Serpa closes in on Le Tour de Langkawi victory

Put under pressure by his compatriot Victor Niño, José Serpa has been forced to step into José Rujano’s role as captain of Androni-Venezuela at Le Tour de Langkawi but the queen stage saw even greater domination than ever by Gianni Savio’s South American riders. Atop Genting Highlands, his team seem to have secured the overall classification with four days to go, with no fewer than three riders in the top 5 – Serpa is first overall, Rujano second, while Jackson Rodriguez lies in fifth. Nobody seems to threatening them anymore after ephemeral race leader Darren Lapthorne of Drapac and favourite Tom Danielson failed to meet their own expectations on the slopes of Malaysia’s most gruelling climb.

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