Stander wins opening stage in Langkawi

Schneitter nabs first women's stage victory

South Africa's Burry Stander and Swiss rider Nathalie Schneitter lived up to their top billing as they won the stage 1 marathon in their respective categories at the Langkawi International Mountainbike Challenge 2011 on Tuesday.

In a dramatic tussle to the finish line between two of the top-ranked riders in the peloton, Stander outsprinted Germany's Karl Platt of Team Bulls to stop the clock at 2:24:21 in Langkawi Stadium.

Stander, who came accompanied by his father Charles, was ecstatic with the excellent start.

"The first hour of the race was quite a struggle for me, but it was an interesting race on an interesting course. It's a great start and a close finish," said Stander.

"I'm still feeling jet-lagged and trying to cope with the weather as it was like racing on high altitude but overall, to win stage 1 is a wonderful feeling," said Stander, who bagged the Cape Epic title, the African championship and the South African national championship earlier this year.

Platt, Germany's three-time Cape Epic champ was a wheel-length behind Stander, followed by France's former European champ Thomas Dietsch who came in third in 2:26.12.

For Team Colnago Fabre Sudtirol, it was a good day in the office as Schneitter crossed the finish line just ahead of teammate Vivienne Meyer.

Schneitterwas pleased with her victory. "It's always great to win. Getting a one-two finish was a great start. As for stage 2, I look forward to maintaining my position. Having trained on the course, I liked it and I expect an interesting race tomorrow (today)," said Schneitter.

Malaysia's top finisher was former road cyclist Fauzan Lutfi, who clocked 2:50.03.2 to finish 25th.

The race was flagged off at the start by honorary race patron, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad at the Langkawi Sports Complex here.

