What a day it was at the Tour de Langkawi. Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung played its cards perfectly and Algerian fast man Youcef Reguigui, who recently became a father, delivered on top of Fraser’s Hill. With the stage win he also took over the yellow jersey and leads the GC with just one stage to go..
218 kilometers from Indicatore (Arezzo) to Castelraimondo were on the agenda of the day. The course had some difficult offerings in the shape of the Poggio San Romualdo, 10.8 kilometers long with an average gradient of 6.4 %, and a difficult final circuit course. Wout Poels (Sky) made the most out of it and took the win solo. Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung showed strength and helped Steve Cummings moving up in the overall. Luke Durbridge and Matt Hayman (Orica-GreenEdge) were the attackers of the day, going clear just a few kilometers into the race. The two Australians built up a lead of over 6 minutes,.
The Tour de Langkawi reached its peak today with the tackling hill top finish at Fraser’s Hill. The climb was a late addition to the race course, after the removal of Genting Highlands. Nonetheless, its final steep 8 kilometers proved to be the perfect playground for MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung. After a few kilometers into today’s racing a four-man breakaway with Francesco Chicchi (Androni Giocattoli) and Liam Bertazzo (Southeast) went clear from the peloton and was able to built up lead of nearly 8 minutes. Back in the peloton it were Skydive Dubai and Tinkoff-Saxo who controlled the pace. Both teams were later joined by Sky..