Tour de Langkawi: McCabe wins stage 3 in Putrajaya

American moves into race lead ahead of Genting Highlands

Travis McCabe (Floyd’s Pro Cycling) claimed the double prize of victory and the yellow jersey on stage 3 of the Tour de Langkawi. The Floyd’s team anticipated the final corner onto the finishing straight to force a split in the peloton, the "beautiful lead out” ensuring a commanding victory for McCabe two seconds ahead of Matteo Pelucchi (Androni) and Andrea Guardini (Bardiani-CSF).

The win and bonus seconds also secured the yellow jersey for McCabe, with overnight leader Marcus Culey (Sapura) caught out by the sprint move and dropping to second at four seconds.

“We gapped the field, we saw we had a gap and I just told the boys to go,” McCabe told Cyclingnews of the finale. “One and half K, it was one minute long so it was go with everything we had. We just got the gap and kept opening it.”

The 29-year-old also won the stage into Putrajaya when the Tour de Langkawi visited in 2017 and is now two from two in Malaysia's federal administrative centre. With the full team effort in securing the win, McCabe said the victory instantly felt one of his best of nine professional victories.

“Oh yeah, it was awesome. It was so close two days ago, but to finally get it today with the team effort, just the Floyd’s boys killing it, is the best way to win,” said McCabe, who was second on stage 1. “It’s the best way to win a sprint and to drop the entire field while doing it.”

Despite taking yellow, a first in his career, McCabe explained team tactics for tomorrow's queen stage, with Floyd’s aiming to set up Keegan Swirbul for victory, is unlikely to change.

“We will take more responsibility. We are a small team and we have some firepower and we are coming in for the GC as well,” he said. “There is more responsibility on guys like me, Jonny [Clarke] and Émile [Jean] to ride the front until the climb and just let Keegan do his thing.”

Stage 4 of the race will start in Shah Alam, passing the Batu Caves en route to the summit finish at Genting Highlands, absent from the race since 2014, after 114.2 km of racing.

How it unfolded

The southernmost stage start of the Tour de Langkawi in 2019 saw the peloton assemble at Muar’s Stadium Sultan Ibrahim in sweltering conditions. Once the flag was dropped, the trio of Hang Shi (Giant Cycling), Sofian Nabil (Malaysia) and Soon Young Kwon (KSPO) immediately jumped and were given clearance by the Sapura-led peloton.

The three leaders pulled out a five-minute lead by the 20km mark, gradually taking more time on the bunch content to let them ride. The gap quickly ballooning out to 10 minutes.

On the road, Nabil moved into the virtual lead of the race having started the day 18 seconds down on the yellow jersey of Culey. By the halfway point of the stage, the breakaway’s lead dipped under nine minutes and then continued to fall as the peloton continued north to Putrajaya and the sprint teams started to work.

Inside the final third of the stage, the gap between peloton and breakaway further diminished with the sprint teams eager to set up a bunch gallop finale. With 40 km to race, Nabil was the first casualty of the breakaway leaving Kwon and Shi as the leaders on the road.

Bardiani-CSF took up the reins in the bunch, holding the two leaders at one minute with 20 km to race. The catch of the break coming inside 10 km to race as the sprint teams amassed at the head of the bunch. In the sprint to the line, McCabe made amends for stage 1 as he surged to his third career stage win in Langkawi.

Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Travis Mccabe (USA) Floyd's Pro Cycling4:49:39 
2Matteo Pelucchi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec0:00:02 
3Andrea Guardini (Ita) Bardiani Csf  
4Mohd Harrif Saleh (Mas) Terengganu Inc. Tsg Cycling Team  
5Kazushige Kuboki (Jpn) Japan  
6Zhiwen Chen (Chn) Giant Cycling Team  
7Maris Bogdanovics (Lat) Interpro Cycling Academy  
8Andrii Kulyk (Ukr) Shenzhen Xidesheng Cycling Team  
9Blake Quick (Aus) St George Continental Cycling Team  
10Michael Freiberg (Aus) Pro Racing Sunshine Coast  
11Clint Hendricks (RSA) Protouch  
12Paolo Simion (Ita) Bardiani Csf  
13Nikolai Cherkasov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
14Jayde Julius (RSA) Protouch  
15Kyoungho Park (Kor) Kspo Bianchi Asia Pro Cycling  
16Umberto Marengo (Ita) Neri Sottoli Selle Italia Ktm  
17Mamyr Stash (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
18Vadim Pronskiy (Kaz) Vino-Astana Motors  
19Charalampos Kastrantas (Gre) Brunei Continental Cycling Team  
20Gleb Brussenskiy (Kaz) Vino-Astana Motors  
21Rizki Hidayatul Fadli (Ina) Customs Cycling Indonesia  
22Calvin Beneke (RSA) Protouch  
23Shoi Matsuda (Jpn) Japan  
24Roberto González (Pan) Neri Sottoli Selle Italia Ktm  
25Michael Vink (NZl) St George Continental Cycling Team  
26Robbie Hucker (Aus) Team Ukyo  
27Daniel Muñoz Giraldo (Col) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec  
28Yevgeniy Fedorov (Kaz) Vino-Astana Motors  
29Youcef Reguigui (Alg) Terengganu Inc. Tsg Cycling Team0:00:06 
30Emile Jean (Can) Floyd's Pro Cycling  
31Daniel Savini (Ita) Bardiani Csf  
32Nariyuki Masuda (Jpn) Japan  
33Alistair Donohoe (Aus) Pro Racing Sunshine Coast  
34Hernan Ricardo Aguirre Caipa (Col) Interpro Cycling Academy  
35Stepan Astafyev (Kaz) Vino-Astana Motors  
36James Oram (NZl) Mitchelton-Bikeexchange  
37Serghei Tvetcov (Rom) Floyd's Pro Cycling  
38Sofian Nabil Omar Mohd Bakri (Mas) Malaysia  
39Jihun Kim (Kor) Kspo Bianchi Asia Pro Cycling  
40Muhammad Nurfitri Ammar Rosli (Mas) Malaysia  
41Josip Rumac (Cro) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec  
42Freddy Ovett (Aus) Pro Racing Sunshine Coast  
43Benjamin Dyball (Aus) Team Sapura Cycling  
44Alessandro Bisolti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec  
45Jaehyun Kim (Kor) Kspo Bianchi Asia Pro Cycling  
46Keegan Swirbul (USA) Floyd's Pro Cycling  
47Cristian Raileanu (Mda) Team Sapura Cycling  
48Benjami Prades Reverter (Spa) Team Ukyo  
49Penghai Deng (Chn) Giant Cycling Team  
50Charles-Etienne Chretien (Can) Interpro Cycling Academy  
51Grigoriy Shtein (Kaz) Vino-Astana Motors  
52Brayan Chaves Rubio (Col) Mitchelton-Bikeexchange  
53Sam Crome (Aus) Team Ukyo  
54Takeaki Amezawa (Jpn) Japan  
55Jesse Ewart (Aus) Team Sapura Cycling  
56Brendon Davids (RSA) Oliver's Real Food Racing  
57Metkel Eyob (Eri) Terengganu Inc. Tsg Cycling Team  
58Muhammad Shahmir Aiman Abdul Halim (Mas) Malaysia  
59Jinsong Li (Chn) Giant Cycling Team  
60Marcus Culey (Aus) Team Sapura Cycling  
61Nur Amirull Fakhruddin Mazuki (Mas) Terengganu Inc. Tsg Cycling Team  
62Artem Ovechkin (Rus) Terengganu Inc. Tsg Cycling Team  
63Simon Jones (USA) Interpro Cycling Academy  
