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LIMBC 2013 Stage 1 – Lindgren Grabs Stage 1 As Marotte Retains Yellow Jersey

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LIMBC 2013 Stage 1 – Lindgren Grabs Stage 1 As Marotte Retains Yellow Jersey

LANGKAWI (1 Oct): Emil Lindgren of Giant Pro XC Team won the Langkawi International Mountain Bike Challenge (LIMBC) 2013 Stage 1 round the island 65km race at the Lagenda Park  on Tuesday after a three-way sprint to the finish line.

The Swede rider pipped the yellow jersey holder Maxime Marotte of France and Japan’s Kohei Yamamoto to capture the first stage.

Less than a second separated the top three riders as Lindgren’s winning time of 2:19:39 dashed Marrote’s hopes of a second consecutive victory following his prologue win on Monday.

The BH Brsuntour KMC rider Marotte (2:19:40) had to be satisfied with a second placing, with Specialized Racing’s Yamamoto coming in third on 2:19:40.

Lindgren admitted that he had not thought about winning after trailing the leading group of riders by more than 20 seconds 20 kilometres from the end.

“I was so far behind the leaders going into the final third of the race. But I managed to slash the time during the downhill part of the course and caught up with the leading group of seven with just 10km remaining.

“I am happy to win the sprint to the finish line. I am satisfied of getting a stage win in such difficult race conditions,” said Lindgren.

Yamamoto was also ecstatic of his first podium finish, which catapulted him to the top of the best Asian rider standings.

“It was a very hot and tough race, so I am happy that I managed a podium finish. I worked with Emil to catch up with the leading group, but ran out of steam in the final stretch and had to settle for third,” said Yamamoto.

Lindgren’s Giant Pro XC Team team-mate and 2012 LIMBC overall champion Fabian Giger of France was in the leading group of riders until being floored by a flat tyre 15km from the end.

In the women’s race, Adelheid Morath of Germany added the Stage 1 victory to her UCI Mountain Bike Marathon World Championship qualifier triumph on Saturday.

In a bunched sprint to the finish involving five riders, Sabine Spitz Haibike rider Morath crossed the finish line first in 2:47:04, ahead of Italy’s Eva Lechner of  Colnago Sudtirol (2:47:04), Slovenia’s Blaza Klemencic (2:’47:04), defending champion and Specialized’s Lea Davison of the United States and Poland’s Maja Wloszczowska (both credited with 2:47:04 finishes).

“I am happy to win today because it was very tough and wet race. Today, I made the right tactical moves and it worked out well,” said Morath. 

Italian Marzio Deho continued his perfect start in Langkawi in the men’s masters category after adding the Stage 1 win to his prologue success on Monday.

The Cicli Olympia rider was accompanied on the podium by the second placed Nicholas Craig of Britain and Holland’s Patrick Jansen in third.

It was also a second win in a row for Dane Mads Bodker, who captured the Stage 1 senior men’s masters win ahead of Derek David Milne of New Zealand and Australia’s Craig Peacock.

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