It was an overall victory 12 months in the making for Ben Dyball (Team Sapura Cycling), who has targeted the 24th edition of Le Tour de Langkawi (UCI 2.HC) since finishing third on general classification last year.
The 29-year-old Australian, who climbed his way into GC contention with a second-place finish in Cameron Highlands last year, dominated the competition in 2019 with an emphatic win atop the Genting Highlands queen stage earlier this week.
Tour de Langkawi
Two straight stages for Pelucchi, Dyball’s lead intact
11/04/2019 AT 13:18
“After Langkawi last year, it was in the back of my mind to aim for his tour,” Dyball told Eurosport after a race in which his Malaysian-registered Sapura squad held the yellow jersey for seven of eight stages starting with team-mate and compatriot Marcus Culey’s opening day victory near Kuala Lumpur. “Even the races in the second half of the year were just building up to this, so it is a very big relief to win the tour.
I still can’t believe it at the moment.
With the Stage 4 victory, the recently crowned Oceania road race and time trial champion secured a 27-second lead over his nearest rival and never relented, not even after suffering a crash midway through the eighth and final stage today.
“I had a small crash, and had to swap bikes,” said Dyball, who becomes only the second Australian to win the race with Damian McDonald doing so during the event’s inaugural edition in 1996. “Luckily the team was all there to help. It wasn’t so bad. I was a little sore after, but I tried not to think about it.
“The yellow jersey was my big goal, so I would have kept riding as long as I could.”
After a rain-soaked start gave way to a sweltering spring afternoon, it was Italian sprinter Marco Benfatto coming out on top of the 103.8-kilometre final stage to give Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec their third stage win of the race.
For final stage and race results, click here.
Tour de Langkawi
Pelucchi posts first victory in Androni colours in Langkawi
10/04/2019 AT 13:33
Tour de Langkawi
Dyball dominates atop Genting, dons yellow
09/04/2019 AT 21:47