American rider John Murphy (UnitedHealthcare) broke the dominance of Italian sprinters at this year's Le Tour de Langkawi crossing the line ahead of Francesco Chicchi (Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec) and Jakub Mareczko (Southeast - Venezuela) to win stage three of the Le Tour de Langkawi.
“The team was phenomenal today”, Murphy said. “The guys did an awesome job keeping me in pole position all day, keeping me hydrated in the heat, giving me Mars Bars. I was in a really good position in the last corner. I had a great lead out. It was a drag race, that’s what I like. It’s a wonderful finish for me and my team," he said.
It's Murphy's second win this season after surprising in stage three of the Herald Sun Tour.
Donaben Goh (Terengganu), James Oram (One Pro Cycling) and Joao Pereira (Funvic-Soul-Carrefour) led the race for 100km out of the 107km from Kulim to Kuala Sangsarclear until finally just Oram and Goh were caught by the bunch with only 2km to go.
Andrea Guardini finished fifth but retains the yellow leader's jersey just two seconds clear of Andrea Palini (Skydive Dubai) and six seconds of Murphy.