Mitchelton-BikeExchange were out of the running on stage two of Le Tour de Langkawiafter a long and hot 208kilometre stage wrapped in a fractured bunch sprint with Niu Yikui our best placed rider in 20th on the day and currently within the top ten overall.
A scrappy and hectic finish on stage one saw Jacob Hennessy caught up in a crash with only one-kilometre to go with the 21-year-old Briton fortunate to escape without injury and able to start today’s second stage.
The Chinese outfit held a decent position going into the closing kilometres, but with Hennessy caught in a group further back the they didn’t have an option to contest the sprint.
Ran on wide and open roads the sprint started early as Riccardo Minali (Astana-Pro-Team) took the initiative and jumped with 75metres to go, splitting the head of the bunch and holding on for the stage win with Niu Yikui finishing with the leaders.
|1||Riccardo Minali (ITA) - Astana Pro Team||5:18:20|
|2||Matteo Malucelli (ITA) - Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec||ST|
|3||Paolo Simion (ITA) - Bardiani CSF||ST|
|4||Yevgeniy Gidich (KAZ) - Astana Pro Team||ST|
|5||Marko Kump (SLO) - CCC Sprandi Polkowice||ST|
|6||Luca Pacioni (ITA) - Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia||ST|
|7||Kaden Groves (AUS) - St George Continental Cycling Team||ST|
|8||Eric Young (USA) - Rally Cycling||ST|
|9||Joonyong Seo (KOR) - KSPO Bianchi Asia Procycling||ST|
|10||Dylan Page (SWI) - Team Sapura Cycling||ST|
|20||Yikui Niu (CHN) - Mitchelton-BikeExchange||ST|
|40||Callum Scotson (AUS) - Mitchelton-BikeExchange||ST|
|53||Harrison Sweeny (AUS) - Mitchelton-BikeExchange||ST|
|78||Jiankun Liu (CHN) - Mitchelton-BikeExchange||ST|
|103||Jacob Hennessy (GBR) - Mitchelton-BikeExchange||0:13:15|