The diminutive Italian outsprinted stage 1 winner Scott Sunderland (IsoWhey Sports SwissWellness team) who moved into the lead of the points classification as Ryan Gibbons (Dimension Data) retained the yellow jersey ahead of the queen stage to the Cameron Highlands.
“Finally I broke the ice”, Mareczko said. “The whole team was dedicated to bring me to victory. I’m grateful to my team-mates for that.
“Pozzato, [Alberto] Cecchin and [Rafael] Andriato dragged me to the first positions of the peloton and I could launch my sprint with 400 metres to go.”
Mareczko won by a bike length over Sunderland as Mohd Zamri Saleh (Terengganu Cycling Team) finished third at the end of the 118km stage from Serdang to Pantai Remis.
“It was difficult with a lot of people moving up all the time ahead of the sprint as everyone was fresh”, Sunderland said. “I started my sprint from a long way back as I was out of position. I came from 25th wheel at 300 metres to go while he [Mareczko] was third wheel with 200 metres to go.
“His team here is built around him while mine has four guys out of six who are strong in the climbs. They have to protect themselves for GC so I have to ride solo and use other teams.”
Dimension Data did most of the work to contain the five-minute break of Loh Sea Keong (Thailand Continental Team), Stepan Astafyev (Vino Astana Motors) and Dominic Perez (7/11), whose effort went nowhere on a stage always set for a sprint showdown.