Stage 1 and General classification afters stage 1 results

Men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Burry Stander (RSA) Specialized2:24:21 
2Karl Platt (Ger) Team Bulls0:00:00 
3Thomas Dietsch (Fra) Team Bulls0:01:52 
4Wolciech Halejak (Pol) Mroz-Activejet0:04:13 
5Johnny Cattaneo (Ita) Full-Dynamix0:05:11 
6Lachlan Norris (Aus) Giant Global Factory Off Road Team0:05:17 
7Adrian Jackson (Aus) Merida Flight Centre MTB Team0:05:28 
8Bartosz Banach (Pol) Mroz-Activejet0:06:24 
9Daniel Gathof (Ger) Craft - Rocky Mountain0:06:38 
10Kohei Yamamoto (Jpn) Bridgestone Anchor0:06:50 
11Thomas Turner (USA) Team Jamis0:07:17 
12Cory Wallace (Can) Team Kona0:10:43 
13Kazuhiro Yamamoto (Jpn) Japan Cycling Federation0:11:18 
14Szilard Buruczki (Hun) Hungarian Cycling Federation0:13:05 
15Nino Surban Quebido (Phi) Philippines Cycling Federation0:13:18 
16Kris Sneddon (Can) Team Kona0:13:34 
17Blake Harlan (USA) Team Jamis0:13:56 
18Alvin Abanil Benosa (Phi) Yakap Pinoy0:13:56 
19Eusebio Z. Quinones (Phi) Yakap Pinoy0:14:15 
20Andrew Fellows (Aus)0:19:31 
21Andrew Mock (Aus) Team Wombat0:19:54 
22Jason Sager (USA) Team Jamis0:20:53 
23Keiichi Tsujiura (Jpn) Bridgestone Anchor0:24:45 
24March Mcquinn Flores Aleonar (Phi) Yakap Pinoy0:25:22 
25Mohd Fauzan Ahmad Lutfi (Mas) Amaniz Cycling Team0:25:43 
26Robert Banach (Pol) Mroz-Activejet0:27:10 
27Mohd Razif Mohd Salleh (Mas) S2H0:27:29 
28Muhammad Raihaan Bin Abd Aziz (Bru) Brunei Cycling Federation0:27:39 
29Matthew Zagorski (Aus) Team Mount Beauty0:28:21 
30Kyle Ward (Aus)0:28:28 
31Wan Mohammed Najmee B Wan Mohammed (Mas) Team KT0:30:18 
32Mohd Shahrul Nizam Bin Che Samsudin (Mas) Navry Cycling Team0:32:33 
33Azizul Azli Shaari (Mas) Giant0:33:41 
34Mohd Fhafiz B. Rozli (Mas) Giant SBS0:34:06 
35Mohamad Aim Bin Mohamad Fauzi (Mas) Persatuan Berbasikal Pahang0:34:07 
36Mohd Zamri Saleh (Mas) Arus Racing Team0:35:00 
37Rodney Farrell (Aus) Central West Offroad Bicycling Club0:35:12 
38Shahrin Amir (Mas) Amaniz Cycling Team0:35:12 
39Mohd Shafari Bin Abd Malik (Mas) Giant0:35:17 
40Mohammad Nurhaimin Bin Awang (Bru) Brunei Cycling Federation0:37:06 
41Muhammad Hazwan Bin Azmen (Mas) Orbea Malaysia0:37:06 
42Russell Finsterwald (USA) Subaru Trek0:37:19 
43Erich Felbabel (Fra) CHIRU0:39:02 
44Suhardi Bin Hassan (Mas) Team KT0:39:47 
45Craig Johns (NZl) NRG2 Perform0:40:47 
46Jacinto De Jesus Da Costa (TLs) Timor Leste0:41:26 
47Mark Sandon (Aus) Brunswick Cycling Club0:43:37 
48Corey Bray (USA) Super CaZual0:44:01 
49Zamzi B Mohamad (Mas) Arus Racing Team0:44:57 
50Saiful Khohar Bin Abdul Halim (Mas) CHIRU0:45:19 
51Frederick R. Feliciano (Phi) Yakap Pinoy0:45:24 
52Seiya Hirano (Jpn) Bridgestone Anchor0:45:37 
53Muhamad Ayub Bin Mohd Radzi (Mas) GK2 SBS Giant0:46:54 
54Goh Yong Choon (Mas) Giant0:48:41 
55Antonio Almeida Pereira Matins (TLs) Timor Leste0:48:52 
56Mohd Arif Bin Che Awang (Mas) Team KT0:48:59 
57Mohd Nor Rizuan Bin Zainal (Mas) Navry Cycling Team0:49:36 
58Yew Meng, Lim (Mas) Letua Cycling Club0:49:53 
59Hasan Kerim (Mas) Team KT0:50:45 
60Mohamad Khaniz Bin Omar (Sin) Entro MB Team0:51:21 
61T.P. Wasantha Harischandra (Sri) Sri Lanka Federation0:51:57 
62Orlando Da Costa (TLs) Timor Leste0:58:11 
63Yudi Suprastyo (Ina) 21 Pitstop Belitung0:59:18 
