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Crash victim: Langkawi video with Tom Danielson

GENTING HIGHLANDS, Malaysia (VN) – The cumulative effects of a hard fall on Stage 3 of the Tour de Langkawi finally took their toll on Garmin-Barracuda leader Tom Danielson, who on the queen stage of the race Wednesday, found himself helpless against the climbing force that is Androni-Giocattoli.

Danielson told VeloNews.com he will need to recover properly from his fall before thinking about a stage win in the next four days, not to mention make sure he’s good for his next two stage races at the Volta a Catalunya and Pais Vasco.

Furthermore, Danielson says “one of things I want to get better at is racing for the win,” adding that he needs to take himself not just to the limit but over it so he can improve on his eighth place from last year’s Tour de France.

Realizing life in advertising was nothing like Mad Men and buoyed by the Olympic Games in his Australian hometown of Sydney, Anthony Tan turned his back on a lucrative copywriting career in 2000 in pursuit of something more cerebral. Combining wordsmithing with his experiences as an A-Grade club racer and an underwhelming season competing in Europe, a career as a cycling scribe beckoned… More than a dozen Grand Tours and countless Classics later, it’s where he still is today. He has been a contributor to VeloNews since 2006. In 2010, he won Cycling Australia’s media award for best story. Follow him on Twitter: @anthony_tan

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