Canola surprises to win Langkawi's 7th stage

Marco Canola (Colnago – CSF Inox) claimed the biggest win of his career, taking out stage 7 of Le Tour de Langkawi. The 23-year-old Italian finished ahead of Joon Yong Seo (Seoul) and Serguei Klimov (RusVelo).

Andrea Guardini (Farnese Vini), who had dominated the sprint competition prior to the last two stages in the hills, led home the peloton at pace but his efforts were not enough to retain the blue jersey with Valentin Iglinskiy (Astana Pro Team) its new owner.

Overnight general classification leader Jose Rodolfo Serpa Perez (Androni Giocattoli) remains in yellow.

How it unfolded:

Attacks were a feature of the first 25 kilometres of the race, although no one was successful in the escape. The result was a hot pace and in the first hour of racing, the peloton had covered 51kms.

Sixteen riders eventually broke the will of the peloton to stay intact, just ahead of the first sprint. Valentin Iglinskiy (Astana Pro Team), Raymond Kreder (Garmin-Barracuda), Marco Canola (CSF – Inox), Serguei Klimov (RusVelo), Valerey Valynin (RusVelo), Mathieu Claude (Team Europcar), Yohann Gene (Team Europcar), Kenichi Suzuki (Aisan Racing Team), Floris Goesinnen (Drapac), Adrien Niyonshuti (MTN Qhubeka), Jacques Janse van Rensburg (MTN Qhubeka), Choon Huat Goh (OCBC Singapore), Joon Yong Seo (Seoul), Hassan Suhardi (Malaysia) and Joe Cooper (New Zealand) were the riders which got away, with a puncture ending the hopes of UnitedHealthcare's Karl Menzies of featuring in the break.

After just under 100kms of racing complete, Iglinskiy, Kreder, Canola, Klimov, Claude, Gene, Suzuki, Goesinnen, Van Rensburg, Goh, Seo, Suhardi, Cooper remained in the break. Meantime Androni and Farnese Vini were doing the lion's share of the work at the front of the bunch, so the gap was slow to increase and would only go out to a pinch over four minutes.

The attacks from within the lead bunch began with three kilometres to go and it was Canola who made the decisive move with 200m remaining before the finish.

Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Marco Canola (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox4:25:17
2Joon Yong Seo (Kor) Seoul Cycling TeamRow 1 - Cell 2
3Serguei Klimov (Rus) RusVeloRow 2 - Cell 2
4Mathieu Claude (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 3 - Cell 2
5Floris Goesinnen (Ned) DrapacRow 4 - Cell 2
6Raymond Kreder (Ned) Garmin-Barracuda0:00:11
7Valentin Iglinskiy (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 6 - Cell 2
8Suhardi Hassan (Mas) MalaysiaRow 7 - Cell 2
9Yohann Gene (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 8 - Cell 2
10Kenichi Suzuki (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team0:00:13
11Choon Huat Goh (Sin) OCBC SingaporeRow 10 - Cell 2
12Jacques Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) MTN QhubekaRow 11 - Cell 2
13Joseph Cooper (NZl) New ZealandRow 12 - Cell 2
14Andrea Guardini (Ita) Farnese Vini0:01:35
15Jacobe Keough (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro CyclingRow 14 - Cell 2
16Jani Tewelde Weldegaber (Eri) MTN QhubekaRow 15 - Cell 2
17Hossein Nateghi (Iri) Tabriz Petrochemical TeamRow 16 - Cell 2
18Harrif Salleh (Mas) Terengganu Cycling TeamRow 17 - Cell 2
19Matteo Pelucchi (Ita) Team EuropcarRow 18 - Cell 2
20Anuar Manan (Mas) Champion System0:01:38
21Taiji Nishitani (Jpn) Aisan Racing TeamRow 20 - Cell 2
22Ramin Maleki Mizan (Iri) Tabriz Petrochemical TeamRow 21 - Cell 2
23Cristiano Benenati (Ita) Farnese ViniRow 22 - Cell 2
24Karl Menzies (Aus) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling0:01:40
25Robert Förster (Ger) UnitedHealthcare Pro CyclingRow 24 - Cell 2
26Nathan Haas (Aus) Garmin-BarracudaRow 25 - Cell 2
27Arin Iswana (Ina) IndonesiaRow 26 - Cell 2
28Endra Wijaya (Ina) IndonesiaRow 27 - Cell 2
29Seung Kwon Lee (Kor) Seoul Cycling TeamRow 28 - Cell 2
30Junbin Kim (Kor) Seoul Cycling TeamRow 29 - Cell 2
31Tesfai Habtariam (Eri) MTN Qhubeka0:01:42
32Hao Liu (Chn) Max Success SportsRow 31 - Cell 2
33Andrey Zeits (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 32 - Cell 2
34David Mccann (Ire) RTS Racing TeamRow 33 - Cell 2
35Ming Xing Xue (Chn) Max Success SportsRow 34 - Cell 2
36Jose Rodolfo Serpa Perez (Col) Androni GiocattoliRow 35 - Cell 2
37Alexsandr Dyachenko (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 36 - Cell 2
38Amir Rusli (Mas) MalaysiaRow 37 - Cell 2
39Craig Lewis (USA) Champion SystemRow 38 - Cell 2
40Parno Parno (Ina) IndonesiaRow 39 - Cell 2
41Muhamad Adiq Husainie Othman (Mas) Champion SystemRow 40 - Cell 2
42Jai Crawford (Aus) RTS Racing TeamRow 41 - Cell 2
43Behnam Khalilikhosroshahi (Iri) Tabriz Petrochemical TeamRow 42 - Cell 2
44Masahiro Shinagawa (Jpn) Aisan Racing TeamRow 43 - Cell 2
45Jackson Rodriguez (Ven) Androni GiocattoliRow 44 - Cell 2
46Mohd Zamri Saleh (Mas) Terengganu Cycling TeamRow 45 - Cell 2
47Dmitriy Gruzdev (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 46 - Cell 2
48Yasuharu Nakajima (Jpn) Aisan Racing TeamRow 47 - Cell 2
49Hossein Askari (Iri) Tabriz Petrochemical TeamRow 48 - Cell 2
50Thomas Peterson (USA) Garmin-BarracudaRow 49 - Cell 2
51Dennis Van Niekerk (RSA) MTN QhubekaRow 50 - Cell 2
52Valerey Valynin (Rus) RusVeloRow 51 - Cell 2
53Freddy Excelino Gonzalez Martinez (Col) Azad UniversityRow 52 - Cell 2
54Adrien Niyonshuti (Rwa) MTN QhubekaRow 53 - Cell 2
55Chris Butler (USA) Champion SystemRow 54 - Cell 2
56Ghader Mizbani Eranagh (Iri) Tabriz Petrochemical TeamRow 55 - Cell 2
57Miguel Angel Nino Corredor (Col) Azad UniversityRow 56 - Cell 2
58Alireza Haghi (Iri) Azad UniversityRow 57 - Cell 2
59Jonathan Clarke (Aus) UnitedHealthcare Pro CyclingRow 58 - Cell 2
60Artem Ovechkin (Rus) RusVeloRow 59 - Cell 2
61Agung Sahbana (Ina) IndonesiaRow 60 - Cell 2
62Pengfei Qi (Chn) Max Success SportsRow 61 - Cell 2
63Alex Howes (USA) Garmin-BarracudaRow 62 - Cell 2
