With no classified climbs to contend with but an ambitious peloton, stage six of the Tour de Langkawi was another fast stage with the sprinter’s prevailing in Alor Setar.
There were countless attempts to form the day’s breakaway with Mitchelton-BikeExchange leader James Oram joining two other riders to gain an advantage in the first instance.
The peloton wasn’t at ease as they chased and count-attacked the trio until the front group with Oram grew to 10 before regrouping once again after 56km of racing.
A new move of nine went away before a chase group of 15, including Brayan Chaves, bridged across to make a large group of 24 attackers who gained a maximum advantage of just over two minutes before the peloton once again chased them down.
After 80km racing was back together and despite more moves off the front it was all set for the bunch sprint with six kilometres remaining, eventually won by Matteo Pelucchi (Androni Giocattoli – Sidermec).
“It was another fast day today. Nobody wanted to let any breakaways go, especially the one I was in earlier in the day. We eventually decided to ride easier and let some more riders come across as it would have been a long day at 30seconds.
“Brayan and I probably slid in to the top 30 during the sprint, after hoping for a perfect run to potentially get a top ten.”
Dave Sanders – Sport Director:
“James Oram was in the break for 50km but they never got a lot of time. He managed to pick up four-second bonus to help him on the general classification, then Chaves went in next break. In the end, it all came back for bunch sprint and all our riders were there safe.”
Tour de Langkawi – Stage 6 Results:
1. Matteo Pelucchi (Androni Giocattoli – Sidermec) 2:47:19
2. Youcef Reguigui (Terengganu Cycling Team) ST
3. Mohd Harriff Saleh (Terengganu Cycling Team) ST
30. Brayan Chaves (Mitchelton-BikeExchange) ST
Tour de Langkawi – General Classification after Stage 6:
1. Benjamin Dyball (Team Sapura) 24:40:12
2. Hernan Aguirre Caipa (Interpro Cycling Academy) +0:27
3. Keegan Swirbul (Floyd’s Pro Cycling) +0:50
21. James Oram (Mitchelton-BikeExchange) +4:31