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

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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?
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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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