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January 28/11 9:43 am - Tour de Langkawi: Stage 6


Posted by Editoress on 01/28/11
 

Nino Corredor Holds Yellow as Guardini Triumphs Again; Manan into Blue Jersey

Three wins out of four attempts: after the general classification battles of the past two days, the riders in the Tour de Langkawi returned to flatter terrain, and there Andrea Guardini (Farnese Vini –Neri Sottoli) clocked up his hat-trick of sprint victories in the race.

The 21 year old Italian led out the gallop and had enough strength to hold off points jersey rival Anuar Manan (Terengganu ProAsia Cycling) and 2010 stage winner Takashi Miyuazawa (Farnese Vini – Neri Sottoli) to the line in Purajaya.

Manan had the consolation of taking the blue points jersey thanks to the bonus sprint he won at Ulu Klang sprint, 26.3 kilometres after the start in Rawang. His goals for this year’s event are to repeat the victory in that classification plus the stage win he took in the 2010 edition, and wearing the jersey tomorrow should motivate him.

 

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One who is already psyched by a jersey is overall leader Libardo Nino Corredor (Le Tua). He kept close tabs on his rivals today and rolled across the line in 36th place, preserving the two seconds lead he held over Jonnatha Monsalve before the stage.

“This was been a very fast stage with many attempts at breakaways,” he said, referring in particular to a threatening move containing the fifth-placed rider Rahim Emami (Azad University). “The race started very fast from the gun and there was a breakaway for the second hotspot sprint. Fortunately the Androni team worked a lot to close the gap to the breakaway riders and my team-mates told me about the course at the end. That is how I kept the yellow jersey today.”

 

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Top rival Monsalve explained that the team decided to ride in order to prevent another rider jumping above him in the general classification. He can take over the race lead if he can pick up some bonus seconds, but to do that he needs to finish ahead of some of the sprint specialists who are scrapping it out for the points jersey. “There are four more stages remaining. We see that the sprinters are very focussed on scoring points, so it is going to be hard,” he stated. “But we will see how it goes tomorrow.”

The pattern of racing has become fascinating due to these twin battles; on the one hand, the sprinters are focussed completely on the blue jersey, while the GC contenders are fixated on the yellow. Guardini is one of the prime contenders for the former and with his succession of stage wins, his confidence is good enough that he didn’t sound too concerned that Manan took over that blue jersey today.

However he needs to be careful; a win in the intermediate sprints confers a two point gain over the second-placed rider, while for the finishes, the difference is just one point. Guardini has tended to be quicker than Manan at the end of the stages, but the Malaysian rider has had the edge in the earlier sprints. If today’s pattern continues, Manan will be the winner of the jersey next Tuesday rather than him.

“It is a great achievement to get three stage wins out of four so far,” the Italian said, reacting to the victory he picked up today. “There is a big battle for the hot spot sprints and the classification for points is very tight. Anuar Manan is extremely determined to win this classification. There is only one point between us, but I am fine with it for now.”

Manan promised to keep the pressure on, and does appear very motivated. “Today I didn’t get the win, but I got the blue [jersey]. I would like to thank my team-mates who worked hard today. I will try to keep the blue jersey until the end. I will try to win a stage, but today I didn’t get to do that…I got second and am a little bit unhappy, but I will try tomorrow.”

How it unfolded:

After several early attacks, the riders hit the first of the day’s two category four climbs. On this climb of Bukit Kanching (km 7.6), Albert Timmer (Skil Shimano) beat Mirsamad Pourseyedi (Azad University) and Gang Xu (Max Success Sports) to the top, trying to improve on his fifth overall in the mountains classification. The peloton then came back together before the Ulu Klang sprint (km 26.3), where the sprinters fought it out for the points jersey. Malaysian favourite Anuar Manan (Terengganu ProAsia Cycling) beat Andrea Guardini (Farnese Vini-Neri Sottoli) here, with 2010 race leader Tobias Erler (Tabriz Petrochemical Team) netting third. The two points gained by Manan moved him into the virtual lead of that classification; they had started the stage on the same points, with Guardini holding the blue jersey on countback.

After 37 kilometres, Pierre Rolland (Europcar) attacked and briefly led the race, but things came back together quickly under the fast pace being set. A total of 48 kilometres was covered in the first hour of racing.

Ten kilometres later, 15 riders went clear and from this group, Boris Shpilevsky (Tabriz Petrochemical Team) beat Suhardi Hassan (Malaysian National Team) and Hossein Askari (Tabriz Petrochemical Team) to the intermediate sprint at Kajang (km 54.6).

