Androni Giocattoli-Venezuela's Kenny Van Hummel thanked his new team with a bunch sprint victory on Stage 6 of the Tour de Langkawi.
The 32-year old beat Orica-GreenEDGE's Aidis Kroupis and United Healthcare's Ken Hanson at the end of the 199.1km stage from Melaka to Pontian.
The victory was the first of the season for Van Hummel and Androni Giocattoli-Venezuela, increasing team manager Gianni Savio's career Langkawi record to 24 stage wins.
Van Hummel dedicated the victory to his new team, which provided the Dutch rider a career lifeline after he was left without a contract by Argos-Shimano at the close of 2013.
"I had been with (Marcel) Kittel and won some big races with him. But at the end of last season I was out of a contract. I really wanted to remain in the pro peloton, so I am thankful to this team now. This win is sort of a small present for them," said van Hummel.
(Kenny Van Hummel picked up his first victory of 2014 - TDL)
The peloton was buffeted by coastal headwinds and breakaway attempts were nullified by the Tabriz Petrochemical team of overall leader Mirsamad Pourseyedigolakhour and those with sprint victory ambitions.
"In the last kilometre I was at first on the left with Andrea Guardini (Astana) but the crosswinds were making it a bit messy over there, so I decided to move to the right,” said Van Hummel.
“Just as I moved, I saw United Healthcare were starting a lead-out, so I tagged along and found a perfect position to start my sprint," said van Hummel.
"It was a clean straight sprint. I just put the hammer down and went full speed."
The leader boards were unchanged, with Pourseyedigolakhour also remaining as the best Asian rider and Ireland's Matt Brammeier (Synergy-Baku) holding the mountains classification.
OCBC Singapore's Thomas Rabou continues to lead the points classification after finishing second and first in the last two intermediate sprints.
The Tour de Langkawi continues with the 230.1km 7th stage from Kota Tinggi to Pekan, the longest of the race.
Stage 6: 199.1km, Melaka to Pontian
1 Kenny Van Hummel (NED) Androni Giocattoli-Venezuela 4hr 29min 46sec
2 Aidis Kruopis (LTU) Orica-GreenEDGE
3 Ken Hanson (USA) UnitedHealthcare
4 Robert Forster (GER) UnitedHealthcare
5 Michael Kolar (SVK) Tinkoff-Saxo
6 Francesco Chicchi (ITA) Yellow Fluo
7 Andrea Guardini (ITA) Astana
8 Youcef Reguigui (ALG) MTN-Qhubeka
9 Morgan Lamoisson (FRA) Europcar
10 Anuar Manan (MAS) Terengganu
1 Mirsamad Pourseyedigolakhour (IRI) Tabriz 19hr 43min 50sec
2 Merhawi Kudus (ERI) MTN-Qhubeka 0:00:08
3 Isaac Bolivar (COL) UnitedHealthcare 0:00:11
4 Esteban Chaves (COL) Orica-GreenEDGE 0:00:20
5 Petr Ignatenko (RUS) Katusha 0:00:36
6 Jacques Janse van Rensburg (RSA) MTN-Qhubeka 0:00:40
7 Steven Kruijswijk (NED) Belkin 0:00:52
8 Gianfranco Zilioli (ITA) Androni Giocattoli-Venezuela 0:01:09
9 Ghaffari Vahid (IRI) Tabriz 0:01:27
10 Louis Meintjes (RSA) MTN-Qhubeka 0:01:41