac Professional Cycling) and Zainal Mohd Nur Rizuan (Malaysian National Team) broke away. They were hauled back several kilometres later and at Kuala Kangsar (km 32.7), Manan beat Guardini to take the first bonus sprint.

Fifty kilometres into the stage, Loh Sea Keong (Malaysian National Team) and Rhys Pollock (Drapac Professional Cycling) broke away and established a lead of over four minutes. Loh beat his breakaway companion to take the bonus sprint at Beruas (km 77), while behind Guardini got the edge on Manan.

The next intermediate sprint at Pantai Remis (km 100.6) also went to Loh; Guardini’s team-mates Roberto De Patre and Otavio Bulgarelli mopped up the points for third and fourth, thus ensuring that their leader didn’t have to sprint.

 

sprint

 

They and their team-mates kept the effort going afterwards in order to chase down the duo up ahead. The ramping up of the speed had the desired effect, and things came back together with five kilometres to go. A big crash spelt an end to the sprint hopes of some riders, but Kittel, Manan and Guardini avoided the chaos, scrapped it out inside the final 300 metres and crossed the line in that order.

Kittel was psyched after the finish, realising that the victory showed that he is a more complete rider than was previously thought by some. “I’m known as a time triallist, especially since I got the bronze medal at the U23 world championship last year,” he said. “But I want to show during my first year as a pro that I can also be fast in the sprints. Today is a good start.”

He and the other sprinters will take a back seat for tomorrow’s finish, as the race begins the first of two days in the mountains. The 137.6 kilometre race from Ayer Tawar to the Cameron Highlands will have a major effect on the race and the general classification will be seriously shaken up.

Report courtesy Tour de Langkawi

 

 