64Jonathan Monsalve (Ven) Androni GiocattoliRow 63 - Cell 2
65Victor Nino Corredor (Col) Azad UniversityRow 64 - Cell 2
66José Rujano Guillen (Ven) Androni GiocattoliRow 65 - Cell 2
67James Williamson (NZl) New ZealandRow 66 - Cell 2
68Stefano Locatelli (Ita) Colnago - CSF InoxRow 67 - Cell 2
69Mohd Rauf Nur Misbah (Mas) MalaysiaRow 68 - Cell 2
70Muhammad Fauzan Ahmad Lutfi (Mas) MalaysiaRow 69 - Cell 2
71Wei Kei Chang (Tpe) RTS Racing TeamRow 70 - Cell 2
72Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Colnago - CSF InoxRow 71 - Cell 2
73Christian Delle Stelle (Ita) Colnago - CSF InoxRow 72 - Cell 2
74Mohd Shahrul Mat Amin (Mas) Terengganu Cycling TeamRow 73 - Cell 2
75Thomas Bertolini (Ita) Farnese ViniRow 74 - Cell 2
76Carlos José Ochoa (Ven) Androni GiocattoliRow 75 - Cell 2
77Adam Semple (Aus) DrapacRow 76 - Cell 2
78Mohammad Saufi Mat Senan (Mas) Terengganu Cycling TeamRow 77 - Cell 2
79Lee Rodgers (GBr) RTS Racing TeamRow 78 - Cell 2
80Assan Bazayev (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 79 - Cell 2
81Jung Hwan Youm (Kor) Seoul Cycling TeamRow 80 - Cell 2
82Adrian Hegevary (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro CyclingRow 81 - Cell 2
83Chin Lung Huang (Tpe) RTS Racing TeamRow 82 - Cell 2
84Rizuan Zainal (Mas) MalaysiaRow 83 - Cell 2
85Hilton Clarke (Aus) UnitedHealthcare Pro CyclingRow 84 - Cell 2
86Masakazu Ito (Jpn) Aisan Racing TeamRow 85 - Cell 2
87Dmitry Kozonchuk (Rus) RusVeloRow 86 - Cell 2
88Ali Ahmad Fallanie (Mas) MalaysiaRow 87 - Cell 2
89Alex Coutts (GBr) RTS Racing TeamRow 88 - Cell 2
90Ting Deng (Chn) Max Success SportsRow 89 - Cell 2
91Aaron Kemps (Aus) Champion SystemRow 90 - Cell 2
92Kevin Reza (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 91 - Cell 2
93Matteo Rabottini (Ita) Farnese ViniRow 92 - Cell 2
94Alexander Khatuntsev (Rus) RusVeloRow 93 - Cell 2
95Abbas Saeiditanha (Iri) Azad UniversityRow 94 - Cell 2
96Michael Torckler (NZl) New ZealandRow 95 - Cell 2
97Yong Li Ng (Mas) Azad UniversityRow 96 - Cell 2
98Suryadi Dadi (Ina) IndonesiaRow 97 - Cell 2
99Alfredo Balloni (Ita) Farnese ViniRow 98 - Cell 2
100Darren Lapthorne (Aus) DrapacRow 99 - Cell 2
101Malcom Rudolph (Aus) DrapacRow 100 - Cell 2
102Chan Jae Jang (Kor) Terengganu Cycling TeamRow 101 - Cell 2
103Sukho Kang (Kor) Seoul Cycling TeamRow 102 - Cell 2
104Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) Androni GiocattoliRow 103 - Cell 2
105Anthony Charteau (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 104 - Cell 2
106Rhys Pollock (Aus) DrapacRow 105 - Cell 2
107Jun Rong Ho (Sin) OCBC SingaporeRow 106 - Cell 2
108Kazuhiro Mori (Jpn) Aisan Racing TeamRow 107 - Cell 2
109Shinichi Fukushima (Jpn) Terengganu Cycling TeamRow 108 - Cell 2
110Alexandre Vinokourov (Kaz) Astana Pro Team0:02:10
111Christophe Kern (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 110 - Cell 2
112Sea Keong Loh (Mas) OCBC Singapore0:02:15
113Won Jae Lee (Kor) Seoul Cycling Team0:02:33
114Louis Crosby (NZl) New Zealand0:02:39
115Roman Van Uden (NZl) New Zealand0:02:51
116Meron Russom (Eri) MTN Qhubeka0:01:42
117Paolo Locatelli (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox0:03:12
118David Zabriskie (USA) Garmin-Barracuda0:03:25
119Andrea Di Corrado (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox0:03:35
DNFJaan Kirsipuu (Est) Champion SystemRow 119 - Cell 2
DNFNicholas Francesco Squillari (Aus) OCBC SingaporeRow 120 - Cell 2
DNFIwan Setiawan (Ina) IndonesiaRow 121 - Cell 2
DNSTom Danielson (USA) Garmin-BarracudaRow 122 - Cell 2
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Sprint 1 - Mentakab
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Valentin Iglinskiy (Kaz) Astana Pro Team5pts
2Raymond Kreder (Ned) Garmin-Barracuda3Row 1 - Cell 3
3Suhardi Hassan (Mas) Malaysia2Row 2 - Cell 3
