Hennessy just outside the top ten on hot & humid sixth stage in Langkawi

Fri 23 Mar 2018

A shorter but no less challenging stage six unfolded in hot and sticky conditions at Le Tour de Langkawi today as the peloton laboured behind a lone leader for much of the stage with Briton Jacob Hennessy finishing in 11th place from the closing bunch sprint.

The remit for Mitchelton-BikeExchange was to protect the overall position of 19-year-old Australian Harry Sweeny and the team did an excellent job of keeping Sweeny out of trouble and in third on the general classification.

Once the solo breakaway rider had been caught there wasn’t much doubt that the final would come down to a fast sprint and Hennessy tried to make the most of it and surf the wheels into a good position to challenge, but it was Italian Luca Pacioni (Willier-Selle-Italia) who took the stage win.

Jacob Hennessy – 11th:

“The team worked brilliantly today, it was pretty fast from the gun and we were following moves all day. We were all active marking the situation with the intermediate sprints to protect Harry’s position on GC and we did that very well.”

“With 25kilometres to go we were all together as the roads narrowed, but we lost each other going into the finale and I had to work my way up on my own and by the time I had made it there was a reduced bunch off the front that I couldn’t quite catch.

“But we were all committed and achieved our objective today and we’re all happy about that. It is a longer stage tomorrow and that should suit us more, but our focus is GC and keeping Harry well positioned.”

Tour of Langkawi stage six results:

1. Luca Pacioni (Willier-Triestina-Selle-Italia) 02:24:55

2. Riccardo Minali (Astana-Pro-Team) ST

3. Saleh Mohd Hariff (Terengganu-Cycling-Team) ST

11. Jacob Hennessy (Mitchelton-BikeExchange) ST

General classification after stage six:

1. Artem Ovechkin (Terengganu-Cycling-Team) 23:46:29

2. Benjamin Dyball (St.George-Cycling-Team) +0:32

3. Harry Sweeny (Mitchelton-BikeExchange) +0:59