photo credit @ Tour de Langkawi
excerpts from Tour de Langkawi
Seo Joon Yong slayed the ghost of two years ago as he finally rose to the top step of the podium with his first ever stage after a solo attempt to take victory in Stage 5 of Le Tour de Langkawi 2015, at 200km the longest stage of this year’s race from Kuala Terengganu to Kuantan today.
The 27-year old was part of a group of eight riders that launched an attack at 60km into the stage and went all the way with an uninterested peloton just managing to cut a gap that expanded to over 18 minutes at one point to 5 minutes and 20s at the finish line, as Seo rode solo for the last 25km to finish 13s ahead of second placed Jamalidin Novardianto of Pegasus Cycling, who ousprinted TSG’s Adiq Husainie Othman to take second place.
Seo was only the second South Korean to win a stage in LTdL and the 11th Asian, as he stated his pride in finally winning.
Seo, Jamalidin and Adiq had earlier been joined by Malaysia’s Loh Sea Keong, Pegasus’ Rastra Patria, Colombia’s Juan Sebastian Molano Benevides and Skydive Dubai’s Maher Hasnaoui in the breakaway, but the South Korean’s solo attack had left the others surprised and unable to react until it was too late.
“Two years ago in Kuantan, it was also a breakaway, but I lost in a sprint (to Colnago-CSF Inox’s Marco Canola). So this time I didn’t want that to happen again and I didn’t want to let it end the same way. Thus at 25km to go, I decided to launch an early attack to try and win on my own,” said Seo.
“I am proud of this win because it was hard-earned. Every year I come to LTdL and I try to do something. This time I managed to win a stage.”
Orica-GreenEdge’s Caleb Ewan remained in the yellow jersey, as he admitted it was always going to be a breakaway win today.
“When the breakaway went, we thought it would be okay. We could take a break and see how it goes after four days of hard racing in the heat. For us, it was okay and we thought that if others want to give it a go and catch the breakaway then go for a bunch sprint, we would join in and help, but nobody looked interested,” said Ewan, who also remains in the points classification lead.
United Healthcare’s Kiel Reijnen also stayed in the lead of the mountains classification with a lead of 37 points, 19 more than second placed Natnael Berhane of MTN-Qhubeka. Giant-Champion System’s Zhang Wen Long also remains the leading Asian rider in the race.
Stage Six tomorrow is the shortest stage of the race at 96.6km, which will be expected to finish in another bunch sprint.
Top 20 Finishers
1 Joon Yong Seo (Kor) KSPO 4:18:47
2 Jamalidin Novardianto (Ina) Pegasus Continental Cycling Team 0:00:13
3 Mohamad Adiq Husaini Othman (Mas) Terengganu Cycling Team
4 Yasuharu Nakajima (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team
5 Patria Rastra (Ina) Pegasus Continental Cycling Team
6 Meher Hasnaoui (Tun) Skydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team
7 Juan Sebastián Molano Benavides (Col) Colombia 0:00:15
8 Sea Keong Loh (Mas) Malaysia National Team 0:00:35
9 Guangtong Ma (Chn) Hengxiang Cycling Team 0:05:20
10 Li Jun Bai (Chn) Giant-Champion System Pro
11 Bo Wang (Chn) Hengxiang Cycling Team 0:05:40
12 Caleb Ewan (Aus) Orica GreenEdge 0:13:38
13 Romain Feillu (Fra) Bretagne-Séché Environnement
14 Youcef Reguigui (Alg) MTN – Qhubeka
15 Luca Chirico (Ita) Bardiani CSF
16 Leonardo Duque (Col) Colombia
17 Anuar Manan (Mas) Terengganu Cycling Team
18 Othman Mohamad Afiq Huznie (Mas) National Sports Council Of Malaysia
19 Sung Baek Park (Kor) KSPO
20 Takeaki Ayabe (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team
1 Caleb Ewan (Aus) Orica GreenEdge 19:18:27
2 Natnael Berhane (Eri) MTN – Qhubeka 0:00:17
3 Youcef Reguigui (Alg) MTN – Qhubeka 0:00:20
4 Pierre-Luc Perichon (Fra) Bretagne-Séché Environnement
5 Francisco Mancebo (Spa) Skydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team
6 Leonardo Duque (Col) Colombia 0:00:22
7 Frédéric Brun (Fra) Bretagne-Séché Environnement 0:00:23
8 Wen Long Zhang (Chn) Giant-Champion System Pro 0:00:24
9 Jianpeng Liu (Chn) Hengxiang Cycling Team
10 Robin Manullang (Ina) Pegasus Continental Cycling Team 0:00:25
11 Romain Feillu (Fra) Bretagne-Séché Environnement 0:00:26
12 Luca Chirico (Ita) Bardiani CSF
13 Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Astana Pro Team
14 Sebastian Henao (Col) Team Sky
15 Tomohiro Hayakawa (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team
16 Merhawi Kudus Ghebremedhin (Eri) MTN – Qhubeka
17 Rafaa Chtioui (Tun) Skydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team
18 Jesper Hansen (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo
19 Daniel Teklehaimanot (Eri) MTN – Qhubeka
20 Rodolfo Torres (Col) Colombia
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