Stander wins opening stage in Langkawi

South Africa's Burry Stander and Swiss rider Nathalie Schneitter lived up to their top billing as they won the stage 1 marathon in their respective categories at the Langkawi International Mountainbike Challenge 2011 on Tuesday.

In a dramatic tussle to the finish line between two of the top-ranked riders in the peloton, Stander outsprinted Germany's Karl Platt of Team Bulls to stop the clock at 2:24:21 in Langkawi Stadium.

Stander, who came accompanied by his father Charles, was ecstatic with the excellent start.

"The first hour of the race was quite a struggle for me, but it was an interesting race on an interesting course. It's a great start and a close finish," said Stander.

"I'm still feeling jet-lagged and trying to cope with the weather as it was like racing on high altitude but overall, to win stage 1 is a wonderful feeling," said Stander, who bagged the Cape Epic title, the African championship and the South African national championship earlier this year.

Platt, Germany's three-time Cape Epic champ was a wheel-length behind Stander, followed by France's former European champ Thomas Dietsch who came in third in 2:26.12.

For Team Colnago Fabre Sudtirol, it was a good day in the office as Schneitter crossed the finish line just ahead of teammate Vivienne Meyer.

Schneitterwas pleased with her victory. "It's always great to win. Getting a one-two finish was a great start. As for stage 2, I look forward to maintaining my position. Having trained on the course, I liked it and I expect an interesting race tomorrow (today)," said Schneitter.

Malaysia's top finisher was former road cyclist Fauzan Lutfi, who clocked 2:50.03.2 to finish 25th.

The race was flagged off at the start by honorary race patron, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad at the Langkawi Sports Complex here.

