Pro Cycling

2012 Tour de Langkawi | Stage 8: Pekan – Chukai

Today the peloton entered the state of Terengganu, where it will remain until the race’s conclusion on Sunday. This is a first for the Tour de Langkawi, as all previous editions have finished in Kuala Lumpur on the other side of Malaysia Peninsular.

Zamri Salleh and Shinichi Fukushima (Terengganu Cycling Team) share stories from the road

 

The State Government of Terengganu spent RM1million (USD330,000) to host the final three stages of this year’s race. This is not the only investment the local government has made into cycling though; Terengganu backs its namesake UCI Continental squad, Terangganu-Pro Asia Cycling Team and last year commenced construction of Malaysia’s third velodrome, in Dungan.

A bevy of Malaysian sprinters hail from Terengganu, with local lad Anuar Manan (riding for ProContinental team Champion System) still the only Malaysian to have won a stage in Langkawi’s 17 year history. For the fourteen Malaysian cyclists still in the race – representing Champion System, Terengganu Cycling, OCBC Singapore, Azad University Cross Team and Malaysia National Team – the last three flat stages present final opportunities for all-or-nothing assaults. If you’re going to go down in a big 2.HC race, go down fighting.

By kilometre 16 in today’s 100.8km stage, six riders had broken away from the field – including the irrepressible Shinichi Fukushima (Terengganu Cycling). Fukushima has been in breaks all week, amazing media and fans with his resilience. The Japanese cyclist, in his 41st year, was obviously at pains to ride into his team sponsor’s state in a winning position.

One of Fukushima’s Malaysian breakaway companions, Amir Mustafa (Malaysian National Team), took an unfortunate spill but was later able to rejoin the main peloton. Before the whittled-down break could enter Terengganu state they needed to crest the Tour de Langkawi’s final KOM at Kuantan; a 70m bump only a few kilometres from the border. The order in which the five men rode over the summit was not important to the final KOM podium which, barring disaster, had already been secured with a clear margin by Jose Serpa (Androni Giocattoli), Matteo Rabottini (Farenese Vini – Selle Italia) and Jose Rujano (Androni Giocattolo) respectively.

As the break stormed into Terengganu, Farnese Vini, Androni Giocattoli and Garmin Barracuda were driving the peloton at a pace sufficient to keep the break’s gap limited to around one minute. Within the final 20 kilometres the break started to gain speed, with the first casualty being Wijaya Endra (Inodensia National Team). It was only a matter of a few more kilometres before Hao Liu (Max Success) and Chin Lung Huang (RTS Racing Team) fell back into the peloton that hovered 30 seconds in arrears. This left Fukushima and Abbas Saeiditanha (Azad University Cross Team) swapping off at the front.

Consciously or not, the peloton chose not to make a cruel sweep of the tiring two-man break in the final several hundred meters, thus giving pundits ample time to speculate who would win the bunch sprint. For the fourth time in this year’s race, the front tyre of Andrea Guardini’s MCipollini bike kissed the finish line first. Fittingly, Harrif Salleh (Terrenganu Cycling Team) found his racing legs to finish second with Jacobe Keough (Europcar) third.

Tomorrow’s ninth stage from Kemasik to Kuala Terengganu covers 165.7 kilometres with three intermediate sprints and no categorised climbs. The weather forecast is for 24-29°C, with 84% humidity and a slight headwind as the race continues north.

POST-STAGE

Sophian Abu Bakar (Sports Manager, Terengganu Cycling Team)
The State Government is very serious about cycling sport. They want to give the opportunity to many cyclists to get involved; you have to provide all the facilities for cycling so of course it’s a big budget. But we are making a serious effort to build a very good team.

The most important thing is we put the effort in. We need good equipment, training and support. We have also had a very good response from sponsors. We have a unique situation because the government backs us; sponsors know it’s a long-term project.

As a Continental Team, our major race of the season is Tour de Langkawi. We already have fixed a one-year schedule, but there are many UCI Asia Tour races we are interested in. We hope to go to Tour de Taiwan.

I think there have always been many talented Malaysian riders, but they just needed the opportunity to develop further. We will also be looking for international riders – our priority is to bring the team to the next division. We will try our best to prepare for the ProContinental level.

