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Le Tour de Langkawi 2011

Date range:
January 23 - February 1, 2011

January 29, Stage 7 : Banting - Tampin 149.5km

Guardini strikes again in Tampin

By:
Chris Graetz
Published:
January 29, 2011, 10:02 GMT,
Updated:
January 31, 2011, 14:58 GMT

Italian sprinters takes his fourth win

That's four for me: Twenty-one-year-old Italian Andrea Guardini (Farnese Vini/Neri Sottoli) is going from strength to strength on the tour and may not be finished yet.

That's four for me: Twenty-one-year-old Italian Andrea Guardini (Farnese Vini/Neri Sottoli) is going from strength to strength on the tour and may not be finished yet.

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Andrea Guardini (Farnese Vini-Neri Sottoli) again showed his immense sprinting speed by taking his fourth win in the Tour of Langkawi in Tampin.

Team UnitedHealthcare had their train going at full speed in the final five hundred metres but the feisty Italian showed maturity beyond his years by jumping them from third wheel to take a tremendous victory. Robert Forster (UnitedHealthcare) was second with Rico Rogers (Giant Kendra Pro Cycling) rounded out the podium.

“It was a difficult sprint today because not many people expected such a finish,” said Guardini. “Looking at the race book it stated the stage was uphill but in reality the last two kilometres were downhill. I took the corner in sixth position, which was the ideal position and did my 300 metres finishing sprint.”

Anuar Manan (Terengganu ProAsia Cycling Team) failed to score points on the stage relinquishing the blue jersey to Guardini, who now has a fourteen point buffer over the Malaysian.

“I have decided not to race for intermediate sprints anymore and keep my strength for the finish,” admitted Guardini. “Thanks to the breakaway, no sprints were contested and Anuar couldn’t take more points on the stage. I have a comfortable lead but it’s not over yet for the blue jersey.”

In the yellow jersey battle things didn’t change between Libardo Nino (Le Tua Cycling Team) and Jonathan Monsalve (Androni Giocattoli). However, the misleading profile in the race book may have hampered Monsalve’s attempt to claim the yellow jersey.

Monsalve reflected on the stage and what could have been: “Today was an ideal day for taking the jersey because the race book stated an uphill finish,” explained Monsalve. “That’s why we let the breakaway go because we thought we could take the yellow jersey with the uphill finish. Unfortunately the finish was downhill and there was nothing we could do.”

The early break featured Adiq Othman (Drapac Professional Cycling Team), Deon Locke (Team Champion Systems), David McCann (Giant Kendra), Bradley Potgieter (MTN Qhubeka), Manuele Caddeo (Colnago –CSF Inox), Max Jenkins (UnitedHealthcare), Sea KeongLoh (Malaysian National Team) and Kihong Yoo (Korea National Team).

They built up a maximum advantage of four and a half minutes before they were reeled in. They were caught in the final five kilometres and Pierre Rolland (Europcar) attacked, making a solo charge to the line. He was caught on the downhill near the finish and then Guardini took his fourth victory.

Libardo Nino was pleased to keep the yellow jersey after the stage.

“This stage was a little bit difficult because my team wasn’t that strong, however, it went without problems,” Nino said.

“The second part of the race helped me because other teams worked strongly to catch the breakaway and I’m happy to wear the jersey again."

