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Libardo Nino Corredor, 43, takes lead at Langkawi after grueling Genting Highlands stage

  • By VeloNews.com
  • Published Jan. 27, 2011

Stage winner Jonnatha Monsalve

Showing that he can still compete strongly at 43 years of age, Libardo Nino Corredor (Le Tua) took over the general classification lead at the Tour de Langkawi Thursday. The veteran Colombian rider placed second on the gruelling stage to Genting Highlands, battling wind and rain to finish just behind the victorious Venezuelan rider Jonnatha Monsalve (Androni Giocattoli).

They proved best of the riders on the steep slopes of the climb, but the time gaps seen in previous years didn’t open up. That may have been due to the tough weather conditions, or perhaps the fact that the race is being held so early this year that riders are nervous about going too deep for too long. Whatever the reason, six riders came in within 17 seconds or less of the leading duo; Mirsamad Pourseyedi (Azad University) was a second behind them, while Denis Van Niekerk (MTN Qhubeka) and Rahim Emami (Azad University) were two seconds further back.

The Americans did not fare as well as they did on stage 4. Chiptole’s Alex Howes and Kirk Carlsen were the top U.S. riders, at 17th and 18th place, respectively. Howes was 1:46 behind the stage winner and Carlsen was 2:05 back. UnitedHealthcare’s Chris Jones was 28th on the stage, at 3:36.

On GC, Howes is not the top American, 14th at 1:58, while Carlsen is 15th at 2:21. Jones is now 23rd at 3:48.

Chipotle’s 19-year-old Australian, Lachlan Morton had an impressive ride, finishing seventh, just eight seconds behind.

At 21, Monsalve is also a promising talent. He gave thanks to others for helping him take the victory.

“I would like to thank the team, the masseurs, the mechanics – everyone has worked really well for me,” he said. “Especially Emanuele Sella, who did a great job on the climb. I want to thank Gianni Savio who gave me the confidence. I did everything that he said. I remained on the wheel of Pozzovivo, and in the sprint I played it well with the help of Sella. He told me that I can win the race today and we made it.”

Monsalve took the stage and the mountains jersey, but the jersey went to runner-up Corredor. He said that the race has special significance for him, partly because of the country and also because it closes a chapter of his career.

“To tell the truth, I am very happy today. I am very happy to lead the Tour de Langkawi and to be in Malaysia. I didn’t know much about the country before I came, and it is even better than what I expected.

“I am very happy with today and now I hope I will be able to maintain the lead until the end of the Tour. This is my last race at Continental level and so I hope for the best … after this I will return to Colombia and race at amateur level.”

Corredor will have to rely on his speed, rather than climbing ability, in the days ahead. There are five flatter stages before the race ends in Kuala Lumpur, and he only has a two-second advantage over Monsalve.

“The remainder of the race is relatively flat. I will count on my team, pay attention to the riders who are close to me on GC. I think I have good form, but I have to pay attention — it is very tight,” said the Le Tua rider, who returned to racing in September 2009 after a two-year ban.

Another who will be sprinting it out for the various sprints is double-stage winner Andrea Guardini. He holds the blue sprinter’s jersey but is actually tied on points with Malaysian favourite Anuar Manan. The latter wants to once again win the points competition he took last year and a ferocious battle is in store between the two in the days ahead.

“Fortunately we have had two stages with breakaways,” Guardini said. “The riders in the breaks took the points and that gave us two rest days and I managed to recover, get some energy back for the five coming stages. These five stages will be very hard for me … I am not talking about the course as it is flat but there are many points up for grabs. There will be many sprints and I will try to retain this lead, mostly with stage finishes. I will also have to ride for intermediate sprints.”

All in all, it points to a very aggressive and tactical second half of the race.

Friday’s sixth stage stretches 106.7 kilometers from Rawang to Putrajaya and features just two fourth category climbs, as well as three intermediate sprints.

