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Defending champion Lea Davison on her way to winning Stage 2 of the Langkawi International Mountain Bike Challenge, clocking 2’19:28.437.
LANGKAWI: The Langkawi International Mountain Bike Challenge (LIMBC) defending champions Fabian Giger and Lea Davison made up for their opening stage disappointments by winning Stage 2 on Wednesday.
Switzerland’s Giger, who only finished 46th on Tuesday after suffering a punctured tyre, won Wednesday’s 45km men’s Open race in 1’55:49.719.
He finished ahead of his Giant Pro XC Team team-mate Emil Lindgren of Sweden (1’58:14.517) and the Czech Republic’s Kristian Hynek of Elettroveneta-Corratec (1’58:28.870).
Despite the win, Giger conceded that his title defence is already over with three stages remaining.
“I lost more than 30 minutes because of the punctured tyre in Stage 1. My title defence is over because it is impossible to bridge the huge time deficit,” said Giger after his victory.
“My aim now is just to win the remaining stages and, if possible, help Emil win the overall title.”
Lindgren, who won Stage 1 in Giger’s absence on Tuesday, took over the overall leader’s jersey from France’s Maxime Marrote, who could only finish fourth on Wednesday.
In the Women’s Open, Davison won Stage 2 after a close fight with Poland’s Maja Wloszczowska.
Davison, of Specialised Racing Team, clocked 2’19:28.437 to push Wloszczowska (2’19:28.886) of Giant Pro XC Team down to second spot after a sprint to the finish line.
Both riders had also led Stage 1 on Tuesday before a wrong turn 2km from the end cost them dearly.
“This win is sweet for both Maja and me because it makes up for Tuesday’s error. We were leading the race, but took a wrong turn 2km from the end,” said Davison, who holds the leader’s pink jersey after her win on Wednesday.
“Luckily, the race co-ordinators were kind enough to give us the same time as the winner or it would have been a very costly mistake.
“I was extra careful to look at every sign on the course today to avoid making a similar mistake. Every stage here is tough, but I think I’m in a good position to retain the overall title.”
More riders took wrong turnings on Wednesday and Malaysia’s top two men’s Open finishers – Saiful Kohar (29th) and Shahrin Amir (33th) – were among them.
“I was among a group of about 20 riders who got lost in the jungle. During the race, you only concentrate on the rider in front of you and when the guy in front veers off course, everybody just follows him blindly,” said Saiful.
“We went for more than 3km before realising the error and wasted about 20 minutes before getting back on track. I hope the organisers can put up more signages along the course, especially where the path forks out in the jungle.”
Thursday’s Stage 3 is an 81km marathon race which will start and finish at the Oriental Village.
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