Results
1 Andrea Guardini (Ita) Farnese Vini-Neri Sotttoli 3:24:57  
2 Robert Forster (Ger) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling    
3 Dene Rogers (NZl) Giant Kenda Pro Cycling Team    
4 Boris Shpilevsky (Rus) Tabriz Petrochemical Team    
5 Marcel Kittel (Ger) Skil-Shimano    
6 Takashi Miyazawa (Jpn) Farnese Vini-Neri Sotttoli    
7 André Schulze (Ger) CCC Polsat Polkowice    
8 Elia Favilli (Ita) Farnese Vini-Neri Sotttoli    
9 Joeri Stallaert (Bel) Landbouwkrediet    
10 Chan Jae Jang (Kor) Korea National Team    
11 Omar Lombardi (Ita) Colnago-CSF Inox    
12 Taiji Nishitani (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team    
13 Matthias Friedemann (Ger) Team Champion System    
14 Andrea Pasqualon (Ita) Colnago-CSF Inox    
15 Koen De Kort (Ned) Skil-Shimano    
16 Luca Barla (Ita) Androni Giocattoli    
17 Mohd Harrif Salleh (Mas) Terengganu ProAsia Cycling    
18 Sébastian Delfosse (Bel) Landbouwkrediet    
19 Arran Brown (RSA) MTN Qhubeka    
20 Geert Verheyen (Bel) Landbouwkrediet    
21 Takeaki Ayabe (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team    
22 Adi Putera Yusof (Sin) Singapore National Team    
23 Libardo Nino Corredor (Col) Le Tua Cycling Team    
24 Anuar Manan (Mas) Terengganu ProAsia Cycling    
25 Hamid Shirisisan (IRI) Suren Cycling Team    
26 Manuele Caddeo (Ita) Colnago-CSF Inox    
27 Jacob Rathe (USA) Chipotle Development Team    
28 Hilton Clarke (Aus) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling    
29 Rhys Pollock (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling    
30 Shinpei Fukuda (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team    
31 Thomas Palmer (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling    
32 Zainal Mohd Nur Rizuan (Mas) Malaysia National Team    
33 Raymond Kreder (Ned) Chipotle Development Team    
34 Guillaume Le Floch (Fra) Team Europcar    
35 Rusli Amir Mustafa (Mas) Malaysia National Team    
36 Jonathan Monsalve (Ven) Androni Giocattoli    
37 Alex Howes (USA) Chipotle Development Team    
38 Christoff Van Heerden (RSA) MTN Qhubeka    
39 Alias Ahmad Fakhrullah (Mas) Malaysia National Team    
40 Boy Van Poppel (Ned) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling    
41 Abulfazl Nazari Daghalian (IRI) Suren Cycling Team    
42 Gu Jang Kyung (Kor) Korea National Team    
43 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Colnago-CSF Inox    
44 Meysam Ameli (IRI) Suren Cycling Team    
45 Ebrahim Javani (IRI) Suren Cycling Team    
46 Puchong Sai-Udomsin (Tha) Terengganu ProAsia Cycling    
47 Jose Mendes (Por) CCC Polsat Polkowice    
48 Darren Low (Sin) Singapore National Team    
49 Tobias Erler (Ger) Tabriz Petrochemical Team    
50 Amir Zargari (IRI) Azad University Cycling Team    
51 Emanuele Sella (Ita) Androni Giocattoli    
52 Kirk Carlsen (USA) Chipotle Development Team    
53 Christopher Jones (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling    
54 Suhardi Hassan (Mas) Malaysia National Team    
55 Andrei Krasilnikau (Blr) Chipotle Development Team    
56 Guillaume Bourgeois (Swi) Team Champion System    
57 Mirsamad Pourseyedi G. (IRI) Azad University Cycling Team    
58 Ji Wen Low (Sin) Singapore National Team    
59 David Pell (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling    
60 Markus Eibegger (Aut) Tabriz Petrochemical Team    
61 Dennis Van Niekerk (RSA) MTN Qhubeka    
62 Hossein Askari (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Team    
63 Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar    
64 Abbas Saeidi Tanha (IRI) Azad University Cycling Team    
65 Farshad Salehian (IRI) Azad University Cycling Team    
