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WorldTour teams caught in deadlock at Tour de Langkawi

Tinkoff-Saxo put great effort into securing a spot in the breakaway group during stage 5 of Tour de Langkawi. But the effort was to no avail, as the more prominent teams looked to each other to make sure that no competing riders made it into the big break of the day, which eventually made it to the finish line 13 minutes ahead of the peloton.

Giving the lowdown on the team’s efforts on stage 5, Tinkoff-Saxo DS Tristan Hoffman says:

“Today was really not a good day for us. The guys made a big effort to get into the breakaway, as we sensed that this could be one of those days, where the peloton eases up a bit and the break actually makes it to the finish line, which it did”.

“However, our guys were unable to form a breakaway, as all the big teams – such as Sky, Astana, Orica-GreenEdge and us – were chasing down each other, because no one wanted to allow a well-placed rider to get into the break”, adds Tristan Hoffman after the stage finish.
Instead a big breakaway consisting of riders from smaller teams created a big gap to the peloton, where none of the teams without riders in the break wanted to take up position at the front of the bunch. After 200km of riding, the breakaway reached the finish line in Kuantan, where Joon Yong Seo from Team KSPO managed to secure the win with 13 seconds down to his breakaway companions.

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According to Tristan Hoffman, Tinkoff-Saxo will have to try harder on tomorrow’s stage, where the riders face a short and expectedly fast 97km stage.

“I saw that the guys tried hard to make it into the breakaway today and the tactical situation was difficult. But we will just have to try harder, as we really can’t decide how the other teams are going to ride. This is the situation, the guys are in good shape and we’ll continue to search for a great result throughout the race. The biggest opportunities will come on stage 7, but we’ll have to be attentive tomorrow as well”, finishes Tristan Hoffman.

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Stage 5 Result:
1. SEO Joon Yong
KSPO 04:18:47
2. NOVARDIANTO Jamalidin
Pegasus Continental Cycling Team 0:13
3. OTHMAN Muhamad Adiq Husaine
Terengganu Cycling Team –
4. NAKAJIMA Yasuharu
Aisan Racing Team –
5. PATRIA DINAWAN Rastra
Pegasus Continental Cycling Team –
6. HASNAOUI Meher
Skydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team –
7. MOLANO BENAVIDES Juan Sebastian
Team Colombia 0:15
8. LOH Sea Keong
SEG Racing 0:35
9. GUANGTONG Ma
Hengxiang Cycling Team 5:20
10. BAI Li Jun
Giant-Champion System Pro Cycling –
11. WANG Bo
Hengxiang Cycling Team 5:40
12. EWAN Caleb
Orica GreenEDGE 13:38—
27. PIRES Bruno
Tinkoff – Saxo –
29. BRUTT Pavel
Tinkoff – Saxo –
33. HANSEN Jesper
Tinkoff – Saxo –
44. BELTRAN Edward
Tinkoff – Saxo –
46. KOLAR Michael
Tinkoff – Saxo –
111. TRUSOV Nikolay
Tinkoff – Saxo 14:08
GC after stage 5
1. EWAN Caleb
Orica GreenEDGE 19:18:27
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 —
18. HANSEN Jesper
Tinkoff – Saxo –
28. PIRES Bruno
Tinkoff – Saxo –
29. BELTRAN Edward
Tinkoff – Saxo –
39. BRUTT Pavel
Tinkoff – Saxo –
93. TRUSOV Nikolay
Tinkoff – Saxo 25:37
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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