• It was the first professional win for Enrico Brabin. (Supplied)Source: Supplied
Enrico Barbin opened his professional account at the 2017 Tour de Langkawi as he claimed his first victory at the age of 26 in Muar.
Cycling Central

Tour de Langkawi
28 Feb 2017 - 7:05 AM  UPDATED 28 Feb 2017 - 2:06 PM

He outsprinted Australia’s Anthony Giacoppo of IsoWhey Sports Swisswellness and his compatriot Filippo Pozzato from Wilier Triestina to deliver Bardiani CSF’s first win of the year.

“I was feeling well and my whole team too,” Barbin said. “I’m not fast enough to beat the fastest sprinters here but I took advantage of them.

“Through the radio, we had a perfect explanation of the finale and where the wind was blowing from so it was a question of getting the best position over the bridge and anticipate the sprint with 300 metres to go.”

Giacoppo stood in as a substitute for Scott Sunderland, who IsoWhey Sports Swisswellness had marked for protection on the stage.

“We were going for Scott”, Giacoppo said, “but he got caught out of position in the last corner so I went myself. When we caught Mareczko, I hesitated a bit. Maybe I should have kept going.”

Stage 7 from the historical city of Melaka to Rembau will be 148km long with three climbs in the finale.