66 Hyosuk Gong (Kor) Korea National Team    
67 Bartlomiej Matysiak (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice    
68 Kin San Wu (HKg) Team Champion System    
69 Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) Team Europcar    
70 Deon Locke (Aus) Team Champion System    
71 Shinichi Fukushima (Jpn) Terengganu ProAsia Cycling    
72 Hui Zhang (Chn) Max Success Sports Cycling    
73 Vahid Ghaffari (IRI) Suren Cycling Team    
74 Max Jenkins (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling    
75 Lukasz Bodnar (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice    
76 Nur Misbah M. Rauf (Mas) Malaysia National Team    
77 Mehdi Sohrabi (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Team    
78 Alireza Haghi (IRI) Azad University Cycling Team    
79 David McCann (Irl) Giant Kenda Pro Cycling Team    
80 Choon Haut Goh (Sin) Singapore National Team    
81 Rafai Ratajczyk (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice    
82 Ramin Mehrabani Azar (IRI) Suren Cycling Team    
83 Pengda Jiao (Chn) Max Success Sports Cycling    
84 Antonio Santoro (Ita) Androni Giocattoli    
85 Lachlan Morton (Aus) Chipotle Development Team    
86 Gang Xu (Chn) Max Success Sports Cycling    
87 Otavio Bulgarelli (Bra) Farnese Vini-Neri Sotttoli    
88 Ghader Mizbani (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Team    
89 Stuart Shaw (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling    
90 Othman M. Adiq (Mas) Drapac Professional Cycling    
91 Floris Goesinnen (Ned) Drapac Professional Cycling    
92 Alex Coutts (GBr) Giant Kenda Pro Cycling Team    
93 Yong Li Ng (Mas) Le Tua Cycling Team    
94 Gianluca Mirenda (Ita) Farnese Vini-Neri Sotttoli    
95 Rahim Emami (IRI) Azad University Cycling Team    
96 M. Shahrul Mat Amin (Mas) Terengganu ProAsia Cycling    
97 M. Saufi Mat Senan (Mas) Terengganu ProAsia Cycling    
98 Jun Rong Ho (Sin) Singapore National Team    
99 Yukihiro Doi (Jpn) Skil-Shimano    
100 David Veilleux (Can) Team Europcar    
101 Albert Timmer (Ned) Skil-Shimano    
102 Mohd Salleh Mohd Razif (Mas) Le Tua Cycling Team    
103 Angelo Pagani (Ita) Colnago-CSF Inox    
104 Baptiste Planckaert (Bel) Landbouwkrediet    
105 Paolo Locatelli (Ita) Colnago-CSF Inox 0:00:19  
106 James Tennent (RSA) MTN Qhubeka    
107 Kazuhiro Mori (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team    
108 Kenichi Suzuki (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team    
109 Karl Menzies (Aus) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling    
110 Kenny Van Hummel (Ned) Skil-Shimano 0:00:22  
111 Damien Gaudin (Fra) Team Europcar 0:00:30  
112 Benjamin Gourgue (Bel) Landbouwkrediet 0:00:31  
113 Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli    
114 Blazej Janiaczyk (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice 0:00:48  
115 Samuel Witmitz (Aus) Le Tua Cycling Team 0:01:41  
116 Adrian Chuah (Mas) Le Tua Cycling Team    
117 Roberto De Patre (Ita) Farnese Vini-Neri Sotttoli    
118 Bradley Potgieter (RSA) MTN Qhubeka    
119 Wei Kei Chang (Tpe) Giant Kenda Pro Cycling Team 0:01:47  
120 Thomas Bonnin (Fra) Skil-Shimano 0:02:57  
121 Hao Liu (Chn) Max Success Sports Cycling 0:03:03  
122 Sea Keong Loh (Mas) Malaysia National Team    
123 Kihong Yoo (Kor) Korea National Team 0:07:23  
General classification after stage 7
1 Libardo Nino Corredor (Col) Le Tua Cycling Team 21:39:42  
2 Jonathan Monsalve (Ven) Androni Giocattoli 0:00:02  
3 Emanuele Sella (Ita) Androni Giocattoli 0:00:19  
4 Dennis Van Niekerk (RSA) MTN Qhubeka 0:00:22  
5 Rahim Emami (IRI) Azad University Cycling Team    