Stage 1 and General classification afters stage 1 results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Burry Stander (RSA) Specialized2:24:21
2Karl Platt (Ger) Team Bulls0:00:00
3Thomas Dietsch (Fra) Team Bulls0:01:52
4Wolciech Halejak (Pol) Mroz-Activejet0:04:13
5Johnny Cattaneo (Ita) Full-Dynamix0:05:11
6Lachlan Norris (Aus) Giant Global Factory Off Road Team0:05:17
7Adrian Jackson (Aus) Merida Flight Centre MTB Team0:05:28
8Bartosz Banach (Pol) Mroz-Activejet0:06:24
9Daniel Gathof (Ger) Craft - Rocky Mountain0:06:38
10Kohei Yamamoto (Jpn) Bridgestone Anchor0:06:50
11Thomas Turner (USA) Team Jamis0:07:17
12Cory Wallace (Can) Team Kona0:10:43
13Kazuhiro Yamamoto (Jpn) Japan Cycling Federation0:11:18
14Szilard Buruczki (Hun) Hungarian Cycling Federation0:13:05
15Nino Surban Quebido (Phi) Philippines Cycling Federation0:13:18
16Kris Sneddon (Can) Team Kona0:13:34
17Blake Harlan (USA) Team Jamis0:13:56
18Alvin Abanil Benosa (Phi) Yakap Pinoy0:13:56
19Eusebio Z. Quinones (Phi) Yakap Pinoy0:14:15
20Andrew Fellows (Aus)0:19:31
21Andrew Mock (Aus) Team Wombat0:19:54
22Jason Sager (USA) Team Jamis0:20:53
23Keiichi Tsujiura (Jpn) Bridgestone Anchor0:24:45
24March Mcquinn Flores Aleonar (Phi) Yakap Pinoy0:25:22
25Mohd Fauzan Ahmad Lutfi (Mas) Amaniz Cycling Team0:25:43
26Robert Banach (Pol) Mroz-Activejet0:27:10
27Mohd Razif Mohd Salleh (Mas) S2H0:27:29
28Muhammad Raihaan Bin Abd Aziz (Bru) Brunei Cycling Federation0:27:39
29Matthew Zagorski (Aus) Team Mount Beauty0:28:21
30Kyle Ward (Aus)0:28:28
31Wan Mohammed Najmee B Wan Mohammed (Mas) Team KT0:30:18
32Mohd Shahrul Nizam Bin Che Samsudin (Mas) Navry Cycling Team0:32:33
33Azizul Azli Shaari (Mas) Giant0:33:41
34Mohd Fhafiz B. Rozli (Mas) Giant SBS0:34:06
35Mohamad Aim Bin Mohamad Fauzi (Mas) Persatuan Berbasikal Pahang0:34:07
36Mohd Zamri Saleh (Mas) Arus Racing Team0:35:00
37Rodney Farrell (Aus) Central West Offroad Bicycling Club0:35:12
38Shahrin Amir (Mas) Amaniz Cycling Team0:35:12
39Mohd Shafari Bin Abd Malik (Mas) Giant0:35:17
40Mohammad Nurhaimin Bin Awang (Bru) Brunei Cycling Federation0:37:06
41Muhammad Hazwan Bin Azmen (Mas) Orbea Malaysia0:37:06
42Russell Finsterwald (USA) Subaru Trek0:37:19
43Erich Felbabel (Fra) CHIRU0:39:02
44Suhardi Bin Hassan (Mas) Team KT0:39:47
45Craig Johns (NZl) NRG2 Perform0:40:47
46Jacinto De Jesus Da Costa (TLs) Timor Leste0:41:26
47Mark Sandon (Aus) Brunswick Cycling Club0:43:37
48Corey Bray (USA) Super CaZual0:44:01
49Zamzi B Mohamad (Mas) Arus Racing Team0:44:57
50Saiful Khohar Bin Abdul Halim (Mas) CHIRU0:45:19
51Frederick R. Feliciano (Phi) Yakap Pinoy0:45:24
52Seiya Hirano (Jpn) Bridgestone Anchor0:45:37
53Muhamad Ayub Bin Mohd Radzi (Mas) GK2 SBS Giant0:46:54
54Goh Yong Choon (Mas) Giant0:48:41
55Antonio Almeida Pereira Matins (TLs) Timor Leste0:48:52
56Mohd Arif Bin Che Awang (Mas) Team KT0:48:59
57Mohd Nor Rizuan Bin Zainal (Mas) Navry Cycling Team0:49:36
58Yew Meng, Lim (Mas) Letua Cycling Club0:49:53
59Hasan Kerim (Mas) Team KT0:50:45
60Mohamad Khaniz Bin Omar (Sin) Entro MB Team0:51:21
61T.P. Wasantha Harischandra (Sri) Sri Lanka Federation0:51:57
62Orlando Da Costa (TLs) Timor Leste0:58:11
63Yudi Suprastyo (Ina) 21 Pitstop Belitung0:59:18
64Mohd Rossaimi Bin Sulaiman (Mas)0:59:22
65Amirul Ariff Bin Zakaria (Mas) One Stop Cycle Raci0:59:48
66Chris Jenkins (Aus) Dirt Devils1:00:55
67Muhammad Nurjamri Bin Johari (Bru) Brunei Cycling Federation1:06:06
68I.A Gayan Sanjeewa (Sri) Sri Lanka Federation1:06:07
69R. Sarath Kumara Pinto (Sri) Sri Lanka Federation1:06:12
