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Tour de Langkawi: Jones takes stage 2 sprint

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Taj Jones won stage 2 at the 2020 Le Tour de Langkawi

Taj Jones celebrates winning stage 2 at the 2020 Le Tour de Langkawi (Image credit: Le Tour de Langkawi)
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Taj Jones won stage 2 at the 2020 Le Tour de Langkawi

Taj Jones won stage 2 at the 2020 Le Tour de Langkawi (Image credit: Le Tour de Langkawi)
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Taj Jones won stage 2 at the 2020 Le Tour de Langkawi

A stunning view at the 2020 Le Tour de Langkawi (Image credit: Le Tour de Langkawi)

For the second consecutive day, a 19 year old won at Le Tour de Langkawi, with Australia’s Taj Jones of ARA Sunshine Coast taking the sprint ahead of Max Walscheid (NTT Pro Cycling) and Jérémy Lecroq (B&B Hotels-Vital Concept) in Kerteh, while Yevgeniy Fedorov of Vino Astana retained the overall lead.

"I’m pretty stoked," Jones said. "The tactic today was wait, wait, wait and make a late dash towards the end. My team made a good job taking me towards the front. We’ve been working on it for a while. They put me in a perfect position for the last 200 metres."

The stage was shaped by a five-man breakaway that formed after 20km. Mattia Viel (Androni Giocatolli-Sidermec), Alessandro Iacchi (Vini Zabù-KTM), Rylee Field (Bridgelane), Nur Aiman Zariff (Sapura) and Colby Lange (Wildlife Generation) where there, with Malaysia’s Nur Aiman taking all three intermediate sprints. The maximum time gap of 4:50 was reached when the quintet covered 45km in the first hour of racing.

Only the Vino Astana team of race leader Fedorov set the tempo of the peloton with the Thailand Continental team of runner up Thurakit Boonrathanathanakorn helping them with 25km to go. At that point Field attacked to remain the only rider at the front but with NTT Pro Cycling seized the reins 20km before the finish and upping the pace, the Australian was reeled in with three kilometres to go.

"I underestimated the headwind at the end, but hats off to the boys who worked hard for me," a disappointed Walscheid commented whereas Lecroq looked happier.

"It’s a good result for me, especially because I endured a stomach bug during the race," the Frenchman said.

"It’s not a win but it shows that I’ve worked well during the winter. There are so many riders here who take part in the sprint that it was necessary to be placed well before the last two curves in the last 500 metres. I was fourth after the last bend. I miss the win by not much but it’s still a satisfaction because the first two riders are pure sprinters and I’m not. I’m also here to help my leaders, [including GC favourite Pierre Rolland] in the hard stages."

It’s difficult to know if Jones is a pure sprinter or just produced a superb finish.

"He hasn’t won a domestic race yet," noted ARA Sunshine Coast sport director Ben Kersten.

“The team has been looking after me very well to bring me to this level”, Jones explained, who hails from Australia's Sunshine Coast where the team is based.

"I’d like to become a Classics rider but this is my first year racing overseas. Winning a stage at Le Tour de Langkawi, I didn’t know that I was following the footstep of riders of such a calibre as my compatriots Stuart O’Grady, Michael Matthews and Caleb Ewan who have won bunch sprints here before. I only started riding my bike three years ago. It’s amazing."