These were recaptured and then six riders pushed ahead: Paolo Locatelli (Colnago CSF Inox Pro), Jose Mendes (CCC Polstat Polkowiche), Benjamin Gourgue (Landbouwkredeit), David Pell (Drapac Professional Cycling), Kenichi Suzuki (Aisan Racing Team) and Mirsamad Pourseyedi (Azad University Team). These had a 39 second advantage on the first of four passages over the finish line, and there Locatelli beat Suzuki and Pell for the prime.

 

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Behind, the Androni team of second-overall Jonnatha Monsalve were chasing and had halved the gap by the end of the first of three 11 kilometre laps. By the end of the next circuit, this was down to just ten seconds and while it momentarily went back up to 18 seconds, everything came together with four kilometres to go. That set things up for the fourth bunch sprint of the race and there Guardini made no mistakes, leading from a long way out and holding off Manan to net his third stage win.

Race leader Libardo Nino Corredor (Le Tua) rolled across the line in 36th place, preserving the two seconds lead he held over Jonnatha Monsalve before the stage.

The battles will continue tomorrow on the seventh stage of the race. It run 149.5 kilometres from Banting to Tampin and, as was the case today, will include two category four climbs and three intermediate sprints.

Courtesy Tour de Langkawi

 

Stage 6: Rawang to Putrajaya, 106.7 km
1 Andrea Guardini (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri Sotttoli 2:14:59
2 Anuar Manan (Mas) Terengganu ProAsia Cycling
3 Takashi Miyazawa (Jpn) Farnese Vini - Neri Sotttoli
4 Hariff Salleh (Mas) Terengganu ProAsia Cycling
5 Chan Jae Jang (Kor) Korean National Team
6 André Schulze (Ger) CCC Polsat Polkowice
7 Robert Förster (Ger) United Healthcare Pro Cycling
8 Taiji Nishitani (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team
9 Alireza Haghi (Iri) Azad University Cycling Team
10 Mohd Nor Rizuan Zainal (Mas) Malaysian National Team
11 Takeaki Ayabe (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team
12 Dene Rogers (NZl) Giant Kenda Pro Cycling Team
13 Jacob Rathe (USA) Chipotle Development Team
14 Kazuhiro Mori (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team
15 Abolfazl Nazari Daghalian (Iri) Suren Cycling Team
16 Ahmad Fahrullah Alias (Mas) Malaysian National Team
17 Boris Shpilevsky (Rus) Tabriz Petrochemical Cycling Team
18 Manuele Caddeo (Ita) Colnago CSF INOX Pro
19 Amir Rusli (Mas) Malaysian National Team
20 Joeri Stallaert (Bel) Landbouwkrediet
21 Hao Liu (Chn) Max Success Sports Cycling
22 Boy Van Poppel (Ned) United Healthcare Pro Cycling
23 Matthias Friedemann (Ger) Team Champion System
24 Hamid Shirisisan (Iri) Suren Cycling Team
25 Raymond Kreder (Ned) Chipotle Development Team
26 Muhamad Adiq Husainie Othman (Mas) Drapac Professional Cycling
27 Ameli Meysam (Iri) Suren Cycling Team
28 Sébastien Delfosse (Bel) Landbouwkrediet
29 Adi Putera (Sin) Singapore National Team
30 Gyung Gu Jang (Kor) Korean National Team
31 Arran Brown (RSA) MTN Qhubeka
32 Dennis Van Niekerk (RSA) MTN Qhubeka
33 Luca Barla (Ita) Androni Giocattoli
34 Emanuele Sella (Ita) Androni Giocattoli
35 Shinpei Fukuda (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team
36 Libardo Nino Corredor (Col) Le Tua Cycling Team
37 Abbas Saeidi Tanha (Iri) Azad University Cycling Team
38 Hossein Askari (Iri) Tabriz Petrochemical Cycling Team
39 Kirk Carlsen (USA) Chipotle Development Team
40 Kenny Robert Van Hummel (Ned) Skil Shimano Cycling Team
41 Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar
42 Andrei Krasilnikau (Blr) Chipotle Development Team
43 Markus Eibegger (Aut) Tabriz Petrochemical Cycling Team
44 Elia Favilli (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri Sotttoli
45 Pengda Jiao (Chn) Max Success Sports Cycling
46 Christopher Jones (USA) United Healthcare Pro Cycling
47 Ghader Mizbani Iranagh (Iri) Tabriz Petrochemical Cycling Team
48 Amir Zargari (Iri) Azad University Cycling Team
