It was repeat victory for Andrea Guardini (Astana) at the 2nd Tour de Langkawi stage today. Caleb Ewan (Orica-GreenEdge) was 2nd once again with Jakub Mareczko (Southeast) in 3rd position. In traditional Tour de Langkawi style, there was a small break of 6 riders who went clear early on in the stage. Team Astana and Orica-Greenedge were the two teams on duty at the head of the peloton, keeping the escapees in check. With the gap at not much more than 2 minutes for the entire stage, it was a matter of when and not if they would be caught. With 10km to go it.
The Tirreno-Adriatico will once again be MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung’s first World Tour appointment of the season when racing gets underway this Wednesday, 11 March. The event will run over 7 stages, concluding next Tuesday with a 10km ITT. The race will also play host to possibly the strongest startlist we will see in world cycling this year, bar the Tour de France. Alberto Contador, Nairo Quintana and Vincenzo Nibali are the main GC contenders lining-up while Mark Cavendish, Marcel Kittel and Peter Sagan will be the top sprint contenders. Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung will send a powerhouse roster of riders to Tirreno-Adriatico to compete against.