By Greg Johnson in Cukai, Malaysia
A dominant Alberto Loddo has declared that his Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni - Selle Italia team will go all out to claim overall victory at this year's Le Tour de Langkawi. While the sprinter himself is out of general classification contention, trailing event leader Anthony Charteau by more than 20 minutes, two of his teammates hold a good position to launch an attack on tomorrow's decisive Genting Highlands climb.
"The Selle Italia team will try to win on general classification in the Tour de Langkawi with [Walter] Pedraza or [Jose] Serpa," said Loddo, after claiming his fourth stage victory yesterday. "At this stage, we have everything to gain and nothing to lose."
Pedraza currently holds second place on general classification, four minutes behind Crédit Agricole's Charteau.
Despite sitting in 11th place, nearly five minutes behind, Serpa also holds a reasonable chance of bridging the gap to Frenchman Charteau. Serpa is arguably one of the strongest climbers in the peloton and will be watched closely by Crédit Agricole during the remaining four stages.
Meanwhile, Loddo wouldn't discount himself from adding more stage victories to his tally over the coming days. After a surprise first stage victory, Loddo has become quiet the fixture at this year's event with the Italian claiming four stage victories to date.
"I can't say how many wins I will have," he explained. "If the team continues working the same way, for sure I will not hold the brakes and there might be another win to come, or more."
The Tour de Langkawi continues today with the 174 kilometre Stage 7 from Kuantan - Karak. Changing weather conditions are expected to continue for the 125 riders with stormy conditions predicted in the area.