Stage 5

  • 1. Jonathan MONSALVE, (VEN) Androni Giocattoli-Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni, at 3:33:31
  • 2. Libardo NINO CORREDOR, (COL) Letua Cycling Team, at s.t.
  • 3. Samad POOR SEIEDI, (IRI) Azad University Iran, at 1
  • 4. Dennis VAN NIEKERK, (RSA) Mtn Cycling, at 3
  • 5. Rahim EMEMI, (IRI) Azad University Iran, at 3
  • 6. Emanuele SELLA, (ITA) Androni Giocattoli-Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni, at 5
  • 7. Lachlan David MORTON, (AUS), at 8
  • 8. Domenico POZZOVIVO, (ITA) Colnago-CSF, at 17
  • 9. Ghader MIZBANI IRANAGH, (IRI) Petrochemical Tabriz Cycling Team, at 31
  • 10. Hyo Suk GONG, (KOR), at 33
  • 11. Hossein ASKARI, (IRI) Petrochemical Tabriz Cycling Team, at 42
  • 12. Pierre ROLLAND, (FRA), at 1:04
  • 13. José Joao PIMENTA COSTA MENDES, (POR) CCC Polsat Polkowice, at 1:25
  • 14. Alex COUTTS, (GBR), at 1:25
  • 15. Markus EIBEGGER, (AUT) Petrochemical Tabriz Cycling Team, at 1:43
  • 16. Amir ZARGARI, (IRI) Azad University Iran, at 1:46
  • 17. Alex HOWES, (USA), at 1:46
  • 18. Kirk CARLSEN, (USA), at 2:05
  • 19. Geert VERHEYEN, (BEL) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago, at 2:17
  • 20. Perrig QUEMENEUR, (FRA), at 2:29
  • 21. Mohammad Saufi MAT SENAN, (MAS), at 2:35
  • 22. Gyung Gu JANG, (KOR), at 2:38
  • 23. Andrei KRASILNIKAU, (BLR), at 2:57
  • 24. Albert TIMMER, (NED) Skil-Shimano, at 3:10
  • 25. Yukihiro DOI, (JPN) Skil-Shimano, at 3:14
  • 26. Ramin MEHRABANI AZAR, (IRI), at 3:24
  • 27. Pengda JIAO, (CHN) Max Success Sports, at 3:29
  • 28. Christopher JONES, (USA) UnitedHealthcare, at 3:36
  • 29. Gang XU, (CHN) Max Success Sports, at 3:36
  • 30. Yong Li NG, (MAS) Letua Cycling Team, at 3:43
  • 31. Sébastien DELFOSSE, (BEL) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago, at 4:06
  • 32. Guillaume BOURGEOIS, (SUI), at 4:12
  • 33. Hui ZHANG, (CHN) Max Success Sports, at 4:20
  • 34. Muhamad Adiq Husainie OTHMAN, (MAS) Drapac Porsche Cycling, at 4:31
  • 35. Max JENKINS, (USA) UnitedHealthcare, at 5:13
  • 36. Farshad SALEHIAN, (IRI) Azad University Iran, at 5:15
  • 37. Luca BARLA, (ITA) Androni Giocattoli-Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni, at 6:08
  • 38. Takeaki AYABE, (JPN) Aisan Racing Team, at 6:19
  • 39. David PELL, (AUS) Drapac Porsche Cycling, at 6:28
  • 40. Phuchong SAI-UDOMSIL, (THA), at 6:45
  • 41. Mohd Shahrul MAT AMIN, (MAS), at 7:23
  • 42. Manuele CADDEO, (ITA) Colnago-CSF, at 7:32
  • 43. Antonio SANTORO, (ITA) Androni Giocattoli-Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni, at 7:32
  • 44. Hamid SHIRISISAN, (IRI), at 8:18
  • 45. Kin San WU, (HKG), at 8:23
  • 46. Hao LIU, (CHN) Max Success Sports, at 8:30
  • 47. Wei Kei CHANG, (TPE), at 8:54
  • 48. Jun Rong HO, (SIN), at 8:57
  • 49. Guillaume LE FLOCH, (FRA), at 10:21
  • 50. Lukasz BODNAR, (POL) CCC Polsat Polkowice, at 10:21
  • 51. David MCCANN, (IRL), at 10:54
  • 52. Deon LOCKE, (AUS), at 10:57
  • 53. Shinichi FUKUSHIMA, (JPN), at 11:15
  • 54. Kenichi SUZUKI, (JPN) Aisan Racing Team, at 11:15
  • 55. Amir RUSLI, (MAS), at 11:15
  • 56. Koen DE KORT, (NED) Skil-Shimano, at 11:23
  • 57. Christoff VAN HEERDEN, (RSA) Mtn Cycling, at 11:23
  • 58. G. Luca MIRENDA, (ITA), at 11:25
  • 59. Jacob RATHE, (USA), at 11:25
  • 60. Abolfazl NAZARI DAGHALIAN, (IRI), at 13:47
  • 61. Choon Huat GOH, (SIN), at 13:57