STAGE 8 RESULTS

PLACE NAME TEAM TIME
1 Guardini, Andrea (ITA) FAR @ 2h13’27″
2 Harrif, Salleh (MAS) TSG @ 2h13’27″
3 Keough, Jacobe (USA) UHC @ 2h13’27″
4 Nateghi, Hossein (IRI) TPT @ 2h13’27″
5 Pelucchi, Matteo (ITA) EUC @ 2h13’27″
6 Nishitani, Taiji (JPN) AIS @ 2h13’27″
7 Colbrelli, Sonny (ITA) COG @ 2h13’27″
8 Iglinskiy, Valentin (KAZ) AST @ 2h13’27″
9 Tewelde, Jani (ERI) MTN @ 2h13’27″
10 Kreder, Raymond (NED) GRM @ 2h13’27″
11 Forster, Robert (GER) UHC @ 2h13’27″
12 Shinagawa, Masahiro (JPN) AIS @ 2h13’27″
13 M. Nor Rizuan, Zainal (MAS) MAS @ 2h13’27″
14 Benenati, Cristian (ITA) FAR @ 2h13’27″
15 Seo, Joon Yong (KOR) SCT @ 2h13’27″
16 Van Uden, Roman (NZL) NZL @ 2h13’27″
17 Lee, Seung Kwon (KOR) SCT @ 2h13’27″
18 Van Niekerk, Dennis (RSA) MTN @ 2h13’27″
19 Maleki Mizan, Ramin (IRI) TPT @ 2h13’27″
20 Khalili , Behnam (IRI) TPT @ 2h13’27″
21 Howes, Alex (USA) GRM @ 2h13’27″
22 Manan, Anuar (MAS) CSS @ 2h13’27″
23 Mohd Zamri, Salleh (MAS) TSG @ 2h13’27″
24 Valynin, Valery (RUS) RVL @ 2h13’27″
25 Zeits, Andrey (KAZ) AST @ 2h13’27″
26 Suhardi, Hassan (MAS) MAS @ 2h13’27″
27 Othman, Adiq (MAS) CSS @ 2h13’27″
28 Claude, Mathieu (FRA) EUC @ 2h13’27″
29 Dyachenko, Alexandr (KAZ) AST @ 2h13’27″
30 Bazayev, Assan (KAZ) AST @ 2h13’27″
31 Delle Stelle, Christian (ITA) COG @ 2h13’27″
32 M. Saufi, Mat Senan (MAS) TSG @ 2h13’27″
33 Kim, Junbin (KOR) SCT @ 2h13’27″
34 Iswana, Arin (INA) INA @ 2h13’27″
35 M. Shahrul, Mat Amin (MAS) TSG @ 2h13’27″
36 Crawford, Jai (AUS) RTS @ 2h13’27″
37 Rudolph, Malcom (AUS) DPC @ 2h13’27″
38 Gruzdev, Dmitriy (KAZ) AST @ 2h13’27″
39 Nino Corridor, Miguel (COL) AZC @ 2h13’27″
40 Nino Corridor, Victor (COL) AZC @ 2h13’27″
41 Rodriguez, Jackson (VEN) AND @ 2h13’27″
42 Ovechkin, Artem (RUS) RVL @ 2h13’27″
43 Peterson, Thomas (USA) GRM @ 2h13’27″
44 M.Fauzan, Ahmad Lutfi (MAS) MAS @ 2h13’27″
45 Mizbani, Ghader (IRI) TPT @ 2h13’27″
46 Haghi, Alireza (IRI) AZC @ 2h13’27″
47 Habtemariam, Tesfay (ERI) MTN @ 2h13’27″
48 Askari, Hossein (IRI) TPT @ 2h13’27″
49 Torckler, Michael (NZL) NZL @ 2h13’27″
50 Nakajima, Yasuharu (JPN) AIS @ 2h13’27″
51 Cooper, Joseph (NZL) NZL @ 2h13’27″
52 Menzies, Karl (AUS) UHC @ 2h13’27″
53 Russom, Meron (ERI) MTN @ 2h13’27″
54 M. Rauf Nur, Misbah (MAS) MAS @ 2h13’27″
55 Bertolini, Thomas (ITA) FAR @ 2h13’27″
56 Rujano, Jose (VEN) AND @ 2h13’27″
57 Youm, Jung Hwan (KOR) SCT @ 2h13’27″
58 Locatelli, Stefano (ITA) COG @ 2h13’27″
