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Points winner Walscheid wraps Langkawi with stage victory, Celano confirms yellow

Points winner Walscheid wraps Langkawi with stage victory, Celano confirms yellow

14/02/2020 at 14:53Updated 14/02/2020 at 14:59

German sprinter Max Walscheid takes home green jersey with final stage win as Italian Danilo Celano becomes second straight Sapura rider to claim general classification at Le Tour de Langkawi …

“It is a special feeling, particularly because it was a very hard race, especially for me because I am a pure sprinter. Today it was a matter of good teamwork to put me in the place to go for the win. We discussed many possibilities for the race in our meeting and with my teammate, Samuele Battistella, in the front in the breakaway was really good because like this I could really focus on the sprint,” said Walscheid of the reigning U23 road world champion after defeating Italian Luca Pacioni (Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec) and Australian Jones in the bunch sprint finale.

“I didn’t need to follow any moves and could just save as much energy for the final sprint. In the end, we did a great lead-out and I won.”

“I was a bit sick this morning,” the 30-year-old Italian continued. “I thought I would not be able to finish at the start, but I thank the whole team for pushing me, including the staff. They had believed more in my overall victory than me myself.”

Walscheid was not the only rider to clinch his classification win, as Celano’s teammate Zariff finalised the mountains classification and becomes the first Malaysian to take home the red jersey in race history.

“It is a good memory for me,” said Zariff. “I am more of a time triallist, but I can climb as well. I want to try to win more this season, beginning with the next race.”