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by Matt de Neef
March 19, 2018
In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Vincenzo Nibali solos to thrilling Milan-San Remo win; Kasia Niewiadoma wins solo at Trofeo Alfredo Binda; Andrea Guardini back to his winning ways at Tour de Langkawi; Mark Cavendish escapes major injury in Milan-San Remo crash; Rivals react to Nibali’s Milan-San Remo attack; FDJ-Nouvelle Aquitaine-Futuroscope bikes stolen the night before Trofeo Alfredo Binda; Andre Greipel suffers probable collarbone fractured in Milan-San Remo crash; Oscar Sevilla beaten and robbed in training; Matt Lawton on a ‘staggering report’ and the future of Sky; Highlights from the Cape Epic prologue; Fremantle to Sydney riders set off; Nibali hits phone-wielding spectator on way to Milan-San Remo win; Behind the scenes of Caleb Ewan’s Milan-San Remo podium.
Italian sprinter Andrea Guardini (Bardiani-CSF) has picked up where he left off at the Tour de Langkawi, winning Sunday’s stage 1 into Kulim. Guardini won the past two stages at his last Langkawi appearance in 2016, giving him three straight wins at the Malaysian 2.HC event. Guardini already held the record for the most stage wins and his win yesterday extends that to an impressive 23 victories.
The win came in a bunch sprint at the end of 147.9km with Guardini beating Joonyong Seo (KSPO Bianchi) and Mekseb Debesay (Dimension Data) across the line.
“It was a confusing sprint in the finale,” Guardini said. “It was hard to be in the first positions but with my teammates, we played our cards really well and didn’t take the front of the race.
“We knew it was far away and then with Paolo [Simion] we caught the wheels of the other trains and took the front position with 500 metres to go. He led me out with 200 to go and I started my sprint and won well.”
Today’s stage 2 of the Tour de Langkawi is the longest of the race. It is 208.3km from Gerik to Kota Bahru and is likely to culminate in a reduced bunch sprint.