64Vladislav Kulikov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
65Luca Raggio (Ita) Neri Sottoli Selle Italia Ktm  
66Muhammad Zawawi Azman (Mas) Team Sapura Cycling  
67Massimo Rosa (Ita) Neri Sottoli Selle Italia Ktm  
68Craig Wiggins (Aus) St George Continental Cycling Team  
69Qaris Maxu Irwandi Setra (Ina) Customs Cycling Indonesia  
70Mohammadesmaeil Chaichiraghimi (IRI) Customs Cycling Indonesia  
71Mirco Maestri (Ita) Bardiani Csf  
72Michael Potter (Aus) Pro Racing Sunshine Coast  
73Kent Main (RSA) Protouch  
74Mohd Zamri Saleh (Mas) Terengganu Inc. Tsg Cycling Team  
75Jesse Featonby (Aus) Oliver's Real Food Racing  
76Muhammad Fachri Barokah (Ina) Customs Cycling Indonesia  
77Nickolas Zukowsky (Can) Floyd's Pro Cycling  
78Zamirul Adlisham Zulkefli (Mas) Malaysia  
79Muhamad Nur Aiman Mohd Zariff (Mas) Team Sapura Cycling  
80Yuma Koishi (Jpn) Team Ukyo  
81Nik Mohd Azwan Zulkiflie (Mas) Malaysia  
82Mathew Zenovich (NZl) St George Continental Cycling Team  
83Azli Najmi Zulkefli (Mas) Malaysia  
84Timothy Cameron (Aus) St George Continental Cycling Team  
85Anton Vorobyev (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
86Bingcheng Gu (Chn) Giant Cycling Team  
87Simone Bevilacqua (Ita) Neri Sottoli Selle Italia Ktm  
88Marco Benfatto (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec0:00:18 
89Aleksei Kurbatov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo0:00:22 
90Alexander Evtushenko (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
91Jiankun Liu (Chn) Mitchelton-Bikeexchange  
92Zhaoliang Xu (Chn) Giant Cycling Team0:00:27 
93Kevin Rivera Serrano (CRc) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec  
94Mykhaylo Kononenko (Ukr) Shenzhen Xidesheng Cycling Team  
95Daniil Pronskiy (Kaz) Vino-Astana Motors  
96Muhamad Fakhruazam Mohd Hanifiah (Mas) Brunei Continental Cycling Team  
97Sebastian Presley (Aus) Oliver's Real Food Racing  
98James Fourie (RSA) Protouch  
99Connor Reardon (Aus) St George Continental Cycling Team  
100Benjamin Andrews (Aus) Oliver's Real Food Racing  
101Dadi Suryadi (Ina) Brunei Continental Cycling Team  
102Hang Shi (Chn) Giant Cycling Team  
103Donguk Kim (Kor) Kspo Bianchi Asia Pro Cycling  
104Shotaro Iribe (Jpn) Japan0:00:38 
105Jonathan Clarke (Aus) Floyd's Pro Cycling0:00:41 
106Aleksejs Saramotins (Lat) Interpro Cycling Academy0:00:49 
107Martin Ford (GBr) Brunei Continental Cycling Team0:00:51 
108Mehdi Tigrine (Bel) Brunei Continental Cycling Team0:00:55 
109Kohei Uchima (Jpn) Team Ukyo0:01:02 
110Rohan Du Plooy (RSA) Protouch0:01:17 
111Hao Liu (Chn) Shenzhen Xidesheng Cycling Team0:01:26 
112Ilya Davidenok (Kaz) Shenzhen Xidesheng Cycling Team  
113Jonathon Noble (Aus) Pro Racing Sunshine Coast0:01:41 
114Yosandy Darmawan Oetomo (Ina) Customs Cycling Indonesia0:00:06 
115Amarni Drake (Aus) Pro Racing Sunshine Coast0:02:12 
116Soonyeong Kwon (Kor) Kspo Bianchi Asia Pro Cycling0:02:34 
117Yikui Niu (Chn) Mitchelton-Bikeexchange0:04:14 
118Angus Lyons (Aus) Oliver's Real Food Racing0:05:05 
119Michael Bresciani (Ita) Bardiani Csf0:05:08 
120Conor Murtagh (Aus) Oliver's Real Food Racing0:05:57 
121Alessandro Pessot (Ita) Bardiani Csf  
DNFMoreno Marchetti (Ita) Neri Sottoli Selle Italia Ktm  
General Classification after stage 3
