Pro Cycling

2012 Tour de Langkawi | Stage 2: Putrajaya to Melaka

Today’s start point was a 68km transfer from the team’s hotel and riders were expected to assemble there by 9am; that’s roughly when breakfast commences at European stage races. Welcome to pro cycling in Asia.

For press attendees, the day started with so much promise. The night prior, media were informed a race radio would be installed in all vehicles; guaranteeing pages of quality snippets that could later be formed into quality articles.

Following pre-race photo shooting, our van departed the start zone several minutes before the riders in order to gain a buffer over the race convoy. It wasn’t long, though, until the voice of the race commissaire greeted the inhabitants of our laden Nissan. The anticipation of constant communication of on-road events significantly offset the fact we were physically orphaned from the race.

10-15 minutes after the 130-strong peloton left the 5.4km neutral zone behind, our extremely talkative driver – walkie talkie in one hand, mobile phone in the other, steering wheel secured between his forearms – lowered the volume of the race radio so he could communicate with the media van in front. Fair enough, I thought – it must be important. Sufficient time passed before it became clear the two drivers were just enjoying a lengthy chat. We had also been driving so (ahem) “efficiently” that we were well outside race radio range.

At the pretty beachside city of Port Dickson, our small convoy of two media vans and one lead vehicle stopped; having travelled 62.6km. Anticipation was momentarily restored by the prospect of a mid-race photo shoot in this terrific location. I had barely planted both feet on the roadside before we were told the plan had changed and we would be driving directly to the race finish. Memories of Tour of Beijing surfaced.

Surrounded as we were by dense tropical flora, my phone’s 3G signal disappeared moments after learning (via Twitter) an early breakaway of two riders had four minutes on the peloton. When access to live information was eventually regained, we learned the duo’s lead had decreased to 50 seconds and Lee Rodgers (RTS Racing) had bridged over. The finish town of Malaka appeared almost an hour before the race’s scheduled arrival.

Thirty minutes later, our broiling press contingent had formed two neat groups behind the finish line. An affable policeman offered us mints. Dependent on the bunch’s size – anyone who didn’t predict a bunch sprint today was deluded – at the line, he would also be responsible for pushing us out of harms (the riders) way; so perhaps mints were an advance apology for any blurry photos.

Moments after the last sliver of mint had dissolved, Andrea Guardini (Farnese Vini) led Jacobe Keough (United Healthcare) and Christian Delle Stelle (Colnago CSF Inox) home for his first stage race win of 2012, claiming the blue Sprinter’s jersey in the process.

THE END.

Well, not quite. Following the post-stage presentations, the ever-professional Jean-Francois Quenet again facilitated interviews with the four leaders of each classification – namely, GC (David Zabriskie), Sprint (Andrea Guardini), Asian Rider (Dmitriy Gruzdev) and KOM (Floris Goesinnen). This is what unfolded:

Andrea Guardini – when asked about his win (Quenet translation)
“I needed to come back to Malaysia for being a winner again,. This is my fourth stage race of the year. I didn’t manage to win any stage in the first three. A bit because of bad luck, a bit because my adversaries were stronger than me. I wanted to win from the start in Argentina but I couldn’t. Now I have found the serenity that I needed in Malaysia. It’s easier for me to be quiet. I’ve managed to win here on the first occasion thanks to my team mates who have put me in the best position for sprinting.”

David Zabriskie – when asked if he expected it to be hot
“Yes, I expected very hot conditions here and it is very hot indeed. I just want to say thankyou to the team, they did an amazing job today controlling the race.  So that’s what I’d like to say first. And it’s great to be in the jersey again. I’ll say that second. Thirdly, this Tina Turner song you guys have got going here is simply the best.”

Floris Goesinnen – when asked about his day
“We have guys for the TT, guys for the sprint, guys for the hills. With me up the road we didn’t have to work in the bunch.  It was a nice little breeze up the road instead of sitting in the bunch.”

Dmitriy Guzdev – addressed by Quenet, but intercepted with a mock answer by David Zabriskie
“It feels really good to be in the white jersey again. He’s happy to be here and he expects it to be hot as well.”