59 Butler, Chris (USA) CSS @ 2h13’27″
60 Monsalve, Yonnatta (VEN) AND @ 2h13’27″
61 Ali Sahbana, Agung (INA) INA @ 2h13’27″
62 Kemps, Aaron (AUS) CSS @ 2h13’27″
63 Serpa, Jose (COL) AND @ 2h13’27″
64 Clarke, Jonathan (AUS) UHC @ 2h13’27″
65 Gonzalez, Freddy (COL) AZC @ 2h13’27″
66 J.V. Rensburg, Jacques (RSA) MTN @ 2h13’27″
67 Khatuntsev, Alexander (RUS) RVL @ 2h13’27″
68 Amir Mustafa, Rusli (MAS) MAS @ 2h13’27″
69 Ito, Masakazu (JPN) AIS @ 2h13’27″
70 Niyonshuti, Adrien (RWA) MTN @ 2h13’27″
71 Suzuki, Kenichi (JPN) AIS @ 2h13’27″
72 Xue, Ming Xing (CHN) MSS @ 2h13’27″
73 Kozonchuk, Dmitry (RUS) RVL @ 2h13’27″
74 Klimov, Serguy (RUS) RVL @ 2h13’27″
75 Liu, Hao (CHN) MSS @ 2h13’27″
76 Locatelli, Paolo (ITA) COG @ 2h13’27″
77 Canola, Marco (ITA) COG @ 2h13’27″
78 Semple, Adam (AUS) DPC @ 2h13’27″
79 McCann, David (IRL) RTS @ 2h13’48″
80 Ochoa, Carlos (VEN) AND @ 2h13’48″
81 Lewis, Craig (USA) CSS @ 2h13’50″
82 Endra, Wijaya (INA) INA @ 2h13’50″
83 Ho, Junrong (SIN) TSI @ 2h13’50″
84 Reza, Kevin (FRA) EUC @ 2h13’50″
85 Goh, Choon Huat (SIN) TSI @ 2h13’50″
86 Dadi, Suryadi (INA) INA @ 2h13’50″
87 Lee, Rodgers (GBR) RTS @ 2h13’50″
88 Parno, – (INA) INA @ 2h13’50″
89 Haas, Nathan (AUS) GRM @ 2h13’50″
90 Ahmad Fallanie, Ali (MAS) MAS @ 2h13’54″
91 Coutts, Alex (GBR) RTS @ 2h13’54″
92 Ng, Yong Li (MAS) AZC @ 2h13’54″
93 Deng, Ting (CHN) MSS @ 2h13’57″
94 Goesinnen, Floris (NED) DPC @ 2h14’00″
95 Huang, Wan Chung (TPE) RTS @ 2h14’00″
96 Qi, Pengfei (CHN) MSS @ 2h14’08″
97 Jang, Chan Jae (KOR) TSG @ 2h14’10″
98 Crosby, Louis (NZL) NZL @ 2h14’10″
99 Zabriskie, David (USA) GRM @ 2h14’10″
100 Kang, Suk Ho (KOR) SCT @ 2h14’15″
101 Lee, Won Jae (KOR) SCT @ 2h14’15″
102 Vinokurov, Alexandre (KAZ) AST @ 2h14’25″
103 Saeiditanha, Abbas (IRI) AZC @ 2h14’25″
104 Di Corrado, Andrea (ITA) COG @ 2h14’29″
105 Gene, Yohann (FRA) EUC @ 2h14’29″
106 Lapthorne, Darren (AUS) DPC @ 2h14’29″
107 Charteau, Anthony (FRA) EUC @ 2h14’29″
108 Hegyvary, Adrian (USA) UHC @ 2h14’29″
109 Clarke, Hilton (AUS) UHC @ 2h14’29″
110 Balloni, Alfredo (ITA) FAR @ 2h14’29″
111 Rabottini, Matteo (ITA) FAR @ 2h14’29″
112 Loh, Sea Keong (MAS) TSI @ 2h14’29″
113 Kern, Christophe (FRA) EUC @ 2h14’35″
114 Mori, Kazuhiro (JPN) AIS @ 2h14’37″
115 Pollock, Rhys (AUS) DPC @ 2h14’43″
116 Huang, Chin Lung (TPE) RTS @ 2h15’43″
117 Williamson, James (NZL) NZL @ 2h13’27″
118 Fukushima, Shinichi (JPN) TSG @ 2h16’06″
119 De Marchi, Alessandro (ITA) AND @ 2h16’10″

