Colombian Jose Serpa (Androni Giocattoli) won his second Tour de Langkawi, having established a decisive lead on the queen stage summit finish in the Genting Highlands. But the real star of the race was Farnese Vini’s Andrea Guardini, who followed up his five-win appearance in 2011 with a further six in the 2012 edition as he monopolised the bunch sprints.
David Zabriskie (Garmin-Barracuda) had won the opening time trial before Guardini bossed the bunch sprints on the next three days. Serpa then won a hilly fifth stage before a fine team effort set him up for victory at the Genting summit, which moved him into the overall lead, 30 seconds ahead of teammate Jose Rujano. (You can click here for summaries of stages 1-5 and the queen stage 6.)
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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