Andrea Guardini – when posed a question by an Italian journalist
[Quenet explains]: “Last year there was a little game that if Guardini won five stages his team manager would stop smoking; and he did, for a while. The question was if there was anything else similar this year.” Andrea’s answer was “maybe something a little more materialistic. We need to win stages first.”

Andrea Guardini – when asked if he found the finish easy or hard (Quenet translation)
The finale was a bit too complicated; it was difficult to keep the positions. The team Europcar was also doing good work at the front and my team was all in the front also. We took the last curve to the left, there were three of us in the front with (Thomas) Bertolini and (Cristian) Benenati. I would like to have a word for (Rafael) Andriato who crashed because of covering me. We have done a very good work to lead out the sprint.”

David Zabriskie
“I have a question”

Jean-Francois Quenet
“Go ahead David”

David Zabriskie
“Why don’t they give us kisses on the podium?”

Jean-Francois Quenet
“Local culture – it’s a little bit different from the US or Europe”

David Zabriskie
“Oh, I didn’t know. Maybe I thought I was screwing it up. I’m sure my wife probably likes this no kissing business. I’ll probably be alright with it too.  I’ll make her give me all the kisses I missed. How about that? I love you wife. (Gesturing towards Gruzdev) He said he loves his wife too. We don’t know if he’s married. Alright everybody thanks for coming.”