Stage 3: Taiping to Sitiawan, 144.9
1 Marcel Kittel (Ger) Skil Shimano Cycling Team 3:14:18
2 Anuar Manan (Mas) Terengganu ProAsia Cycling
3 Andrea Guardini (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri Sotttoli
4 André Schulze (Ger) CCC Polsat Polkowice
5 Boris Shpilevsky (Rus) Tabriz Petrochemical Cycling Team
6 Chan Jae Jang (Kor) Korean National Team
7 Christoff Van Heerden (RSA) MTN Qhubeka
8 Takeaki Ayabe (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team
9 Elia Favilli (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri Sotttoli
10 Luca Barla (Ita) Androni Giocattoli
11 Kenny Robert Van Hummel (Ned) Skil Shimano Cycling Team
12 Dene Rogers (NZl) Giant Kenda Pro Cycling Team
13 Mehdi Sohrabi (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Cycling Team
14 Robert Förster (Ger) United Healthcare Pro Cycling
15 Rafal Ratajczyk (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice
16 Hariff Salleh (Mas) Terengganu ProAsia Cycling
17 Alireza Haghi (IRI) Azad University Cycling Team
18 Boy Van Poppel (Ned) United Healthcare Pro Cycling
19 David Veilleux (Can) Team Europcar
20 Vidal Celis Zabala (Esp) Le Tua Cycling Team
21 Taiji Nishitani (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team
22 Amir Rusli (Mas) Malaysian National Team
23 Jaan Kirsipuu (Est) Team Champion System
24 Ahmad Fahrullah Alias (Mas) Malaysian National Team
25 Manuele Caddeo (Ita) Colnago CSF INOX Pro
26 David Pell (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling
27 Hamid Shirisisan (IRI) Suren Cycling Team
28 Andrei Krasilnikau (Blr) Chipotle Development Team
29 Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) Team Europcar
30 Wei Kei Chang (Tpe) Giant Kenda Pro Cycling Team
31 Darren Low (Sin) Singapore National Team
32 Mohd Shahrul Mat Amin (Mas) Terengganu ProAsia Cycling
33 Libardo Nino Corredor (Col) Le Tua Cycling Team
34 Ki Hong Yoo (Kor) Korean National Team
35 Phuchong Sai-Udomsil (Tha) Terengganu ProAsia Cycling
36 Muhamad Adiq Husainie Othman (Mas) Drapac Professional Cycling
37 Karl Menzies (Aus) United Healthcare Pro Cycling
38 Abolfazl Nazari Daghalian (IRI) Suren Cycling Team
39 Hossein Askari (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Cycling Team
40 Hilton Clarke (Aus) United Healthcare Pro Cycling
41 Albert Timmer (Ned) Skil Shimano Cycling Team
42 Matthias Friedemann (Ger) Team Champion System
43 Deon Locke (Aus) Team Champion System
44 Thomas Palmer (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling
45 Koen De Kort (Ned) Skil Shimano Cycling Team
46 Kazuhiro Mori (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team
47 Takashi Miyazawa (Jpn) Farnese Vini - Neri Sotttoli
48 Lukasz Bodnar (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice
49 Ameli Meysam (IRI) Suren Cycling Team
50 Adi Putera (Sin) Singapore National Team
51 Rahim Ememi (IRI) Azad University Cycling Team
52 Samad Poor Seiedi (IRI) Azad University Cycling Team
53 Suhardi Hassan (Mas) Malaysian National Team
54 Choon Huat Goh (Sin) Singapore National Team
55 Jun Rong Ho (Sin) Singapore National Team
56 Hyo Suk Gong (Kor) Korean National Team
57 Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar
58 Guillaume Le Floch (Fra) Team Europcar
59 Thomas Bonnin (Fra) Skil Shimano Cycling Team
60 Ebrahim Javani (IRI) Suren Cycling Team
61 Adrian Why Kit Chuah (Mas) Le Tua Cycling Team
62 Antonio Santoro (Ita) Androni Giocattoli
63 Amir Zargari (IRI) Azad University Cycling Team
64 Alex Howes (USA) Chipotle Development Team
65 Abbas Saeidi Tanha (IRI) Azad University Cycling Team
66 Ghafari Vahid (IRI) Suren Cycling Team
67 Bradley Potgieter (RSA) MTN Qhubeka
68 José Mendes (Por) CCC Polsat Polkowice