64Mohd Rossaimi Bin Sulaiman (Mas)0:59:22 
65Amirul Ariff Bin Zakaria (Mas) One Stop Cycle Raci0:59:48 
66Chris Jenkins (Aus) Dirt Devils1:00:55 
67Muhammad Nurjamri Bin Johari (Bru) Brunei Cycling Federation1:06:06 
68I.A Gayan Sanjeewa (Sri) Sri Lanka Federation1:06:07 
69R. Sarath Kumara Pinto (Sri) Sri Lanka Federation1:06:12 
70Anthony Sinyard (USA) Specialized1:10:06 
71S.C. Amal Suranga (Sri) Sri Lanka Federation1:10:21 
72Nelson Ricardo Pereira Silva (TLs) Timor Leste1:12:14 
73Mohamad Faris Abdul Razak (Mas)1:13:31 
74Tan Weng Seah (Mas) Team KT1:13:44 
75Mohamad Syafiq Bin Abidin (Mas) Langkawi1:13:54 
76Lau Siu Man (HKg)1:15:00 
77Lim Chin Hong (Mas) Team KT1:15:07 
78Mohamad Amin Bin Mat Radzi (Mas) MSWP1:17:51 
79Muhamad Saifullah Bin Jamal Alias (Mas) Persatuan Berbasikal Pahang1:21:30 
80Lim Sheng Hui, Alex (Mas)1:21:33 
81Noor Hafizi Bin Uzairi (Mas)1:21:37 
82P.J.M Jayasinghe Silva (Sri) Sri Lanka Federation1:21:38 
83Muhammad Omar Adibb Bin Rosli (Mas) Amaniz Cycling Team1:22:21 
84Muhammad Emir Shafiq Bin Zainal Abidin (Mas) KAMC UITM Pahang1:24:29 
85H.A.C Janaka Wijesinghe (Sri) Sri Lanka Federation1:25:59 
86Nasir Bin Abdullah (Mas)1:33:37 
87Kong Chi Ming, Jacky (HKg)1:38:17 
88Mohd Khir Bin Isyak (Mas)1:38:54 
89Muhamad Aduha Bin Rosli (Mas) 99 Bikers1:39:44 
90Louis Ferreira (RSA) Squirt1:53:36 
91Saijod Lau Tze (Mas) One Stop Cycle Racing1:55:57 
92Ridzuan B Abd Rahim (Mas) DTNA1:59:42 
93Khairul Amin B Ahmad Ridzuan (Mas) 99 Bikers2:01:14 
94Shaiful Adli Bin Mohamad Zin (Mas)2:11:02 
95Hendrik Winarso (Ina) 21 Pitstop Belitung2:21:07 
96Nor Izwan Bin Ibrahim (Mas) KAMC UITM Pahang2:22:43 
97Muhammad Firdaus Bin Masuri (Mas) KAMC UITM Pahang2:24:02 
98Ben Henderson (Aus) Anythime Fitness MTB Team2:24:16 
99Chan Yin Chun (HKg)2:26:32 
100Mohd Pakhrurazi Bin Abdul Razid (Mas) KAMC UITM Pahang2:26:39 
101Jonny Effendy (Ina) 21 Pitstop Belitung2:28:06 
102Lim Sian Cien (Mas) JMB Cycle2:30:28 
103Shahairul Izam Bin Hayon (Mas) KayuhBeb2:30:54 
104Tang Kin Ming (HKg)2:51:19 
105Surino (Ina) 21 Pitstop Belitung3:05:42 
DNFAnthony Shippard (GBr) Specialized / Jet Cycles  
DNFMuhamad Faris Bin Moher Affendy (Mas) Persatuan Berbasikal Pahang  
DNFPaul Cordes (RSA) MTN Qhubeka  
DNFMorgan Pilley (Aus) Team New Limits  
DNFMaz Hiza Nazly Bin Othman (Mas)  
DNFIrwan Bin Abdul Malik (Mas)  
DNFMohd Asyraf Bin Mohd Zin (Mas)  
DNFMohd Rezman Bin Rosslan (Mas)  
DNFMohd Azlin Bin Mohd Rais (Mas)  
DNFMohd Khaidzir Bin Mohd Taha (Mas)  
DNFKamaroazuan Abd Rohim (Mas)  
DNFShamsul Firdaus B Shahidan (Mas) MSWP  
DNFMuhammad Izad Bin Idrus (Mas) MSWP  
DNFHadziq Syahir Bin Khafirruddin (Mas) KAMC UITM Pahang  
DNFMarcelo Andres Aravena (Aus)  
DNFMuhammad Nur Bin Hj Ibrahim (Mas) Smart Herbs  
DNFAhmad Tarmizi Bin Abdul Rahman (Mas) DTNA  
DNFIzwan Md Sumairi (Mas) MD Klang  
DNFNor Azrol Bin Nor Azlan (Mas)  
DNFAmiruddin Bin Jaafar (Mas)  
DNFMohd. Khairul Azizi Bin Abdullah (Mas) Torengganu Team  
DNSPaul Van Der Ploeg (Aus) Felt-Otztal-X-Bionic  
DNSDan Mcconnell (Aus) Anythime Fitness MTB Team  
DNSBraden Kappius (USA) Clif Bar  
DNSMohd Azri Bin Mohammed Razali (Mas)  
DNSNor Izwan Bin Mohd Sa'adon (Mas)  
DNSZamri Bin Ahmad (Mas)  
