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2013 Le Tour de Langkawi - Wang leads as Genting beckons
 
By Mark Sharon
Date: 2/25/2013
2013 Le Tour de Langkawi - Wang leads as Genting beckons
 


2013 Le Tour de langkawi

LE TOUR DE LANGKAWI 2013 - Stage 3 and 4 round-up

Wang Meiyin (CHN) leads the Tour of Langkawi after a solo win on Stage 3's Cameron Highland test.


Wang Meiyin of Hengxiang Cycling Team leads the Tour de Langkawi after stage 4 following a fine solo win to the Cameron Highlands on stage 3. The 25-year old cyclist drew on all his strength to win the 140.7 kilometre stage by riding the final 40 kilometres solo after he dropped four other breakaway partners who had managed to escape about 10 kilometres into the stage.

Wang finished in 3 hours 50 minutes and 01 seconds, 2 minutes and 27 seconds ahead of second placed Julian David Arredondo of Team Nippo and Nathan Haas of Garmin-Sharp. The Chinese rider created Tour history by sweeping up all four leaders' jerseys.

Meiyin Wang

Wang Meiyin celebrates stage win: Photo © Le Tour de Langkawi

"This is the greatest day of my life. It is also my biggest success so far," said Meiyin. "I was only thinking of joining the breakaway, but I didn't expect to win like this. It was not part of our team's plans. The plan was for two other teammates to get in the breakaway, but they didn't manage to do so.

"So I tried to go and succeeded. When we reached the foot of the climb, I managed to drop the other four riders and continue with my pace. "Maybe the riders in the peloton also made a mistake and didn't try to catch me earlier because they don't know me or they thought they could catch me. So I was lucky. But I must admit that this was not an easy climb."

Tour de Langkawi 2013

Anyone for Tea? Race passes tea plantations in the Cameron Highlands: © Le Tour de Langkawi

The race was back on flatter roads for stage four between Tapah and Kapar with Francesco Chicchi (Vini Fantini - Selle Italia) prevailing in the sprint. Andrea Guardini (Astana) found himself again forced into second place with the frustration etched on his face. Wang retained the race leaders jersey, together with the those for best climber and best Asian rider. Taking over the points jersey provided Guardini with some consolation.

Tour de Langkawi 2013

Francesco Chicchi triumpsh in Kapar: © Le Tour de Langkawi


Stage 3 Results - top 15

1 Meiyin Wang (Chn) Hengxiang Cycling Team 3:50:01  
2 Julian D Arredondo Moreno (Col) Team Nippo - De Rosa 0:02:27  
3 Nathan Haas (Aus) Garmin - Sharp 0:03:11  
4 Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) Orica Greenedge    
5 Pieter Weening (Ned) Orica Greenedge 0:03:13  
6 Yonatha Monsalve (Ven) Vini Fantini - Selle Italia    
7 Pieter Serry (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quickstep    
8 Fortunato Baliani (Ita) Team Nippo - De Rosa    
9 Tsgabu Gebremaryam Grmay (Eth) MTN Qhubeka    
10 Dennis Van Niekerk (RSA) MTN Qhubeka    
11 Chad Beyer (USA) Champion System Pro Cycling    
12 Sergio Pardilla (Spa) MTN Qhubeka 0:03:16  
13 Jackson Rodriguez (Ven) Androni Giocattoli - Venezuela    
14 Alexandr Dyachenko (Kaz) Astana Pro Team    
15 Andrey Kashechkin (Kaz) Astana Pro Team    

Stage 4 Results - top 10

1 Francesco Chicchi (Ita) Vini Fantini - Selle Italia 3:44:22  
2 Andrea Guardini (Ita) Astana Pro Team    
3 Aidis Kruopis (Ltu) Orica Greenedge    
4 Raymond Kreder (Ned) Garmin - Sharp    
5 Andrew Fenn (GBr) Omega Pharma-Quickstep    
6 Aldo Ino Ilesic (Slo) United Healthcare Pro Cycling    
7 Ruslan Tleubayev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team    
8 Anuar Manan (Mas) Synergy - Baku Cycling Project    
9 Takeaki Ayabe (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team    
10 Kazuhiro Mori (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team    

General Classification after Stage 4

1 Meiyin Wang (Chn) Hengxiang Cycling Team 14:29:06  
2 Julian D Arredondo Moreno (Col) Team Nippo - De Rosa 0:02:43  
3 Nathan Haas (Aus) Garmin - Sharp 0:03:29  
4 Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) Orica Greenedge 0:03:33  
5 Dennis Van Niekerk (RSA) MTN Qhubeka 0:03:35  
6 Chad Beyer (USA) Champion System Pro Cycling    
7 Pieter Weening (Ned) Orica Greenedge    
8 Yonatha Monsalve (Ven) Vini Fantini - Selle Italia    
9 Tsgabu Gebremaryam Grmay (Eth) MTN Qhubeka    
10 Fortunato Baliani (Ita) Team Nippo - De Rosa    

The full team line-up is:

1

Pro Tour

Garmin Sharp (GRS) - USA

2

Astana Pro Team (AST) - KAZ

3

Orica GreenEdge (OGE) - AUS

4

Blanco Pro Cycling Team (BLA) - NED

5

Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team (OPQ) - BEL

 

Pro
Continental

 

6

Vini Fantini (VIN) - GBR

7

Unitedhealthcare Pro Cycling Team (UHC) - USA

8

Champion System Pro Cycling Team (CSS) - CHN

9

Team Europcar (EUC) - FRA

10

Androni Giocattoli - Venezuela (AND) - ITA

11

MTN - Qhubeka (MTN) - RSA

 

Continental

 

12

Tabriz Petrochemical Team (TPT) - IRI

13

RTS Racing Team (RTS) - TPE

14

Terengganu Cycling Team (TSG) - MAS

15

OCBC Singapore Continental Cycling Team (TSI) - SIN

16

Team Nippo (PPO) - JPN

17

Aisan Racing Team (AIS) - JPN

18

KSPO (KSP) - KOR

19

Hengxiang Cycling Team (HEN) - CHN

20

Synergy - Baku Cycling Project

 

National

 

21

Malaysia National Cycling Federation

22

Indonesia National Team


Race Route for 2013

Le Tour de Langkawi 2012

2013 Tour de Langkawi Route © LTDL2013

22 teams, including UCI Pro Teams Astana and Garmin-Sharp, have confirmed participation in the race.

LE TOUR DE LANGKAWI 2013 ROUTE 20/02/13 - 2/3/2013:

Stage 1 – Thursday 21 February 2013 : Kangar – Kulim (163.7 Km)
Stage 2 – Friday 22 February 2013 : Serdang – Kuala Kangsar (116.0 Km)
Stage 3 – Saturday 23 February 2013 : Sungai Siput – Cameron Highlands (145.5 Km)
Stage 4 - Sunday 24 February 2013 : Tapah – Kapar (168.0 Km)
Stage 5 – Monday 25 February 2013 : Proton – Genting (108.0 Km)
Stage 6 – Tuesday 26 February 2013 : Mentakab – Kuantan (212.8 Km)
Stage 7  - Wednesday 27 February 2013 : Kuantan – Dungun (149.8 Km)
Stage 8 – Thursday 28 February 2013 : Kuala Terengganu – Tanah Merah (164.5 Km)
Stage 9 – Friday 1 March 2013 : Pasir Puteh – Kuala Berang (123.6 Km)
Stage 10 – Saturday 2 March 2013 : Tasik Kenyir – Kuala Terengganu (114.8 Km)

TOTAL DISTANCE : 1466.6km

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