STAGE TWO RESULTS

PLACE NAME TEAM TIME
1 Guardini, Andrea (ITA) FAR @ 3h35’19″
2 Keough, Jacobe (USA) UHC @ 3h35’19″
3 Delle Stelle, Christian (ITA) COG @ 3h35’19″
4 Manan, Anuar (MAS) CSS @ 3h35’19″
5 Kreder, Raymond (NED) GRM @ 3h35’19″
6 Tewelde, Jani (ERI) MTN @ 3h35’19″
7 Gene, Yohann (FRA) EUC @ 3h35’19″
8 Canola, Marco (ITA) COG @ 3h35’19″
9 Iglinskiy, Valentin (KAZ) AST @ 3h35’19″
10 Mohd Zamri, Salleh (MAS) TSG @ 3h35’19″
11 Williamson, James (NZL) NZL @ 3h35’19″
12 Jang, Chan Jae (KOR) TSG @ 3h35’19″
13 Maleki Mizan, Ramin (IRI) TPT @ 3h35’19″
14 Colbrelli, Sonny (ITA) COG @ 3h35’19″
15 Dyachenko, Alexandr (KAZ) AST @ 3h35’19″
16 Harrif, Salleh (MAS) TSG @ 3h35’19″
17 Nateghi, Hossein (IRI) TPT @ 3h35’19″
18 Lee, Won Jae (KOR) SCT @ 3h35’19″
19 Nishitani, Taiji (JPN) AIS @ 3h35’19″
20 Shinagawa, Masahiro (JPN) AIS @ 3h35’19″
21 Benenati, Cristian (ITA) FAR @ 3h35’19″
22 Nakajima, Yasuharu (JPN) AIS @ 3h35’19″
23 Gonzalez, Freddy (COL) AZC @ 3h35’19″
24 Serpa, Jose (COL) AND @ 3h35’19″
25 Ovechkin, Artem (RUS) RVL @ 3h35’19″
26 Monsalve, Yonnatta (VEN) AND @ 3h35’19″
27 Bertolini, Thomas (ITA) FAR @ 3h35’19″
28 McCann, David (IRL) RTS @ 3h35’19″
29 M. Shahrul, Mat Amin (MAS) TSG @ 3h35’19″
30 Menzies, Karl (AUS) UHC @ 3h35’19″
31 J.V. Rensburg, Jacques (RSA) MTN @ 3h35’19″
32 Van Uden, Roman (NZL) NZL @ 3h35’19″
33 De Marchi, Alessandro (ITA) AND @ 3h35’19″
34 Van Niekerk, Dennis (RSA) MTN @ 3h35’19″
35 Habtemariam, Tesfay (ERI) MTN @ 3h35’19″
36 M. Saufi, Mat Senan (MAS) TSG @ 3h35’19″
37 Rujano, Jose (VEN) AND @ 3h35’19″
38 Seo, Joon Yong (KOR) SCT @ 3h35’19″
39 Danielson, Thomas (USA) GRM @ 3h35’19″
40 Lapthorne, Darren (AUS) DPC @ 3h35’19″
41 Haghi, Alireza (IRI) AZC @ 3h35’19″
42 Huang, Chin Lung (TPE) RTS @ 3h35’19″
43 Fukushima, Shinichi (JPN) TSG @ 3h35’19″
44 Khalili , Behnam (IRI) TPT @ 3h35’19″
45 Gruzdev, Dmitriy (KAZ) AST @ 3h35’19″
46 Kozonchuk, Dmitry (RUS) RVL @ 3h35’19″
47 Crawford, Jai (AUS) RTS @ 3h35’19″
48 Peterson, Thomas (USA) GRM @ 3h35’19″
49 Liu, Hao (CHN) MSS @ 3h35’19″
50 Kemps, Aaron (AUS) CSS @ 3h35’19″
51 Zeits, Andrey (KAZ) AST @ 3h35’19″
52 Xue, Ming Xing (CHN) MSS @ 3h35’19″
53 Ho, Junrong (SIN) TSI @ 3h35’19″
54 Huang, En (CHN) MSS @ 3h35’19″
55 Haas, Nathan (AUS) GRM @ 3h35’19″
56 Balloni, Alfredo (ITA) FAR @ 3h35’19″
57 Amir Mustafa, Rusli (MAS) MAS @ 3h35’19″
58 Suhardi, Hassan (MAS) MAS @ 3h35’19″
59 Pollock, Rhys (AUS) DPC @ 3h35’19″
60 Clarke, Jonathan (AUS) UHC @ 3h35’19″
61 Othman, Adiq (MAS) CSS @ 3h35’19″
62 Locatelli, Stefano (ITA) COG @ 3h35’19″
63 Kang, Suk Ho (KOR) SCT @ 3h35’19″
64 Niyonshuti, Adrien (RWA) MTN @ 3h35’19″