Results

Full Results
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Taj Jones (Aus) Ara Pro Racing Sunshine Coast 4:05:29
2Maximilian Richard Walscheid (Ger) NTT Pro Cycling
3Jérémy Lecroq (Fra) B&B Hotels-Vital Concept
4Riccardo Minali (Ita) Nippo Delko Provence
5Mohd Harrif Saleh (Mas) Terengganu Inc. Tsg Cycling Team
6Matteo Pelucchi (Ita) Bardiani CSF Faizane'
7Tristan Ward (Aus) Team Bridgelane
8Georgios Bouglas (Gre) Ssois Miogee Cycling Team
9Luca Pacioni (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec
10Keigo Kusaba (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team
11Ahmet Orken (Tur) Team Sapura Cycling
12Giovanni Lonardi (Ita) Bardiani CSF Faizane'
13Kent Ross (USA) Wildlife Generation Pro Cycling
14Andre Looij (Ned) Ssois Miogee Cycling Team
15Alexander Cowan (Can) Wildlife Generation Pro Cycling
16Mohamad Izzat Hilmi Abdul Halil (Mas) Malaysia
17Pierpaolo Ficara (Ita) Team Sapura Cycling
18Mattia Bevilacqua (Ita) Vini Zabu' KTM
19Michael Carbel Svendgaard (Den) NTT Pro Cycling
20Blake Quick (Aus) St George Continental Cycling Team
21Gleb Brussenskiy (Kaz) Vino - Astana Motors
22Juan-Pierre Van Der Merwe (RSA) Team Bridgelane
23Jamalidin Novardianto (Ina) Pgn Road Cycling Team
24Quentin Pacher (Fra) B&B Hotels-Vital Concept
25Yuzuru Suzuki (Jpn) Utsunomiya Blitzen
26Michael Vink (NZl) St George Continental Cycling Team
27Matthew Rice (Aus) Ara Pro Racing Sunshine Coast
28Hiu Fung Choy (HKg) Hong Kong, China
29Anuar Manan (Mas) Malaysia
30Kota Sumiyoshi (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team
31Dusan Rajovic (Srb) Nippo Delko Provence
32Hideto Nakane (Jpn) Nippo Delko Provence
33Aiman Cahyadi (Ina) Pgn Road Cycling Team
34Rei Onodera (Jpn) Utsunomiya Blitzen
35Daniel Savini (Ita) Bardiani CSF Faizane'
36Francesco Manuel Bongiorno (Ita) Vini Zabu' KTM
37Lucas De Rossi (Fra) Nippo Delko Provence
38Carlos Julian Quintero Noreña (Col) Terengganu Inc. Tsg Cycling Team
39Yevgeniy Fedorov (Kaz) Vino - Astana Motors
40Muhammad Ameer Ahmad Kamal (Mas) Malaysia
41Lorenzo Fortunato (Ita) Vini Zabu' KTM
42Luca Chirico (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec
43Matvey Nikitin (Kaz) Vino - Astana Motors
44Ben Van Dam (Aus) Team Bridgelane
45Bernard Benyamin Van Aert (Ina) Pgn Road Cycling Team
46Cristian Raileanu (Mda) Team Sapura Cycling
47Simone Bevilacqua (Ita) Vini Zabu' KTM
48Johan Le Bon (Fra) B&B Hotels-Vital Concept
49Pierre Rolland (Fra) B&B Hotels-Vital Concept
50Danilo Celano (Ita) Team Sapura Cycling
51Burr Ho (HKg) Hong Kong, China
52Kakeru Omae (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team
53Drew Morey (Aus) Terengganu Inc. Tsg Cycling Team
54Dylan Sunderland (Aus) NTT Pro Cycling
55Ho San Chiu (HKg) Hong Kong, China
56Peerapol Chawchiangkwang (Tha) Thailand Continental Cycling Team
57Ariya Phounsavath (Lao) Thailand Continental Cycling Team
58Artem Ovechkin (Rus) Terengganu Inc. Tsg Cycling Team
59Fabio Mazzucco (Ita) Bardiani CSF Faizane'
60Alex Hoehn (USA) Wildlife Generation Pro Cycling
61Ka Hoo Fung (HKg) Hong Kong, China
62Hayato Okamoto (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team
63Sofian Nabil Omar Mohd Bakri (Mas) Malaysia
64Mathew Zenovich (NZl) St George Continental Cycling Team
65Masakazu Ito (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team
66Jamal Hibatullah (Ina) Pgn Road Cycling Team
67Siu Wai Ko (HKg) Hong Kong, China
68Samuel Boardman (USA) Wildlife Generation Pro Cycling
69Wan Yau Vincent Lau (HKg) Hong Kong, China
70Navuti Liphongyu (Tha) Thailand Continental Cycling Team
71Thanakhan Chaiyasombat (Tha) Thailand Continental Cycling Team
72Samuele Battistella (Ita) NTT Pro Cycling
73Serghei Tvetcov (Rom) Team Sapura Cycling
74Muhammad Danieal Haikkal Edy Suhaidee (Mas) Malaysia
75Justin Mottier (Fra) B&B Hotels-Vital Concept
76Ahmad Yoga Ilham Firdaus (Ina) Pgn Road Cycling Team
77Igor Chzhan (Kaz) Vino - Astana Motors
78Alexandr Semenov (Kaz) Vino - Astana Motors
79Nik Mohd Azwan Zulkiflie (Mas) Malaysia
80Alessandro Monaco (Ita) Bardiani CSF Faizane'
81Alexandr Ovsyannikov (Kaz) Vino - Astana Motors
82Kevin Rivera Serrano (CRc) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec
83Kaito Nakamura (Jpn) Utsunomiya Blitzen
84Alessandro Pessot (Ita) Bardiani CSF Faizane'
85Sandy Hasan (Ina)
86Ryu Suzuki (Jpn) Utsunomiya Blitzen
87Stuart Shaw (Aus) Ara Pro Racing Sunshine Coast
88Amarni Drake (Aus) Ara Pro Racing Sunshine Coast
89Carter Bettles (Aus) St George Continental Cycling Team
90Sarawut Sirironnachai (Tha) Thailand Continental Cycling Team
91Nur Amirull Fakhruddin Mazuki (Mas) Terengganu Inc. Tsg Cycling Team
92Dominic Perez (Phi) Ssois Miogee Cycling Team
93Jihun Kim (Kor) Kspo Professional
94Alistair Donohoe (Aus) Ara Pro Racing Sunshine Coast
95Cormac Mcgeough (Irl) Wildlife Generation Pro Cycling
96Rylee Field (Aus) Team Bridgelane
97Mattia Viel (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec
98Ryota Kaihara (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team
99Alessandro Iacchi (Ita) Vini Zabu' KTM
100Jeroen Meijers (Ned) Ssois Miogee Cycling Team
101Fabricio Ferrari Barcelo (Uru) Ssois Miogee Cycling Team
102Edgar Nohales Nieto (Spa) Ssois Miogee Cycling Team
103Colby Lange (USA) Wildlife Generation Pro Cycling
104Zack Gilmore (Aus) Ara Pro Racing Sunshine Coast
105Muhamad Nur Aiman Mohd Zariff (Mas) Team Sapura Cycling
106Thurakit Boonratanathanakorn (Tha) Thailand Continental Cycling Team
107Gwangho Shin (Kor) Kspo Professional
108Hiroki Nishimura (Jpn) Utsunomiya Blitzen
109Kyoungho Park (Kor) Kspo Professional
110James Harvey (NZl) St George Continental Cycling Team
111Jay Dutton (Aus) St George Continental Cycling Team
112Metkel Eyob (Eri) Terengganu Inc. Tsg Cycling Team
113Soonyeong Kwon (Kor) Kspo Professional
114Alastair Christie-Johnston (Aus) Team Bridgelane
115Leonardo Tortomasi (Ita) Vini Zabu' KTM
116Jaehyun Kim (Kor) Kspo Professional
117Masahiro Ishigami (Jpn) Nippo Delko Provence
118Shotaro Iribe (Jpn) NTT Pro Cycling
119Kookhyun Kim (Kor) Kspo Professional
120Cyril Gautier (Fra) B&B Hotels-Vital Concept
121Nicola Venchiarutti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec
122Nariyuki Masuda (Jpn) Utsunomiya Blitzen
123Louis Meintjes (RSA) NTT Pro Cycling