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Travis McCabe (USA) Floyd's Pro Cycling14:03:28 
2Marcus Culey (Aus) Team Sapura Cycling0:00:04 
3Michael Freiberg (Aus) Pro Racing Sunshine Coast0:00:13 
4Sofian Nabil Omar Mohd Bakri (Mas) Malaysia  
5Brendon Davids (RSA) Oliver's Real Food Racing  
6Clint Hendricks (RSA) Protouch0:00:14 
7Paolo Simion (Ita) Bardiani Csf0:00:18 
8Jayde Julius (RSA) Protouch  
9Nikolai Cherkasov (Rus) Gazprom - Rusvelo  
10Robbie Hucker (Aus) Team Ukyo  
11Michael Vink (NZl) St George Continental Cycling Team  
12Vadim Pronskiy (Kaz) Vino - Astana Motors  
13Shoi Matsuda (Jpn) Japan  
14Jihun Kim (Kor) Kspo Bianchi Asia Pro Cycling0:00:20 
15Alistair Donohoe (Aus) Pro Racing Sunshine Coast0:00:22 
16James Oram (NZl) Mitchelton - Bikeexchange  
17Daniel Savini (Ita) Bardiani Csf  
18Stepan Astafyev (Kaz) Vino - Astana Motors  
19Grigoriy Shtein (Kaz) Vino - Astana Motors  
20Hernan Ricardo Aguirre Caipa (Col) Interpro Cycling Academy  
21Benjami Prades Reverter (Spa) Team Ukyo  
22Alessandro Bisolti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec  
23Metkel Eyob (Eri) Terengganu Inc. Tsg Cycling Team  
24Benjamin Dyball (Aus) Team Sapura Cycling  
25Freddy Ovett (Aus) Pro Racing Sunshine Coast  
26Nariyuki Masuda (Jpn) Japan  
27Vladislav Kulikov (Rus) Gazprom - Rusvelo  
28Jesse Ewart (Aus) Team Sapura Cycling  
29Charles-Etienne Chretien (Can) Interpro Cycling Academy  
30Jinsong Li (Chn) Giant Cycling Team  
31Sam Crome (Aus) Team Ukyo  
32Takeaki Amezawa (Jpn) Japan  
33Serghei Tvetcov (Rom) Floyd's Pro Cycling  
34Artem Ovechkin (Rus) Terengganu Inc. Tsg Cycling Team  
35Mathew Zenovich (NZl) St George Continental Cycling Team  
36Muhamad Nur Aiman Mohd Zariff (Mas) Team Sapura Cycling  
37Keegan Swirbul (USA) Floyd's Pro Cycling  
38Yuma Koishi (Jpn) Team Ukyo  
39Mirco Maestri (Ita) Bardiani Csf  
40Nickolas Zukowsky (Can) Floyd's Pro Cycling  
41Kent Main (RSA) Protouch  
42Muhammad Zawawi Azman (Mas) Team Sapura Cycling0:00:36 
43Mohammadesmaeil Chaichiraghimi (IRI) Customs Cycling Indonesia  
44Nik Mohd Azwan Zulkiflie (Mas) Malaysia  
45Timothy Cameron (Aus) St George Continental Cycling Team  
46Alexander Evtushenko (Rus) Gazprom - Rusvelo0:00:38 
47Connor Reardon (Aus) St George Continental Cycling Team0:00:57 
48Cristian Raileanu (Mda) Team Sapura Cycling0:01:07 
49Luca Raggio (Ita) Neri Sottoli Selle Italia Ktm0:01:10 
50Azli Najmi Zulkefli (Mas) Malaysia0:01:11 
51Michael Potter (Aus) Pro Racing Sunshine Coast0:02:12 
52Jonathon Noble (Aus) Pro Racing Sunshine Coast0:03:14 
53Soonyeong Kwon (Kor) Kspo Bianchi Asia Pro Cycling0:09:16 
54Kevin Rivera Serrano (CRc) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec0:09:42 
55Jesse Featonby (Aus) Oliver's Real Food Racing0:14:51 
56Alessandro Pessot (Ita) Bardiani Csf0:14:56 
57Mamyr Stash (Rus) Gazprom - Rusvelo0:16:42 
58Yevgeniy Fedorov (Kaz) Vino - Astana Motors  
59Umberto Marengo (Ita) Neri Sottoli Selle Italia Ktm  
60Roberto González (Pan) Neri Sottoli Selle Italia Ktm  
61Youcef Reguigui (Alg) Terengganu Inc. Tsg Cycling Team0:16:46 
62Penghai Deng (Chn) Giant Cycling Team  
63Simone Bevilacqua (Ita) Neri Sottoli Selle Italia Ktm  
64Massimo Rosa (Ita) Neri Sottoli Selle Italia Ktm0:17:00 