  • 62. Ki Hong YOO, (KOR), at 14:17
  • 63. Benjamin GOURGUE, (BEL) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago, at 14:17
  • 64. James TENNENT, (RSA) Mtn Cycling, at 14:38
  • 65. Boris SHPILEVSKY, (RUS) Petrochemical Tabriz Cycling Team, at 14:58
  • 66. Alireza HAGHI, (IRI) Azad University Iran, at 14:58
  • 67. Mehdi SOHRABI, (IRI) Petrochemical Tabriz Cycling Team, at 14:58
  • 68. Angelo PAGANI, (ITA) Colnago-CSF, at 15:05
  • 69. Mohd Rauf Nur NISBAH, (MAS), at 15:58
  • 70. Tobias ERLER, (GER) Petrochemical Tabriz Cycling Team, at 17:05
  • 71. Ameli MEYSAM, (IRI), at 17:05
  • 72. Sea Keong LOH, (MAS), at 17:16
  • 73. Adrian Why Kit Chuah, (MAS) Letua Cycling Team, at 17:33
  • 74. Mohd Nor Rizuan ZAINAL, (MAS), at 18:12
  • 75. Thomas BONNIN, (FRA) Skil-Shimano, at 20:31
  • 76. Darren LOW, (SIN), at 20:59
  • 77. Andrea PASQUALON, (ITA) Colnago-CSF, at 22:08
  • 78. Floris GOESINNEN, (NED) Drapac Porsche Cycling, at 22:08
  • 79. David VEILLEUX, (CAN), at 23:34
  • 80. Hariff SALLEH, (MAS), at 25:30
  • 81. Suhardi HASSAN, (MAS), at 25:30
  • 82. Arran BROWN, (RSA) Mtn Cycling, at 25:30
  • 83. Chan Jae JANG, (KOR), at 25:30
  • 84. Anuar MANAN, (MAS), at 25:34
  • 85. Ahmad Fahrullah ALIAS, (MAS), at 25:36
  • 86. Bartlomiej MATYSIAK, (POL) CCC Polsat Polkowice, at 25:55
  • 87. Dene ROGERS, (NZL), at 25:55
  • 88. Ebrahim JAVANI, (IRI), at 25:55
  • 89. Robert FöRSTER, (GER) UnitedHealthcare, at 25:55
  • 90. Bradley POTGIETER, (RSA) Mtn Cycling, at 25:55
  • 91. Karl MENZIES, (AUS) UnitedHealthcare, at 25:57
  • 92. Baptiste PLACKAERT, (BEL) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago, at 25:57
  • 93. Boy VAN POPPEL, (NED) UnitedHealthcare, at 25:57
  • 94. Ghafari VAHID, (IRI), at 25:57
  • 95. Joeri STALLAERT, (BEL) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago, at 25:57
  • 96. Thomas PALMER, (AUS) Drapac Porsche Cycling, at 25:57
  • 97. Ji Wen LOW, (SIN), at 25:57
  • 98. Adi PUTERA, (SIN), at 25:57
  • 99. Elia FAVILLI, (ITA), at 25:57
  • 100. Stuart SHAW, (AUS) Drapac Porsche Cycling, at 25:57
  • 101. Andrea GUARDINI, (ITA), at 25:57
  • 102. Otavio Didier BULGARELLI, (BRA), at 25:57
  • 103. Raymond KREDER, (NED), at 25:57
  • 104. Matthias FRIEDEMANN, (GER), at 25:57
  • 105. Marcel KITTEL, (GER) Skil-Shimano, at 25:57
  • 106. Omar LOMBARDI, (ITA) Colnago-CSF, at 25:57
  • 107. Blazej JANIACZYK, (POL) CCC Polsat Polkowice, at 25:57
  • 108. Hilton CLARKE, (AUS) UnitedHealthcare, at 25:57
  • 109. Taiji NISHITANI, (JPN) Aisan Racing Team, at 25:57
  • 110. Abbas SAEIDI TANHA, (IRI) Azad University Iran, at 25:57
  • 111. Rafal RATAJCZYK, (POL) CCC Polsat Polkowice, at 25:57
  • 112. Takashi MIYAZAWA, (JPN), at 25:57
  • 113. Sam WITMITZ, (AUS) Letua Cycling Team, at 25:57
  • 114. Alessandro DE MARCHI, (ITA) Androni Giocattoli-Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni, at 25:57
  • 115. Rhys POLLOCK, (AUS) Drapac Porsche Cycling, at 25:57
  • 116. Kazuhiro MORI, (JPN) Aisan Racing Team, at 25:57
  • 117. Shinpei FUKUDA, (JPN) Aisan Racing Team, at 25:57
  • 118. Damien GAUDIN, (FRA), at 25:57
  • 119. Roberto DE PATRE, (ITA), at 26:12
  • 120. Paolo LOCATELLI, (ITA) Colnago-CSF, at 26:14
  • 121. Mohd Rhazif MOHD SALLEH, (MAS) Letua Cycling Team, at 26:14
  • 122. André SCHULZE, (GER) CCC Polsat Polkowice, at 27:30
  • 123. Kenny Robert VAN HUMMEL, (NED) Skil-Shimano, at 27:58

