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by Mark Zalewski
February 28, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Barbin wins sixth stage in Langkawi, Gibbons remains in lead; Aristi wins Tropicale Amissa Bongo opener; Sergio Henao wins Colombian road title; Bike Pure: No testing done at recent UCI cyclocross races, says riders offered drugs at events; Peloton shaking its collective head over Sagan; Directors upset over sidewalk riding in Omloop Het Nieuwsblad; Vanmarcke points to Sagan for missing out on Omloop win; Quintana on disc brakes: heavier, less aero, and dangerous; Tony Martin unable to finish Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne after hard crash; Patrick Lefevere follows racing action from helicopter; Boonen taking early season setbacks in stride; British Government backpedals on reforms for injured cyclists to claim compensation; 2017 UCI Women’s WorldTour preview: Alice Barnes; On-board highlights from the Abu Dhabi Tour; Pedestrian tries to kick cyclist off bicycle.
Enrico Barbin (Bardiani-CSF) followed what many other riders are doing at the Tour of Langkawi, opening up their win accounts for the 2017 season, beating Anthony Giacoppo (IsoWhey Sports SwissWellness) and Fillipo Pozzato (Wilier Triestina) on ths sixth stage field sprint. The win gives the Italian outfit its 35th victory in the history of the race.
Courtesy: Le Tour de Langkawi
“It’s an honour for me to become part of this history”, Barbin said. “I was feeling well and my whole team too.”
Barbin’s teammate Lorenzo Rota was up the road for most of the stage along with Colombia’s Wilmar Paredes and Hong Kong’s Ronald Yeung, who was awarded the daily most combative rider prize.
“I’m not fast enough to beat the fastest sprinters here but I took advantage of them. Through the radio, we had perfect explanation of the finale and where the wind was blowing from so it was a question of getting the best position over the bridge and anticipate the sprint with 300 metres to go.”
Race leader Ryan Gibbons (Dimension Data) was safely in at 13th. The South African retains his 23 second lead on Australian Cameron Bayly (IsoWhey Sports SwissWellness) and Italian Alberto Cecchina (Wilier Trestina), another four seconds behind.