In my own words: Johann van Zyl’s Tour de Langkawi

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So I just got back to my home in Girona after completing the Tour de Langkawi with the team. It was a great race for us with Reinardt winning the overall. Here is my take on the week’s racing…

Stage 1

Le Tour de Langkawi, maybe you can also call it Le Tour de Opportunities. With 6 rider teams it’s a difficult race to control and those willing to risk might succeed. I tried, but got caught 5km before the finish.

I got into a late break on the stage... it set up the sprint for Reinie and he came 3rd.

Stage 2

It was a hot day and the humidity is something else in this part of the world. What was really nice is that our soigneur, Tex, would prepare a bowl of fresh fruit for us after the stages. It is really good for recovery and refreshing after a long and hot day on the bike.

Tex Langkawi Stage 4

Stage 3

It was another sprint stage today. It was great being part of the leadout again. It is not something I have done too often in my career yet, but we have quite a few sprinters in the team this year and Langkawi has been great to get some more experience in performing a leadout. After each stage and leadout we nailed it better and better. I find that feeling of hunting success very addictive.

Johann van Zyl 1 Langkawi Stage 4

Stage 4

For this stage I chose a pic of Reinie, taking 3rd on the Cameron Highlands stage. I got a puncture on this stage just before the climb which made things quite difficult for me but it was still a good job done on the stage. Reinie showed his versatility as a rider climbing with the best.

Reinardt Janse van Rensburg 1 Langkawi Stage 4

Stage 5

Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life. We, as professional athletes, are fortunate to be able to travel the world and have fun racing our bikes while doing so.

Team DiData Langkawi Stage 5

Stage 6

We were ready to mount another a challenge for the jersey and help Reinie win back a few more seconds today. Nobody expected the Astana rider to puncture so that was some good fortune for us I guess. I was happy with my performance, spending quite a bit of time pacing… my watts were looking pretty good today.

Johann van Zyl Langkawi Stage 6

Stage 7

Reinie was in yellow and today was the longest stage of the race. The GC riders attacked us from the start, but we stuck together and rode as a team. It was great teamwork by the boys today, it was a hard day but I loved it. The wind was our friend today, blowing from the side all day long which meant the other times didn’t have such an easy free ride behind us.

Team DiData 1 Johann Langkawi Stage 7

Stage 8

Reinie managed to keep the jersey all the way to the finish. What a great experience to be part of a good friends victory, I am so happy for him. I really enjoyed Langkawi. I was a great race with a good team and great staff there supporting us. My next race is Volta Catalunya, it’s a World Tour race and I’m really looking forward to it, follow me on @vanSnail for more updates.

Team DiData 3 Langkawi Stage 8

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