Le Tour de Langkawi #2: Bunch sprint determines stage, Mekseb placed 4th in GC

In another sprint finish to the Tour de Langkawi, Riccardo Minali (Astana Pro Team) took first place, followed by Matteo Malucelli (Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec) and Paolo Simion (Bardiani CSF). Mekseb Debesay finished in 13th and now sits in 4th position in the GC for Team Dimension Data.

Stage 2 at Tour de Langkawi ran from Gerik to Kota Bharu, spanning 208.3km. With two categories climbs, a fourth and first, and hot temperatures, it was a long day in the saddle.

Two riders, Osorio (Manzana-Postobon) and Eyob (TSG), made it away within the first 5km, followed by Suaza (Manzana-Postobon), Felipe (7-11), Ebsen (Forca) and Abdurrohman (Kfc) who joined them after 20km. The expanded break of 6 were caught after 135km of racing had been completed. Liu Jianpeng (Hengxiang) and Niu Yikui (Mitchelton) then went clear of the peloton, but after the final intermediate sprint, rejoined the peloton. There were a few breaks, but everyone was back together by the last 10km.

In the final bunch sprint, Riccardo Minali (Astana Pro Team) crossed the finish line ahead of his fellow countrymen, Matteo Malucelli (Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec) and Paolo Simion (Bardiani CSF). For Team Dimension Data, Mekseb finished in 13th spot in the stage, and now sits in 4th in the GC.

Gino Van Oudenhove- Sports Director
“A long and warm stage with 2 long climbs in the first 70km. We were up there all the time with the whole team. It split in the second climb. Only 45 riders made the first cut, with our team, as the only team completely represented. Some riders came back in the downhill and in the end it became a sprint with about 70 riders. We had the same plan as yesterday, but today was much more hectic in the end. As we also covered a lot of attacks in the final, we were not all capable to line up for Mekseb. He lost some positions into the last corner and didn’t come further than 13th. Overall we are satisfied with todays team performance, the guys deserved a better result. But we have 6 more stages to work on that.”