GC after stage 5

  • 1. Libardo NINO CORREDOR, (COL) Letua Cycling Team, at 15:59:46
  • 2. Jonathan MONSALVE, (VEN) Androni Giocattoli-Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni, at 2
  • 3. Emanuele SELLA, (ITA) Androni Giocattoli-Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni, at 19
  • 4. Dennis VAN NIEKERK, (RSA) Mtn Cycling, at 22
  • 5. Rahim EMEMI, (IRI) Azad University Iran, at 22
  • 6. Lachlan David MORTON, (AUS), at 27
  • 7. Domenico POZZOVIVO, (ITA) Colnago-CSF, at 44
  • 8. Ghader MIZBANI IRANAGH, (IRI) Petrochemical Tabriz Cycling Team, at 50
  • 9. Hyo Suk GONG, (KOR), at 52
  • 10. Hossein ASKARI, (IRI) Petrochemical Tabriz Cycling Team, at 53
  • 11. Pierre ROLLAND, (FRA), at 1:23
  • 12. José Joao PIMENTA COSTA MENDES, (POR) CCC Polsat Polkowice, at 1:44
  • 13. Amir ZARGARI, (IRI) Azad University Iran, at 1:54
  • 14. Alex HOWES, (USA), at 1:58
  • 15. Kirk CARLSEN, (USA), at 2:21
  • 16. Markus EIBEGGER, (AUT) Petrochemical Tabriz Cycling Team, at 2:35
  • 17. Alex COUTTS, (GBR), at 2:37
  • 18. Samad POOR SEIEDI, (IRI) Azad University Iran, at 2:55
  • 19. Perrig QUEMENEUR, (FRA), at 3:28
  • 20. Gyung Gu JANG, (KOR), at 3:30
  • 21. Geert VERHEYEN, (BEL) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago, at 3:48
  • 22. Pengda JIAO, (CHN) Max Success Sports, at 3:48
  • 23. Christopher JONES, (USA) UnitedHealthcare, at 3:48
  • 24. Gang XU, (CHN) Max Success Sports, at 3:55
  • 25. Andrei KRASILNIKAU, (BLR), at 3:59
  • 26. Yukihiro DOI, (JPN) Skil-Shimano, at 5:08
  • 27. Ramin MEHRABANI AZAR, (IRI), at 5:15
  • 28. Guillaume BOURGEOIS, (SUI), at 5:58
  • 29. Mohammad Saufi MAT SENAN, (MAS), at 6:03
  • 30. Max JENKINS, (USA) UnitedHealthcare, at 6:03
  • 31. Hui ZHANG, (CHN) Max Success Sports, at 6:05
  • 32. Takeaki AYABE, (JPN) Aisan Racing Team, at 6:21
  • 33. Farshad SALEHIAN, (IRI) Azad University Iran, at 7:09
  • 34. David PELL, (AUS) Drapac Porsche Cycling, at 8:06
  • 35. Sébastien DELFOSSE, (BEL) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago, at 8:13
  • 36. Yong Li NG, (MAS) Letua Cycling Team, at 8:13
  • 37. Manuele CADDEO, (ITA) Colnago-CSF, at 9:00
  • 38. Mohd Shahrul MAT AMIN, (MAS), at 9:13
  • 39. Muhamad Adiq Husainie OTHMAN, (MAS) Drapac Porsche Cycling, at 10:12
