LIMBC 2013 Stage 3 – Kohei Delivers A First Stage Win For Asia

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LIMBC 2013 Stage 3 – Kohei Delivers A First Stage Win For Asia

LANGKAWI (Oct 3): Kohei Yamamoto of Specialized Racing made history on Thursday by becoming the first Asian man to win a stage in the Langkawi International Mountain Bike Challenge (LIMBC).

The five-time Asian Championship mountain bike champion from Japan won the tough Stage 3, 81km marathon in 3’29:56.

With his win, Yamamoto, who had earned a third place podium finish in Stage 1 and a sixth placing in Stage 2, also became the first Asian rider to wear the LIMBC yellow jersey.

“My main target before coming to Langkawi was to win one of the stages here, and I am happy to accomplish the feat. There is no such thing as an easy race in the LIMBC and I had to work hard for this win,” said Yamamoto.

“I was feeling confident at the start line because I had a good feeling with my bike set-up during the warm-up. The good condition of my bike today was the main reason for my victory.”

During the Stage 3 marathon, dubbed the toughest challenge among the five stages in LIMBC 2013, Yamamoto was in the leading group of five riders at the end of the first loop (27km mark).

He managed to break away with Team Goldwurst-power/Stockli rider Nicola Rohrbach in the second loop before taking sole leadership in the final third of the race.

Rohrbach settled for second position after clocking in at 3’31:25, with StephaneTempier of BH Brsuntour KMC finishing third on 3’33:06.

Yamamoto took over the leader’s yellow jersey from Stage 1 winner Emil Lindgren of Giant Pro XC Team.

Datuk Malik Mydin, CEO of Human Voyage SdnBhd, the organisers of LIMBC, described Yamamoto’s feat as historic.

“Yamamoto is the first Asian rider to have won a stage since the LIMBC started in 2010. The fact that he overcame some of the top professional mountain bike riders in the world competing in this year’s championship makes his achievement more memorable,” said Datuk Malik.

In the women’s race, the defending overall champion Lea Davison of Specialized Factory Racing continued her dominance with a second stage win in as many days.

The American rider won Stage 3 in 2’37:59, leaving Eva Lechner of ColnagoSudtirol (2’42:10) and MajaWloszczowska of Giant Pro XC Team (2’45:08) to settle for second and third positions respectively.

Thursday’s victory allowed the leaders’ pink jersey holder Davison to stretch her lead at the top of the overall standings.

“This second straight stage victory allows me more breathing space in the quest to defend my overall title. However, I cannot afford to relax yet because some of the girls competing here are very strong and can punish me if I don’t stay focused,” said Davison.

In the men’s masters, Marzio Deho of Cicli Olympia turned the tables on Stage 2 winner Nicholas Craig of Team Scott to bag Stage 3 victory.

The two riders have been swapping stage wins since Stage 1 on Tuesday, with Italian Deho holding on to the overall leaders jersey.

In the men’s senior masters, Derek David Milne of Nelson MTB Club won Stage 3 and replaced Mads Bodker of Team Davinci Specialized as the overall leader.

 LIMBC 2013 Stage 3 (2)

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Men’s Open:

1. Kohei Yamamoto (Jpn) Specialized Racing 3’29:56.

2. Nicola Rohrbach (Swi) Goldwurst-power/Stockli 3’31:25.

3. StephaneTempier (Fra) BH Brsuntour KMC 3’33:06.


Women’s Open:

1. Lea Davison (Usa) Specialized Factory Racing 2’37:59.

2. Eva Lechner (Ita) Colnago Sudtirol 2’42:10.

3. Maja Wloszczowska (Pol) Giant Pro XC Team 2’45:08.


Men’s masters:

1. Marzio Deho (Ita) Cicli Olympia 2’24:00.

1. Nicholas Craig (Gbr) Scott 2’24:02.

3. Patrick Jansen (Ned) Ten Tusscher 2’38:00.


Men’s senior masters:

1. Derek David Milne (Nzl) Nelson MTB Club 2’50:40.

2. Mads Bodker (Den) Davinci Specialized 2’54:54.

3. Jirawat Chulak (Tha) Endurace 3’02:08.

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