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Tinkoff-Saxo satisfied with GC situation midway through Tour de Langkawi

With stage 4 now completed, the Tour de Langkawi is ready to enter the second and last part of the race. It does so with 4 Tinkoff-Saxo riders in the top forty and all within reach of the top GC. Today’s stage saw yet another bunch sprint, where Andrea Guardini took stage glory for the third time.

When asked for a midway status update, Tinkoff-Saxo DS Tristan Hoffman replied:

“So far all stages have been decided among the sprinters, however the majority of the peloton has lost time during the last four days. So right now, we have four guys in the top forty, where the majority of the riders are around twenty seconds off the leader due to bonus seconds”.

“We have our two young captains Jesper Hansen and Edward Beltran up there in the GC but also Pavel Brutt and Bruno Pires, who are showing good shape. I can’t say how the GC will end, but we have a decent starting position with several tactical options before the decisive stages”, says Tristan Hoffman.

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Stage 4 from Kota Bharu to Kuala Berang took the riders on a hilly 165km parcours. However the severity of the climbs was not enough to shake off the sprinters, who arrived at the finish line ready for a final burst for the line. Andrea Guardini (Astana) was the fastest man on the day in front of Jakub Mareczko (Southeast) and Caleb Ewan (Orica-GreenEdge). Tinkoff-Saxo focused on saving energy and staying safe, tells Tristan Hoffman:

“Today, we wanted to consume as small amount of energy as possible, and I expect it will be the same situation tomorrow as well. However, we enter more demanding terrain on stage 6 and 7, which is where the GC will be decided”.

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Stage 4 Result
1. GUARDINI Andrea
Astana Pro Team 03:43:14
2. MARECZKO Jakub
Southeast –
3. EWAN Caleb
Orica GreenEDGE –
4. REGUIGUI Youcef
MTN – Qhubeka –
5. HANSON Ken
UnitedHealthcare –
6. SALEH Mohd Hariff
Terengganu Cycling Team –
7. SUTTON Chris
Team Sky –
8. CHTIOUI Rafaâ
Skydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team –
9. SURUTKOVICH Alex
Synergy Baku Cycling Project –
10. KOMORI Ryohei
Aisan Racing Team –

17. KOLAR Michael
Tinkoff – Saxo –
37. HANSEN Jesper
Tinkoff – Saxo –
41. BELTRAN Edward
Tinkoff – Saxo –
52. PIRES Bruno
Tinkoff – Saxo –
59. BRUTT Pavel
Tinkoff – Saxo –
88. TRUSOV Nikolay
Tinkoff – Saxo –

GC after stage 4
1. EWAN Caleb
Orica GreenEDGE 14:46:02
2. BERHANE Natnael
MTN – Qhubeka 0:17
3. REGUIGUI Youcef
MTN – Qhubeka 0:20
4. PERICHON Pierre-Luc
Bretagne – Séché Environnement –
5. MANCEBO PEREZ Francisco
Skydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team –
6. DUQUE Leonardo
Team Colombia 0:22
7. BRUN Frederic
Bretagne – Séché Environnement 0:23
8. ZHANG Wenlong
Giant-Champion System Pro Cycling 0:24
9. LIU Jianpeng
Hengxiang Cycling Team –
10. MANULANG Robin
Pegasus Continental Cycling Team 0:25

19. HANSEN Jesper
Tinkoff – Saxo –
29. BELTRAN Edward
Tinkoff – Saxo –
34. PIRES Bruno
Tinkoff – Saxo –
39. BRUTT Pavel
Tinkoff – Saxo –
81. TRUSOV Nikolay
Tinkoff – Saxo 25:07
111. KOLAR Michael
Tinkoff – Saxo 28:01

About Tinkoff-Saxo
Tinkoff-Saxo is a UCI WorldTour pro cycling racing team that is owned by Russian entrepreneur Oleg Tinkov with the explicit aim to become the greatest cycling team in the world.

Tinkoff Bank is the team’s main sponsor and innovative provider of online retail financial services operating in Russia through a high-tech branchless platform. The bank was founded in 2006 by a Russian entrepreneur Oleg Tinkov to service clients in the Russian financial services market. In 2009, the bank started to attract retail deposits, and is a member of the national deposit insurance system.
As of 1 November 2014, the bank issued 4.8 m credit cards

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