6 Lachlan Morton (Aus) Chipotle Development Team 0:00:27  
7 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Colnago-CSF Inox 0:00:44  
8 Ghader Mizbani (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Team 0:00:50  
9 Hossein Askari (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Team 0:00:52  
10 Hyosuk Gong (Kor) Korea National Team    
11 Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar 0:01:23  
12 Jose Mendes (Por) CCC Polsat Polkowice 0:01:44  
13 Amir Zargari (IRI) Azad University Cycling Team 0:01:54  
14 Alex Howes (USA) Chipotle Development Team 0:01:58  
15 Kirk Carlsen (USA) Chipotle Development Team 0:02:21  
16 Markus Eibegger (Aut) Tabriz Petrochemical Team 0:02:35  
17 Alex Coutts (GBr) Giant Kenda Pro Cycling Team 0:02:37  
18 Mirsamad Pourseyedi G. (IRI) Azad University Cycling Team 0:03:15  
19 Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) Team Europcar 0:03:28  
20 Gu Jang Kyung (Kor) Korea National Team 0:03:30  
21 Geert Verheyen (Bel) Landbouwkrediet 0:03:48  
22 Christopher Jones (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling    
23 Pengda Jiao (Chn) Max Success Sports Cycling    
24 Gang Xu (Chn) Max Success Sports Cycling 0:03:55  
25 Andrei Krasilnikau (Blr) Chipotle Development Team 0:03:59  
26 Yukihiro Doi (Jpn) Skil-Shimano 0:05:08  
27 Ramin Mehrabani Azar (IRI) Suren Cycling Team 0:05:15  
28 Guillaume Bourgeois (Swi) Team Champion System 0:05:58  
29 Max Jenkins (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling 0:06:02  
30 M. Saufi Mat Senan (Mas) Terengganu ProAsia Cycling 0:06:03  
31 Hui Zhang (Chn) Max Success Sports Cycling 0:06:05  
32 Takeaki Ayabe (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team 0:06:21  
33 Farshad Salehian (IRI) Azad University Cycling Team 0:07:09  
34 David Pell (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling 0:08:05  
35 Sébastian Delfosse (Bel) Landbouwkrediet 0:08:13  
36 Yong Li Ng (Mas) Le Tua Cycling Team    
37 Manuele Caddeo (Ita) Colnago-CSF Inox 0:08:54  
38 M. Shahrul Mat Amin (Mas) Terengganu ProAsia Cycling 0:09:13  
39 Othman M. Adiq (Mas) Drapac Professional Cycling 0:10:12  
40 Puchong Sai-Udomsin (Tha) Terengganu ProAsia Cycling 0:10:13  
41 Antonio Santoro (Ita) Androni Giocattoli 0:11:03  
42 Jacob Rathe (USA) Chipotle Development Team 0:11:42  
43 David McCann (Irl) Giant Kenda Pro Cycling Team 0:11:46  
44 Kin San Wu (HKg) Team Champion System 0:11:51  
45 Albert Timmer (Ned) Skil-Shimano 0:13:05  
46 Hamid Shirisisan (IRI) Suren Cycling Team 0:14:00  
47 Deon Locke (Aus) Team Champion System 0:14:54  
48 Kenichi Suzuki (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team 0:15:21  
49 Jun Rong Ho (Sin) Singapore National Team 0:16:09  
50 Mehdi Sohrabi (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Team 0:16:34  
51 Wei Kei Chang (Tpe) Giant Kenda Pro Cycling Team 0:16:42  
52 Abulfazl Nazari Daghalian (IRI) Suren Cycling Team 0:19:28  
53 Guillaume Le Floch (Fra) Team Europcar 0:19:30  
54 Rusli Amir Mustafa (Mas) Malaysia National Team 0:19:50  
55 Alireza Haghi (IRI) Azad University Cycling Team 0:20:15  
56 Koen De Kort (Ned) Skil-Shimano 0:20:32  
57 Hao Liu (Chn) Max Success Sports Cycling 0:20:42  
58 Christoff Van Heerden (RSA) MTN Qhubeka 0:20:54  
59 Benjamin Gourgue (Bel) Landbouwkrediet 0:20:59  
60 Nur Misbah M. Rauf (Mas) Malaysia National Team 0:21:51  
61 Luca Barla (Ita) Androni Giocattoli 0:22:22  
62 Angelo Pagani (Ita) Colnago-CSF Inox 0:24:14  
63 Thomas Bonnin (Fra) Skil-Shimano 0:24:34  
64 Gianluca Mirenda (Ita) Farnese Vini-Neri Sotttoli 0:24:36  
65 Kihong Yoo (Kor) Korea National Team 0:25:08  
