Davison, Giger continue to lead in Langkawi

With two stages left in the Langkawi International Mountain Bike Challenge, American Lea Davison is well on her way to the win

Kristian Hynek (Ceska Sporitelna-Specialized) and Eva Lechner (Colnago-Suditrol) won at the Langkawi International Mountain Bike Challenge on Thursday. Fabian Giger (Rabobank-Giant Offroad) and Lea Davison (Specialized) continue to lead the men’s and women’s overall, respectively, with two days remaining.

In the men’s third stage, Giger missed the win by 1:53 to Hynek, who finished with a time of 3:53:35. American Todd Wells (Specialized) was third on the stage, 6:17 down on Giger.

“This is the hardest race so far,” said Giger after the 63.9km Langkawi Marathon stage. “I am a cross-country rider, so a shorter race fits me better than today. It was a fast first lap between me, Emil Lindgren and Hynek. In the third lap I had to go on my own speed but I managed to close the gap on Hynek.”

Hynek’s win put him in second overall, 4:23 down on Giger. Karl Platt (Team Bulls) now sits third on GC, 9:52 down.

In the women’s tilt, Davison narrowly extended her overall lead by finishing second to Lechner, who won the women’s 42.6km stage in 3:06:52. Elisabeth Sveum of Norway finished third on the day to hold onto second in the general classification, 6:45 down on Davison.

“It was my strategy to stay in touch with the leading pack today,” said Davison. “I want to save up my energy today as I realized I have quite a comfortable time ahead of other riders. In this competition, it is important to know how to apply the right strategy.”

Racing continues with Friday’s stage 4, an Olympic-distance race, and concludes Saturday with a circuit along the beach at Pantai Kok.