DNSParda Fakaruddin B Juhari (Mas) MD Klang  
DNSMuhammad Hafiz Bin Hashim (Mas)  
DNSShahrom Abdullah (Mas) Cann Asia  
DSQMohd Jumaat Bin Kariman (Mas)  
Women
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Nathalie Schneitter (Swi) Colnago Farbe Sudtirol1:53:04 
2Jodie Willet (Aus)0:06:28 
3Vivienne Meyer (Swi) Colnago Farbe Sudtirol0:08:52 
4Katherine O'shea (Aus)0:12:12 
5Michela Benzoni (Ita) Lissone MTB - Federazione Ciclista Italiana  
6Ikumi Tajika (Jpn) Japanese Cycling Federation0:15:09 
7Yolande Speedy (RSA) MTN Qhubeka0:16:02 
8Erin Greene (NZl) R and R sports0:18:46 
9Naomi Hansen (Aus) Noosa Bike Shop  
10Eszter Dosa (Hun) Hungarian Mountain Bike Federation  
11Masziyaton Binti Mohd Radzi (Mas) Kedah  
12Jenny Fay (Irl)  
13Juss Junaidah (Mas)  
14Vanina Vergoz (Fra) City Bike Depot  
15Alessia Ghezzo (Ita) FCI Pro Team Viner  
16Helen Julia Beswick (Mas) Giant  
17Musliha Bt Salim (Mas) Arus Racing Team  
18Zahraa Bt. Anuawar (Mas) Terengganu Team  
19Jacklyn Diana Andrew (Mas)  
20Laura Liong (Sin)  
21Rebecca Henderson (Aus) Anytime Fitness  
22Lisa Jacobs (Aus) Ride Happy  
23Domingas Catavina Guterres (TLs) Timor Leste  
24Aida Hanim Binti Mohamad Ali (Mas)  
25Ena Aminah (Mas) Kayuhbeb  
26Sua Jo Nie (Mas) SGNightMTB  
27Norazita Binti Mohamad Taib (Mas)  
Master men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Marzio Deho (Ita) Team Olympia2:37:05 
2Mr Prasort Chimart (Tha) Puket Beach Boy0:12:15 
3Anthony White (Irl) Cannondale Mount Zoom Racing0:20:51 
4Alvin Lim (Sin) Entro MTB Team0:23:36 
5Malcolm Mcleod (NZl) R and R SPORT0:26:02 
6Nor Effandy Rosli (Mas)0:34:17 
7Abdul Khalib Bin Zakaria (Mas) One Stop Racing Team0:37:49 
8Pierre Arnaud Le Magnan (Fra)0:45:21 
9Andrew Paul Davison (Aus) MTBA0:49:58 
10Zamani Supartin (Mas)0:53:16 
11Azizan Manaf (Mas) GIANT0:56:34 
12Mr Pathom Sae Chang (Tha) Puket Beach Boy1:06:48 
13Khor Chin Dee (Mas) Langkawi1:07:58 
14Tiong Teik Meng, Andy (Mas)1:11:40 
15Ching Chai Lim (Mas) Captain Langkawi1:15:17 
16Gregory John Dick (NZl) Marlborough Mountain Bike Club1:24:05 
17Che Omar Bin Talib (Mas)1:25:13 
18Mr Pimoon Chipana (Tha) Puket Beach Boy1:39:05 
19Goi Tek Boon (Mas)1:52:14 
20Mohd Sahak Bin Zaini (Mas) DTNA2:01:16 
21Tomas E. Panganiban (Phi) American Vinnyl/LPGMA/Yakap Pinoy2:06:51 
22Farizul Latif Zulkifli (Mas) The Lone Ranger2:14:50 
23Kenneth Koh (Sin)2:23:02 
24Yazid Baharim (Mas)2:54:14 
25Razali Yahya (Mas) team poyo3:19:56 
DNFSimon Knowles (Aus)  
DNFTan Chee Yong (Mas)  
DNFShaharin Razali (Mas)  
DNFBin Abdul Samad (Mas) Smart Herbs  
DNFHamzani Bin Ahmad (Mas)  
Senior men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Lieb Loots (RSA) SQUIRT2:51:30 
2Craig Peacock (Aus) MTBA0:03:53 
3John Edwin Allison (Aus) Adelaide Mountain Bike Club0:13:04 
4John Henderson (Aus) Anytime Fitness MTB Team0:23:48 
5John Funk (Can) Dead Goat0:28:25 
6Chua Tuan Muar (Mas)1:00:15 
7Haydn Beswick (Mas) Giant1:05:08 
8Wan Shahidan Bin Yahya (Mas) 99 Bikes Langkawi1:11:52 
9Frank-D.Viermann (Ger)1:38:26 
10Mohamad Pauzi Bin Ismail (Mas)2:22:31 
11George S. Paterson (Aus)3:00:44 
DNFMohd Hamdan Bin Abdul Hamid (Mas) Telekom Malaysia  
DNFKim Hua Chong, John (Sin)  

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