Tour de Langkawi: Hunt wins stage 2

Last-minute sneak attack pays off

Britain's Jeremy Hunt of team Credit Agricole won the second stage of the Malaysian Tour de Langkawi cycling race on Sunday but Frenchman Matthieu Sprick retained the leader's yellow jersey.

Day two of Asia's biggest road race flagged off from Butterworth in the northern state of Penang and ended almost four hours later in Sitiawan in western Perak state, traversing largely flat terrain in fierce tropical heat.

Displaying the kind of tactical nouse that comes with 12 seasons as a professional, Hunt joined a 10-man move with 10 kilometres remaining, finally overhauling the day's breakaway and taking the sprint with ease.

"This is not an unexpected way to win," said Hunt, whose last victory came almost a year ago to the day, at the GP d'Ouverture la Marseillaise in France. "I've done that before."

Originally from Great Britain, Hunt spends long periods training in Australia during the winter, a choice which clearly paid dividends in the tough tropical heat today.

"This race is so early in the season and I've come from Australia so I have an advantage on the riders coming from Europe," he said.

"I will try and win again, it would be nice to win twice in two days. The race today was really hard, we did the first 55 kilometres flat out and it was a hard finish. I managed to get to the front - just. I've won a stage and I'm happy with that."

Bouygues Telecom rider Sprick remains in the overall lead after finishing the race six seconds later placed 36th.

Stage three of the nine-stage tour continues Monday from Sitiawan to Banting, covering 209.4 kilometres, the longest stage in the tour.

Tour de Langkawi ends on February 17 in the capital Kuala Lumpur.

For more details, photos & full results, see Cyclingnews' coverage of the Tour de Langkawi.

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