  • 40. Phuchong SAI-UDOMSIL, (THA), at 10:13
  • 41. Antonio SANTORO, (ITA) Androni Giocattoli-Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni, at 11:03
  • 42. Jacob RATHE, (USA), at 11:42
  • 43. David MCCANN, (IRL), at 11:46
  • 44. Kin San WU, (HKG), at 11:51
  • 45. Albert TIMMER, (NED) Skil-Shimano, at 12:19
  • 46. Hamid SHIRISISAN, (IRI), at 14:00
  • 47. Wei Kei CHANG, (TPE), at 14:55
  • 48. Deon LOCKE, (AUS), at 14:56
  • 49. Kenichi SUZUKI, (JPN) Aisan Racing Team, at 15:04
  • 50. Jun Rong HO, (SIN), at 16:09
  • 51. Mehdi SOHRABI, (IRI) Petrochemical Tabriz Cycling Team, at 16:34
  • 52. Hao LIU, (CHN) Max Success Sports, at 17:39
  • 53. Ki Hong YOO, (KOR), at 17:45
  • 54. Abolfazl NAZARI DAGHALIAN, (IRI), at 19:28
  • 55. Guillaume LE FLOCH, (FRA), at 19:30
  • 56. Amir RUSLI, (MAS), at 19:50
  • 57. Alireza HAGHI, (IRI) Azad University Iran, at 20:15
  • 58. Benjamin GOURGUE, (BEL) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago, at 20:28
  • 59. Koen DE KORT, (NED) Skil-Shimano, at 20:32
  • 60. Thomas BONNIN, (FRA) Skil-Shimano, at 20:43
  • 61. Christoff VAN HEERDEN, (RSA) Mtn Cycling, at 20:54
  • 62. Mohd Rauf Nur NISBAH, (MAS), at 21:51
  • 63. Luca BARLA, (ITA) Androni Giocattoli-Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni, at 22:22
  • 64. Angelo PAGANI, (ITA) Colnago-CSF, at 24:14
  • 65. G. Luca MIRENDA, (ITA), at 24:36
  • 66. Choon Huat GOH, (SIN), at 26:49
  • 67. Lukasz BODNAR, (POL) CCC Polsat Polkowice, at 27:30
  • 68. Andrea PASQUALON, (ITA) Colnago-CSF, at 28:17
  • 69. Taiji NISHITANI, (JPN) Aisan Racing Team, at 30:04
  • 70. Raymond KREDER, (NED), at 31:46
  • 71. Hilton CLARKE, (AUS) UnitedHealthcare, at 31:53
  • 72. Baptiste PLACKAERT, (BEL) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago, at 31:54
  • 73. Adrian Why Kit Chuah, (MAS) Letua Cycling Team, at 32:41
  • 74. David VEILLEUX, (CAN), at 32:43
  • 75. Shinichi FUKUSHIMA, (JPN), at 32:50
  • 76. Joeri STALLAERT, (BEL) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago, at 33:11
  • 77. Anuar MANAN, (MAS), at 34:22
  • 78. Tobias ERLER, (GER) Petrochemical Tabriz Cycling Team, at 34:42
  • 79. Ameli MEYSAM, (IRI), at 34:42
  • 80. Sea Keong LOH, (MAS), at 34:45
  • 81. Floris GOESINNEN, (NED) Drapac Porsche Cycling, at 35:00
