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Le Tour de Langkawi 2011

Date range:
January 23 - February 1, 2011

January 23, Stage 1 : Dataran Helang - Pekan Kuah 94.3km

Guardini sprints to victory

By:
Chris Graetz
Published:
January 23, 2011, 9:55 GMT,
Updated:
January 23, 2011, 12:00 GMT

Stage and overall lead for Italian

Jersey leaders (l-r): Sungbaek Park (Leading Asian), Andrea Guardini (Tour leader) and Koen De Kort (KOM) on the podium in Langkawi.

Jersey leaders (l-r): Sungbaek Park (Leading Asian), Andrea Guardini (Tour leader) and Koen De Kort (KOM) on the podium in Langkawi.

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Thirteen years ago Alessandro Petacchi opened his professional account in the Tour of Langkawi. In 2011, young Italian sprinter, Andrea Guardini (Farnese Vini) has followed suit, claiming a memorable victory on stage one.

The 21-year-old benefited from a terrific lead-out and was too fast for Korean Sungbaek Park (Korea National Team) and local sprinter Harrif Saleh (Terengganu ProAsia Cycling Team).

“I’m very happy to win here in my first professional race,”Guardini said following his victory. “I’m also very happy to learn that Petacchi opened his professional career here and I would like to follow his path and if I can win half the amount of races he has, I will be very happy,” he added.

In temperatures exceeding thirty-five degrees Celsius, the 94.5km stage got off to a flying start with the peloton averaging 47km/h in the first hour of racing. It was then that a group of ten riders, featuring one of the pre-race favourites Yonnatta Monsalve attempted to break clear of the peloton. Drapac Professional Cycling team were not represented in the move and the entire squad put more pain into the peloton, increasing the pace to bring the dangerous break back.

Other breaks featuring Damien Gaudin (Europcar), Adiq Othman (Drapac), Kenichi Suzuki (Aisan Racing Team) and Koen de Kort (Skil-Shimano) tried to get off the front and one break featuring De Kort was successful, but only held a slender lead on the peloton. De Kortclimbed his way into the king of the mountains jersey winning the third and final climb on the stage, after picking up points in the first climb.

The break he was in was absorbed ten kilometers from the finish as the sprinters teams got set to deliver their fast men to the line and five kilometers from home, Europcar were in charge of the peloton. In the closing stages it was the Farnese Vini team at the head of the race delivering their youngster to the line.

“My directeur has put a lot of faith in me and has had very good words to say about me. I hope to show that in a few stages,” Guardini said. “I hope to hold the yellow jersey for the next few stages, as they will suit me before the mountains come.”

Guardini has eyes on the Giro and a few more wins may earn him selection in Italy’s biggest race of the cycling calendar.
“I would like to ride the Giro, but it is going to be hard in my first year. We only have a small team of twenty riders and only nine can ride the Giro,” he concluded.

Sunbaek Park is also participating in his first big race and was thrilled to finish on the podium.

“I’m very happy, it’s a good result,” Park explained.

HarrifSaleh is one of Malaysia’s best young sprinters and his third place today showed he has the legs to make himself present at the business end of the race.

“I’m very happy with third place,” a happy Saleh said. “It was a hard race today with the climbs and the heat which affected me at the end, but the next few stages suit me and I’m confident of winning a stage,” Saleh added.

Koen de Kort was pleased with his king of the mountains jersey and is hopeful he can hold onto it over the coming stages.

“I have trained a bit on the longer climbs, so hopefully my training will pay off. We have Kenny Van Hummel as our sprinter and our first priority is a stage win,” De Kort said.