65 M. Rauf Nur, Misbah (MAS) MAS @ 3h35’19″
66 Rudolph, Malcom (AUS) DPC @ 3h35’19″
67 Endra, Wijaya (INA) INA @ 3h35’19″
68 Iswana, Arin (INA) INA @ 3h35’19″
69 Coutts, Alex (GBR) RTS @ 3h35’19″
70 Setiawan, Iwan (INA) INA @ 3h35’19″
71 Ochoa, Carlos (VEN) AND @ 3h35’19″
72 Lee, Rodgers (GBR) RTS @ 3h35’19″
73 Semple, Adam (AUS) DPC @ 3h35’19″
74 Zabriskie, David (USA) GRM @ 3h35’19″
75 Askari, Hossein (IRI) TPT @ 3h35’19″
76 Alizadeh, Hossein (IRI) TPT @ 3h35’19″
77 M.Fauzan, Ahmad Lutfi (MAS) MAS @ 3h35’19″
78 Cooper, Joseph (NZL) NZL @ 3h35’19″
79 Rabottini, Matteo (ITA) FAR @ 3h35’19″
80 Mizbani, Ghader (IRI) TPT @ 3h35’19″
81 Lewis, Craig (USA) CSS @ 3h35’19″
82 Butler, Chris (USA) CSS @ 3h35’19″
83 Khatuntsev, Alexander (RUS) RVL @ 3h35’19″
84 M. Nor Rizuan, Zainal (MAS) MAS @ 3h35’19″
85 Klimov, Serguy (RUS) RVL @ 3h35’19″
86 Ito, Masakazu (JPN) AIS @ 3h35’19″
87 Di Corrado, Andrea (ITA) COG @ 3h35’19″
88 Goesinnen, Floris (NED) DPC @ 3h35’19″
89 Torckler, Michael (NZL) NZL @ 3h35’19″
90 Nino Corridor, Victor (COL) AZC @ 3h35’19″
91 Parno, – (INA) INA @ 3h35’19″
92 Crosby, Louis (NZL) NZL @ 3h35’19″
93 Charteau, Anthony (FRA) EUC @ 3h35’19″
94 Ng, Yong Li (MAS) AZC @ 3h35’19″
95 Saeiditanha, Abbas (IRI) AZC @ 3h35’19″
96 Reza, Kevin (FRA) EUC @ 3h35’19″
97 Nino Corridor, Miguel (COL) AZC @ 3h35’19″
98 Ali Sahbana, Agung (INA) INA @ 3h35’19″
99 Lee, Seung Kwon (KOR) SCT @ 3h35’39″
100 Mori, Kazuhiro (JPN) AIS @ 3h35’39″
101 Suzuki, Kenichi (JPN) AIS @ 3h35’39″
102 Ahmad Fallanie, Ali (MAS) MAS @ 3h35’39″
103 Bazayev, Assan (KAZ) AST @ 3h35’39″
104 Kim, Junbin (KOR) SCT @ 3h35’39″
105 Dadi, Suryadi (INA) INA @ 3h35’39″
106 Youm, Jung Hwan (KOR) SCT @ 3h35’46″
107 Goh, Choon Huat (SIN) TSI @ 3h35’52″
108 Vinokurov, Alexandre (KAZ) AST @ 3h35’52″
109 Qi, Pengfei (CHN) MSS @ 3h35’54″
110 Valynin, Valery (RUS) RVL @ 3h35’54″
111 Forster, Robert (GER) UHC @ 3h35’57″
112 Squillari, Nicholas (AUS) TSI @ 3h35’58″
113 Leong, Yong Yi Marcus (SIN) TSI @ 3h36’20″
114 Clarke, Hilton (AUS) UHC @ 3h36’20″
115 Huang, Wan Chung (TPE) RTS @ 3h36’27″
116 Howes, Alex (USA) GRM @ 3h36’27″
117 Pelucchi, Matteo (ITA) EUC @ 3h35’19″
118 Claude, Mathieu (FRA) EUC @ 3h35’19″
119 Kirsipuu, Jaan (EST) CSS @ 3h36’50″
120 Hegyvary, Adrian (USA) UHC @ 3h37’02″
121 Kern, Christophe (FRA) EUC @ 3h37’30″
122 Rodriguez, Jackson (VEN) AND @ 3h35’19″
123 Bewley, Sam (NZL) NZL @ 3h37’43″
124 Deng, Ting (CHN) MSS @ 3h38’59″
125 Loh, Sea Keong (MAS) TSI @ 3h38’05″
126 Locatelli, Paolo (ITA) COG @ 3h38’05″
127 Andriato, Rafael (BRA) FAR @ 3h35’19″
128 Russom, Meron (ERI) MTN @ 3h35’19″
129 Phelan, Adam (AUS) DPC @ 3h35’19″

