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Inside Langkawi: Racer Diary 3

– By Al Iacuone –
Today another stage as so many before and probably even more to come. Another early break, the Yellow jersey team driving the bunch till the teams with sprinters come up to close the gap and prepare a bunch sprint. Today wasn’t as bad as yesterday but it still was a messy sprint.

As far as tactics are concerned I think I summed it up in the one sentence above. My hat off to the riders who put in the effort in the early break today and the Asian riders who are holding their own against the European pros. Although I better had kept it on. I shaved off my hair yesterday and now I’ve got sunburn. But that’s minor compared to my roommate. He did get on his bike and rode away the stiffness of yesterdays crash. By the end of the stage he was even feeling good enough to stay near the front of the bunch and he finished 35th.

There was some excitement in the bunch today when several riders had a discussion about yesterday’s sprint. I think the message was made very clear that what happened yesterday shouldn’t happen anymore. But that’s enough about that topic.

I’m looking forward to tomorrow the first big climbs. That’s the terrain where I excel. It will be interesting to see which riders placed high on GC will go well tomorrow. There probably won’t be any changes in the GC because the top of the second Cat 1 climb is 100 km from the finish and it’s all downhill or flat.

Tomorrow should bring more to talk about so be sure to check back.

Allan Iacuone

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