70Anthony Sinyard (USA) Specialized1:10:06
71S.C. Amal Suranga (Sri) Sri Lanka Federation1:10:21
72Nelson Ricardo Pereira Silva (TLs) Timor Leste1:12:14
73Mohamad Faris Abdul Razak (Mas)1:13:31
74Tan Weng Seah (Mas) Team KT1:13:44
75Mohamad Syafiq Bin Abidin (Mas) Langkawi1:13:54
76Lau Siu Man (HKg)1:15:00
77Lim Chin Hong (Mas) Team KT1:15:07
78Mohamad Amin Bin Mat Radzi (Mas) MSWP1:17:51
79Muhamad Saifullah Bin Jamal Alias (Mas) Persatuan Berbasikal Pahang1:21:30
80Lim Sheng Hui, Alex (Mas)1:21:33
81Noor Hafizi Bin Uzairi (Mas)1:21:37
82P.J.M Jayasinghe Silva (Sri) Sri Lanka Federation1:21:38
83Muhammad Omar Adibb Bin Rosli (Mas) Amaniz Cycling Team1:22:21
84Muhammad Emir Shafiq Bin Zainal Abidin (Mas) KAMC UITM Pahang1:24:29
85H.A.C Janaka Wijesinghe (Sri) Sri Lanka Federation1:25:59
86Nasir Bin Abdullah (Mas)1:33:37
87Kong Chi Ming, Jacky (HKg)1:38:17
88Mohd Khir Bin Isyak (Mas)1:38:54
89Muhamad Aduha Bin Rosli (Mas) 99 Bikers1:39:44
90Louis Ferreira (RSA) Squirt1:53:36
91Saijod Lau Tze (Mas) One Stop Cycle Racing1:55:57
92Ridzuan B Abd Rahim (Mas) DTNA1:59:42
93Khairul Amin B Ahmad Ridzuan (Mas) 99 Bikers2:01:14
94Shaiful Adli Bin Mohamad Zin (Mas)2:11:02
95Hendrik Winarso (Ina) 21 Pitstop Belitung2:21:07
96Nor Izwan Bin Ibrahim (Mas) KAMC UITM Pahang2:22:43
97Muhammad Firdaus Bin Masuri (Mas) KAMC UITM Pahang2:24:02
98Ben Henderson (Aus) Anythime Fitness MTB Team2:24:16
99Chan Yin Chun (HKg)2:26:32
100Mohd Pakhrurazi Bin Abdul Razid (Mas) KAMC UITM Pahang2:26:39
101Jonny Effendy (Ina) 21 Pitstop Belitung2:28:06
102Lim Sian Cien (Mas) JMB Cycle2:30:28
103Shahairul Izam Bin Hayon (Mas) KayuhBeb2:30:54
104Tang Kin Ming (HKg)2:51:19
105Surino (Ina) 21 Pitstop Belitung3:05:42
DNFAnthony Shippard (GBr) Specialized / Jet CyclesRow 105 - Cell 2
DNFMuhamad Faris Bin Moher Affendy (Mas) Persatuan Berbasikal PahangRow 106 - Cell 2
DNFPaul Cordes (RSA) MTN QhubekaRow 107 - Cell 2
DNFMorgan Pilley (Aus) Team New LimitsRow 108 - Cell 2
DNFMaz Hiza Nazly Bin Othman (Mas)Row 109 - Cell 2
DNFIrwan Bin Abdul Malik (Mas)Row 110 - Cell 2
DNFMohd Asyraf Bin Mohd Zin (Mas)Row 111 - Cell 2
DNFMohd Rezman Bin Rosslan (Mas)Row 112 - Cell 2
DNFMohd Azlin Bin Mohd Rais (Mas)Row 113 - Cell 2
DNFMohd Khaidzir Bin Mohd Taha (Mas)Row 114 - Cell 2
DNFKamaroazuan Abd Rohim (Mas)Row 115 - Cell 2
DNFShamsul Firdaus B Shahidan (Mas) MSWPRow 116 - Cell 2
DNFMuhammad Izad Bin Idrus (Mas) MSWPRow 117 - Cell 2
DNFHadziq Syahir Bin Khafirruddin (Mas) KAMC UITM PahangRow 118 - Cell 2
DNFMarcelo Andres Aravena (Aus)Row 119 - Cell 2
DNFMuhammad Nur Bin Hj Ibrahim (Mas) Smart HerbsRow 120 - Cell 2
DNFAhmad Tarmizi Bin Abdul Rahman (Mas) DTNARow 121 - Cell 2
DNFIzwan Md Sumairi (Mas) MD KlangRow 122 - Cell 2
DNFNor Azrol Bin Nor Azlan (Mas)Row 123 - Cell 2
DNFAmiruddin Bin Jaafar (Mas)Row 124 - Cell 2
DNFMohd. Khairul Azizi Bin Abdullah (Mas) Torengganu TeamRow 125 - Cell 2
DNSPaul Van Der Ploeg (Aus) Felt-Otztal-X-BionicRow 126 - Cell 2
DNSDan Mcconnell (Aus) Anythime Fitness MTB TeamRow 127 - Cell 2
DNSBraden Kappius (USA) Clif BarRow 128 - Cell 2
DNSMohd Azri Bin Mohammed Razali (Mas)Row 129 - Cell 2
DNSNor Izwan Bin Mohd Sa'adon (Mas)Row 130 - Cell 2
DNSZamri Bin Ahmad (Mas)Row 131 - Cell 2
DNSParda Fakaruddin B Juhari (Mas) MD KlangRow 132 - Cell 2
DNSMuhammad Hafiz Bin Hashim (Mas)Row 133 - Cell 2
DNSShahrom Abdullah (Mas) Cann AsiaRow 134 - Cell 2
DSQMohd Jumaat Bin Kariman (Mas)Row 135 - Cell 2
