KUANTAN: Alberto Loddo charged to the finish line for his fourth win in the Tour of Langkawi (LTdL) yesterday.
The Selle Italia-Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni rider completed the 141km Stage Six from Kuala Terengganu to Cukai in 3'57:00. The Italian is now one short of the Tour record of most stage wins, held by Panaria’s Graeme Brown of Australia in 2005.
Argentine Maximiliano Richeze (Ceramiche Panaria Nav) and American Brad Huff (Slipstream) came in second and third respectively. Both clocked identical times.
“There was a lot of ruse but I must thank my team-mates for the good work throughout the race,” said Loddo.
“I was third with 500m to go and even though there was a South African rider (Rupert Rheeder) in front, I was able to overtake him.
“I can’t say how many wins I can take from this Tour but if the team continue to work the same way, then I will not hold back.”
France’s Credit Agricole rider Anthony Charteau, who finished 59th in yesterday's race, retained the yellow jersey as overall leader, four minutes ahead of Selle Italia’s Walter Pedraza.
“Now we are just waiting for the climb up Genting Highlands (in stage eight tomorrow),” said Charteau after the race.
“I am not nervous (about Genting). It is all down to physical effort and the team trust me to maintain the focus.”
Yesterday, there were several attempts to break away but all failed.
The most significant attempt was made at the 27km mark when Sandy Casar (Francais des Jeux), Mike Creed (Slipstream), Nicholas White (South Africa), Hirose Yoshimasa (Skil Shimano) and Shinichi Fukushima (Nippo-Meitan Hompo) went off on their own.
They initially extended the gap to three minutes but were finally caught by the peloton after the 71km mark, thanks to the excellent teamwork of Tinkoff Credit Systems and Credit Agricole.
Stage six (141km): 1. Alberto Loddo (Selle Italia Serramenti Diquigiovanni) 3'57, 2. Maximiliano Richeze (Ceramiche Panaria), 3. Brad Huff (Slipstream), 4. Takashi Miyazawa (Nippo-Meitan), 5. Mariusz Wiesiak (Nippo-Meitan), 6. Park Sung-baek (Kor), 7. Rupert Rheeder (Rsa), 8. William Bonnet (Credit Agricole), 9. Pedro Costa (Vitoria ASC), 10. Franck Renier (Bouygues Telecom) all same time.
Selected (Malaysians): 11. Anuar Manan (LeTua), 13. Ahmad Haidar Anuawar (LeTua), 22. Mohd Zamri Salleh (MNCF Development), 33. Mohd Jasmin Ruslan (MNCF Development), 38. Md Nor Rizuan Zainal (LeTua) all same time.
Overall standings: 1. Anthony Charteau (Credit Agricole) 20'22:45, 2. Walter Pedraza (Selle Italia Serramenti Diquigiovanni) 4:00 behind; 3. Thomas Voeckler (Bouygues Telecom) 4:39, 4. Luis Pasamontes (Unibet.com) 4:43, 5. Ian McLeod (Francaise des Jeux) 4:43, 6. Pavel Brutt (Tinkoff Credit Syastems) 4:43, 7. Julien Loubet (AG2R) 4:43, 8. Benoit Poilvet (Credit Agricole) 4:43, 9. Sergey Kolesnikov (Unibet.com) 4:45, 10. Hossein Askari (Giant Asia Racing Team) 4:47.
Team overall: 1. Credit Agricole 61'18:33, 2. Giant Asia Racing Team 4:12 behind, 3. SouthAustralia.com 4:43, 4. Slipstream 4:50, 5. Tinkoff Credit Systems 6:24, 6. Azad University Team 6:59, 7. Nippo-Meitan 9:26, 8. Skil Shimano 9:51, 9. Selle Italia 10:50, 10. Bouygues Telecom 11:14.
Asian individual overall: 1. Askari 20'27:32, 2. Yokihiro Doi (Skil Shimano) 0:01 behind, 3. Saeidtanha Abbas (Azad University Team) 0:03, 4. Ghader Mizbani (Giant Asia Racing Team) 0:03, 5. Park Sung-baek (Kor) 0:37, 6. Tonton Susanto (LeTua) 0:38, 7. Shinichi Fukushima (Nippo-Meitan) 1:35, 8. Tomoya Kano (Skil Shimano) 1:50, 9. Koji Fukushima (Nippo-Meitan) 1:56, 10. Amir Mustafa Rusli (MNCF Development Team) 2:18.
Asian team overall: 1. Azad University Team 61'25:32, 2. Nippo-Meitan 2:27 behind, 3. Giant Asia Racing Team 3:58, 4. Korea 9:02, 5. MNCF Development Team 15:24, 6. Polygon Sweetnice 15:32, 7. Hong Kong Pro Cycling 21:48, 8. LeTua 24:10, 9. Malaysia 48:27.