69 Crescenzo D'amore (Ita) Androni Giocattoli
70 Bartlomiej Matysiak (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice
71 Blazej Janiaczyk (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice
72 Gyung Gu Jang (Kor) Korean National Team
73 Ramin Mehrabani Azar (IRI) Suren Cycling Team
74 Mohd Rauf Nur Nisbah (Mas) Malaysian National Team
75 Hui Zhang (Chn) Max Success Sports Cycling
76 Kirk Carlsen (USA) Chipotle Development Team
77 Mohammad Saufi Mat Senan (Mas) Terengganu ProAsia Cycling
78 Farshad Salehian (IRI) Azad University Cycling Team
79 Lachlan David Morton (Aus) Chipotle Development Team
80 Yukihiro Doi (Jpn) Skil Shimano Cycling Team
81 Kin San Wu (HKg) Team Champion System
82 Pengda Jiao (Chn) Max Success Sports Cycling
83 Gang Xu (Chn) Max Success Sports Cycling
84 Kenichi Suzuki (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team
85 G. Luca Mirenda (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri Sotttoli
86 Otavio Didier Bulgarelli (Bra) Farnese Vini - Neri Sotttoli
87 Ghader Mizbani Iranagh (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Cycling Team
88 Jonathan Monsalve (Ven) Androni Giocattoli
89 Geert Verheyen (Bel) Landbouwkrediet
90 Roberto De Patre (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri Sotttoli
91 Dennis Van Niekerk (RSA) MTN Qhubeka
92 Guillaume Bourgeois (Sui) Team Champion System
93 Ji Wen Low (Sin) Singapore National Team
94 Andrea Pasqualon (Ita) Colnago CSF INOX Pro
95 Angelo Pagani (Ita) Colnago CSF INOX Pro
96 Shinichi Fukushima (Jpn) Terengganu ProAsia Cycling
97 Paolo Locatelli (Ita) Colnago CSF INOX Pro
98 Damien Gaudin (Fra) Team Europcar
99 Joeri Stallaert (Bel) Landbouwkrediet
100 Alex Coutts (GBr) Giant Kenda Pro Cycling Team
101 Omar Lombardi (Ita) Colnago CSF INOX Pro
102 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Colnago CSF INOX Pro
103 Max Jenkins (USA) United Healthcare Pro Cycling
104 Yong Li Ng (Mas) Le Tua Cycling Team
105 Mohd Rhazif Mohd Salleh (Mas) Le Tua Cycling Team
106 Jacob Rathe (USA) Chipotle Development Team
107 Tobias Erler (Ger) Tabriz Petrochemical Cycling Team
108 Sam Witmitz (Aus) Le Tua Cycling Team
109 Hao Liu (Chn) Max Success Sports Cycling
110 Emanuele Sella (Ita) Androni Giocattoli
111 Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli
112 Stuart Shaw (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling
113 Rhys Pollock (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling
114 Christopher Jones (USA) United Healthcare Pro Cycling
115 David McCann (Irl) Giant Kenda Pro Cycling Team
116 Markus Eibegger (Aut) Tabriz Petrochemical Cycling Team
117 Sea Keong Loh (Mas) Malaysian National Team
118 Shinpei Fukuda (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team
119 Mohd Nor Rizuan Zainal (Mas) Malaysian National Team
120 James Tennent (RSA) MTN Qhubeka
121 Arran Brown (RSA) MTN Qhubeka
122 Baptiste Plackaert (Bel) Landbouwkrediet
123 Sébastien Delfosse (Bel) Landbouwkrediet
124 Benjamin Gourgue (Bel) Landbouwkrediet
125 Raymond Kreder (Ned) Chipotle Development Team
126 Floris Goesinnen (Ned) Drapac Professional Cycling
127 Davy Commeyne (Bel) Landbouwkrediet
128 Wang Yip Tang (HKg) Team Champion System all s.t.
OTL Eun-Seong Jeong (Kor) Korean National Team 34:36
OTL Chin-Lung Huang (Tpe) Giant Kenda Pro Cycling Team s.t.
OTL Masahiro Shinagawa (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team 35:35
OTL Kun Jiang (Chn) Max Success Sports Cycling 35:37
DNF Lemnel Lee Yun Jie (Sin) Singapore National Team
DNF Dylan Girdlestone (RSA) MTN Qhubeka
DNS Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Team Europcar
DNS Sung Baek Park (Kor) Korean National Team
DNS Ting Deng (Chn) Max Success Sports Cycling
 
