Here at VeloVoices I’ve been seriously seeking siblings. It’s quite amazing how many sets of brothers are riding in the professional peloton, often on the same team. Actually, it’s not. Read any racer’s biography and he’ll often cite an older brother who raced as his inspiration to take up cycling. That older brother may or may not have gone on to race professionally but either way he’ll have sent his younger sibling along the competitive path.
Scanning the start list of Le Tour de Langkawi I thought I’d hit pay dirt when I noticed two sets of brothers, one of whom were related to last year’s runner-up. So allow me to present firstly the Italian Locatellifratellli and then the Colombian hermanosNino Corredor.
Androni Giocattoli’s Jose Serpa beat Victor Nino at the end of the Tour de Langkawi‘s queen stage to claim victory for the second consecutive day and also the yellow jersey on a punishing climb into the Genting Highlands. It was the fourth time the Colombian climber has contested the stage to Genting – and the fourth time he has won it. The 2009 overall winner now holds a commanding lead in the general classification. With four flat stages left to complete, he is set to become only the second two-time winner of the race when it finishes on Sunday.
The ten-day Tour de Langkawi reached its halfway stage today and saw the yellow jersey change hands for the first time since David Zabriskie dominated the opening time trial. Drapac Cycling’s Darren Longthorne holds a useful but far from impregnable 37-second lead heading in to tomorrow’s queen stage, which should decide the final general classification.
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