Quintero denies sprinters in Langkawi opener

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Escape artist...Duber Quintero denied the sprinters in Langkawi (Le Tour de Langkawi 2014)

Duber Quintero launched a solo attack to win Stage 1 of Le Tour de Langkawi and claim his first professional win.

The 23-year old Team Colombia rider was part of an early breakaway that saw four riders make it to the finish over a minute ahead of the peloton in what was the least expected outcome for the short 101.1km stage around Langkawi Island on Thursday.

Quintero was with Australia's Jonathan Clarke (United Healthcare), Synergy Baku's Irish champion Matt Brammeier and OCBC Singapore's Goh Choon Huat in the break that went away after just two kilometres of racing. Terengganu Cycling Team's Saiful Anuar Abdul Aziz was initially part of the breakaway, but dropped back with about 30km to go.

Quintero said he had decided to make the solo attempt in the final kilometre of the stage, and that saw Brammeier trailing to finish second, 22 seconds adrift of the young Colombian, while Clarke finished third. T

he main peloton finished one minute and 37 second behind the leading quartet with Andrea Guardini of Astana beating Anuar Manan of Terengganu Cycling Team in the bunch sprint for fifth spot.

"This is my second year as a professional. I only turned pro last year and this is my first victory as a professional, so this makes this race even more memorable for me already," said Quintero.

"I have heard about this race before but this is my first time here and from the moment I arrived I have liked this place. I like the people, they are very friendly and the temperature is exactly like where I come from, so I wouldn't mind coming back here for a holiday.

"My style of riding is usually to go on a lot of attacks, but I have not tasted victory until today. We were quite strong in the breakaway and we could keep up the pace and built a decent gap. With one kilometre to go, I felt that I had enough energy to have a go and I decided to try and I managed to drop the others and go for the win.

Quintero's victory sees him take both the yellow jersey for the general classification lead and the blue jersey as the points classification leader, while Brammeier took the red jersey as the mountains classification leader.

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"I am usually a rider for the flat stages, but we have come here with a strong team and our target is definitely the overall title," said Quintero. "We will see how it goes, maybe I can climb to try and defend the jersey when we get to the mountain."

Brammeier was going strong in the early part of the race, when he swept both categorised climbs to take the mountains jersey but suffered a bit of cramps towards the end of the stage.

"I have always struggled with cramps and today towards the end I was feeling it a little, but I tried my best not to show the others. I'm still glad that I got this jersey and we'll try our best to keep it," said Brammeier.

Goh said he now aims to finish on the podium after claiming his bit of personal history.

"I'm happy with my performance today, especially racing with the big boys and to get the jersey. Personally I feel my form is quite good, so I will try to finish on the podium," said Goh.

Stage 2 will cover 134.5km from Sungai Petani to Taiping, with another flat stage providing an opportunity for a bunch sprint again. 

Stage 1: 101km,  Langkawi
1 Duber Quintero (COL) Colombia 2hr 21min 40sec      
2 Matt Brammeier (IRL) Synergy Baku 0:00:11      
3 Jonathan Clarke (AUS) UnitedHealthcare           
4 Choon Huat Goh (SIN) OCBC Singapore 0:00:15      
5 Andrea Guardini (ITA) Astana 0:01:18      
6 Anuar Manan (MAS) Terengganu            
7 Kenny Van Hummel (NED) Androni Giocatolli - Venezuela            
8 Michael Kolar (SVK) Tinkoff-Saxo            
9 Michael Schweizer (GER) Synergy Baku            
10 Aidis Kruopis (LTU) Orica GreenEDGE

General Classification
1 Duber Quintero (COL) Colombia 2hr 21min 21sec      
2 Jonathan Clarke (AUS) UnitedHealthcare 0:00:22      
3 Matt Brammeier (IRL) Synergy Baku 0:00:24      
4 Choon Huat Goh (SIN) OCBC Singapore 0:00:33      
5 Andrea Guardini (ITA) Astana 0:01:37      
6 Anuar Manan (MAS) Terengganu       
7 Kenny Van Hummel (NED) Androni Giocatolli - Venezuela            
8 Michael Kolar (SVK) Tinkoff-Saxo            
9 Michael Schweizer (GER) Synergy Baku Cycling Project            
10 Aidis Kruopis (LTU) Orica GreenEDGE            
   

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