Monsalve takes fifth stage

Thu, 27 Jan 12:45:00 2011

Androni Giocattoli's Jonathan Monsalve won the fifth stage of the Tour de Langkawi crossing the Genting Highlands finish line in three hours, 33 minutes and 31 seconds.

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Colombian Libardo Corredor finished second on the mountain stage, which was good enough to move the LeTua Cycling Team rider up to the top of the overall rankings.

United Healthcare's Hilton Clarke led an early six-rider breakaway, which the peloton began to reel in as the gap reached two minutes.

Europcar's Pierre Roland then tried to launch a solo attack, but Chipotle Development Team's Lachlan Morton broke clear of the peloton to join him.

The pair forged a half-minute lead from a breakaway group of nine riders, but were caught with two kilometres to go.

Domenico Pozzovivo immediately launched a solo attack for the line, but was caught inside the final kilometre and Monsalve stormed through the group in the final metres to claim victory.

“I would like to thank my whole team," an ecstatic Monsalve said. "The masseurs, mechanics and everyone who has helped me, especially Emanuele Sella on the climb; he did a great job for me. I would like to thank Gianni Savio who gave me the confidence to do well today. He told me I could win the race and I did it.”

43-year-old Corredo was equally pleased with his second-placed result, which sees him lead the Tour de Langkawi by two seconds.

“I hope I will be able to maintain the lead until the finish of the tour," the veteran Colombian - the oldest rider in the field - said.

"This is my last race at continental level so I hope for the best. After this race, I will return to Colombia to race at amateur level.”


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