Michal Kwiatkowski (Omega Pharma – QuckStep) rode away with Peter Sagan (Cannondale) in the final 21km and then managed to get the jump on the Slovakian rider on the final climb, just 500m from the finish. Alejandro Valverde rounded out the podium in third, 35” back. The race lived up to its expectations of being a thrilling a spectacle. With a route that sent riders over 10 gravel sections of road and a number of short steep hills to contend with, there was action a plenty. Punctures, crashes and multiple attacks, the race had it all today and a real resemblance of an Italian Paris-Roubaix.
The Le Tour de Langkawi came to its conclusion today when Andrea Guardini (Astana) won the final stage. Mirsamad Poorseyedigolakhour (Tabriz Petrochemical Cycling Team) finished safely in the bunch to take out the win in the overall classification. Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung will leave the Malaysian race with 9 top 10 stage placing’s, 2nd and 6th overall on the general classification and also come away as victors of the team classification. Directeur Sportif Kevin Campbell sees the race as a success for Africa’s First Professional Continental Cycling Team. “I’m very pleased with the way the team raced over the last 10 days. Finishing as the 1st team and.