“We came here with the ambition to win”, McCabe said. “We really wanted to work on the lead out train that we have.
"For me, today, it was all about patience. We showed yesterday that we had the lead out train and the power to take me to the line but I made a mistake by going way too early.
"Today I went into a small break before the category 1 climb to make it easier when Manzana really hit it on the climb.”
While Gibbons finished third on the stage, his performance was enough for him to replace Australian Scott Sunderland (IsoWhey Sports SwissWellness) at the top of the general classification by three seconds ahead of McCabe and 11 in front of Pazzato.
It took over 50km of riding before the 201.1km stage from Jerteh to Gerik got going with a group of 16 riders in the break but that didn't last as John Ebsen (Infinite AIS) soloed off the front for 90km in the hunt for mountains classification points. The selective terrain did the rest in reduced the lead bunch to fifty riders before the final sprint decision.
“I had a bike change due to a mechanical at about 60km to go”, Gibbons said. “It had a 53 on and I couldn’t get it down to the 11 [gear]. I had a perfect lead out. I thought it was no problem to come round him but I had no speed.
"I’m disappointed not to win but I’m happy to be in the yellow jersey. It sounds like an excuse but I think I’m quicker than these guys and I want to prove it in the coming days.”
Stage 3 is expected to be one for the sprinters with 118km of racing from Serdang to Pantai Remis planned for the peloton.