He finished fourth on the conclusive 121km stage from Setiawangsa to Putrajaya, won by Travis McCabe who made it two for UnitedHealthcare after finishing ahead of Australia's Anthony Giacoppo (IsoWhey Sports SwissWellness) and Riccardo Stacchiotti of Nippo-Vini Fantini.
“We wanted to race hard again today”, McCabe said. “Typically when the race is hard and there are a few climbs, we can get rid of some heavy sprinters. The sprint came down to the last corner and I had Greg Henderson putting me in perfect position and I jumped at about 300 metres to go."
Gibbons, a 22-year-old neo-pro, remained surprised with his overall victory and points classification win which came with a big learning curve.
“Before coming to Malaysia, I didn’t think I’d be sitting here with the yellow jersey at the end”, Gibbons said.
“The team had a lot of faith in me but to have responsibility to lead in the second race of my first year as a pro, but I couldn’t have imagined the dream coming true this week. It’s been stressful, even having the yellow jersey, being on good form and believing in myself.
“I’m really ambitious and I’m very hungry. I’d be a liar if I’d say I don’t want to win more. It’s been a perfect start. I have to keep on learning. I don’t want to set myself goals that I can’t achieve. Hopefully, this is just the beginning. It was my first time in this position.
“I’ve learned that with winning comes the press, the media, the fan. I had never experienced a teamwork like that. I also learned a lot about sprinting. I’ve only won a stage, I’ve been second, third, fourth and fifth. I don’t look at those as seven losses. I look at them as seven learning experiences. I know what not to do now."