Langkawi: Saleh sprints to second win on penultimate stage
Malaysia’s won Harrif Saleh claims second sprint victory in three days as 25th Le Tour de Langkawi rolls toward finale with one day of racing remaining …
Saleh is third on points, just five down on Walscheid’s 47.
A five-man break dominated much of the 130.4-kilometre penultimate stage from Bagan to Alor Setar as the quintet covered 44.7km in the first hour of racing and extended the gap to 4 minutes 40 seconds following the second intermediate sprint less than 10km later.
However, the peloton reeled in the sole remnant of the break, Cormac Mcgeough (Wildlife Generation Pro Cycling), inside the final 4km to begin preparations for the finale.
“The speeds weren’t high enough really,” Mcgeough told Eurosport. “Just going the last 20k, the gap was just faltering. We could either ride together and not make it for sure because we were only going 46-or 47km/h or I could go alone and maybe get a win. That’s what was going through my mind — getting a win and thinking about everyone watching — my family.”
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