Results

# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Andrea Guardini (Ita) Farnese Vini-Neri 2:03:28  
2 Sung Baek Park (Kor) Korea National Team    
3 Hariff Salleh (Mas) Terengganu ProAsia Cycling    
4 Luca Barla (Ita) Androni Giocattoli    
5 Kenny Robert Van Hummel (Ned) Skil - Shimano    
6 André Schulze (Ger) CCC Polsat Polkowice    
7 Hilton Clarke (Aus) Unitedhealthcare p/b Maxxis    
8 Arran Brown (RSA) MTN Energade    
9 Davy Commeyne (Bel) Landbouwkrediet    
10 Joeri Stallaert (Bel) Landbouwkrediet    
11 Andrea Pasqualon (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox    
12 Anuar Manan (Mas) Terengganu ProAsia Cycling    
13 Raymond Kreder (Ned) Chipotle Development Team    
14 Vidal Celis Zabala (Spa) Letua Cycling Team    
15 Sam Witmitz (Aus) Letua Cycling Team    
16 Jaan Kirsipuu (Est) Team Champion System    
17 Robert Förster (Ger) Unitedhealthcare p/b Maxxis    
18 Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Europcar    
19 Chan Jae Jang (Kor) Korea National Team    
20 Shinpei Fukuda (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team    
21 Ahmad Fahrullah Alias (Mas) Malaysia National Team    
22 Marcel Kittel (Ger) Skil - Shimano    
23 Hamid Shirisisan (IRI) Suren Cycling Team    
24 Manuele Caddeo (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox    
25 Thomas Palmer (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling    
26 Matthias Friedemann (Ger) Team Champion System    
27 Amir Rusli (Mas) Malaysia National Team    
28 Alireza Haghi (IRI) Azad University Iran    
29 David Veilleux (Can) Europcar    
30 Taiji Nishitani (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team    
31 Hao Liu (Chn) Max Success Sports    
32 Ghafari Vahid (IRI) Suren Cycling Team    
33 Dene Rogers (NZl) Giant Kenda Pro Cycling Team    
34 Wei Kei Chang (Tpe) Giant Kenda Pro Cycling Team    
35 Mohammad Saufi Mat Senan (Mas) Terengganu ProAsia Cycling    
36 Crescenzo D'amore (Ita) Androni Giocattoli    
37 Emanuele Sella (Ita) Androni Giocattoli    
38 Sea Keong Loh (Mas) Malaysia National Team    
39 Koen De Kort (Ned) Skil - Shimano    
40 Boris Shpilevsky (Rus) Tabriz Petrochemical Cycling Team    
41 Kazuhiro Mori (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team    
42 Mehdi Sohrabi (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Cycling Team    
43 Kirk Carlsen (USA) Chipotle Development Team    
44 Gyung Gu Jang (Kor) Korea National Team    
45 Chin-Lung Huang (Tpe) Giant Kenda Pro Cycling Team    
46 Libardo Nino Corredor (Col) Letua Cycling Team    
47 Andrei Krasilnikau (Blr) Chipotle Development Team    
48 Paolo Locatelli (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox    
49 Christoff Van Heerden (RSA) MTN Energade    
50 Takashi Miyazawa (Jpn) Farnese Vini-Neri    
51 Geert Verheyen (Bel) Landbouwkrediet    
52 Elia Favilli (Ita) Farnese Vini-Neri    
53 G. Luca Mirenda (Ita) Farnese Vini-Neri    
54 Guillaume Le Floch (Fra) Europcar    
55 Adi Putera (Sin) Singapore National Team    
56 Choon Huat Goh (Sin) Singapore National Team    
57 David Mccann (Irl) Giant Kenda Pro Cycling Team    
58 Farshad Salehian (IRI) Azad University Iran    
59 Suhardi Hassan (Mas) Malaysia National Team    
60 José Joao Pimenta Costa Mendes (Por) CCC Polsat Polkowice    
61 Samad Poor Seiedi (IRI) Azad University Iran    
62 Baptiste Plackaert (Bel) Landbouwkrediet    
63 Wang Yip Tang (HKg) Team Champion System    
64 Floris Goesinnen (Ned) Drapac Professional Cycling    
65 Markus Eibegger (Aut) Tabriz Petrochemical Cycling Team    
66 Gang Xu (Chn) Max Success Sports    
67 Tobias Erler (Ger) Tabriz Petrochemical Cycling Team    
68 Yukihiro Doi (Jpn) Skil - Shimano    
69 Masahiro Shinagawa (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team    
70 Kin San Wu (HKg) Team Champion System    
71 Amir Zargari (IRI) Azad University Iran    
