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Tour de Langkawi Discussion
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Tour de Langkawi


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Welcome to the (lucky?) 13th edition of the Tour de Langkawi. The race has been ever present on the MG calendar since 2008. Comprising a prologue, 4 sprint stages and 2 mountain top finishes. This race attracts most of the best climbers and sprinters the CT division has to offer. We have one former winner on the startlist with pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/eur.png Darwin Atapuma, winner from 2015.

With that said let's look at some of the favourites:

GC/Climbers


FLAMONHILSTARESACC
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/afr.png Pinot728074767969
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/spr.png Frankiny697876727575
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/spr.png Ranaweera668073757565
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/phi.png Keinath737875767569
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/car.png Chamorro667875727674
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/lph.png Marquez677970697779
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/cdb.png Warbasse707875757365
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/bnz.png Garby657970717670
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/bsb.png Ndayisenga667875696873
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/eur.png Atapuma667873717273
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/mck.png Kuss687871747669
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/trg.png Lunke697872767464
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/cen.png Saggiorato687773727472
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/nel.png Ratiy668070707358


pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/afr.png Pinot has been in great form this season and starts almost any mountainous stage race as the favourite. But he faces some stern competition from the Sauber duo, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/spr.png Frankiny and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/spr.png Ranaweera. The former is more explosive, with the latter matching Pinot on the longer climbs. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/phi.png Keinath has been a consistent performer and doesn't have any weakness in his skills. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/car.png Chamorro doesn't like the flat, if he keeps his head out of the wind, then he's a match for anyone when the road turns uphill. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/lph.png Marquez could benefit from a hard tempo on the climbs to use his high resistance. The other riders on the list also split between the punchy and more diesel climbers. But which style will prevail?


Prologue specialists


RESACCPRL
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/mck.png Keough737980
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/spr.png Jiang737579
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/afr.png Hamza736879
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/phi.png Dumoulin766778
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/lph.png Sterbini736778
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/gla.png Cruz727078
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/car.png Li687578
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/afr.png Gretsch706878
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/gsc.png Oram727077
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/cen.png Scully708077


A lot of the prologue specialists have made the trip here from San Luis. We have a wide array of contenders here, but given the organisers decided this prologue is only 2.2 km long. So don't be surprised if we see some left field results here. All things being equal the top favourites should be pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/mck.png Keough, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/spr.png Jiang and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/afr.png Hamza.


Sprinters


FLARESRECSPRACC
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/nel.png Carsi7069738082
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/bnz.png Wippert7070807882
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/bsb.png Selig7168767981
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/gsc.png Coutinho7274777980
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/cen.png Scully7470787980
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/tst.png Salleh7065778080
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/mck.png Keough7373737979
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/cdb.png Kragh Andersen7774788177
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/trg.png Krieger7174757979
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/gla.png Bennett7168807979
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/phi.png Van der Sanden7369777879
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/car.png Lavoine7364778078
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/sva.png Bouhanni7469748077


As mentioned before, some of the best CT sprinters are here to compete in the 4 flat stages. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/nel.png Carsi comes here as the rider with the best combination of top speed and acceleration. His other stats aren't too shabby either. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/bnz.png Wippert matches his kick and might be the favourite for stages 4 and 6 that follow a mountain stage due to his excellent recovery. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/bsb.png Selig has had a solid if not spectacular season so far and has a nice balanced set of stats. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/gsc.png Coutinho has been better, but would probably like to see more wins to his name. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/cen.png Scully's form has picked up over the last few races, the Kiwi will especially target stage 2 in hopes of taking the leader's jersey. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/tst.png Salleh has been Trans's main man this season and has proved he can compete with some of the best with his great speed.

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/mck.png Keough like Scully will be looking to score big in the prologue and the following sprint stage. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/cdb.png Kragh Andersen has had an up and down season, can he find some consistency over 7 days here in Malaysia? pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/trg.png Krieger has quietly put together quite a few good results this year, he shouldn't be forgotten about. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/gla.png Bennett will hope his great recovery plays a factor in this race. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/phi.png Van der Sanden really hasn't performed the way Philips envisioned, can he redeem himself in this strong field of sprinters? pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/car.png Lavoine and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2020/Micros/sva.png Bouhanni are both sprinters that will be relying on their good top speed to score a good result.


