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Tour de Langkawi Cycling News for February 11, 2006

Date published:
February 11, 2006, 0:00 GMT
  • Segamat finish "troppo pericoloso"

    Gianni Savio
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    February 11, 2006, 0:00 GMT
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    Anthony Tan in Segamat

    By Anthony Tan in Segamat In the finale of yesterday's stage , slick, wet roads coupled with a tight...

    By Anthony Tan in Segamat

    In the finale of yesterday's stage, slick, wet roads coupled with a tight technical finish was a recipe for disaster, so it wasn't too much of a surprise to see a bunch of blokes go down 300 metres from the line.

    One of those riders was Selle Italia Diquigiovanni's Alberto Loddo, who was holding an excellent position at the head of the peloton, but the push and shove which is part and parcel of sprinting saw the Italian slide out with 100 metres to go.

    When Cyclingnews caught up with Loddo, he was looking a little sore, grimacing from the chunk of skin missing from his hip, but thankfully he or the other riders involved in the crash were not seriously hurt. "The finish [was] dangerous, because with rain and some riders are not so intelligent in the finish," said team manager Gianni Savio.

    "It's unfortunate, because he was in very good position at the finish in the last 100 metres in second position, but one British rider (gestures his shoulder) hooked him. Fortunately, there is nothing broken, but...

    "Too dangerous?" we asked.

    "Troppo pericoloso (too dangerous)," Savio affirmed, but in fairness to the race organisers, without the rain, the finish would have most probably gone without a hitch.

  • Best of the Brits: Robin Sharman

    Rob Sharman (Recycling.Co.Uk)
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    February 11, 2006, 0:00 GMT
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    Anthony Tan in Melaka

    By Anthony Tan in Melaka One rider surprising himself this week is Recycling.co.uk rider Robin...

    By Anthony Tan in Melaka

    One rider surprising himself this week is Recycling.co.uk rider Robin Sharman, who was lying in sixth place overall after stage 8. Today in Melaka, the stocky all-rounder from Derby in central England rode a solid though not spectacular time trial, his 32nd place good seeing him slip three places on GC, just under five minutes adrift off the lead of David George.

    "To maintain the sixth place would have been very satisfying, but top ten is great for the team, a great start to the year," said Sharman, who only arrived a day before the race begun due to passport troubles.

    "I had a long break after last season, which had been pretty tough, and I just started training at the end of January, so this is all off one month's hard training, really. So, yeah, really surprising, but all at the same time, really enjoying it."

    The 26 year-old's good fortune began after he got himself in the race-winning break on the opening stage to Rawang, where it was race over for all but 23 riders. Then, on stage three to Cameron Highlands, Sharman made the early move that once again proved decisive, but he told Cyclingnews his motives for doing so were quite different to the four South Africans in the break that day.

    "I got in a breakaway [on Stage 3] with the hope of getting an advantage before the climb, so I'm not too confident with my climbing ability at the moment. So Genting Highlands was a bit of a bonus and it was great to go so well up there," he said.

    On the slopes of Genting, Sharman finished 15th, 3'33 behind stage winner José Serpa (Selle Italia Diquigiovanni) and one place behind David McCann - the other rider from the United Kingdom riding...