General classification after stage 2
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Yevgeniy Fedorov (Kaz) Vino - Astana Motors 5:56:14
2Thurakit Boonratanathanakorn (Tha) Thailand Continental Cycling Team 0:00:09
3Taj Jones (Aus) Ara Pro Racing Sunshine Coast 0:01:23
4Muhamad Nur Aiman Mohd Zariff (Mas) Team Sapura Cycling 0:01:24
5Maximilian Richard Walscheid (Ger) NTT Pro Cycling 0:01:27
6Ahmet Orken (Tur) Team Sapura Cycling 0:01:29
7Jérémy Lecroq (Fra) B&B Hotels-Vital Concept
8Rylee Field (Aus) Team Bridgelane
9Mattia Viel (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec 0:01:30
10Alessandro Iacchi (Ita) Vini Zabu' KTM 0:01:31
11Ben Van Dam (Aus) Team Bridgelane
12Aiman Cahyadi (Ina) Pgn Road Cycling Team 0:01:32
13Michael Vink (NZl) St George Continental Cycling Team
14Bernard Benyamin Van Aert (Ina) Pgn Road Cycling Team
15Matteo Pelucchi (Ita) Bardiani CSF Faizane' 0:01:33
16Georgios Bouglas (Gre) Ssois Miogee Cycling Team
17Mohd Harrif Saleh (Mas) Terengganu Inc. Tsg Cycling Team
18Luca Pacioni (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec
19Giovanni Lonardi (Ita) Bardiani CSF Faizane'
20Andre Looij (Ned) Ssois Miogee Cycling Team
21Pierpaolo Ficara (Ita) Team Sapura Cycling
22Michael Carbel Svendgaard (Den) NTT Pro Cycling
23Alexander Cowan (Can) Wildlife Generation Pro Cycling
24Mattia Bevilacqua (Ita) Vini Zabu' KTM
25Quentin Pacher (Fra) B&B Hotels-Vital Concept
26Keigo Kusaba (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team
27Gleb Brussenskiy (Kaz) Vino - Astana Motors
28Kota Sumiyoshi (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team
29Jamalidin Novardianto (Ina) Pgn Road Cycling Team
30Hideto Nakane (Jpn) Nippo Delko Provence
31Mohamad Izzat Hilmi Abdul Halil (Mas) Malaysia
32Daniel Savini (Ita) Bardiani CSF Faizane'
33Rei Onodera (Jpn) Utsunomiya Blitzen
34Yuzuru Suzuki (Jpn) Utsunomiya Blitzen
35Matvey Nikitin (Kaz) Vino - Astana Motors
36Francesco Manuel Bongiorno (Ita) Vini Zabu' KTM
37Blake Quick (Aus) St George Continental Cycling Team
38Kent Ross (USA) Wildlife Generation Pro Cycling
39Lorenzo Fortunato (Ita) Vini Zabu' KTM
40Lucas De Rossi (Fra) Nippo Delko Provence
41Carlos Julian Quintero Noreña (Col) Terengganu Inc. Tsg Cycling Team
42Johan Le Bon (Fra) B&B Hotels-Vital Concept
43Luca Chirico (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec
44Juan-Pierre Van Der Merwe (RSA) Team Bridgelane
45Pierre Rolland (Fra) B&B Hotels-Vital Concept
46Alex Hoehn (USA) Wildlife Generation Pro Cycling
47Tristan Ward (Aus) Team Bridgelane
48Cristian Raileanu (Mda) Team Sapura Cycling
49Dylan Sunderland (Aus) NTT Pro Cycling
50Matthew Rice (Aus) Ara Pro Racing Sunshine Coast
51Hiu Fung Choy (HKg) Hong Kong, China
52Artem Ovechkin (Rus) Terengganu Inc. Tsg Cycling Team
53Samuele Battistella (Ita) NTT Pro Cycling
54Drew Morey (Aus) Terengganu Inc. Tsg Cycling Team
55Fabio Mazzucco (Ita) Bardiani CSF Faizane'
56Anuar Manan (Mas) Malaysia
57Nur Amirull Fakhruddin Mazuki (Mas) Terengganu Inc. Tsg Cycling Team
58Danilo Celano (Ita) Team Sapura Cycling
59Ho San Chiu (HKg) Hong Kong, China
60Muhammad Ameer Ahmad Kamal (Mas) Malaysia
61Ahmad Yoga Ilham Firdaus (Ina) Pgn Road Cycling Team
