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LIMBC 2013 Stage 4 – Kohei Yamamoto On Track To Create History

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LIMBC 2013 Stage 4 – Kohei Yamamoto On Track To Create History

LANGKAWI (Oct 4): Maxime Moratte of Team BH Brsuntour KMC won the Stage 4 of the Langkawi International Mountain Bike Challenge (LIMBC) 2013 men’s open competition with a 1’37:53 finish at the Oriental Village on Friday.

It was a 1-2 finish for Team BH Brsuntour KMC as Moratte’s team-mate Stephane Tempier took second position in 1’38:52. But all eyes were on the contest brewing behind the two Frenchmen, involving yellow jersey holder Kohei Yamamoto of Specialized Racing Team and Emil Lindgren of Giant Pro XC Team.

Overall leader Yamamoto, who had carried a 2:47 lead over Lindgren into the race, carried out his race strategy perfectly to stay close on the heels of his closest competitor. Lindgren clinched the third spot on the podium with a 1’39:50 ride, but failed to put a dent into Yamamoto’s overall lead.

The Japanese rider crossed the finish line just two seconds behind Lindgren, and will now carry a comfortable 2:47 lead into Saturday’s final stage.

“Today, winning the stage was not important for me. My main strategy was to protect my overall lead by not making any mistakes and not letting Emil out of my sight,” said Yamamoto.

“I had a slight mechanical problem during the race and lost some time against Emil, but I worked hard to close the gap and finished right behind him. “The hard work is over for me and because the stage 5 is held on a flat course and I only need to be in the main group of riders to confirm victory.”

If he wins on Saturday, Yamamoto will create history as the first LIMBC men’s overall champion from Asia since the championship began in 2010.

Lindgren conceded that it is almost impossible to overhaul Yamamoto’s huge lead.

“I tried my best to pull away, but Kohei rode a very good race to keep pace with me. I blew my chance at maintaining my overall lead by performing badly in Stage 3. ” There is no chance for a fightback in the final stage, which will be more of a procession,” said Lindgren.

In the women’s open contest, the LIMBC 2012 champion Lea Davison of Specialized Racing Team edged closer to defending her overall title despite settling for third place in Stage 4.

The American crossed the finish line in 1’23:27 behind stage winner Eva Lechner of Colnago Sudtirol (1’20:48) and Giant Pro XC Team’s Maja Wloszczowska (1’22:09). However, the contest for the pink jersey is as good as over because Davison holds a massive 5:56 lead over closest challenger Wloszczowska.

“The overall title is out of everybody’s reach now because the final stage on Saturday is just a short race on a flat course,” said Stage 4 winner Lechner.

“My main priority on Saturday will be to fight for another stage win and protect my third position in the overall standings.”

The Stage 5 of the LIMBC 2013 will be held on a 1.6km course circuit at Pantai Kok.

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Stage 4 results:

Men’s open

1. Maxime Marrotte (Fra) BH Brsuntour KMC 1’37:53

2. Stephane Tempier (Fra) BH Brsuntour KMC 1’38.33

3. Emil Lindgren (Swe) Giant Pro XC Team 1’39:50

4. Kohei Yamamoto (Jpn) Specialized Racing 1’39:52

5. Fabian Giger (Sui) Giant Pro XC Team 1’42:59

 

Women’s open

1. Eva Lechner (Ita) Colnago Sudtirol 1’20:48

2. Maja Wloszczowska (Pol) Giant Pro XC Team 1’22:09

3. Lea Davison (USA) Specialized Factory Racing 1’23:27

4. Adelheid Morath (Ger) Sabine Spitz Haibike Pro Team 1’24:20

5. Elisabeth Sveum (Nor) Raufoss & Gjovik SK 1’25:11

 

Men’s masters:

1. Marzio Deho (Ita) Cicli Olympia 59:38

2. Nicholas Craig (GBR) Scott 1’01:10

3. Patrick Jansen (Ned) Ten Tusscher 1’04:49

4. Anthony White (GBR) Mt Zoom/XCRacer.Com 1’10:58

5. Ton De Haan (NED) WV Ede 1’12:23

 

Men’s senior masters:

1. Mads Bodker (Den) Davinci Specialized 48:45,

2. Derek David Milne (Nzl) Nelson MTB Club 52:49

3. Jirawat Chulak (Tha) Endurace 56:30

4. Deon Wilkins (Rsa) South Africa 56:34

5. Trisit Chin Anan (Tha) Endurace 57:06

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