Vogel and Lechner take opening prologue wins in Langkawi


It was a sweet opening stage victory for Florian Vogel in the prologue individual time trial at the Langkawi International Mountain Bike Challenge (LIMBC) on Monday. The Scott Swisspower rider was beaming with joy after learning that he clocked the fastest time of 5:08.29 on the 2.4km track at Dataran Legenda.

"I will hang on to this stage lead for as long as I can," said Vogel. "I won't give it up easily since this is my first stage victory of any competition in my career." He could not hide his delight at wearing the yellow jersey, despite the humid conditions and hot afternoon in Langkawi.

"I will try to protect my lead for tomorrow's stage 1 challenge. The humidity and weather won't be easy for anyone," he said.

Vogel finished 3.9 seconds ahead of Simon Gegenheimer (Ultra Sports Racing) and 6.1 seconds ahead of Emil Lindgren (Rabobank-Giant Off-Road).


Among the women, Eva Lechner (Team Colnago Sudtirol) who clocked the fastest time: 5:51.27. Her result surprised her.

"I thought I was the third fastest after I learned that my teammate Nathalie (Schneitter) clocked better time than me. But later, when the official result came out, I am so happy," said the Italian woman who is considered among the favourites to challenge for the women's title.

Lechner thinks the course conditions and humidity will help her bid for overall victory.

"I think I am doing well and I feel good. I just need to maintain my pace and work out a good strategy. I have respect for my teammate Nathalie and other competitors," said Lechner.

Lechner finished 4.3 seconds ahead of Lea Davison (Specialized) and 7.6 seconds ahead of Schneitter.


Malaysia's best result of the day came from Masziyaton Mohd Radzi in 10th place with a time of 7:04.33 in the women's category. Anuar Manan managed a 5:54.24, clinching 17th place out of 74 competitors in men's category.

Tomorrow's LIMBC stage 1 will have riders compete on a grueling 65km track around the island, starting and finishing at Lagenda Park.