GENERAL CLASSIFICATION AFTER STAGE EIGHT

PLACE NAME TEAM TIME
1 Serpa, Jose (COL) AND 26h51’37″
2 Rujano, Jose (VEN) AND @ 30″
3 Nino Corridor, Victor (COL) AZC @ 56″
4 Dyachenko, Alexandr (KAZ) AST @ 02’20″
5 Rodriguez, Jackson (VEN) AND @ 03’43″
6 Locatelli, Stefano (ITA) COG @ 04’15″
7 Mizbani, Ghader (IRI) TPT @ 04’23″
8 Zeits, Andrey (KAZ) AST @ 04’28″
9 Van Niekerk, Dennis (RSA) MTN @ 04’33″
10 Cooper, Joseph (NZL) NZL @ 04’44″
11 Butler, Chris (USA) CSS @ 05’09″
12 Peterson, Thomas (USA) GRM @ 05’17″
13 Crawford, Jai (AUS) RTS @ 05’18″
14 Clarke, Jonathan (AUS) UHC @ 06’02″
15 Monsalve, Yonnatta (VEN) AND @ 06’13″
16 Tewelde, Jani (ERI) MTN @ 06’14″
17 Ovechkin, Artem (RUS) RVL @ 06’32″
18 Lewis, Craig (USA) CSS @ 06’33″
19 Othman, Adiq (MAS) CSS @ 06’49″
20 J.V. Rensburg, Jacques (RSA) MTN @ 07’03″
21 Ochoa, Carlos (VEN) AND @ 07’14″
22 M. Saufi, Mat Senan (MAS) TSG @ 07’25″
23 Askari, Hossein (IRI) TPT @ 07’35″
24 Youm, Jung Hwan (KOR) SCT @ 08’47″
25 Rabottini, Matteo (ITA) FAR @ 08’49″
26 Torckler, Michael (NZL) NZL @ 09’22″
27 Canola, Marco (ITA) COG @ 09’41″
28 Klimov, Serguy (RUS) RVL @ 10’32″
29 Gruzdev, Dmitriy (KAZ) AST @ 10’50″
30 Maleki Mizan, Ramin (IRI) TPT @ 11’33″
31 Niyonshuti, Adrien (RWA) MTN @ 11’53″
32 Suzuki, Kenichi (JPN) AIS @ 12’03″
33 De Marchi, Alessandro (ITA) AND @ 12’12″
34 Dadi, Suryadi (INA) INA @ 12’15″
35 Kozonchuk, Dmitry (RUS) RVL @ 12’17″
36 Charteau, Anthony (FRA) EUC @ 13’06″
37 Saeiditanha, Abbas (IRI) AZC @ 13’19″
38 M.Fauzan, Ahmad Lutfi (MAS) MAS @ 14’07″
39 M. Shahrul, Mat Amin (MAS) TSG @ 14’17″
40 Lee, Seung Kwon (KOR) SCT @ 14’54″
41 Lapthorne, Darren (AUS) DPC @ 15’05″
42 Ito, Masakazu (JPN) AIS @ 15’30″
43 Gonzalez, Freddy (COL) AZC @ 15’38″
44 Coutts, Alex (GBR) RTS @ 15’53″
45 Reza, Kevin (FRA) EUC @ 15’57″
46 Haas, Nathan (AUS) GRM @ 15’58″
47 Amir Mustafa, Rusli (MAS) MAS @ 16’03″
48 Semple, Adam (AUS) DPC @ 16’28″
49 Nishitani, Taiji (JPN) AIS @ 16’43″
50 Khatuntsev, Alexander (RUS) RVL @ 17’00″
51 Deng, Ting (CHN) MSS @ 17’06″
52 Ali Sahbana, Agung (INA) INA @ 17’25″
53 Iglinskiy, Valentin (KAZ) AST @ 18’18″
54 Xue, Ming Xing (CHN) MSS @ 18’24″
55 Habtemariam, Tesfay (ERI) MTN @ 18’55″
56 Jang, Chan Jae (KOR) TSG @ 19’28″
57 Colbrelli, Sonny (ITA) COG @ 19’38″
58 M. Rauf Nur, Misbah (MAS) MAS @ 19’40″
59 Endra, Wijaya (INA) INA @ 20’44″
60 McCann, David (IRL) RTS @ 21’12″
61 Ho, Junrong (SIN) TSI @ 21’17″
62 Suhardi, Hassan (MAS) MAS @ 21’41″