49 Suhardi Hassan (Mas) Malaysian National Team
50 Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) Team Europcar
51 Mohd Shahrul Mat Amin (Mas) Terengganu ProAsia Cycling
52 Farshad Salehian (Iri) Azad University Cycling Team
53 Omar Lombardi (Ita) Colnago CSF INOX Pro
54 Darren Low (Sin) Singapore National Team
55 Kin San Wu (HKg) Team Champion System
56 Hyo Suk Gong (Kor) Korean National Team
57 Tobias Erler (Ger) Tabriz Petrochemical Cycling Team
58 Phuchong Sai-Udomsil (Tha) Terengganu ProAsia Cycling
59 Samad Poor Seiedi (Iri) Azad University Cycling Team
60 G. Luca Mirenda (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri Sotttoli
61 Ramin Mehrabani Azar (Iri) Suren Cycling Team
62 Ghafari Vahid (Iri) Suren Cycling Team
63 Jonathan Monsalve (Ven) Androni Giocattoli
64 Ebrahim Javani (Iri) Suren Cycling Team
65 Deon Locke (Aus) Team Champion System
66 Geert Verheyen (Bel) Landbouwkrediet
67 Mehdi Sohrabi (Iri) Tabriz Petrochemical Cycling Team
68 Andrea Pasqualon (Ita) Colnago CSF INOX Pro
69 Stuart Shaw (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling
70 Damien Gaudin (Fra) Team Europcar
71 David Veilleux (Can) Team Europcar
72 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Colnago CSF INOX Pro
73 Wei Kei Chang (Tpe) Giant Kenda Pro Cycling Team
74 Mohd Rauf Nur Nisbah (Mas) Malaysian National Team
75 Max Jenkins (USA) United Healthcare Pro Cycling
76 Lachlan David Morton (Aus) Chipotle Development Team
77 Rahim Ememi (Iri) Azad University Cycling Team
78 Alex Howes (USA) Chipotle Development Team
79 Choon Huat Goh (Sin) Singapore National Team
80 Antonio Santoro (Ita) Androni Giocattoli
81 Guillaume Le Floch (Fra) Team Europcar
82 Rhys Pollock (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling
83 Christoff Van Heerden (RSA) MTN Qhubeka
84 David Pell (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling
85 Floris Goesinnen (Ned) Drapac Professional Cycling
86 Hui Zhang (Chn) Max Success Sports Cycling
87 Blazej Janiaczyk (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice
88 Ji Wen Low (Sin) Singapore National Team
89 Lukasz Bodnar (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice
90 Guillaume Bourgeois (Sui) Team Champion System
91 Alex Coutts (GBr) Giant Kenda Pro Cycling Team
92 Koen De Kort (Ned) Skil Shimano Cycling Team
93 Otavio Didier Bulgarelli (Bra) Farnese Vini - Neri Sotttoli
94 Karl Menzies (Aus) United Healthcare Pro Cycling
95 Mohd Rhazif Mohd Salleh (Mas) Le Tua Cycling Team
96 Bradley Potgieter (RSA) MTN Qhubeka
97 Ki Hong Yoo (Kor) Korean National Team
98 Yong Li Ng (Mas) Le Tua Cycling Team
99 Adrian Why Kit Chuah (Mas) Le Tua Cycling Team
100 Jun Rong Ho (Sin) Singapore National Team
101 José Mendes (Por) CCC Polsat Polkowice
102 Sea Keong Loh (Mas) Malaysian National Team
103 David McCann (Irl) Giant Kenda Pro Cycling Team
104 Yukihiro Doi (Jpn) Skil Shimano Cycling Team
105 Sam Witmitz (Aus) Le Tua Cycling Team
106 Gang Xu (Chn) Max Success Sports Cycling
107 Mohammad Saufi Mat Senan (Mas) Terengganu ProAsia Cycling
108 Kenichi Suzuki (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team
109 Baptiste Plackaert (Bel) Landbouwkrediet
110 Benjamin Gourgue (Bel) Landbouwkrediet
111 Angelo Pagani (Ita) Colnago CSF INOX Pro all s.t.
112 Rafal Ratajczyk (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice 0:21
113 Paolo Locatelli (Ita) Colnago CSF INOX Pro
114 Roberto De Patre (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri Sotttoli both s.t.
115 Shinichi Fukushima (Jpn) Terengganu ProAsia Cycling 0:25
116 James Tennent (RSA) MTN Qhubeka 0:33
117 Bartlomiej Matysiak (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice 0:41
118 Thomas Palmer (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling 0:42
119 Albert Timmer (Ned) Skil Shimano Cycling Team 0:46
120 Thomas Bonnin (Fra) Skil Shimano Cycling Team 0:54
121 Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli 1:10
122 Hilton Clarke (Aus) United Healthcare Pro Cycling 1:55
123 Marcel Kittel (Ger) Skil Shimano Cycling Team
 
