Sweeny goes against the wind in the breakaway and moves up to third overall in LangkawiTue 20 Mar 2018
Young Australian Harry Sweeny made it into the key breakaway move on stage three at Le Tour de Langkawi today as strong winds split the peloton to pieces with Sweeny taking fourth on the stage and moving up to third on the general classification.
Mitchelton-BikeExchange have been steadily settling into the race over the first three days of racing with Niu Yikui running top 20 the day before and 19-year-old Sweeny making the most of crosswinds and initially co-operative breakaway companions on today’s third stage.
The move went early over the opening kilometres of the pan flat 166kilometre course, with nine-riders up the road before the group reduced to six going into the finale.
Heavy wind aided the groups cause and brought about disarray in the chasing peloton with many of the sprinters teams totally caught out by the conditions.
Adam de Vos (Rally-Cycling) took the stage win after kicking early out of the Sweeny group and holding onto a few seconds advantage with Sweeny chasing hard behind to take fourth place and narrowly miss out on the podium.
Harry Sweeny – 3rd GC:
“Today I went in the breakaway quite early and we got maximum of around seven minutes on the bunch. It was not a typical breakaway-friendly stage because of the headwind, but after half of the race there was about 10kilometres with a tailwind and that gave us a chance.”
“With 30kilometres to go we still had five-minutes and I thought we may make it to the finish. I didn’t know the level of the other riders in the group and I was working more than them to try and maintain momentum.
“The Rally rider attacked with four kilometres to go I was a bit surprised because I thought most of the Rally riders were better in the mountains than on the flat stages. I tried, but I couldn’t follow him and in the final sprint I could only manage to finish fourth.
“I am up to third on GC and I’m confident that I can keep that position on tomorrow’s flat stage. After that on the Cameron Highlands stage I will work for our climbers in the team and we will try to go for a good result.”
Tour of Langkawi stage three results:
1. Adam de Vos (Rally-Cycling) 03:58:18
2. Kim Dae-yeon (KSPO-Bianchi) +0:13
3. Zulkifli Nik Mohamad Azman (Forca-Amskins-Racing) ST
4. Harry Sweeny (Mitchelton-BikeExchange) ST
General classification after stage three:
1. Adam de Vos (Rally-Cycling) 12:45:31
2. Zulkifli Nik Mohamad Azman (Forca-Amskins-Racing) +0:14
3. Harry Sweeny (Mitchelton-BikeExchange) +0:22