72 Pierre Rolland (Fra) Europcar    
73 Mohd Shahrul Mat Amin (Mas) Terengganu ProAsia Cycling    
74 Omar Lombardi (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox    
75 Thomas Bonnin (Fra) Skil - Shimano    
76 Mohd Rhazif Mohd Salleh (Mas) Letua Cycling Team    
77 Ameli Meysam (IRI) Suren Cycling Team    
78 Angelo Pagani (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox    
79 Max Jenkins (USA) Unitedhealthcare p/b Maxxis    
80 Takeaki Ayabe (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team    
81 Abolfazl Nazari Daghalian (IRI) Suren Cycling Team    
82 Jacob Rathe (USA) Chipotle Development Team    
83 Deon Locke (Aus) Team Champion System    
84 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox    
85 Hossein Askari (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Cycling Team    
86 David Pell (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling    
87 Jonathan Monsalve (Ven) Androni Giocattoli    
88 Hyo Suk Gong (Kor) Korea National Team    
89 Ramin Mehrabani Azar (IRI) Suren Cycling Team    
90 Albert Timmer (Ned) Skil - Shimano    
91 Blazej Janiaczyk (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice    
92 Phuchong Sai-Udomsil (Tha) Terengganu ProAsia Cycling    
93 Boy Van Poppel (Ned) Unitedhealthcare p/b Maxxis    
94 Christopher Jones (USA) Unitedhealthcare p/b Maxxis    
95 Otavio Didier Bulgarelli (Bra) Farnese Vini-Neri    
96 Rafal Ratajczyk (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice    
97 Bradley Potgieter (RSA) MTN Energade    
98 Jun Rong Ho (Sin) Singapore National Team    
99 Antonio Santoro (Ita) Androni Giocattoli    
100 Lukasz Bodnar (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice    
101 Dylan Girdlestone (RSA) MTN Energade    
102 Dennis Van Niekerk (RSA) MTN Energade    
103 Darren Low (Sin) Singapore National Team    
104 Ebrahim Javani (IRI) Suren Cycling Team    
105 Kun Jiang (Chn) Max Success Sports    
106 Sébastien Delfosse (Bel) Landbouwkrediet    
107 Alex Coutts (GBr) Giant Kenda Pro Cycling Team    
108 Eun-Seong Jeong (Kor) Korea National Team    
109 Mohd Nor Rizuan Zainal (Mas) Malaysia National Team    
110 Bartlomiej Matysiak (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice    
111 Guillaume Bourgeois (Swi) Team Champion System    
112 Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) Europcar    
113 Ghader Mizbani Iranagh (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Cycling Team    
114 Rahim Ememi (IRI) Azad University Iran    
115 Shinichi Fukushima (Jpn) Terengganu ProAsia Cycling    
116 Ting Deng (Chn) Max Success Sports    
117 Ji Wen Low (Sin) Singapore National Team    
118 Ki Hong Yoo (Kor) Korea National Team    
119 Mohd Rauf Nur Nisbah (Mas) Malaysia National Team    
120 Muhamad Adiq Husainie Othman (Mas) Drapac Professional Cycling    
121 Pengda Jiao (Chn) Max Success Sports    
122 Abbas Saeidi Tanha (IRI) Azad University Iran    
123 Adrian Why Kit Chuah (Mas) Letua Cycling Team    
124 Stuart Shaw (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling    
125 Kenichi Suzuki (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team    
126 Yong Li Ng (Mas) Letua Cycling Team    
127 Hui Zhang (Chn) Max Success Sports    
128 Lachlan David Morton (Aus) Chipotle Development Team    
129 Alex Howes (USA) Chipotle Development Team    
130 Benjamin Gourgue (Bel) Landbouwkrediet    
131 Damien Gaudin (Fra) Europcar    
132 Karl Menzies (Aus) Unitedhealthcare p/b Maxxis 0:00:15  
133 Rhys Pollock (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling 0:01:09  
134 Roberto De Patre (Ita) Farnese Vini-Neri 0:01:30  
135 James Tennent (RSA) MTN Energade 0:02:05  
136 Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli 0:07:33  
137 Lemnel Lee Yun Jie (Sin) Singapore National Team 0:14:07  
General classification after stage 1:
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Andrea Guardini (Ita) Farnese Vini-Neri 2:03:18  
2 Sung Baek Park (Kor) Korea National Team 0:00:04  
3 Anuar Manan (Mas) Terengganu ProAsia Cycling    
4 Hariff Salleh (Mas) Terengganu ProAsia Cycling 0:00:05  
5 Christoff Van Heerden (RSA) MTN Energade 0:00:06  
6 Kirk Carlsen (USA) Chipotle Development Team 0:00:07  
7 Guillaume Bourgeois (Swi) Team Champion System 0:00:08  
8 Chan Jae Jang (Kor) Korea National Team 0:00:09  
9 Mohd Rhazif Mohd Salleh (Mas) Letua Cycling Team    
10 Luca Barla (Ita) Androni Giocattoli 0:00:10  
11 Kenny Robert Van Hummel (Ned) Skil - Shimano    
12 André Schulze (Ger) CCC Polsat Polkowice    
13 Hilton Clarke (Aus) Unitedhealthcare p/b Maxxis    
14 Arran Brown (RSA) MTN Energade    
15 Davy Commeyne (Bel) Landbouwkrediet    
16 Joeri Stallaert (Bel) Landbouwkrediet    
17 Andrea Pasqualon (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox    
18 Raymond Kreder (Ned) Chipotle Development Team    
19 Vidal Celis Zabala (Spa) Letua Cycling Team    
20 Sam Witmitz (Aus) Letua Cycling Team    
21 Jaan Kirsipuu (Est) Team Champion System    
22 Robert Förster (Ger) Unitedhealthcare p/b Maxxis    
23 Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Europcar    
24 Shinpei Fukuda (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team    
25 Ahmad Fahrullah Alias (Mas) Malaysia National Team    
26 Marcel Kittel (Ger) Skil - Shimano    
27 Hamid Shirisisan (IRI) Suren Cycling Team    
28 Manuele Caddeo (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox    
29 Thomas Palmer (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling    
30 Matthias Friedemann (Ger) Team Champion System    
31 Amir Rusli (Mas) Malaysia National Team    
32 Alireza Haghi (IRI) Azad University Iran    
33 David Veilleux (Can) Europcar    
34 Taiji Nishitani (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team    
35 Hao Liu (Chn) Max Success Sports    
36 Ghafari Vahid (IRI) Suren Cycling Team    
37 Dene Rogers (NZl) Giant Kenda Pro Cycling Team    
38 Wei Kei Chang (Tpe) Giant Kenda Pro Cycling Team    
39 Mohammad Saufi Mat Senan (Mas) Terengganu ProAsia Cycling    
40 Crescenzo D'amore (Ita) Androni Giocattoli    
41 Emanuele Sella (Ita) Androni Giocattoli    
42 Sea Keong Loh (Mas) Malaysia National Team    
43 Koen De Kort (Ned) Skil - Shimano    
44 Boris Shpilevsky (Rus) Tabriz Petrochemical Cycling Team    
45 Kazuhiro Mori (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team    
46 Mehdi Sohrabi (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Cycling Team    
47 Gyung Gu Jang (Kor) Korea National Team    
48 Chin-Lung Huang (Tpe) Giant Kenda Pro Cycling Team    
49 Libardo Nino Corredor (Col) Letua Cycling Team    
50 Andrei Krasilnikau (Blr) Chipotle Development Team    
51 Paolo Locatelli (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox    
52 Takashi Miyazawa (Jpn) Farnese Vini-Neri    
53 Geert Verheyen (Bel) Landbouwkrediet    
54 Elia Favilli (Ita) Farnese Vini-Neri    
55 G. Luca Mirenda (Ita) Farnese Vini-Neri    
56 Guillaume Le Floch (Fra) Europcar    
57 Adi Putera (Sin) Singapore National Team    
58 Choon Huat Goh (Sin) Singapore National Team    
59 David Mccann (Irl) Giant Kenda Pro Cycling Team    
60 Farshad Salehian (IRI) Azad University Iran    
61 Suhardi Hassan (Mas) Malaysia National Team    
62 José Joao Pimenta Costa Mendes (Por) CCC Polsat Polkowice    
63 Samad Poor Seiedi (IRI) Azad University Iran    
64 Baptiste Plackaert (Bel) Landbouwkrediet    
65 Wang Yip Tang (HKg) Team Champion System    
66 Floris Goesinnen (Ned) Drapac Professional Cycling    
67 Markus Eibegger (Aut) Tabriz Petrochemical Cycling Team    
68 Gang Xu (Chn) Max Success Sports    
69 Tobias Erler (Ger) Tabriz Petrochemical Cycling Team    
70 Yukihiro Doi (Jpn) Skil - Shimano    
