With his neo-pro year behind him, Nathan Haas is keen to mark himself as a 'different kind of rider' and the Le Tour de Langkawi looks set to witness this revelation.
Haas netted a contract with Garmin-Sharp in 2012 after dominating the Australian scene in 2011. His first season with the WorldTour team was focused on gaining experience and building his engine.
The culmination and reward of an intensive first season came at the Tour of Britain where Haas finished second overall.
With another year in his legs, Haas is older, faster, stronger and wiser.
"This season I am trying to come into it as a different rider - one of experience," said Haas after finishing third in the Cameron Highlands stage in Le Tour de Langkawi on Saturday.
Nice to have the climbing legs back! Hard day indeed. @ride_argyle boys were brilliant all day just outridden by mr. Wang. Solid rider!— Nathan Haas (@NathanPeterHaas) February 23, 2013
With fellow Australian team-mate Lachlan Morton withdrawing from the race a few days before the event, Haas has the opportunity to pursue the general classification.
"I'm really confident in myself, but also my climber Pete Stetina. Our team today was superb with positing and commanding respect in the bunch. I think we have a good shot to win as long as we can get over Wang."
The 23 year old now sits third, 3min 39sec behind race leader Meiyin Wang (Hengxiang).