63 Gene, Yohann (FRA) EUC @ 21’47″
64 Goesinnen, Floris (NED) DPC @ 21’56″
65 Vinokurov, Alexandre (KAZ) AST @ 23’03″
66 Kemps, Aaron (AUS) CSS @ 23’46″
67 Claude, Mathieu (FRA) EUC @ 23’48″
68 Williamson, James (NZL) NZL @ 25’41″
69 Russom, Meron (ERI) MTN @ 25’56″
70 Keough, Jacobe (USA) UHC @ 26’37″
71 Balloni, Alfredo (ITA) FAR @ 27’23″
72 Qi, Pengfei (CHN) MSS @ 27’33″
73 Ahmad Fallanie, Ali (MAS) MAS @ 27’37″
74 Delle Stelle, Christian (ITA) COG @ 27’47″
75 M. Nor Rizuan, Zainal (MAS) MAS @ 28’20″
76 Lee, Rodgers (GBR) RTS @ 28’22″
77 Fukushima, Shinichi (JPN) TSG @ 28’50″
78 Nateghi, Hossein (IRI) TPT @ 29’13″
79 Haghi, Alireza (IRI) AZC @ 29’21″
80 Bazayev, Assan (KAZ) AST @ 29’22″
81 Seo, Joon Yong (KOR) SCT @ 29’32″
82 Bertolini, Thomas (ITA) FAR @ 29’49″
83 Van Uden, Roman (NZL) NZL @ 30’02″
84 Forster, Robert (GER) UHC @ 30’06″
85 Kim, Junbin (KOR) SCT @ 30’44″
86 Nino Corridor, Miguel (COL) AZC @ 30’52″
87 Lee, Won Jae (KOR) SCT @ 31’09″
88 Shinagawa, Masahiro (JPN) AIS @ 32’26″
89 Pelucchi, Matteo (ITA) EUC @ 33’20″
90 Guardini, Andrea (ITA) FAR @ 33’35″
91 Benenati, Cristian (ITA) FAR @ 33’51″
92 Loh, Sea Keong (MAS) TSI @ 34’11″
93 Goh, Choon Huat (SIN) TSI @ 34’19″
94 Valynin, Valery (RUS) RVL @ 34’23″
95 Ng, Yong Li (MAS) AZC @ 34’51″
96 Khalili , Behnam (IRI) TPT @ 35’50″
97 Nakajima, Yasuharu (JPN) AIS @ 37’00″
98 Kern, Christophe (FRA) EUC @ 37’01″
99 Iswana, Arin (INA) INA @ 38’16″
100 Locatelli, Paolo (ITA) COG @ 38’44″
101 Howes, Alex (USA) GRM @ 38’47″
102 Rudolph, Malcom (AUS) DPC @ 38’53″
103 Harrif, Salleh (MAS) TSG @ 39’29″
104 Menzies, Karl (AUS) UHC @ 39’37″
105 Mohd Zamri, Salleh (MAS) TSG @ 39’41″
106 Manan, Anuar (MAS) CSS @ 40’30″
107 Pollock, Rhys (AUS) DPC @ 41’03″
108 Mori, Kazuhiro (JPN) AIS @ 41’19″
109 Parno, – (INA) INA @ 41’38″
110 Di Corrado, Andrea (ITA) COG @ 42’02″
111 Liu, Hao (CHN) MSS @ 42’55″
112 Kreder, Raymond (NED) GRM @ 43’34″
113 Huang, Wan Chung (TPE) RTS @ 44’05″
114 Kang, Suk Ho (KOR) SCT @ 44’26″
115 Hegyvary, Adrian (USA) UHC @ 46’20″
116 Zabriskie, David (USA) GRM @ 46’40″
117 Clarke, Hilton (AUS) UHC @ 47’49″
118 Crosby, Louis (NZL) NZL @ 50’45″
119 Huang, Chin Lung (TPE) RTS @ 51’20″

Discussion

2 thoughts on “2012 Tour de Langkawi | Stage 8: Pekan – Chukai

  1. saya meminati suka ini kerana pengaruh pelumba negara.tapi mcm na nak join ye.

    Posted by Shukri | March 5, 2012, 22:04

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