GC
1 Libardo Nino Corredor (Col) Le Tua Cycling Team 18:14:45
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 2:55
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 Pengda Jiao (Chn) Max Success Sports Cycling
23 Christopher Jones (USA) United Healthcare Pro 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 Mohammad Saufi Mat Senan (Mas) Terengganu ProAsia Cycling 6:03
30 Max Jenkins (USA) United Healthcare Pro Cycling s.t.
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 9:00
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 Wei Kei Chang (Tpe) Giant Kenda Pro Cycling Team 14:55
48 Deon Locke (Aus) Team Champion System 14:56
49 Kenichi Suzuki (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team 15:02
50 Jun Rong Ho (Sin) Singapore National Team 16:09
51 Mehdi Sohrabi (Iri) Tabriz Petrochemical Cycling Team 16:34
52 Hao Liu (Chn) Max Success Sports Cycling 17:39
53 Ki Hong Yoo (Kor) Korean National Team 17:45
54 Abolfazl Nazari Daghalian (Iri) Suren Cycling Team 19:28
55 Guillaume Le Floch (Fra) Team Europcar 19:30
56 Amir Rusli (Mas) Malaysian National Team 19:50
57 Alireza Haghi (Iri) Azad University Cycling Team 20:15
58 Benjamin Gourgue (Bel) Landbouwkrediet 20:28
59 Koen De Kort (Ned) Skil Shimano Cycling Team 20:32
60 Christoff Van Heerden (RSA) MTN Qhubeka 20:54
61 Thomas Bonnin (Fra) Skil Shimano Cycling Team 21:37
62 Mohd Rauf Nur Nisbah (Mas) Malaysian National Team 21:51
63 Luca Barla (Ita) Androni Giocattoli 22:22
64 Angelo Pagani (Ita) Colnago CSF INOX Pro 24:14
65 G. Luca Mirenda (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri Sotttoli 24:36
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 31:54
72 Adrian Why Kit Chuah (Mas) Le Tua Cycling Team 32:41
73 David Veilleux (Can) Team Europcar 32:43
74 Joeri Stallaert (Bel) Landbouwkrediet 33:11
75 Shinichi Fukushima (Jpn) Terengganu ProAsia Cycling 33:15
76 Hilton Clarke (Aus) United Healthcare Pro Cycling 33:48
77 Anuar Manan (Mas) Terengganu ProAsia Cycling 34:13
78 Tobias Erler (Ger) Tabriz Petrochemical Cycling Team 34:41
79 Ameli Meysam (Iri) Suren Cycling Team 34:42
80 Sea Keong Loh (Mas) Malaysian National Team 34:45
81 Floris Goesinnen (Ned) Drapac Professional Cycling 35:00
82 Elia Favilli (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri Sotttoli 35:06
83 Blazej Janiaczyk (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice
84 Karl Menzies (Aus) United Healthcare Pro Cycling both s.t.
85 Takashi Miyazawa (Jpn) Farnese Vini - Neri Sotttoli 35:32
86 Kazuhiro Mori (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team 35:42
87 Bartlomiej Matysiak (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice 35:45
88 Mohd Nor Rizuan Zainal (Mas) Malaysian National Team 35:49
89 Boris Shpilevsky (Rus) Tabriz Petrochemical Cycling Team 36:01
90 Ghafari Vahid (Iri) Suren Cycling Team 37:08
91 Darren Low (Sin) Singapore National Team 38:36
92 Stuart Shaw (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling 38:49
93 Damien Gaudin (Fra) Team Europcar 39:06
94 Abbas Saeidi Tanha (Iri) Azad University Cycling Team 39:08
95 Thomas Palmer (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling 39:48
96 James Tennent (RSA) MTN Qhubeka 40:10
97 Andrea Guardini (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri Sotttoli 42:54
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 Dene Rogers (NZl) Giant Kenda Pro Cycling Team 43:32
102 Robert Förster (Ger) United Healthcare Pro Cycling s.t.
103 Matthias Friedemann (Ger) Team Champion System 43:34
104 Boy Van Poppel (Ned) United Healthcare Pro Cycling
105 Omar Lombardi (Ita) Colnago CSF INOX Pro
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 Bradley Potgieter (RSA) MTN Qhubeka
112 Adi Putera (Sin) Singapore National Team 47:12
113 Shinpei Fukuda (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team
114 Ji Wen Low (Sin) Singapore National Team both s.t.
115 Paolo Locatelli (Ita) Colnago CSF INOX Pro 47:47
116 André Schulze (Ger) CCC Polsat Polkowice 48:45
117 Kenny Robert Van Hummel (Ned) Skil Shimano Cycling Team 49:06
118 Ahmad Fahrullah Alias (Mas) Malaysian National Team 49:17
119 Sam Witmitz (Aus) Le Tua Cycling Team 49:27
120 Mohd Rhazif Mohd Salleh (Mas) Le Tua Cycling Team 49:43
121 Roberto De Patre (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri Sotttoli 51:28
122 Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli 52:36
123 Ebrahim Javani (Iri) Suren Cycling Team 1:05:48

 


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