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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Nathalie Schneitter (Swi) Colnago Farbe Sudtirol1:53:04
2Jodie Willet (Aus)0:06:28
3Vivienne Meyer (Swi) Colnago Farbe Sudtirol0:08:52
4Katherine O'shea (Aus)0:12:12
5Michela Benzoni (Ita) Lissone MTB - Federazione Ciclista ItalianaRow 4 - Cell 2
6Ikumi Tajika (Jpn) Japanese Cycling Federation0:15:09
7Yolande Speedy (RSA) MTN Qhubeka0:16:02
8Erin Greene (NZl) R and R sports0:18:46
9Naomi Hansen (Aus) Noosa Bike ShopRow 8 - Cell 2
10Eszter Dosa (Hun) Hungarian Mountain Bike FederationRow 9 - Cell 2
11Masziyaton Binti Mohd Radzi (Mas) KedahRow 10 - Cell 2
12Jenny Fay (Irl)Row 11 - Cell 2
13Juss Junaidah (Mas)Row 12 - Cell 2
14Vanina Vergoz (Fra) City Bike DepotRow 13 - Cell 2
15Alessia Ghezzo (Ita) FCI Pro Team VinerRow 14 - Cell 2
16Helen Julia Beswick (Mas) GiantRow 15 - Cell 2
17Musliha Bt Salim (Mas) Arus Racing TeamRow 16 - Cell 2
18Zahraa Bt. Anuawar (Mas) Terengganu TeamRow 17 - Cell 2
19Jacklyn Diana Andrew (Mas)Row 18 - Cell 2
20Laura Liong (Sin)Row 19 - Cell 2
21Rebecca Henderson (Aus) Anytime FitnessRow 20 - Cell 2
22Lisa Jacobs (Aus) Ride HappyRow 21 - Cell 2
23Domingas Catavina Guterres (TLs) Timor LesteRow 22 - Cell 2
24Aida Hanim Binti Mohamad Ali (Mas)Row 23 - Cell 2
25Ena Aminah (Mas) KayuhbebRow 24 - Cell 2
26Sua Jo Nie (Mas) SGNightMTBRow 25 - Cell 2
27Norazita Binti Mohamad Taib (Mas)Row 26 - Cell 2
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Master men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Marzio Deho (Ita) Team Olympia2:37:05
2Mr Prasort Chimart (Tha) Puket Beach Boy0:12:15
3Anthony White (Irl) Cannondale Mount Zoom Racing0:20:51
4Alvin Lim (Sin) Entro MTB Team0:23:36
5Malcolm Mcleod (NZl) R and R SPORT0:26:02
6Nor Effandy Rosli (Mas)0:34:17
7Abdul Khalib Bin Zakaria (Mas) One Stop Racing Team0:37:49
8Pierre Arnaud Le Magnan (Fra)0:45:21
9Andrew Paul Davison (Aus) MTBA0:49:58
10Zamani Supartin (Mas)0:53:16
11Azizan Manaf (Mas) GIANT0:56:34
12Mr Pathom Sae Chang (Tha) Puket Beach Boy1:06:48
13Khor Chin Dee (Mas) Langkawi1:07:58
14Tiong Teik Meng, Andy (Mas)1:11:40
15Ching Chai Lim (Mas) Captain Langkawi1:15:17
16Gregory John Dick (NZl) Marlborough Mountain Bike Club1:24:05
17Che Omar Bin Talib (Mas)1:25:13
18Mr Pimoon Chipana (Tha) Puket Beach Boy1:39:05
19Goi Tek Boon (Mas)1:52:14
20Mohd Sahak Bin Zaini (Mas) DTNA2:01:16
21Tomas E. Panganiban (Phi) American Vinnyl/LPGMA/Yakap Pinoy2:06:51
22Farizul Latif Zulkifli (Mas) The Lone Ranger2:14:50
23Kenneth Koh (Sin)2:23:02
24Yazid Baharim (Mas)2:54:14
25Razali Yahya (Mas) team poyo3:19:56
DNFSimon Knowles (Aus)Row 25 - Cell 2
DNFTan Chee Yong (Mas)Row 26 - Cell 2
DNFShaharin Razali (Mas)Row 27 - Cell 2
DNFBin Abdul Samad (Mas) Smart HerbsRow 28 - Cell 2
DNFHamzani Bin Ahmad (Mas)Row 29 - Cell 2
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Senior men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Lieb Loots (RSA) SQUIRT2:51:30
2Craig Peacock (Aus) MTBA0:03:53
3John Edwin Allison (Aus) Adelaide Mountain Bike Club0:13:04
4John Henderson (Aus) Anytime Fitness MTB Team0:23:48
5John Funk (Can) Dead Goat0:28:25
6Chua Tuan Muar (Mas)1:00:15
7Haydn Beswick (Mas) Giant1:05:08
8Wan Shahidan Bin Yahya (Mas) 99 Bikes Langkawi1:11:52
9Frank-D.Viermann (Ger)1:38:26
10Mohamad Pauzi Bin Ismail (Mas)2:22:31
11George S. Paterson (Aus)3:00:44
DNFMohd Hamdan Bin Abdul Hamid (Mas) Telekom MalaysiaRow 11 - Cell 2
DNFKim Hua Chong, John (Sin)Row 12 - Cell 2

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