4Choon Huat Goh (Sin) OCBC Singapore1Row 3 - Cell 3
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Sprint 2 - Maran
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Valentin Iglinskiy (Kaz) Astana Pro Team5pts
2Raymond Kreder (Ned) Garmin-Barracuda3Row 1 - Cell 3
3Suhardi Hassan (Mas) Malaysia2Row 2 - Cell 3
4Choon Huat Goh (Sin) OCBC Singapore1Row 3 - Cell 3
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Sprint 3 - Gambang
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Valentin Iglinskiy (Kaz) Astana Pro Team5pts
2Suhardi Hassan (Mas) Malaysia3Row 1 - Cell 3
3Joseph Cooper (NZl) New Zealand2Row 2 - Cell 3
4Jacques Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) MTN Qhubeka1Row 3 - Cell 3
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KOM Cat 4 - Bukit Gentng
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Suhardi Hassan (Mas) Malaysia4pts
2Joon Yong Seo (Kor) Seoul Cycling Team2Row 1 - Cell 3
3Joseph Cooper (NZl) New Zealand1Row 2 - Cell 3
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Teams
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Team Europcar13:17:37
2Seoul Cycling13:19:11
3Rusvelo13:19:15
4Colnago CSF InoxRow 3 - Cell 2
5Drapac CyclingRow 4 - Cell 2
6MTN Qhubeka13:19:21
7Aisan Racing Team13:19:24
8Garmin BarracudaRow 7 - Cell 2
9Astana Pro Team13:19:26
10Malaysia National TeamRow 9 - Cell 2
11New Zealand National Team13:19:28
12OCBC Singapore13:20:01
13United Healthcare13:20:46
14Tabriz Petrochemical TeamRow 13 - Cell 2
15Farnese Vini - Selle ItaliaRow 14 - Cell 2
16Terengganu Cycling Team13:20:50
17Indonesia National Team13:20:53
18Champion SystemRow 17 - Cell 2
19MAX Success Sports13:20:57
20Androni GiocattoliRow 19 - Cell 2
21RTS Racing TeamRow 20 - Cell 2
22Azad University Cross TeamRow 21 - Cell 2
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General classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jose Rodolfo Serpa Perez (Col) Androni Giocattoli24:38:10
2José Rujano Guillen (Ven) Androni Giocattoli0:00:30
3Victor Nino Corredor (Col) Azad University0:00:56
4Alexsandr Dyachenko (Kaz) Astana Pro Team0:02:20
5Jackson Rodriguez (Ven) Androni Giocattoli0:03:43
6Stefano Locatelli (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox0:04:15
7Ghader Mizbani Eranagh (Iri) Tabriz Petrochemical Team0:04:23
8Andrey Zeits (Kaz) Astana Pro Team0:04:28
9Dennis Van Niekerk (RSA) MTN Qhubeka0:04:33
10Joseph Cooper (NZl) New Zealand0:04:44
11Chris Butler (USA) Champion System0:05:09
12Thomas Peterson (USA) Garmin-Barracuda0:05:17
13Jai Crawford (Aus) RTS Racing Team0:05:18
14Carlos José Ochoa (Ven) Androni Giocattoli0:05:53
15Jonathan Clarke (Aus) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling0:06:02
16Craig Lewis (USA) Champion System0:06:10
17Jonathan Monsalve (Ven) Androni Giocattoli0:06:13
18Jani Tewelde Weldegaber (Eri) MTN Qhubeka0:06:14
19Artem Ovechkin (Rus) RusVelo0:06:32
20Muhamad Adiq Husainie Othman (Mas) Champion System0:06:49
21Jacques Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) MTN Qhubeka0:07:03
22Mohammad Saufi Mat Senan (Mas) Terengganu Cycling Team0:07:25
23Hossein Askari (Iri) Tabriz Petrochemical Team0:07:35
24Matteo Rabottini (Ita) Farnese Vini0:07:47
25Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli0:08:29
26Jung Hwan Youm (Kor) Seoul Cycling Team0:08:47
27Michael Torckler (NZl) New Zealand0:09:22
28Marco Canola (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox0:09:41
29Serguei Klimov (Rus) RusVelo0:10:32
30Dmitriy Gruzdev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team0:10:50
31Ramin Maleki Mizan (Iri) Tabriz Petrochemical Team0:11:33
32Suryadi Dadi (Ina) Indonesia0:11:52
33Adrien Niyonshuti (Rwa) MTN Qhubeka0:11:53
34Kenichi Suzuki (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team0:12:03
35Anthony Charteau (Fra) Team Europcar0:12:04