Full startlist:

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WippertWouterBNZ Cycling Team
GarbyMarc ChristianBNZ Cycling Team
WeberSaschaBNZ Cycling Team
KelemenPavelBNZ Cycling Team
BaterdeneNarankhuuBNZ Cycling Team
MudgwayLukeBNZ Cycling Team
DelgerbayarSonomtserenBNZ Cycling Team
ScottCameronBNZ Cycling Team
SeligR├╝digerBralirwa - Stevens Bikes
HabtomMikielBralirwa - Stevens Bikes
NdayisengaValensBralirwa - Stevens Bikes
KhederiSouheilBralirwa - Stevens Bikes
NiyonshutiAdrienBralirwa - Stevens Bikes
El SabbahiHoucaineBralirwa - Stevens Bikes
RutschJonasBralirwa - Stevens Bikes
MugishaMoiseBralirwa - Stevens Bikes
Kragh AndersenAsbjornCarlsberg - Danske Bank
WarbasseLawrenceCarlsberg - Danske bank
EgNiklasCarlsberg - Danske Bank
EislersSandisCarlsberg - Danske Bank
De VreeseLaurensCarlsberg - Danske Bank
OlesenPatrickCarlsberg - Danske Bank
ResellErik NordsaeterCarlsberg - Danske Bank
BelevicsArtursCarlsberg - Danske Bank
JangGyung GuCarrefour - ESPN
LavoineAnthonyCarrefour - ESPN
ChamorroJuan ErnestoCarrefour - ESPN
PlanckaertBaptisteCarrefour - ESPN
LiWen HaoCarrefour - ESPN
RowsellErickCarrefour - ESPN
ScullyTomCentovalli - Fiat
PernsteinerHermannCentovalli - Fiat
Merino CriadoPedroCentovalli - Fiat
SaggioratoMircoCentovalli - Fiat
ManfrediAndreaCentovalli - Fiat
M├ĄderGinoCentovalli - Fiat
MundleBenediktCentovalli - Fiat
BisseggerStefanCentovalli - Fiat
TaillefourFabienEddie Stobart
UmerbekovNikitaEddie Stobart
AgostiniStefanoEddie Stobart
PushpakumaraGihanEddie Stobart
MedvedevDmitriEddie Stobart
Lovikasmund RomstadEddie Stobart
ThorsenDanielEddie Stobart
SaviniDanielEddie Stobart
Te BrakeRemcoGjensidige Pro Cycling Team
KipIsmaelGjensidige Pro Cycling Team
KatrasnikGasperGjensidige Pro Cycling Team
RattoDanieleGjensidige Pro Cycling Team
RojusAdomaitisGjensidige Pro Cycling Team
SiddikovDilmurdjonGjensidige Pro Cycling Team
HulgaardMortenGjensidige Pro Cycling Team
KnottenIver JohanGjensidige Pro Cycling Team
BennettSamGlanbia Foods Cycling Project
BrandtTylerGlanbia Foods Cycling Project
CruzFreddyGlanbia Foods Cycling Project
McConveyConnorGlanbia Foods Cycling Project
ClarkePaddyGlanbia Foods Cycling Project
Van der PloegPaulGlanbia Foods Cycling Project
ConnollyWilliamGlanbia Foods Cycling Project
McCarthyEoinGlanbia Foods Cycling Project
CoutinhoLionelGuave's Sunlight Cycling
EyobMektelGuave's Sunlight Cycling
BarbierRudyGuave's Sunlight Cycling
YamamotoGenkiGuave's Sunlight Cycling
KhodayariFarzadGuave's Sunlight Cycling
OramJamesGuave's Sunlight Cycling
MaesenWilliamGuave's Sunlight Cycling
GrovesKadenGuave's Sunlight Cycling
MarquezFlorentinoLos Pollos Hermanos
ManarelliCarlos AlexandreLos Pollos Hermanos
GuillenMarcoLos Pollos Hermanos
SterbiniLucaLos Pollos Hermanos
QuicibalRomeoLos Pollos Hermanos
UlloaJose GerardoLos Pollos Hermanos
RuizRobinson StevenLos Pollos Hermanos
GonzalesAndre AlexanderLos Pollos Hermanos
KeoughLukeMcCormick Pro Cycling
KussSeppMcCormick Pro Cycling
FrankovicMateoMcCormick Pro Cycling
RatheJakobMcCormick Pro Cycling
McCutcheonConnorMcCormick Pro Cycling
HoehnAlexMcCormick Pro Cycling
McNultyBrandonMcCormick Pro Cycling
EisenhartTaylorMcCormick Pro Cycling
CarsiMustafaNordica - Enel
RatiyVadimNordica - Enel
SignoriniGian PieroNordica - Enel
PronskiyVadimNordica - Enel
BattistellaSamueleNordica - Enel
VenchiaruttiNicolaNordica - Enel
KeinathNicoPhilips
Van der SandenGeertPhilips
DumoulinTomPhilips
HenttalaJoonasPhilips
InkelaarKevinPhilips
SchellingIdePhilips
PinotThibautProject: Africa
Van HeerdenJuanProject: Africa
HaddiSoufianeProject: Africa
AugustynJohn-LeeProject: Africa
HamzaFaycalProject: Africa
GretschPatrickProject: Africa
MainKentProject: Africa
TesfomSirakProject: Africa
FrankinyKilianSauber Petronas Racing
RanaweeraSurangaSauber Petronas Racing
SilvaBrunoSauber Petronas Racing
ChhetriAjay PanditSauber Petronas Racing
JiangZhihuiSauber Petronas Racing
BerardJulienSauber Petronas Racing
MisbahMushinSauber Petronas Racing
HibatullahJamalSauber Petronas Racing
PelucchiMatteoSotto il sole di riccione
BattaglinEnricoSotto il sole di riccione
SantoroAntonioSotto il Sole di Riccione
NibaliVincenzoSotto il sole di Riccione
PuccioniDarioSotto il sole di Riccione
VeberMaticSotto il sole di riccione
LuccaRiccardoSotto il sole di riccione
MonacoAlessandroSotto il sole di riccione
BouhanniNacerStrava
ColbrelliSonnyStrava
MolardRudyStrava
RosaDiegoStrava
OelerichJanStrava
OssDanielStrava
SchinnagelJohannesStrava
AtapumaDarwinTeam Europcar
KorenKristjanTeam Europcar
LaveryPhilipTeam Europcar
GoglMichaelTeam Europcar
PavlicMarkoTeam Europcar
MillerNickTeam Europcar
Janse van RensburgJacquesTeam Europcar
ZielinskiKamilTeam Europcar
SallehMohamed HarrifTrans cycling team
KorosecRokTrans Cycling Team
VenterJacoTrans cycling team
HardyRomainTrans cycling team
IgnatievMikhailTrans cycling team
PogacarTadejTrans cycling team
SteensenAndreTrans cycling team
CamargoJonathanTrans cycling team
LunkeSindre SkjostadTryg - Ritter Sport
KriegerAlexanderTryg - Ritter Sport
HoemBjorn ToreTryg - Ritter Sport
ZimmermannGeorgTryg - Ritter Sport
NommelaAkselTryg - Ritter Sport
NorsgaardMathiasTryg - Ritter Sport
RodenbergFrederikTryg - Ritter Sport
RiesMichelTryg - Ritter Sport
 