71 Masahiro Shinagawa (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team    
72 Kin San Wu (HKg) Team Champion System    
73 Amir Zargari (IRI) Azad University Iran    
74 Pierre Rolland (Fra) Europcar    
75 Mohd Shahrul Mat Amin (Mas) Terengganu ProAsia Cycling    
76 Omar Lombardi (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox    
77 Thomas Bonnin (Fra) Skil - Shimano    
78 Ameli Meysam (IRI) Suren Cycling Team    
79 Angelo Pagani (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox    
80 Max Jenkins (USA) Unitedhealthcare p/b Maxxis    
81 Takeaki Ayabe (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team    
82 Abolfazl Nazari Daghalian (IRI) Suren Cycling Team    
83 Jacob Rathe (USA) Chipotle Development Team    
84 Deon Locke (Aus) Team Champion System    
85 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox    
86 Hossein Askari (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Cycling Team    
87 David Pell (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling    
88 Jonathan Monsalve (Ven) Androni Giocattoli    
89 Hyo Suk Gong (Kor) Korea National Team    
90 Ramin Mehrabani Azar (IRI) Suren Cycling Team    
91 Albert Timmer (Ned) Skil - Shimano    
92 Blazej Janiaczyk (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice    
93 Phuchong Sai-Udomsil (Tha) Terengganu ProAsia Cycling    
94 Boy Van Poppel (Ned) Unitedhealthcare p/b Maxxis    
95 Christopher Jones (USA) Unitedhealthcare p/b Maxxis    
96 Otavio Didier Bulgarelli (Bra) Farnese Vini-Neri    
97 Rafal Ratajczyk (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice    
98 Bradley Potgieter (RSA) MTN Energade    
99 Jun Rong Ho (Sin) Singapore National Team    
100 Antonio Santoro (Ita) Androni Giocattoli    
101 Lukasz Bodnar (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice    
102 Dylan Girdlestone (RSA) MTN Energade    
103 Dennis Van Niekerk (RSA) MTN Energade    
104 Darren Low (Sin) Singapore National Team    
105 Ebrahim Javani (IRI) Suren Cycling Team    
106 Kun Jiang (Chn) Max Success Sports    
107 Sébastien Delfosse (Bel) Landbouwkrediet    
108 Alex Coutts (GBr) Giant Kenda Pro Cycling Team    
109 Eun-Seong Jeong (Kor) Korea National Team    
110 Mohd Nor Rizuan Zainal (Mas) Malaysia National Team    
111 Bartlomiej Matysiak (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice    
112 Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) Europcar    
113 Ghader Mizbani Iranagh (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Cycling Team    
114 Rahim Ememi (IRI) Azad University Iran    
115 Shinichi Fukushima (Jpn) Terengganu ProAsia Cycling    
116 Ting Deng (Chn) Max Success Sports    
117 Ji Wen Low (Sin) Singapore National Team    
118 Ki Hong Yoo (Kor) Korea National Team    
119 Mohd Rauf Nur Nisbah (Mas) Malaysia National Team    
120 Muhamad Adiq Husainie Othman (Mas) Drapac Professional Cycling    
121 Pengda Jiao (Chn) Max Success Sports    
122 Abbas Saeidi Tanha (IRI) Azad University Iran    
123 Adrian Why Kit Chuah (Mas) Letua Cycling Team    
124 Stuart Shaw (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling    
125 Kenichi Suzuki (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team    
126 Yong Li Ng (Mas) Letua Cycling Team    
127 Hui Zhang (Chn) Max Success Sports    
128 Lachlan David Morton (Aus) Chipotle Development Team    
129 Alex Howes (USA) Chipotle Development Team    
130 Benjamin Gourgue (Bel) Landbouwkrediet    
131 Damien Gaudin (Fra) Europcar    
132 Karl Menzies (Aus) Unitedhealthcare p/b Maxxis 0:00:25  
133 Rhys Pollock (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling 0:01:19  
134 Roberto De Patre (Ita) Farnese Vini-Neri 0:01:40  
135 James Tennent (RSA) MTN Energade 0:02:15  
136 Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli 0:07:43  
137 Lemnel Lee Yun Jie (Sin) Singapore National Team 0:14:17