65Bingcheng Gu (Chn) Giant Cycling Team  
66Hang Shi (Chn) Giant Cycling Team0:17:16 
67Sebastian Presley (Aus) Oliver's Real Food Racing0:17:21 
68Mohd Harrif Saleh (Mas) Terengganu Inc. Tsg Cycling Team0:18:10 
69Andrea Guardini (Ita) Bardiani Csf  
70Matteo Pelucchi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec0:18:14 
71Kazushige Kuboki (Jpn) Japan0:18:16 
72Maris Bogdanovics (Lat) Interpro Cycling Academy0:18:20 
73Blake Quick (Aus) St George Continental Cycling Team  
74Zhiwen Chen (Chn) Giant Cycling Team  
75Calvin Beneke (RSA) Protouch  
76Andrii Kulyk (Ukr) Shenzhen Xidesheng Cycling Team  
77Charalampos Kastrantas (Gre) Brunei Continental Cycling Team  
78Daniel Muñoz Giraldo (Col) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec  
79Kyoungho Park (Kor) Kspo Bianchi Asia Pro Cycling  
80Ilya Davidenok (Kaz) Shenzhen Xidesheng Cycling Team  
81Emile Jean (Can) Floyd's Pro Cycling0:18:24 
82Muhammad Nurfitri Ammar Rosli (Mas) Malaysia  
83Jaehyun Kim (Kor) Kspo Bianchi Asia Pro Cycling  
84Brayan Chaves Rubio (Col) Mitchelton - Bikeexchange  
85Simon Jones (USA) Interpro Cycling Academy  
86Josip Rumac (Cro) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec  
87Craig Wiggins (Aus) St George Continental Cycling Team  
88Muhammad Shahmir Aiman Abdul Halim (Mas) Malaysia  
89Nur Amirull Fakhruddin Mazuki (Mas) Terengganu Inc. Tsg Cycling Team  
90Zamirul Adlisham Zulkefli (Mas) Malaysia  
91Marco Benfatto (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec0:18:36 
92Gleb Brussenskiy (Kaz) Vino - Astana Motors0:18:37 
93Zhaoliang Xu (Chn) Giant Cycling Team0:18:45 
94Aleksei Kurbatov (Rus) Gazprom - Rusvelo0:18:54 
95Mohd Zamri Saleh (Mas) Terengganu Inc. Tsg Cycling Team  
96Jiankun Liu (Chn) Mitchelton - Bikeexchange  
97Mykhaylo Kononenko (Ukr) Shenzhen Xidesheng Cycling Team0:18:59 
98Aleksejs Saramotins (Lat) Interpro Cycling Academy0:19:07 
99Angus Lyons (Aus) Oliver's Real Food Racing0:19:47 
100Kohei Uchima (Jpn) Team Ukyo0:19:51 
101Anton Vorobyev (Rus) Gazprom - Rusvelo0:19:58 
102Jonathan Clarke (Aus) Floyd's Pro Cycling0:20:11 
103Dadi Suryadi (Ina) Brunei Continental Cycling Team0:20:17 
104Mehdi Tigrine (Bel) Brunei Continental Cycling Team0:20:19 
105Benjamin Andrews (Aus) Oliver's Real Food Racing0:20:34 
106Shotaro Iribe (Jpn) Japan0:21:17 
107Rohan Du Plooy (RSA) Protouch0:21:51 
108Amarni Drake (Aus) Pro Racing Sunshine Coast0:22:20 
109Donguk Kim (Kor) Kspo Bianchi Asia Pro Cycling0:22:23 
110Michael Bresciani (Ita) Bardiani Csf0:23:49 
111Conor Murtagh (Aus) Oliver's Real Food Racing0:24:39 
112Yikui Niu (Chn) Mitchelton - Bikeexchange0:26:58 
113Rizki Hidayatul Fadli (Ina) Customs Cycling Indonesia0:27:02 
114Qaris Maxu Irwandi Setra (Ina) Customs Cycling Indonesia0:27:06 
115Yosandy Darmawan Oetomo (Ina) Customs Cycling Indonesia  
116Muhammad Fachri Barokah (Ina) Customs Cycling Indonesia  
117Daniil Pronskiy (Kaz) Vino - Astana Motors0:27:51 
118Muhamad Fakhruazam Mohd Hanifiah (Mas) Brunei Continental Cycling Team0:28:47 
119Martin Ford (GBr) Brunei Continental Cycling Team0:29:00 
120James Fourie (RSA) Protouch0:29:01 
121Hao Liu (Chn) Shenzhen Xidesheng Cycling Team0:36:58 

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