The Italian sprinter's dominance in Malaysia continues with this win, his 21st at Le Tour de Langkawi and his third in this year's edition.
Guardiani could not fault his team's performance.
“Astana had such a good tactic today with Laurens De Vreese (Astana) in the breakaway. Nobody wanted to pull strongly in the finale but it turned out to being a bunch sprint and it was a very good one for me. With 200m to go, I passed in a very small gap between two other riders but a bit of luck is always needed for winning a bunch sprint. To reach 21 victories at Le Tour de Langkawi is really amazing. It’s never simple to win," he said.
Reinardt Janse van Rensburg (Dimension Data) remains in the GC lead despite early attacks from UnitedHealthcare and Astana with their leaders only 11 and 12 seconds behind on GC respectively.
Proceedings ultimately smoothed after Dimension Data allowed de Vreese, Tanner Putt (UnitedHealthcare) and Hyo Suk Gong (KSPO) to break away. Once joined by two Hengxiang riders, this group gained a gap-high time of five minutes with 70km remaining. This ruffled Dimension Data as de Vreese sat only two minutes behind Janse van Rensburg on GC. Dimension Data drove the peloton to within a 44 second gap with 10km to go. Sniffing a bunch sprint finale, other teams offered assistance to Dimension Data.
"Johann and Songezo were superstars today, controlling the break with almost no help from the other teams during the stage." Janse van Rensburg said.
"The rest of the team did a perfect job to keep me safe and in position to be able to deliver a 5th place result at the finish. There is one more stage to go, so we will have to be on top of our game tomorrow."
Just one stage of the 2016 Le Tour de Langkawi remains.