Giger and Davison win Langkawi International MTB Challenge

Platt and Lechner prevail on final stage

Fabian Giger (Rabobank-Giant Offroad Team) and Lea Davison (Team Specialized) officially conquered the third edition of the Langkawi International Mountain Bike Challenge after executing a well-thought-out strategy through the final stage of the race on Saturday.

Giger and Davison paced themselves in their respective categories as both maintained their healthy leads to earn the challenge trophy at Pantai Kok short track.

The Swiss ace from Rabobank-Giant triumphed by staying close to the leading pack and finishing sixth in the sprint finish dubbed as "The Beach Sprint". 2011 race champion champion Karl Platt (Team Bulls) won the final stage with Florian Vogel (Scott Swisspower) and Burry Stander (Team Specialized) completing the podium stage in second and third places, respectively.

Giger's sixth was enough to secure the overall lead as the yellow jersey holder had a comfortable lead of 6:18 entering into the final stage.

"I knew I had a good lead before the race today, so I just needed to stay close to the leading pack," said Giger. "This is a memorable win for me. It is quite tough throughout in the overall race in Langkawi considering the heat, humidity, rain, deep trail, slippery tracks and all. But now I am super happy about winning it today."

In the women's category, Lea Davison, with an overall time advantage of 9:21 over her nearest rival, finished in the second place on the final stage. Eva Lechner (Colnado-Sudtirol) won the final stage while her teammate, 2011 race champion Nathalie Schneitter, placed third.

After scaling the hilly terrain and engaging in small battles against mud, insects and leeches all week, the 29-year-old American was ecstatic after the race and celebrated by running to the beach and diving into the water.

"I am so pleased to be on the podium and to win the title," said Davison, a London Games Olympian. "The whole race was hard but fun, and I have to compliment the organizer for the good organization and allowing the riders to enjoy the waterfall and majestic stretch along the stream and beaches."

"I had quite a strong lead before today's stage and the second place finish was the ideal way to end the race. To win this race in Asia for the first time, it is really a treat."

