Pieter Weening Secures Second Overall at Tour de LangkawiSun 3 Mar 2013
Allan Davis sprinted to fourth on the final stage of the Tour de Langkawi. Pieter Weening finished safely in the bunch to protect his position on the general classification and finish second overall after ten days of racing . ORICA-GreenEDGE leaves Malaysia with five stage podiums and eight top-ten stage finishes.
“I’m satisfied and happy with the effort the team made,” said Sport Director Matt Wilson. “One of our objectives was to improve our condition and continue to gel as a team. The boys certainly did that. Second overall was unexpected and a good effort for Pete.”
“Despite what we accomplished, I’m still a bit disappointed,” Wilson admitted. “We wanted to win at least one stage. Five times on the podium out of ten stages. Multiple times in the top-ten. To be so close repeatedly and never get that stage win is disappointing. I recognize that this sort of things happen, and I’m certainly not disappointed with the effort.”
The final stage was a short, flat affair. At only 114.8 kilometres, stage ten took riders from the start in Tasik Kenyir to the finish in Kuala Terenggau for six laps around a five kilometre loop. It took ten kilometres for a group of six riders to break away from the bunch.
“Travis [Meyer] was moving around a bit, but he didn’t get in the move today,” noted Wilson. “Once the break was established, action was kept to a minimum.”
Europcar and Vini Fantini assumed responsibility for the chase and were ultimately successful in bringing back the escape group in the final 25 kilometres. Teams jostled for position in the finale before Francesco Chicci (Vini Fantini – Selle Italia) sprinted to victory ahead of Rico Rogers (Synergy – Baku Cycling Project) and Graeme Brown (Blanco). Davis narrowly missed out on the podium, coming across the line in fourth place.
Julian Arredondo (Team Nippo – De Rosa) finished safely in the bunch to win the overall classification. Weening, in second, secured second at 1:15 while Sergio Pardilla (MTN Qhubeka) was another 55 seconds down in third.
“From here, most of the guys race Catalunya,” said Wilson. “My wife is due to have a baby in two weeks, so I’ll be on baby duty for the next month."