  • 82. Bartlomiej MATYSIAK, (POL) CCC Polsat Polkowice, at 35:04
  • 83. Elia FAVILLI, (ITA), at 35:06
  • 84. Blazej JANIACZYK, (POL) CCC Polsat Polkowice, at 35:06
  • 85. Karl MENZIES, (AUS) UnitedHealthcare, at 35:06
  • 86. Takashi MIYAZAWA, (JPN), at 35:36
  • 87. Kazuhiro MORI, (JPN) Aisan Racing Team, at 35:42
  • 88. Mohd Nor Rizuan ZAINAL, (MAS), at 35:49
  • 89. Boris SHPILEVSKY, (RUS) Petrochemical Tabriz Cycling Team, at 36:04
  • 90. Ghafari VAHID, (IRI), at 37:08
  • 91. Darren LOW, (SIN), at 38:36
  • 92. Stuart SHAW, (AUS) Drapac Porsche Cycling, at 38:49
  • 93. Thomas PALMER, (AUS) Drapac Porsche Cycling, at 39:06
  • 94. Damien GAUDIN, (FRA), at 39:06
  • 95. Abbas SAEIDI TANHA, (IRI) Azad University Iran, at 39:08
  • 96. James TENNENT, (RSA) Mtn Cycling, at 39:37
  • 97. Hariff SALLEH, (MAS), at 43:02
  • 98. Chan Jae JANG, (KOR), at 43:03
  • 99. Andrea GUARDINI, (ITA), at 43:06
  • 100. Suhardi HASSAN, (MAS), at 43:07
  • 101. Dene ROGERS, (NZL), at 43:32
  • 102. Robert FöRSTER, (GER) UnitedHealthcare, at 43:32
  • 103. Matthias FRIEDEMANN, (GER), at 43:34
  • 104. Rafal RATAJCZYK, (POL) CCC Polsat Polkowice, at 43:34
  • 105. Omar LOMBARDI, (ITA) Colnago-CSF, at 43:34
  • 106. Boy VAN POPPEL, (NED) UnitedHealthcare, at 43:34
  • 107. Otavio Didier BULGARELLI, (BRA), at 43:34
  • 108. Rhys POLLOCK, (AUS) Drapac Porsche Cycling, at 44:39
  • 109. Arran BROWN, (RSA) Mtn Cycling, at 46:43
  • 110. Marcel KITTEL, (GER) Skil-Shimano, at 47:02
  • 111. Bradley POTGIETER, (RSA) Mtn Cycling, at 47:02
  • 112. Adi PUTERA, (SIN), at 47:12
  • 113. Ji Wen LOW, (SIN), at 47:12
  • 114. Shinpei FUKUDA, (JPN) Aisan Racing Team, at 47:12
  • 115. Paolo LOCATELLI, (ITA) Colnago-CSF, at 47:29
  • 116. André SCHULZE, (GER) CCC Polsat Polkowice, at 48:45
  • 117. Kenny Robert VAN HUMMEL, (NED) Skil-Shimano, at 49:06
  • 118. Ahmad Fahrullah ALIAS, (MAS), at 49:17
  • 119. Sam WITMITZ, (AUS) Letua Cycling Team, at 49:17
  • 120. Mohd Rhazif MOHD SALLEH, (MAS) Letua Cycling Team, at 49:33
  • 121. Roberto DE PATRE, (ITA), at 51:07
  • 122. Alessandro DE MARCHI, (ITA) Androni Giocattoli-Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni, at 51:26
  • 123. Ebrahim JAVANI, (IRI), at 1:05:48

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