First stage and podium touched by Androni Giocattoli Sidermec at the Tour de Langkawi. In Malaysia, in the first of eight days of racing, he finished fourth place Manuel Belletti.
To win the 148 km Kangar-Kulim was Andrea Guardini, who confirms the prince sprinter in the history of the Malaysian race with the 23rd success in his career. Guardini passed Seo and Debesay.
The Malaysian opening would certainly have been able to play even more than the fourth place even Manuel Belletti intends. The Romagna racer of Androni Giocattoli Sidermec, who preceded Minali and Pacioni, was hindered by a fall just over a kilometer from the finish line. Belletti, in order not to end up on the ground, had to "cut" off the road on the lawn, just like the companion Malucelli (12th finish line) that was driving him to the final sprint. Despite the slowdown, Belletti was still very good at closing fourth: with about fifty meters more he would probably have managed to fight for the victory.
The team manager of Androni Giocattoli Sidermec Gianni Savio, who from Malaysia, comments: "I have to once again congratulate the guys for the excellent performance of the race and especially for Manuel Belletti, who has shown to have prepared well, as an excellent professional, after the fall in Argentina in January and the long stop for costal microfracture. Without the slowdown in the final he could certainly have fought for the first place ».
To confirm the good day overall of the team, it must be remembered that, after the first part of the Malaysian race, Androni Giocattoli Sidermec leads the team classification.
Tomorrow the Tour de Langkawi will continue with the second stage, the 208-kilometer Gerik-Kota Bahru.
ANDRONI GIOCATTOLI SIDERMEC READY FOR THE TOUR DE LANGKAWI
The Italian Champions will be competing at the Tour de Langkawi in Malaysia.