62Masakazu Ito (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team
63Peerapol Chawchiangkwang (Tha) Thailand Continental Cycling Team
64Jeroen Meijers (Ned) Ssois Miogee Cycling Team
65Justin Mottier (Fra) B&B Hotels-Vital Concept
66Ariya Phounsavath (Lao) Thailand Continental Cycling Team
67Burr Ho (HKg) Hong Kong, China
68Simone Bevilacqua (Ita) Vini Zabu' KTM
69Alexandr Ovsyannikov (Kaz) Vino - Astana Motors
70Ka Hoo Fung (HKg) Hong Kong, China
71Thanakhan Chaiyasombat (Tha) Thailand Continental Cycling Team
72Sarawut Sirironnachai (Tha) Thailand Continental Cycling Team
73Cyril Gautier (Fra) B&B Hotels-Vital Concept
74Serghei Tvetcov (Rom) Team Sapura Cycling
75Colby Lange (USA) Wildlife Generation Pro Cycling
76Ryu Suzuki (Jpn) Utsunomiya Blitzen
77Hiroki Nishimura (Jpn) Utsunomiya Blitzen
78Sofian Nabil Omar Mohd Bakri (Mas) Malaysia
79Samuel Boardman (USA) Wildlife Generation Pro Cycling
80Igor Chzhan (Kaz) Vino - Astana Motors
81Jamal Hibatullah (Ina) Pgn Road Cycling Team
82Alessandro Monaco (Ita) Bardiani CSF Faizane'
83Amarni Drake (Aus) Ara Pro Racing Sunshine Coast
84Metkel Eyob (Eri) Terengganu Inc. Tsg Cycling Team
85Louis Meintjes (RSA) NTT Pro Cycling
86Navuti Liphongyu (Tha) Thailand Continental Cycling Team
87Muhammad Danieal Haikkal Edy Suhaidee (Mas) Malaysia
88Alexandr Semenov (Kaz) Vino - Astana Motors
89Nik Mohd Azwan Zulkiflie (Mas) Malaysia
90Kaito Nakamura (Jpn) Utsunomiya Blitzen
91Sandy Hasan (Ina)
92Alastair Christie-Johnston (Aus) Team Bridgelane
93Leonardo Tortomasi (Ita) Vini Zabu' KTM
94Masahiro Ishigami (Jpn) Nippo Delko Provence
95Fabricio Ferrari Barcelo (Uru) Ssois Miogee Cycling Team
96Dominic Perez (Phi) Ssois Miogee Cycling Team 0:01:56
97Nicola Venchiarutti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec
98Alistair Donohoe (Aus) Ara Pro Racing Sunshine Coast 0:02:24
99Zack Gilmore (Aus) Ara Pro Racing Sunshine Coast 0:02:27
100Soonyeong Kwon (Kor) Kspo Professional 0:02:32
101Alessandro Pessot (Ita) Bardiani CSF Faizane' 0:02:36
102Nariyuki Masuda (Jpn) Utsunomiya Blitzen 0:02:47
103Shotaro Iribe (Jpn) NTT Pro Cycling 0:04:48
104Kakeru Omae (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team 0:05:13
105Cormac Mcgeough (Irl) Wildlife Generation Pro Cycling
106Dusan Rajovic (Srb) Nippo Delko Provence 0:05:41
107Riccardo Minali (Ita) Nippo Delko Provence 0:05:44
108Hayato Okamoto (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team
109Siu Wai Ko (HKg) Hong Kong, China
110Wan Yau Vincent Lau (HKg) Hong Kong, China
111Carter Bettles (Aus) St George Continental Cycling Team
112Ryota Kaihara (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team
113Gwangho Shin (Kor) Kspo Professional
114Jay Dutton (Aus) St George Continental Cycling Team
115Jaehyun Kim (Kor) Kspo Professional
116Mathew Zenovich (NZl) St George Continental Cycling Team 0:07:34
117Stuart Shaw (Aus) Ara Pro Racing Sunshine Coast
118Edgar Nohales Nieto (Spa) Ssois Miogee Cycling Team
119Kyoungho Park (Kor) Kspo Professional
120Kookhyun Kim (Kor) Kspo Professional 0:09:36
121Kevin Rivera Serrano (CRc) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec 0:12:23
122Jihun Kim (Kor) Kspo Professional 0:12:32
123James Harvey (NZl) St George Continental Cycling Team 0:13:15

