Astana's Andrea Guardini continues to make the Tour de Langkawi his personal playground with the Italian claiming his 20th career stage victory at the Malaysian stage race.
Guardini has raced the event six times, and of the 37 stages on offer, has won 20 in that span of time, a remarkable domination of the event.
Stage five of the Tour de Langkawi finished in the capital, Kuala Lumpur after 148.8km with Guardini ahead of Andrea Palini (Skydive Dubai) and Reinardt Janse van Rensburg (Dimension Data).
“It’s a wonderful day for me and a perfect fourth win here on my favourite finishing line of Le Tour de Langkawi”, Guardini said.
“Every time I come to Kuala Lumpur, I win, it’s fantastic. With 20km to go, my mind was all set on this finish location. I could feel a lot of adrenaline in the run in. I knew exactly where I needed to pass my adversaries to outsprint them. We took control of the race and I had a really good sprint.”
Miguel Angel Lopez leads the general classification after some defensive work by Guardini in helping to deny van Rensburg critical intermediate sprint bonuses, who is a threat for the overall title.
“I’ve lost a little bit of time on GC but we caught the breakaway riders by profiting from the work of the other teams too," Lopez said.
"I’m happy to retain the yellow jersey and to realise that the flag of (the Federal Territory of) Kuala Lumpur is exactly the same as Colombia’s at the exception of the heraldry in the middle. I feel much welcome in Malaysia.”