Langkawi 6: Loddo nears tour record
Alberto Loddo added another win to his total in Le Tour de Langkawi, and is now just one short of th
PIC BY LE TOUR DE LANGKAWI Alberto Loddo (Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni) was victorious for the fourth time in Le Tour de Langkawi after winning stage 6 between Cukai and Kuala Terengganu. Loddo is therefore nearing Graeme Brown’s record of five wins in a single edition of the race, set in the 2005 version. And once again, it was Maximiliano Richeze (Panaria) who came in second, with American Brad Huff (Slipstream) finishing third. “I thank my team mates for the good work which they have done today,” said Loddo. “I was third with 500 metres to go, and even though there was a South African rider (Rupert Rheeder) in front, I was able to overtake him. I can’t say how many wins I can take from this Tour, but if the team continues to work the same way, then I will not hold the brakes.” There were no changes to the general classification, with Anthony Charteau (Credit Agricole) keeping the lead after coming home in 59th place today. He still has four minutes to spare against nearest challenger Walter Pedraza (Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni). “The tactic was right,” said Charteau after another long day of defending the jersey. “At the end, Selle Italia gave us a hand. Now we are just waiting for the climb up Genting Highlands. I’m not nervous (about Genting) where really, it is all down to physical effort and the team trusts me to maintain focus.” Just like yesterday, there were several attacks at the start but all were unsuccessful until the 27 km mark when Sandy Casar (Franaise des Jeux), Mike Creed (Team Slipstream), Nicholas White (South Africa), Hirose Yoshimasa (Skil Shimano) and Shinichi Fukushima (Nippo-Meitan Hompo) formed a breakaway group. They opened up a 40 second gap before extending it to more than three minutes. But just after the feed zone at the 71km mark, the bunch sped up and worked to bring back the front group thanks to the work of Tinkoff Credit Systems and Credit Agricole. At the 100km mark just outside the town of Kemasek, Credit Agricole stepped up another gear to gobble up the first part of the breakaways in an attempt to protect their leader Anthony Charteau who was in the Tour’s yellow. Then it was down to Serramenti-Selle Italia to finish off the job for its sprinter Loddo, and he duly delivered. Stage 6 results 1 Alberto Loddo (Ita, Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni-Selle Italia 3:00:57 2 Maximiliano Richeze (Arg, Ceramiche Panaria Navigare) 3 Brad Huff (USA, Team Slipstream) 4 Takashi Miyazawa (Jpn, Nippo-Meitan Hompo) 5 Mariusz Wiesiak (Pol, Nippo-Meitan Hompo) 6 Sung Baek Park (Kor, Korea National Team) 7 Rupert Rheeder (RSA, South Africa) 8 William Bonnet (Fra, Crdit Agricole) 9 Pedro Costa (Por, Vitoria ASC) 10 Franck Renier (Fra, Equipe Bouygues Telecom General classification after stage 6 1 Anthony Charteau (Fra, Crdit Agricole) 20:22:45 2 Walter Pedraza (Col, Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni-Selle Italia) 0:04:00 3 Thomas Voeckler (Fra, Equipe Bouygues Telecom) 0:04:39 4 Luis Pasamontes Rodriguez (Spa, Unibet.com) 0:04:43 5 Ian McLeod (RSA, Franaise des Jeux) 6 Pavel Brutt (Rus, Tinkoff Credit Systems) 7 Julien Loubet (Fra, AG2r Prvoyance) 8 Benoit Poilvet (Fra, Crdit Agricole) 9 Sergey Kolesnikov (Rus, Unibet.com) 0:04:45 10 Hossein Askari (Irn, Giant Asia Racing Team) 0:04:47 Official website: www.ltdl.com.my Got a comment? Discuss this in the Procycling forum. What else is new? Check out the Procycling blog.