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Some like it hot: Langkawi video with Alex Howes

MELAKA, Malaysia (VN) – It has been two years since Alex Howes’ breakthrough 2009 season, which saw him crowned as the U.S. under-23 road and criterium champion.

While he may not have posted results of note on the board last year, the lanky resident of Boulder, Colorado says last season was one of his best and most consistent, and this year he is aiming to replicate, if not build, upon that.

His racing time begins now at the Tour de Langkawi, where Howes is one of five Garmin-Barracuda riders aiming to help leader Tom Danielson emulate what he did in 2003, when the Durango Kid took control of this race and became an overnight sensation.

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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