The 1st stage of Le Tour de Langkawi saw a familiar victor as Andrea Guardini (Astana) sprinted to the stage win ahead of Brenton Jones (Drapac) and Andrea Palini (SkyDive Dubai). As the stage was always expected to end in a mass sprint, Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka were riding in support of Reinardt Janse van Rensburg. 4 riders would form the early escape of the day and the peloton let them ride up to 6 minutes ahead of the rest of the race. Guardini, who had already won 18 stages of the Tour de Langkawi before today, put his Astana team on the front.