25 Feb 2016 - 11:30 AM  UPDATED 25 Feb 2016 - 12:15 PM

Andrea Guardini of Astana claimed his 19th career stage victory at the Tour de Langkawi after winning the opener in a sprint.

Australia’s Brenton Jones from Drapac and Skydive Dubai’s Andrea Palini finished second and third behind the fast Italian.

Guardini will start Stage 2 in the overall lead but with an advantage of only two seconds over China’s Wang Meiyin (Hengxiang Cycling Team) who was the other top contender of the day.

Wang bridged to the early there-rider break of Adiq Hussainie Othman (Terengganu), Loh Sea Keong (Malaysia national team) and Meher Hasnaoui (Skydive Dubai).

Wang won the first two of three intermediate sprints ahead of Othman who claimed the third, securing third place overall on the general classification through time bonuses.

The maximum advantage held by the break was 6min 50sec, with Loh the last rider to be caught by the peloton, with ten kilometers of racing left.

"It’s always hard to win, especially when being the hot favourite," Guardini said.

"It’s also difficult to take control of the events. Everyone was waiting for my team to do it. Fortunately, Southeast collaborated with us to catch the breakaway.

"There were good riders at the front but a lot of head wind at the end. As a team we’ve done a good job but we’ve also lost one rider (Ruslan Tleubayev) who broke a collarbone in a crash.

"It’s nice to have the jersey but it’ll be even more difficult to control the race with one rider less."

"Le Tour de Langkawi isn’t a race like last year for me. I find some rivals who are new to me. I’ve already taken part in a lot of races [Dubai Tour, Tour of Qatar and Tour of Oman] before coming here but I hope to keep a good condition from now until the last stage."

Thursday 25 Feb 2016

"Villagers say an Olympic gold medallist’s plan to turn his Grade II listed Chepstow house into a wedding venue will mean they will be afflicted by revellers “throughout the day and night”.

Geraint Thomas, who was part of the victorious British team pursuit line-up at the London Olympics in 2012 and Beijing Olympics in 2008, wants to change St Tewdric’s House in Mathern into a top wedding attraction.

Mr Thomas and his wife, Sara, held their wedding reception at the house in October, with guests including Welsh rugby star George North and Tour de France winner Chris Froome. Residents complained to police and Monmouthshire council over noise and a firework display."

More at the South Wales Argus.

"I think it's fair to say I'm a fair weather cyclist (laughs) and the conditions back in Europe right now can be very hit and miss. You never know what you're going to get out of those early-season races and I definitely go better when it's hotter. Because of that I think it makes sense for me to follow the sun for as long as I can. There also aren't many places in Europe at this time of year where you can stay and train at close to 2000 metres.

The weather in Australia was great and out here I'm feeling really fit and healthy and none of my training has been interrupted by snowfall, illness, or anything like that. The roads are pretty quiet as well, so I couldn't ask for much more than that."

Read more at Team Sky's website.

Lotto-Soudal will do without German sprinter Andre Greipel from the opening Classics weekend as he recovers from a broken rib coming from a crash at the Volta ao Algarve.

With 62kph wind gusts and an elevation gain of 1,306 metres, Red Bull Athlete Tim Johnson becomes the first person to ever bike up Mt. Washington Auto Road in the winter, where his father watched him win the 2000 Summer hill climb 11 years ago. He rides a modified Fat Bike 7.2 miles in –19 degree temperatures against unpredictable conditions in the “World’s Worst Weather".