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by loganath velloo
LANGKAWI: Germany’s Adelheid Morath managed to take victory in Stage 1 of the Langkawi International Mountain Bike Challenge (LIMBC) despite taking a wrong turn during the women’s Open 65km race on Tuesday.
The Sabine Spitz Haibike rider was lying third when she followed two riders in taking an unmarked route. Luckily, she discovered her mistake and rejoined the race.
Morath beat four other riders in a sprint to the finish line, clocking 2’47:04.372. Italy’s Eva Lachner was second in 2’47:04.624 with Slovenia’s Blaza Klemencic third in 2’47:04.724.
“I was in third position and only concentrating on the two riders in front of me. I did not realise that I had veered off the track while we were riding in the jungle. It was only after a short distance that I realised the absence of the yellow-coloured course markers and turned around. I was fortunate as I did not lose too much time and managed to win the stage,” said Morath, who also won last Saturday’s UCI Mountain Bike Marathon World Championship qualifier in Langkawi.
In the men’s Open 65km race, Emil Lindgren of Giant Pro XC made up a deficit of more than 20 seconds over the final 20km to win Stage 1.
The Swede, who clocked 2’19:39.328, won a three-way sprint to the finish against Monday’s prologue winner Maxime Marrote of France (2’19:40.249) and Japan’s Kohei Yamamoto (2’19:40.249).
“It was very hot out there. The wet and muddy course also made it a tough race,” said Lindgren.
“I was far off the pace but managed to claw back a lot of time during the downhill part of the course. I only had Marrote and Yamamoto for company in the final part and managed to win the sprint to the
Yamamoto, of Specialized Racing, was ecstatic with his first podium finish in the championships.
“I had a disastrous first outing in Langkawi last year. My target is to win a stage and finish as the best Asian rider this time.
“So to get a podium finish against the world-class mountain bike riders in the first stage is a wonderful start for me,” said Yamamoto.
Wednesday’s Stage 2 Langkawi East to West 45km race will be flagged off at Lagenda Park and finish at the Oriental Village. There are five stages in this year’s championships.
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