66 Choon Haut Goh (Sin) Singapore National Team 0:26:49  
67 Lukasz Bodnar (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice 0:27:30  
68 Andrea Pasqualon (Ita) Colnago-CSF Inox 0:28:17  
69 Taiji Nishitani (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team 0:30:04  
70 Raymond Kreder (Ned) Chipotle Development Team 0:31:46  
71 Baptiste Planckaert (Bel) Landbouwkrediet 0:32:14  
72 David Veilleux (Can) Team Europcar 0:32:43  
73 Joeri Stallaert (Bel) Landbouwkrediet 0:33:11  
74 Shinichi Fukushima (Jpn) Terengganu ProAsia Cycling 0:33:15  
75 Hilton Clarke (Aus) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling 0:33:48  
76 Anuar Manan (Mas) Terengganu ProAsia Cycling 0:34:13  
77 Adrian Chuah (Mas) Le Tua Cycling Team 0:34:22  
78 Meysam Ameli (IRI) Suren Cycling Team 0:34:42  
79 Tobias Erler (Ger) Tabriz Petrochemical Team    
80 Floris Goesinnen (Ned) Drapac Professional Cycling 0:35:00  
81 Elia Favilli (Ita) Farnese Vini-Neri Sotttoli 0:35:06  
82 Karl Menzies (Aus) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling 0:35:25  
83 Takashi Miyazawa (Jpn) Farnese Vini-Neri Sotttoli 0:35:32  
84 Bartlomiej Matysiak (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice 0:35:45  
85 Zainal Mohd Nur Rizuan (Mas) Malaysia National Team 0:35:49  
86 Blazej Janiaczyk (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice 0:35:54  
87 Boris Shpilevsky (Rus) Tabriz Petrochemical Team 0:36:00  
88 Kazuhiro Mori (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team 0:36:01  
89 Vahid Ghaffari (IRI) Suren Cycling Team 0:37:08  
90 Sea Keong Loh (Mas) Malaysia National Team 0:37:47  
91 Darren Low (Sin) Singapore National Team 0:38:36  
92 Stuart Shaw (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling 0:38:49  
93 Abbas Saeidi Tanha (IRI) Azad University Cycling Team 0:39:08  
94 Damien Gaudin (Fra) Team Europcar 0:39:36  
95 Thomas Palmer (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling 0:39:48  
96 James Tennent (RSA) MTN Qhubeka 0:40:29  
97 Andrea Guardini (Ita) Farnese Vini-Neri Sotttoli 0:42:44  
98 Mohd Harrif Salleh (Mas) Terengganu ProAsia Cycling 0:43:02  
99 Chan Jae Jang (Kor) Korea National Team 0:43:03  
100 Suhardi Hassan (Mas) Malaysia National Team 0:43:05  
101 Robert Forster (Ger) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling 0:43:26  
102 Dene Rogers (NZl) Giant Kenda Pro Cycling Team 0:43:28  
103 Matthias Friedemann (Ger) Team Champion System 0:43:34  
104 Omar Lombardi (Ita) Colnago-CSF Inox    
105 Boy Van Poppel (Ned) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling    
106 Otavio Bulgarelli (Bra) Farnese Vini-Neri Sotttoli    
107 Rafai Ratajczyk (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice 0:43:55  
108 Rhys Pollock (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling 0:44:39  
109 Arran Brown (RSA) MTN Qhubeka 0:46:43  
110 Marcel Kittel (Ger) Skil-Shimano 0:47:02  
111 Adi Putera Yusof (Sin) Singapore National Team 0:47:12  
112 Shinpei Fukuda (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team    
113 Ji Wen Low (Sin) Singapore National Team    
114 Paolo Locatelli (Ita) Colnago-CSF Inox 0:48:06  
115 Bradley Potgieter (RSA) MTN Qhubeka 0:48:35  
116 André Schulze (Ger) CCC Polsat Polkowice 0:48:45  
117 Alias Ahmad Fakhrullah (Mas) Malaysia National Team 0:49:17  
118 Kenny Van Hummel (Ned) Skil-Shimano 0:49:28  
119 Mohd Salleh Mohd Razif (Mas) Le Tua Cycling Team 0:49:43  
120 Samuel Witmitz (Aus) Le Tua Cycling Team 0:51:08  
121 Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli 0:53:07  
122 Roberto De Patre (Ita) Farnese Vini-Neri Sotttoli 0:53:09  
123 Ebrahim Javani (IRI) Suren Cycling Team 1:05:48