Full Results for prologue and general classification after day 1

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Elite men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Florian Vogel (Swi) Scott Swisspower0:05:08.3
2Simon Gegenheimer (Ger) Ultra Sports Racing0:00:03.9
3Emil Lindgren (Swe) Rabobank-Giant Offroad Team0:00:06.1
4Kristian Hynek (Cze) Ceska Sporitelna Specialized0:00:06.8
5Hendrik Jaap Moorlag* (Ned) Rabobank-Giant Offroad Team0:00:07.6
6Todd Wells (USA) Team Specialized0:00:13.1
7Steffen Thum (Ger) Ultra Sports Racing0:00:13.9
8Fabian Giger (Swi) Rabobank-Giant Offroad Team0:00:14.2
9Burry Stander (RSA) Team Specialized0:00:16.8
10Karl Platt (Ger) Team Bulls0:00:17.4
11Leisling Matthias (Ger) Black Tusk Racing By Tomotion0:00:19.2
12Karl Markt (Aut) Feltz - O - Bionic0:00:20.5
13Marx Torsten (Ger) Black Tusk Racing By Tomotion0:00:27.4
14Robert James Wardell (GBr) Alpine Bikes Racing0:00:28.6
15Max Knox (RSA) Team Specialized0:00:33.6
16Na Sanghoon (Kor) Korea0:00:36.4
17Manan Anuar (Mas) Kedah SBS Giant0:00:46.0
18Pangerl Philipp (Ger) Black Tusk Racing By Tomotion0:00:46.2
19Roger Walder* (Swi) Scott Swisspower0:00:48.2
20Mohd Fauzan Ahmad Lutfi (Mas) Amaniz Cycling0:00:50.4
21Florian Willbold (Ger) Black Tusk Racing By Tomotion0:00:53.9
22Kwon Soonwoo* (Kor) Korea0:00:54.3
23Yoo Bumjin (Kor) Korea0:00:55.1
24Muhammad Raihaan Bin Abd Azbrunei (Bru)0:00:58.8
25Riccardo Ridolfi* (Ita) Scott Rc New Limits0:01:02.4
26Mohd Nor Rizuan Bin Zainal (Mas) PBATM0:01:07.2
27Abdol Malik Mohd Shafari (Mas) Kedah SBS Giant0:01:14.2
28Saiful Khohar Bin Abd Halim (Mas) Endurace Team 10:01:15.1
29Surachet Singjui (Tha) Endurace Phuket Beach Boy0:01:17.5
30Junaidi Hashim (Sin) Singapore Cycling Federation0:01:18.1
31Mohd Razif Salleh (Mas) Chiru Endurance0:01:21.6
32Terasak Boonchuay (Tha) Chiru Endurance0:01:24.1
33Suhardi Bin Hasan (Mas) Lapierre KT0:01:24.8
34Kuhuzairi B Abdul Bakar* (Mas) Scott Malaysia0:01:26.1
35Mohd Radzi Mohamad Ayub (Mas) Kedah SBS Giant0:01:28.1
36Wilson Low Wei Cheng (Sin) Singapore Cycling Federation0:01:32.1
37Wan Mohammed Najmee Wan (Mas) Mlapierre KT0:01:33.0
38Mohamad Zul Ashraf Bin Zamlkedah (Mas) SBS Giant0:01:33.1
39Mohd Arif Bin Che Awang (Mas) Chiru WTB0:01:33.3
40Zamzi Muhamad (Mas) Arus0:01:37.2
41Muhamad Emir Shafiq Zainal (Mas) Aamaniz Cycling0:01:39.5
42Lim Yew Meng (Mas) Chiru Endurance0:01:39.7
43Mohamad Faris Abdul Razak (Mas) Kedah/PDRM0:01:41.2
44Muhammad Nurjamri Bin Joha Brunei (Bru)0:01:41.6
45Surasuk Taweesman (Tha) Chiru Endurance0:01:42.6
46Mohd Shahrul Nizam Bin Che Pbatm (Mas)0:01:44.1
47Muhammad Hazwan Bin Azmen (Mas) Orbea Malaysia0:01:44.6
48Mohamad Khaniz Bin Omar (Sin) Singapore Cycling Federation0:01:47.7
49Lim Chin Hong * (Mas) Lapierre KT0:01:53.1
50Muhammad Shaid Abdul (Mas) Samadendurace Team 20:01:55.5
51Michael John Williams (Aus)0:01:56.5
52Mohammad Nurhaimin Bin Awabrunei (Bru)0:01:57.7
53Lau Cze Kuang (Mas)0:02:03.4
54Muhamad Suhaimi Abdul (Mas) Scott Malaysia0:02:05.0
55Nor Azlan Bin Zolkefli (Mas) Scott Malaysia0:02:08.9
56Richard Ben Hendy (Aus)0:02:09.7
57Ivan Tay Chin Seng* (Sin) Singapore Cycling Federation0:02:11.2
58Shamsul Firdaus Bin Shahida Pahang (Mas)0:02:14.9
59Mohd Shawal Bin Mohd (Mas) Shafeavanti Team0:02:19.2
60Mohamad Syafiq Abidin (Mas) Langkawi Cycling Team0:02:42.4
61Sulheilmy Ahmad Isa (Mas) Recovery0:02:45.3
62Shaiful Ahmad (Mas) Amaniz Cycling0:02:49.1
63Abdul Kadir Bin Abas (Mas)0:02:58.7
64Izwan Md Sumairi (Mas) Majlis Perbandaran Klang0:03:01.9