GENERAL CLASSIFICATION AFTER STAGE TWO

PLACE NAME TEAM TIME
1 Zabriskie, David (USA) GRM 3h59’53″
2 Phelan, Adam (AUS) DPC @ 01’00″
3 Lapthorne, Darren (AUS) DPC @ 01’10″
4 Danielson, Thomas (USA) GRM @ 01’17″
5 Rujano, Jose (VEN) AND @ 01’26″
6 Cooper, Joseph (NZL) NZL @ 01’31″
7 Gruzdev, Dmitriy (KAZ) AST @ 01’33″
8 Dyachenko, Alexandr (KAZ) AST @ 01’39″
9 Haas, Nathan (AUS) GRM @ 01’39″
10 Khalili , Behnam (IRI) TPT @ 01’46″
11 Goesinnen, Floris (NED) DPC @ 01’50″
12 Ovechkin, Artem (RUS) RVL @ 01’51″
13 Gene, Yohann (FRA) EUC @ 01’52″
14 Balloni, Alfredo (ITA) FAR @ 01’57″
15 Lewis, Craig (USA) CSS @ 01’57″
16 De Marchi, Alessandro (ITA) AND @ 02’00″
17 Mizbani, Ghader (IRI) TPT @ 02’12″
18 Van Uden, Roman (NZL) NZL @ 02’12″
19 Rudolph, Malcom (AUS) DPC @ 02’13″
20 Ochoa, Carlos (VEN) AND @ 02’14″
21 Serpa, Jose (COL) AND @ 02’22″
22 Russom, Meron (ERI) MTN @ 02’23″
23 J.V. Rensburg, Jacques (RSA) MTN @ 02’23″
24 Askari, Hossein (IRI) TPT @ 02’24″
25 Clarke, Jonathan (AUS) UHC @ 02’25″
26 Semple, Adam (AUS) DPC @ 02’28″
27 Rodriguez, Jackson (VEN) AND @ 02’28″
28 Tewelde, Jani (ERI) MTN @ 02’30″
29 Lee, Won Jae (KOR) SCT @ 02’30″
30 Di Corrado, Andrea (ITA) COG @ 02’31″
31 Van Niekerk, Dennis (RSA) MTN @ 02’36″
32 Peterson, Thomas (USA) GRM @ 02’36″
33 Monsalve, Yonnatta (VEN) AND @ 02’36″
34 Kozonchuk, Dmitry (RUS) RVL @ 02’37″
35 Zeits, Andrey (KAZ) AST @ 02’38″
36 Reza, Kevin (FRA) EUC @ 02’39″
37 Canola, Marco (ITA) COG @ 02’40″
38 Othman, Adiq (MAS) CSS @ 02’43″
39 Torckler, Michael (NZL) NZL @ 02’47″
40 Lee, Rodgers (GBR) RTS @ 02’48″
41 Nino Corridor, Victor (COL) AZC @ 02’51″
42 Xue, Ming Xing (CHN) MSS @ 02’52″
43 Maleki Mizan, Ramin (IRI) TPT @ 02’57″
44 Menzies, Karl (AUS) UHC @ 02’58″
45 Liu, Hao (CHN) MSS @ 02’59″
46 Alizadeh, Hossein (IRI) TPT @ 02’59″
47 Locatelli, Stefano (ITA) COG @ 03’00″
48 Crawford, Jai (AUS) RTS @ 03’05″
49 Haghi, Alireza (IRI) AZC @ 03’05″
50 Habtemariam, Tesfay (ERI) MTN @ 03’06″
51 Niyonshuti, Adrien (RWA) MTN @ 03’07″
52 Nishitani, Taiji (JPN) AIS @ 03’07″
53 Bazayev, Assan (KAZ) AST @ 03’10″
54 Kemps, Aaron (AUS) CSS @ 03’12″
55 Iglinskiy, Valentin (KAZ) AST @ 03’13″
56 Vinokurov, Alexandre (KAZ) AST @ 03’14″
57 Mohd Zamri, Salleh (MAS) TSG @ 03’15″
58 Pollock, Rhys (AUS) DPC @ 03’18″
59 Bertolini, Thomas (ITA) FAR @ 03’18″
60 Colbrelli, Sonny (ITA) COG @ 03’20″
61 Ito, Masakazu (JPN) AIS @ 03’21″
62 Butler, Chris (USA) CSS @ 03’21″
63 Benenati, Cristian (ITA) FAR @ 03’22″
64 M.Fauzan, Ahmad Lutfi (MAS) MAS @ 03’24″
65 Harrif, Salleh (MAS) TSG @ 03’26″
