WorldTour squad Dimension Data became the first team to win Le Tour de Langkawi on three consecutive editions with three different African riders as neo pro Ryan Gibbons, 22, followed the path of Algeria’s Youcef Reguigui and his compatriot Reinardt Janse van Rensburg from South Africa.
He finished fourth of the conclusive stage in Putrajaya won by Travis McCabe who made it two for Unitedhealthcare after he took stage 2 and regained the points competition as well, throughout the intermediate sprints as he won all three of them.
“We wanted to race hard again today. The sprint came down to the last corner and I had Greg Henderson putting me in perfect position and I jumped at about 300 metres to go. We had a double goal as we really wanted [Daniel] Jaramillo to take the time bonuses to jump on the podium and I looking at the stage win,” McCabe declared.
“This was my first time here. I’ll remember the beautiful landscapes of Malaysia. The people were fantastic. That was awesome to see so many people out there cheering us on. I couldn’t ask for a better race to start off the season. I’m really happy that I came and we’ll be back next year,” continued McCabe.
Organised by the Ministry of Youth and Sports Malaysia and managed by Ciclista Sports Sdn Bhd, the 22nd edition of Le Tour de Langkawi (LTdL) from 22 February to 1 March, 2017 covering more than 1,200km over 8 stages, the UCI 2.HC (hors category) race featuring again as one of the biggest events on the UCI Asia Tour calendar.
Malaysia’s top rider Mohd Shahrul Mat Amin from Terengganu Cycling Team (TSG) finished fifth in the stage to win the Best Malaysian Rider Overall. Teammate Dadi Suryandi finishes 23rd in the General Classification and fourth in the Best Asian Rider Overall while the team finishes second in Best Asian Team Overall ahead of the Malaysian National Team.