GC
1 Andrea Guardini (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri Sotttoli 8:43:44
2 Anuar Manan (Mas) Terengganu ProAsia Cycling at 0:07
3 Marcel Kittel (Ger) Skil Shimano Cycling Team 0:18
4 Deon Locke (Aus) Team Champion System 0:20
5 Hamid Shirisisan (IRI) Suren Cycling Team 0:21
6 Boris Shpilevsky (Rus) Tabriz Petrochemical Cycling Team 0:22
7 Sea Keong Loh (Mas) Malaysian National Team s.t.
8 Hariff Salleh (Mas) Terengganu ProAsia Cycling 0:23
9 Christoff Van Heerden (RSA) MTN Qhubeka 0:24
10 Kirk Carlsen (USA) Chipotle Development Team 0:25
11 Guillaume Bourgeois (Sui) Team Champion System 0:26
12 Chan Jae Jang (Kor) Korean National Team 0:27
13 Mohd Shahrul Mat Amin (Mas) Terengganu ProAsia Cycling
14 Mohd Rhazif Mohd Salleh (Mas) Le Tua Cycling Team both s.t.
15 Kenny Robert Van Hummel (Ned) Skil Shimano Cycling Team 0:28
16 André Schulze (Ger) CCC Polsat Polkowice
17 Vidal Celis Zabala (Esp) Le Tua Cycling Team
18 Hilton Clarke (Aus) United Healthcare Pro Cycling
19 Alireza Haghi (IRI) Azad University Cycling Team
20 Dene Rogers (NZl) Giant Kenda Pro Cycling Team
21 Jaan Kirsipuu (Est) Team Champion System
22 David Veilleux (Can) Team Europcar
23 Amir Rusli (Mas) Malaysian National Team
24 Thomas Palmer (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling
25 Taiji Nishitani (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team
26 Matthias Friedemann (Ger) Team Champion System
27 Wei Kei Chang (Tpe) Giant Kenda Pro Cycling Team
28 Elia Favilli (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri Sotttoli
29 Mehdi Sohrabi (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Cycling Team
30 Koen De Kort (Ned) Skil Shimano Cycling Team
31 Crescenzo D'amore (Ita) Androni Giocattoli
32 Manuele Caddeo (Ita) Colnago CSF INOX Pro
33 Robert Förster (Ger) United Healthcare Pro Cycling
34 Libardo Nino Corredor (Col) Le Tua Cycling Team
35 Takeaki Ayabe (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team
36 Ahmad Fahrullah Alias (Mas) Malaysian National Team
37 Arran Brown (RSA) MTN Qhubeka
38 Luca Barla (Ita) Androni Giocattoli
39 Davy Commeyne (Bel) Landbouwkrediet
40 Andrei Krasilnikau (Blr) Chipotle Development Team
41 Adi Putera (Sin) Singapore National Team
42 Raymond Kreder (Ned) Chipotle Development Team
43 Sam Witmitz (Aus) Le Tua Cycling Team
44 Suhardi Hassan (Mas) Malaysian National Team
45 Darren Low (Sin) Singapore National Team
46 Choon Huat Goh (Sin) Singapore National Team
47 Gyung Gu Jang (Kor) Korean National Team
48 Hao Liu (Chn) Max Success Sports Cycling
49 Hossein Askari (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Cycling Team
50 Phuchong Sai-Udomsil (Tha) Terengganu ProAsia Cycling
51 Rafal Ratajczyk (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice
52 Mohammad Saufi Mat Senan (Mas) Terengganu ProAsia Cycling
53 Kazuhiro Mori (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team
54 Yukihiro Doi (Jpn) Skil Shimano Cycling Team
55 Farshad Salehian (IRI) Azad University Cycling Team
56 Abolfazl Nazari Daghalian (IRI) Suren Cycling Team
57 Emanuele Sella (Ita) Androni Giocattoli
58 Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar
59 Ghafari Vahid (IRI) Suren Cycling Team
60 Guillaume Le Floch (Fra) Team Europcar
61 Albert Timmer (Ned) Skil Shimano Cycling Team
62 José Mendes (Por) CCC Polsat Polkowice
63 Tobias Erler (Ger) Tabriz Petrochemical Cycling Team
64 Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) Team Europcar
65 Samad Poor Seiedi (IRI) Azad University Cycling Team
66 Thomas Bonnin (Fra) Skil Shimano Cycling Team
67 Wang Yip Tang (HKg) Team Champion System
68 Blazej Janiaczyk (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice
69 Baptiste Plackaert (Bel) Landbouwkrediet
70 Ebrahim Javani (IRI) Suren Cycling Team
71 David Pell (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling
72 Amir Zargari (IRI) Azad University Cycling Team
73 Geert Verheyen (Bel) Landbouwkrediet
74 Omar Lombardi (Ita) Colnago CSF INOX Pro
75 Ramin Mehrabani Azar (IRI) Suren Cycling Team
76 Hui Zhang (Chn) Max Success Sports Cycling
77 Hyo Suk Gong (Kor) Korean National Team
78 Takashi Miyazawa (Jpn) Farnese Vini - Neri Sotttoli
79 Ameli Meysam (IRI) Suren Cycling Team
80 Dennis Van Niekerk (RSA) MTN Qhubeka
81 Muhamad Adiq Husainie Othman (Mas) Drapac Professional Cycling
82 Jonathan Monsalve (Ven) Androni Giocattoli
83 Antonio Santoro (Ita) Androni Giocattoli
84 Jun Rong Ho (Sin) Singapore National Team
85 Markus Eibegger (Aut) Tabriz Petrochemical Cycling Team
86 Kin San Wu (HKg) Team Champion System
87 Boy Van Poppel (Ned) United Healthcare Pro Cycling
88 Ki Hong Yoo (Kor) Korean National Team
89 Ji Wen Low (Sin) Singapore National Team
90 Mohd Nor Rizuan Zainal (Mas) Malaysian National Team
91 Max Jenkins (USA) United Healthcare Pro Cycling
92 Shinpei Fukuda (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team
93 David McCann (Irl) Giant Kenda Pro Cycling Team
94 Abbas Saeidi Tanha (IRI) Azad University Cycling Team
95 Gang Xu (Chn) Max Success Sports Cycling
96 Karl Menzies (Aus) United Healthcare Pro Cycling
97 Rahim Ememi (IRI) Azad University Cycling Team
98 Adrian Why Kit Chuah (Mas) Le Tua Cycling Team
99 Bradley Potgieter (RSA) MTN Qhubeka
100 Paolo Locatelli (Ita) Colnago CSF INOX Pro
101 Pengda Jiao (Chn) Max Success Sports Cycling
102 Angelo Pagani (Ita) Colnago CSF INOX Pro
103 Mohd Rauf Nur Nisbah (Mas) Malaysian National Team
104 Damien Gaudin (Fra) Team Europcar
105 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Colnago CSF INOX Pro
106 Alex Howes (USA) Chipotle Development Team
107 Floris Goesinnen (Ned) Drapac Professional Cycling
108 Jacob Rathe (USA) Chipotle Development Team
109 Bartlomiej Matysiak (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice
110 Otavio Didier Bulgarelli (Bra) Farnese Vini - Neri Sotttoli
111 Ghader Mizbani Iranagh (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Cycling Team
112 Stuart Shaw (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling
113 Christopher Jones (USA) United Healthcare Pro Cycling
114 Lachlan David Morton (Aus) Chipotle Development Team
115 Sébastien Delfosse (Bel) Landbouwkrediet
116 Yong Li Ng (Mas) Le Tua Cycling Team
117 Kenichi Suzuki (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team
118 Benjamin Gourgue (Bel) Landbouwkrediet all s.t.
119 G. Luca Mirenda (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri Sotttoli 0:47
120 Andrea Pasqualon (Ita) Colnago CSF INOX Pro 0:48
121 Shinichi Fukushima (Jpn) Terengganu ProAsia Cycling
122 Alex Coutts (GBr) Giant Kenda Pro Cycling Team both s.t.
123 Lukasz Bodnar (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice 1:23
124 Rhys Pollock (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling 1:33
125 Joeri Stallaert (Bel) Landbouwkrediet 1:45
126 Roberto De Patre (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri Sotttoli 1:57
127 James Tennent (RSA) MTN Qhubeka 4:12
128 Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli 8:20

 


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