baseballlover312
Think this might be one of the only races where we only have Warbasse and Eg, no Fabbro. Can't expect too much from a pure climber's race, but we'll shoot our shot for GC as best we can. Have to score as much as possible.

Hopefully we can get into some breakaways on the flat days.

Thanks for the preview!
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I hope that Ndayisenga can continue his run of good form and maybe attack the Top 5, but as always, a Top 10 overall will also be considered a success. Really hope that Selig can do something in the sprints without Reinhardt here. We bring Redecker along with him again which hasn't necessarily worked out, we'll see. Have fun everyone, and thanks for the preview!
 
Fabianski
Really hoping that our climbers will finally have another good race, after the last couple of stage races were really bad. Pernsteiner takes a domestique role here after he completely failed as a team leader in San Luis.

For the rest, it's perfect playground for Scully. I don't really have much hope for the prologue, though, as those short distances often yield purely random results. Wouldn't even be surprised if Merino Criado got our best result here...
The Spaniard is the only leadout we send here, while putting the main focus on the GC results. We can't send much more better climbers, so these guys should show what they have.

Thanks for the preview, red - I hope Scully continues doing great things in your reports Wink
 
hillis91
No mentions of our sprinters? We need to prove you wrong here!

Good luck everybody
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Ulrich Ulriksen
The perfect McCormick races with only prologue, flat and mountain stages, the 3 terrains where we have a prayer. Hopefully Keough eats his Wheaties before the prologue, but at that distance another 17th can't be ruled out. Can live with that if he at least shows up for the sprints. Kuss ranks 11th so will hope he can over-preform a little and get a top 10.
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AbhishekLFC
As with all Keinath stage races, the expectation is of a Top 5 and the hope is to climb onto the podium. No Bardet to pull for him in this race, so it'll be interesting to see how he goes on his own. Not much expectations from Dumoulin and Van der Sanden given how their seasons have been going so far. It's all on Keinath and maybe Inkelaar for some minor U25 points.