65Julian Kaub (Mas)0:03:09.6
66Quah Ooi Ken (Mas) Scott Malaysia0:03:20.8
67Mohd Faizal Md Pilus (Mas) Ambank0:03:22.7
68Michael Sahari (Mas) Ambank0:03:25.4
69Chan Weng Leong (Mas) Scott Malaysia0:03:26.1
70Mohamad Hafiz Bin Mohamed (Mas) Avanti Team0:03:27.2
71Amri Ismail (Mas) Arus0:03:31.2
72Khairul Amin Ahmad Riozuan (Mas) Kedah0:03:49.5
73Foong Weng Kong (Mas)0:04:04.1
74Muhammad Naim Bin Abdul Aziz (Mas)0:19:03.4
DNSAhmad Khairdir Mohd Nazri (Mas) KDHRow 74 - Cell 2
DNSAhmad Sukri Ahmad Nawawi (Mas) KDHRow 75 - Cell 2
DNSMohd Shahrul Hafiz Isak (Mas) KDHRow 76 - Cell 2
DNSAzhar B. Hassan (Mas)Row 77 - Cell 2
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Elite women
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Eva Lechner (Ita) Colnago Sudtirol0:05:51.3
2Lea Davison (USA) Team Specialized0:00:04.3
3Nathalie Schneitter (Swi) Colnago Sudtirol0:00:07.6
4Julia Innerhofer* (Ita) Colnago Sudtirol0:00:19.9
5Janka Stevkova (Svk) Slovakia0:00:22.6
6Blaza Klemencic (Slo) Felt Otztal X-Bionic0:00:22.9
7Cherise Stander (RSA) Momentum Toyota0:00:28.3
8Jenni King (Aus) Anytime Fitness / Trek0:00:36.7
9Elisabeth Sveum (Nor) Norway0:00:44.9
10Masziyaton Binti Mohd Radzi (Mas) Kedah SBS Giant0:01:13.1
11Melanie Leveau (Fra) Hora Du Bush0:01:21.5
12Junaidah Juss (Mas) Arus0:01:32.6
13Laura Liong (Sin)0:01:47.0
14Nurul Suhada Bt Zainal* (Mas) Terengganu0:01:57.2
15Ain Nurul Huda Rusli (Mas) Chiru Endurace0:02:17.0
16Siti Fatimah Binti Ismail* (Mas) Kedah0:02:23.3
17Noor Fadilah Saiedin* (Mas) Arus0:02:25.8
18Adinya Sai Samorn (Tha) Chiru Endurace0:02:57.7
19Sharina Binti Shafei* (Mas) Langkawi0:07:06.0
DNFSandra Klomp* (Ita) Ktm St Ihl TorrevillaRow 19 - Cell 2
DNFJacklyn Diana Andrew (Mas) PBATMRow 20 - Cell 2
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Master men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Marzio Deho (Ita) Cicli Olympia0:05:32.0
2Nicholas Craig (GBr) Scott UK0:00:01.6
3Anthony White (GBr) Cannondale Mt Zoom Racing0:00:35.8
4Takuma Dan (Jpn) Club 37190:01:01.1
5Vanni Balboni (Ita) Green Devils Team0:01:01.2
6Gregory John Dick (NZl) Malborough Mountainbike Clu0:01:11.6
7Lance Andwew Portman (Aus) Asphar Surveying0:01:24.5
8Prasert Chitmart (Tha) Endurace Phuket Beach Boy0:01:24.5
9Zhen Feng (USA) Volt Racing0:01:32.6
10Yuttana Chukaew (Tha) Endurace Phuket Beach Boy0:01:41.2
11Robert Rowe (Aus)0:01:47.4
12Andy Tiong Telk Mewg (Mas) Langkawi0:02:07.8
13Kenneth Koh (Sin)0:02:14.9
14Loh Ching Soo (Mas) Singapore Five-O0:02:17.4
15Mohamad Yusof Ilah (Mas) Chiru Endurace0:02:21.4
16Muhamad Razli Ibrahim (Mas) Amaniz Cycling0:02:27.5
17Azman Bin Mohd Nor (Mas) Chiru Endurace0:02:56.4
18Ridzuan Bin Abd Rahim (Mas) DTM0:03:07.5
19Mohd Sahak Bin Zaiwi (Mas) DTM0:03:07.9
20Azman Bin Abu Hassan (Mas)0:04:52.6
DNSAbu Hassan B. Halim (Mas)Row 20 - Cell 2
DNSChacrit Ngeongsanga (Tha) Chiru EnduraceRow 21 - Cell 2
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Senior master men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1John Ray Funk (Can) Deadgoat Racing0:06:50.3
2Charles H.B Stander (RSA) Concept Cyclery Specialised0:00:17.0
3Zamani Supartin (Mas) Le Tua0:00:24.0
4Kwan Kah Yong (Mas) Scott Malaysia0:00:32.3
5Chua Tuan Muar (Mas) Amaniz Cycling0:00:33.5
6Hartmut Hofmann (Ger)0:00:40.4
7Frank D Viermann (Ger) P.Pinang0:01:03.9
8Abdul Razak Kamis (Mas) Kedah0:01:37.6
9Farizul Latif Zulkipli (Mas) Scott Malaysia0:02:08.2
10Che Mansor B Kamis (Mas)0:02:27.2


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