• Ryan Gibbons celebrates his first stage victory at the Tour de Langkawi. (Supplied)Source: Supplied
Race leader Ryan Gibbons of Dimension Data claimed his first pro victory at the end of Stage 5 of the Tour de Langkawi in Kuala Kubu Baru after outsprinting stage 3 winner Jakub Mareczko and stage 2 winner Travis McCabe.
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Tour de Langkawi
27 Feb 2017 - 9:00 AM  UPDATED 28 Feb 2017 - 2:08 PM

The 22 year old South African also increased his lead in the overall ranking from 11 to 23 seconds over Australia’s Cameron Bayly IsoWhey Sports SwissWellness) after picking up two seconds bonus on the way to the finish.

“Getting second on Stage 1, that was a sense of achievement but today my first pro win is more a relief than anything else and I’m just so happy to finally get a win for the team and also for myself”, Gibbons said.

“This result will stay for the rest of my career. On a good day on a flat road, I can win a bunch sprint but today with a bit of a drag and the road surface being bricks, it suited me a bit more but moreover my team put me in a perfect position. I would have been hard not to win. I’m really grateful for their help.

“I wasn’t targeting the intermediate sprints. It was more riding defensively. Every time with 1km to the sprint we saw IsoWhey moving up. They had the teal jersey with Sunderland but Bayly was also up there so I had just had to make sure I’d finish in front of him. 

"I’ve managed to pick up four points and two seconds. It was mainly watching the guys on GC, not worrying too much and not attacking them. The teal jersey is a great award but my focus, for now, is the yellow jersey. If it happens that I can win it as well, I’ll be grateful, though.”

The stage was marked by the lone breakaway of Fausto Masnada (Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec), who rode away to a maximum advantage of 3min 50sec before his lead was rubbed out with 20km to go by the fast moving peloton.

Stage 6 from Senawang to Muar is 176.3km long with three climbs in the first 45km.