Thanks for the preview Smile
 
MacC
Cruz to win prologue, Bennett to win all the sprint stages and Brandt to finish in top ten. You heard it here first Pfft
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Nemolito
Great preview, thanks! My sprinters are not on the list and are definitely underdogs, but if one of them has a good day they might surprise on a stage, no expectations though.

Marquez has been around that top-5 in most races he entered so far. The preview puts him right below this time, so let's hope he overperforms a little. I think the hill stat shouldn't be too important in Langkawi, which suits him more of course.

Sterbini could be decent in the prologue, but then again a 72 prologue rider might just win it as well Pfft

Good luck everyone Smile
 
Jakstar22
So we are here with zero mountain support for Garby so not sure how that will go. Big support for Wippert in the sprints though so hopefully a stage win can come from that. Should be an exciting race!

Good luck everyone !
 
sammyt93
Our home race sees the dynamic duo racing together to try to overthrow Pinot like they did in Pico Basile. Hopefully their combined might will be enough to bring home the GC win and possibly a top 5 to go with it.
 
baseballlover312
Kind of a pointless prologue maybe, and the randomness is always a factor. But honestly, this wasn't too bad as far as randomness goes. The winner at least was the best rider for the profile.

Sucks to get the short end of the +2 second jumble for our prologue specialist Kragh Andersen, but at least we got a stage point, and hopefully he'll be able to protect Warbasse well on the flats. Warbasse himself lost a few more seconds than he should have here, hopefully it's not a sign of things to come.

Congrats to Keough on a deserved win! Interested to see how he'll sprint tomorrow.
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Think these results are quite allright, with sprinters clearly having a big advantage over the others. Then of course the best prologue┬┤ists among the sprinters up top. Congratulations to Ulrich! Thanks redordead for the report Smile
 
Ulrich Ulriksen
Well that was better and also marks the first stage win for McCormick that wasn't a sprint. So nice work Keough and I will take a win and a 17th over two 9ths any day.

Conventional wisdom says he will sprint very late tomorrow or not at all, which I am inclined to believe. But a stage win in hand is better than a sprint in the bush.

Hopefully he can puts some points on the board and keep himself in the green jersey battle. If I am being greedy I am a little disappointed that sprinters with vastly inferior PRL values came so close thereby limiting our green jersey gains.

Thanks for the report and torturing me with all those sprinters coming so close towards the end.
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Fabianski
Fabianski wrote:
For the rest, it's perfect playground for Scully. I don't really have much hope for the prologue, though, as those short distances often yield purely random results. Wouldn't even be surprised if Merino Criado got our best result here...

Really happy I was proved wrong here. Scully taking 2nd place is great, behind Keough as the deserved winner (congrats!). This should put him in a good position both for taking yellow tomorrow, and for the green jersey battle.
I wasn't THAT wrong about Merino Criado either, though - as he finished ahead of M├Ąder, who is a measly 12 points stronger in PRL... Good to see that the results aren't that unrealisitc for once, though.

Thanks for the report, redordead, and congrats again to McCormick!
 
AbhishekLFC
Dumoulin again Rolling Eyes
 
Bjartne
Very excited for tomorrows first real test here. Good to see Gogl showing himself. Koren still in 15th.

Atapuma can't wait for tomorrow Smile
 
baseballlover312
Disappointed to get no one in the break, but we still end up with a surprise 2nd place without even having a sprinter! Shock

In all seriousness, it was obviously pleasant to see AKA actually decide to position himself and then sprint. He seemed to go pretty early, so I was worried he would fall off dramatically, but for once playing to his resistance and top end actually worked. He gets pipped, but the way this season goes, I'll take second every single day of the week.

No Bertilsson in this race, and I can't help but wonder if that's the difference maker between the game treating AKA as a sprinter or as an idiot. If so, I'm screwed for the rest of the year, cause I think I sent a full train to the rest of his races. But hey, no reason to think about that now.

In any case, Carrefour can do no wrong these days, another win for them. Congrats! Hopefulyl Larry and Niklas are ready for tomorrow.
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Well, nice to see a sprint train from a roleplaying perspective, not so great when you end up in 4th Grin Although to be fair, looking at the start list that's actually within reason, so maybe yay for the sprint train to ensure it? I don't know. Very much looking forward to tomorrow as well! And thanks for the report Smile
 
Fabianski
Horrible stage. One to forget. Onto the next.

Congrats to Carrefour again - well, let's just say congrats for the remaining stages and the GC, so that's done.
 
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