66 Nateghi, Hossein (IRI) TPT @ 03’27″
67 Gonzalez, Freddy (COL) AZC @ 03’29″
68 Youm, Jung Hwan (KOR) SCT @ 03’36″
69 Fukushima, Shinichi (JPN) TSG @ 03’37″
70 M. Rauf Nur, Misbah (MAS) MAS @ 03’41″
71 Klimov, Serguy (RUS) RVL @ 03’43″
72 Hegyvary, Adrian (USA) UHC @ 03’45″
73 Huang, En (CHN) MSS @ 03’51″
74 Nakajima, Yasuharu (JPN) AIS @ 03’51″
75 Rabottini, Matteo (ITA) FAR @ 03’52″
76 Keough, Jacobe (USA) UHC @ 03’53″
77 Seo, Joon Yong (KOR) SCT @ 03’53″
78 Saeiditanha, Abbas (IRI) AZC @ 03’54″
79 Coutts, Alex (GBR) RTS @ 03’55″
80 Nino Corridor, Miguel (COL) AZC @ 03’55″
81 M. Saufi, Mat Senan (MAS) TSG @ 03’57″
82 Charteau, Anthony (FRA) EUC @ 03’58″
83 Ali Sahbana, Agung (INA) INA @ 03’59″
84 Williamson, James (NZL) NZL @ 03’59″
85 Claude, Mathieu (FRA) EUC @ 03’59″
86 Guardini, Andrea (ITA) FAR @ 03’59″
87 Shinagawa, Masahiro (JPN) AIS @ 04’01″
88 Kreder, Raymond (NED) GRM @ 04’02″
89 Mori, Kazuhiro (JPN) AIS @ 04’03″
90 Delle Stelle, Christian (ITA) COG @ 04’10″
91 Manan, Anuar (MAS) CSS @ 04’12″
92 Squillari, Nicholas (AUS) TSI @ 04’14″
93 Suzuki, Kenichi (JPN) AIS @ 04’15″
94 Amir Mustafa, Rusli (MAS) MAS @ 04’15″
95 Ho, Junrong (SIN) TSI @ 04’21″
96 Kang, Suk Ho (KOR) SCT @ 04’21″
97 Khatuntsev, Alexander (RUS) RVL @ 04’24″
98 Forster, Robert (GER) UHC @ 04’26″
99 Iswana, Arin (INA) INA @ 04’27″
100 Ng, Yong Li (MAS) AZC @ 04’29″
101 M. Shahrul, Mat Amin (MAS) TSG @ 04’30″
102 Lee, Seung Kwon (KOR) SCT @ 04’32″
103 Kern, Christophe (FRA) EUC @ 04’32″
104 Endra, Wijaya (INA) INA @ 04’35″
105 Howes, Alex (USA) GRM @ 04’36″
106 Kirsipuu, Jaan (EST) CSS @ 04’36″
107 Ahmad Fallanie, Ali (MAS) MAS @ 04’52″
108 Setiawan, Iwan (INA) INA @ 04’55″
109 Jang, Chan Jae (KOR) TSG @ 04’57″
110 Parno, – (INA) INA @ 05’01″
111 Kim, Junbin (KOR) SCT @ 05’01″
112 Andriato, Rafael (BRA) FAR @ 05’02″
113 Dadi, Suryadi (INA) INA @ 05’02″
114 Huang, Chin Lung (TPE) RTS @ 05’04″
115 McCann, David (IRL) RTS @ 05’13″
116 Suhardi, Hassan (MAS) MAS @ 05’19″
117 Locatelli, Paolo (ITA) COG @ 05’29″
118 Crosby, Louis (NZL) NZL @ 05’30″
119 Leong, Yong Yi Marcus (SIN) TSI @ 05’33″
120 Goh, Choon Huat (SIN) TSI @ 05’37″
121 M. Nor Rizuan, Zainal (MAS) MAS @ 05’39″
122 Valynin, Valery (RUS) RVL @ 05’43″
123 Clarke, Hilton (AUS) UHC @ 06’03″
124 Pelucchi, Matteo (ITA) EUC @ 06’04″
125 Huang, Wan Chung (TPE) RTS @ 06’13″
126 Loh, Sea Keong (MAS) TSI @ 06’18″
127 Qi, Pengfei (CHN) MSS @ 06’21″
128 Deng, Ting (CHN) MSS @ 06’49″
129 Bewley, Sam (NZL) NZL @ 07’53″

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