Full Results

Men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Karl Platt (Ger) Team Bulls0:31:46 
2Florian Vogel (Swi) Scott Swisspower  
3Burry Stander (RSA) Team Specialized  
4Kristian Hynek (Cze) Ceska Sporitelna Specialized  
5Emil Lindgren (Swe) Rabobank-Giant Offroad Team  
6Fabian Giger (Swi) Rabobank-Giant Offroad Team  
7Hendrik Jaap Moorlag* (Ned) Rabobank-Giant Offroad Team0:00:11 
8Max Knox (RSA) Team Specialized0:01:02 
9Todd Wells (USA) Team Specialized  
10Leisling Matthias (Ger) Black Tusk Racing By Tomotion0:01:30 
11Karl Markt (Aut) Feltz - O - Bionic  
12Marx Torsten (Ger) Black Tusk Racing By Tomotion0:01:42 
13Pangerl Philipp (Ger) Black Tusk Racing By Tomotion0:03:02 
14Robert James Wardell (GBr) Alpine Bikes Racing  
15Steffen Thum (Ger) Ultra Sports Racing0:03:11 
16Mohd Fauzan Ahmad Lutfi (Mas) Amaniz Cycling0:03:20 
17Muhammad Raihaan Bin Abd Azbrunei (Bru)0:05:20 
18Simon Gegenheimer (Ger) Ultra Sports Racing0:07:20 
19Na Sanghoon (Kor) Korea  
20Mohd Shahrul Nizam Bin Che Pbatm (Mas)0:09:20 
21Saiful Khohar Bin Abd Halim (Mas) Endurace Team 1  
22Mohamad Khaniz Bin Omar (Sin) Singapore Cycling Federation  
23Wan Mohammed Najmee Wan (Mas) Mlapierre KT  
24Riccardo Ridolfi* (Ita) Scott Rc New Limits  
25Shaiful Ahmad (Mas) Amaniz Cycling  
26Surachet Singjui (Tha) Endurace Phuket Beach Boy  
27Suhardi Bin Hasan (Mas) Lapierre KT0:11:20 
28Muhamad Emir Shafiq Zainal (Mas) Aamaniz Cycling  
29Muhammad Nurjamri Bin Joha Brunei (Bru)  
30Michael John Williams (Aus)  
31Surasuk Taweesman (Tha) Chiru Endurance  
32Junaidi Hashim (Sin) Singapore Cycling Federation  
33Wilson Low Wei Cheng (Sin) Singapore Cycling Federation  
34Richard Ben Hendy (Aus)  
35Mohamad Zul Ashraf Bin Zamlkedah (Mas) SBS Giant  
36Muhammad Hazwan Bin Azmen (Mas) Orbea Malaysia  
37Nor Azlan Bin Zolkefli (Mas) Scott Malaysia  
38Mohd Arif Bin Che Awang (Mas) Chiru WTB  
39Muhammad Shaid Abdul (Mas) Samadendurace Team 20:13:20 
40Lau Cze Kuang (Mas)  
41Terasak Boonchuay (Tha) Chiru Endurance  
42Julian Kaub (Mas)  
43Lim Chin Hong * (Mas) Lapierre KT  
44Shamsul Firdaus Bin Shahida Pahang (Mas)  
45Ivan Tay Chin Seng* (Sin) Singapore Cycling Federation  
46Mohamad Syafiq Abidin (Mas) Langkawi Cycling Team  
47Zamzi Muhamad (Mas) Arus0:15:20 
48Mohd Shawal Bin Mohd (Mas) Shafeavanti Team  
49Sulheilmy Ahmad Isa (Mas) Recovery  
50Khairul Amin Ahmad Riozuan (Mas) Kedah0:17:20 
DNSMuhamad Suhaimi Abdul (Mas) Scott Malaysia  
Women
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Eva Lechner (Ita) Colnago Sudtirol0:30:44 
2Lea Davison (USA) Team Specialized0:00:14 
3Nathalie Schneitter (Swi) Colnago Sudtirol  
4Janka Stevkova (Svk) Slovakia0:00:42 
5Elisabeth Sveum (Nor) Norway0:00:55 
6Blaza Klemencic (Slo) Felt Otztal X-Bionic0:01:15 
7Julia Innerhofer* (Ita) Colnago Sudtirol0:02:44 
8Jenni King (Aus) Anytime Fitness / Trek0:02:55 
9Melanie Leveau (Fra) Hora Du Bush0:04:55 
10Masziyaton Binti Mohd Radzi (Mas) Kedah SBS Giant  
11Junaidah Juss (Mas) Arus0:06:55 
12Nurul Suhada Bt Zainal* (Mas) Terengganu0:08:55 
