Max Walscheid got NTT Pro Cycling’s Malaysian racing campaign off to a flying start as he sprinted to victory at the Malaysian International Crietrium Race earlier today.
The Malysian International Criterium Race was a 90km circuit race around Kota Kinabalu and served as the curtain raiser to the Tour de Langkawi, which gets underway tomorrow.
NTT Pro Cycling was intent on stamping its authority over the rest of the peloton from the start, and this saw both Samuele Battistella and Dylan Sunderland make it into the early breakaway.
The duo watched over proceedings upfront, but our trump card for the day was Walscheid, who was being looked after by teammates Michael Carbel, Louis Meintjes and Shotaro Iribe in the main peloton.
As the last lap approached, the break was nullified and our NTT Pro Cycling team set up the leadout for Walscheid.
Carbel was the last man in front of our German sprinter and he delivered Walscheid to the final 200m. Walscheid then unleashed a powerful sprint and could not be passed before crossing the line, taking a fine victory.