Points classification
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Yevgeniy Fedorov (Kaz) Vino - Astana Motors 21
2Taj Jones (Aus) Ara Pro Racing Sunshine Coast 19
3Maximilian Richard Walscheid (Ger) NTT Pro Cycling 19
4Thurakit Boonratanathanakorn (Tha) Thailand Continental Cycling Team 16
5Matteo Pelucchi (Ita) Bardiani CSF Faizane' 11
6Muhamad Nur Aiman Mohd Zariff (Mas) Team Sapura Cycling 9
7Ahmet Orken (Tur) Team Sapura Cycling 9
8Jérémy Lecroq (Fra) B&B Hotels-Vital Concept 9
9Georgios Bouglas (Gre) Ssois Miogee Cycling Team 8
10Mohd Harrif Saleh (Mas) Terengganu Inc. Tsg Cycling Team 7
11Riccardo Minali (Ita) Nippo Delko Provence 7
12Rylee Field (Aus) Team Bridgelane 4
13Luca Pacioni (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec 4
14Tristan Ward (Aus) Team Bridgelane 4
15Dusan Rajovic (Srb) Nippo Delko Provence 3
16Mattia Viel (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec 3
17Giovanni Lonardi (Ita) Bardiani CSF Faizane' 3
18Alessandro Iacchi (Ita) Vini Zabu' KTM 2
19Ben Van Dam (Aus) Team Bridgelane 2
20Aiman Cahyadi (Ina) Pgn Road Cycling Team 1
21Michael Vink (NZl) St George Continental Cycling Team 1
22Bernard Benyamin Van Aert (Ina) Pgn Road Cycling Team 1
23Keigo Kusaba (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team 1
123Nariyuki Masuda (Jpn) Utsunomiya Blitzen -3

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