13Siti Fatimah Binti Ismail* (Mas) Kedah  
14Ain Nurul Huda Rusli (Mas) Chiru Endurace  
15Noor Fadilah Saiedin* (Mas) Arus0:10:55 
16Adinya Sai Samorn (Tha) Chiru Endurace  
Master men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Marzio Deho (Ita) Cicli Olympia0:29:11 
2Nicholas Craig (GBr) Scott UK0:00:03 
3Vanni Balboni (Ita) Green Devils Team0:01:20 
4Anthony White (GBr) Cannondale Mt Zoom Racing0:03:03 
5Prasert Chitmart (Tha) Endurace Phuket Beach Boy0:05:03 
6Robert Rowe (Aus)0:07:03 
7Lance Andwew Portman (Aus) Asphar Surveying  
8Gregory John Dick (NZl) Malborough Mountainbike Clu  
9Takuma Dan (Jpn) Club 37190:09:03 
10Loh Ching Soo (Mas) Singapore Five-O0:11:03 
11Muhamad Razli Ibrahim (Mas) Amaniz Cycling0:13:03 
12Mohamad Yusof Ilah (Mas) Chiru Endurace  
13Azman Bin Mohd Nor (Mas) Chiru Endurace  
14Ridzuan Bin Abd Rahim (Mas) DTM0:15:03 
Senior master men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1John Ray Funk (Can) Deadgoat Racing0:30:19 
2Hartmut Hofmann (Ger)0:00:50 
3Zamani Supartin (Mas) Le Tua0:00:50 
4Charles H.B Stander (RSA) Concept Cyclery Specialised0:02:37 
5Chua Tuan Muar (Mas) Amaniz Cycling0:03:57 
6Abdul Razak Kamis (Mas) Kedah0:04:09 
7Frank D Viermann (Ger) P.Pinang0:04:35 
8Kwan Kah Yong (Mas) Scott Malaysia0:08:35 
9Che Mansor B Kamis (Mas)0:10:35 
10Farizul Latif Zulkipli (Mas) Scott Malaysia0:12:35 
Men final general classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Fabian Giger (Swi) Rabobank-Giant Offroad Team10:40:05 
2Kristian Hynek (Cze) Ceska Sporitelna Specialized0:06:18 
3Karl Platt (Ger) Team Bulls0:12:21 
4Emil Lindgren (Swe) Rabobank-Giant Offroad Team0:14:06 
5Max Knox (RSA) Team Specialized0:23:43 
6Leisling Matthias (Ger) Black Tusk Racing By Tomotion0:36:24 
7Marx Torsten (Ger) Black Tusk Racing By Tomotion0:38:28 
8Karl Markt (Aut) Feltz - O - Bionic0:42:10 
9Burry Stander (RSA) Team Specialized0:43:49 
10Todd Wells (USA) Team Specialized0:45:52 
11Florian Vogel (Swi) Scott Swisspower0:51:57 
12Na Sanghoon (Kor) Korea1:41:08 
13Steffen Thum (Ger) Ultra Sports Racing1:43:24 
14Pangerl Philipp (Ger) Black Tusk Racing By Tomotion1:44:55 
15Mohd Fauzan Ahmad Lutfi (Mas) Amaniz Cycling2:04:05 
16Robert James Wardell (GBr) Alpine Bikes Racing2:15:06 
17Hendrik Jaap Moorlag* (Ned) Rabobank-Giant Offroad Team2:22:14 
18Simon Gegenheimer (Ger) Ultra Sports Racing3:09:48 
19Saiful Khohar Bin Abd Halim (Mas) Endurace Team 13:29:01 
20Terasak Boonchuay (Tha) Chiru Endurance3:32:34 
21Muhamad Emir Shafiq Zainal (Mas) Aamaniz Cycling3:34:56 
22Surasuk Taweesman (Tha) Chiru Endurance3:41:03 
23Surachet Singjui (Tha) Endurace Phuket Beach Boy4:04:11 
24Riccardo Ridolfi* (Ita) Scott Rc New Limits4:05:44 
25Muhammad Hazwan Bin Azmen (Mas) Orbea Malaysia4:08:13 
26Mohd Shahrul Nizam Bin Che Pbatm (Mas)4:10:54 
27Mohamad Zul Ashraf Bin Zamlkedah (Mas) SBS Giant4:12:24 
28Junaidi Hashim (Sin) Singapore Cycling Federation4:23:07 
29Muhammad Nurjamri Bin Joha Brunei (Bru)4:23:24 
30Zamzi Muhamad (Mas) Arus4:33:53 
31Suhardi Bin Hasan (Mas) Lapierre KT4:37:14 
32Wilson Low Wei Cheng (Sin) Singapore Cycling Federation4:38:36 
33Nor Azlan Bin Zolkefli (Mas) Scott Malaysia4:57:06 
34Mohamad Khaniz Bin Omar (Sin) Singapore Cycling Federation4:57:11 
35Muhammad Raihaan Bin Abd Azbrunei (Bru)5:08:01 
36Mohd Arif Bin Che Awang (Mas) Chiru WTB5:10:48 
37Shaiful Ahmad (Mas) Amaniz Cycling5:12:41 
38Mohd Shawal Bin Mohd (Mas) Shafeavanti Team5:13:45 
39Shamsul Firdaus Bin Shahida Pahang (Mas)5:16:37 
40Lau Cze Kuang (Mas)5:20:11 
41Muhammad Shaid Abdul (Mas) Samadendurace Team 25:26:25 
42Lim Chin Hong * (Mas) Lapierre KT5:29:28 
43Michael John Williams (Aus)5:37:54 
44Richard Ben Hendy (Aus)5:45:35 
45Ivan Tay Chin Seng* (Sin) Singapore Cycling Federation5:47:22 
46Wan Mohammed Najmee Wan (Mas) Mlapierre KT5:51:06 
47Mohamad Syafiq Abidin (Mas) Langkawi Cycling Team6:12:19 
48Sulheilmy Ahmad Isa (Mas) Recovery6:27:45 
49Julian Kaub (Mas)7:25:21 
50Khairul Amin Ahmad Riozuan (Mas) Kedah7:32:06 
Women final general classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Lea Davison (USA) Team Specialized11:05:04 
2Elisabeth Sveum (Nor) Norway0:10:02 
3Janka Stevkova (Svk) Slovakia0:14:40 
4Nathalie Schneitter (Swi) Colnago Sudtirol0:19:10 
5Eva Lechner (Ita) Colnago Sudtirol0:32:30 
6Blaza Klemencic (Slo) Felt Otztal X-Bionic0:48:10 
7Julia Innerhofer* (Ita) Colnago Sudtirol1:17:03 
8Jenni King (Aus) Anytime Fitness / Trek1:37:31 
9Masziyaton Binti Mohd Radzi (Mas) Kedah SBS Giant2:12:53 
10Junaidah Juss (Mas) Arus3:13:09 
11Noor Fadilah Saiedin* (Mas) Arus4:24:24 
12Adinya Sai Samorn (Tha) Chiru Endurace5:16:29 
13Nurul Suhada Bt Zainal* (Mas) Terengganu5:18:05 
14Melanie Leveau (Fra) Hora Du Bush5:19:50 
15Siti Fatimah Binti Ismail* (Mas) Kedah6:03:51 
16Ain Nurul Huda Rusli (Mas) Chiru Endurace6:54:25 
Master men final general classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Nicholas Craig (GBr) Scott UK9:50:06 
2Marzio Deho (Ita) Cicli Olympia0:08:10 
3Anthony White (GBr) Cannondale Mt Zoom Racing1:28:06 
4Prasert Chitmart (Tha) Endurace Phuket Beach Boy2:11:30 
5Vanni Balboni (Ita) Green Devils Team2:41:39 
6Gregory John Dick (NZl) Malborough Mountainbike Clu2:57:50 
7Takuma Dan (Jpn) Club 37193:23:33 
8Lance Andwew Portman (Aus) Asphar Surveying3:37:39 
9Loh Ching Soo (Mas) Singapore Five-O4:11:35 
10Robert Rowe (Aus)5:07:48 
11Muhamad Razli Ibrahim (Mas) Amaniz Cycling5:10:32 
12Mohamad Yusof Ilah (Mas) Chiru Endurace5:57:44 
13Azman Bin Mohd Nor (Mas) Chiru Endurace7:21:32 
14Ridzuan Bin Abd Rahim (Mas) DTM7:42:50 
Senior master men final general classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Hartmut Hofmann (Ger)13:07:21 
2John Ray Funk (Can) Deadgoat Racing0:14:57 
3Abdul Razak Kamis (Mas) Kedah1:35:41 
4Charles H.B Stander (RSA) Concept Cyclery Specialised2:15:09 
5Chua Tuan Muar (Mas) Amaniz Cycling2:27:40 
6Kwan Kah Yong (Mas) Scott Malaysia3:02:35 
7Zamani Supartin (Mas) Le Tua3:19:48 
8Frank D Viermann (Ger) P.Pinang5:26:30 
9Che Mansor B Kamis (Mas)5:41:20 
10Farizul Latif Zulkipli (Mas) Scott Malaysia5:44:37 
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