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Degano takes stage at Langkawi

Mercury-Viatel’s Jan Koerts held onto the yellow leader’s jersey at the Tour de Langkawi on Wednesday, but Italian Enrico Degano rocketed up to second-place when he beat out Koerts for the stage 2 win in Kota Bharu. The 226.3km stage featured two long climbs early in the race, one of about 14km and another of 19km, making for a hard day in the saddle. However, the 171 riders were all together for field sprint finish. Koerts and Mercury were looking for another stage win, but Degano shot ahead in the last 250 meters to take the win.

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Koerts holds onto yellow for another day

Koerts holds onto yellow for another day

Photo: Casey B. Gibson

Mercury-Viatel’s Jan Koerts held onto the yellow leader’s jersey at the Tour de Langkawi on Wednesday, but Italian Enrico Degano rocketed up to second-place when he beat out Koerts for the stage 2 win in Kota Bharu.

The 226.3km stage featured two long climbs early in the race, one of about 14km and another of 19km, making for a hard day in the saddle. However, the 171 riders were all together for field sprint finish. Koerts and Mercury were looking for another stage win, but Degano shot ahead in the last 250 meters to take the win.

Stage 1 winner Fraser leads the peloton

Stage 1 winner Fraser leads the peloton

Photo: Casey B. Gibson

Koerts now leads Degano by seven seconds in the general classification, with Gord Fraser (Mercury-Viatel) third, at 11 seconds.

Mercury will continue its defense of the leader’s jersey on tomorrow’s 177.3km stage from Kota Bharu to Kuala Terengganu.

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Results

Stage 2 – Gerik to Kota Bharu 226 km
1. Degano, Enrico (I) Ceramiche Panaria 5:43:52 (39.49 kph)
2. Koerts, Jans (Nl) Mercury Viatel
3. Strazzer, Massimo (I) Mobilvetta For Trentini
4. Usov, Alexandre (Brs) Phonak
5. Fernandez Domingo, David (Sp) Colchon Relax
6. Wrolich, Peter (A) Team Gerolsteiner
7. Voigt, Jens (G) Credit Agricole
8. Pankov, Oleg (Ukr) Collstrop-Palmans
9. Cavagnis, Oscar (I) Saeco Macchine Caffe
10. Virbickas, Donatas (Lit) Collstrop-Palmans
11. Nauduzs, Andris (Lat) Selle Italia-Pacific
12. Hinault, Sebastien (F) Credit Agricole
13. Colonna, Federico (I) Cantina Tollo
14. Mori, Massimiliano (I) Saeco Macchine Caffe
15. Vogels, Henk (Aus) Mercury Viatel
16. Pichon, Mickael (F) Bonjour
17. Ordowski, Volker (G) Team Gerolsteiner
18. Gualdi, Domenico (I) Mobilvetta For Trentini
19. Lanfranchi, Paolo (I) Mapei – Quick Step
20. Horrilo Munoz, Pedro (Sp) Mapei – Quick Step
Others:
32. Walters, Mark (Can) Canada
36. Petersen, Soren (Dk) Saturn
38. Fisher, Christopher (USA) Saturn
48. Decanio, Matthew (USA) Saturn
53. Erker, Jacob (Can) Canada
56. Wherry, Chris (USA) Mercury Viatel
65. Klasna, Trent (USA) Saturn
66. Axelsson, Niklas (S) Mercury Viatel
67. Horner, Chris (USA) Mercury Viatel
70. Fraser, Gordon (Can) Mercury Viatel
99. Randell, Andrew (Can) Canada
100. Lange, Cory (Can) Canada
109. Tuft, Svein (Can) Canada
115. Moninger, Scott (USA) Mercury Viatel
136. Seiniewicz, Greg (Can) Canada
138. Jansen, Harm (Nl) Saturn
143. McCormack, Frank (USA) Saturn
144. Barry, Michael (Can) Saturn all s.t.
157. Van Velzen, Min (Can) Canada 1:24

General Classification

1 Koerts,Jans (Nl) Mercury Viatel 10:33:20
2 Degano,Enrico (I) Ceramiche Panaria at 0:07
3 Fraser,Gordon (Can) Mercury Viatel 0:11
4 Bettini,Paolo (I) Mapei – Quick Step 0:17
5 Quaranta,Ivan (I) Alexia Alluminio 0:21
6 Aggiano,Elio (I) Mapei – Quick Step 0:23
7 Jansen,Harm (Nl) Saturn s.t.
8 Usov,Alexandre (Brs) Phonak 0:24
9 Miller,Graeme (NZ) Telekom Malaysia 0:25
10 Mori,Massimiliano (I) Saeco Macchine Caffe 0:26
11 Voigt,Jens (G) Credit Agricole
12 Horrilo Munoz,Pedro (Sp) Mapei – Quick Step
13 Pankov,Oleg (Ukr) Collstrop-Palmans
14 Rasmussen,Jacob (Dk) CSC World Online
15 Lanfranchi,Paolo (I) Mapei – Quick Step
16 Herve,Pascal (F) Alexia Alluminio
17 Nocentini,Rinaldo (I) Mapei – Quick Step
18 Horner,Chris (USA) Mercury Viatel
19 Rich,Michael (G) Team Gerolsteiner
20 Weigold,Steffen (G) Team Gerolsteiner all s.t.
Others
21 Axelsson,Niklas (S) Mercury Viatel s.t.
29 Moninger,Scott (USA) Mercury Viatel 0:32
35 Wherry,Chris (USA) Mercury Viatel 0:36
38 Vogels,Henk (Aus) Mercury Viatel 0:39
41 Walters,Mark (Can) Canada
50 Klasna,Trent (USA) Saturn
52 Decanio,Matthew (USA) Saturn
54 Erker,Jacob (Can) Canada
65 Lange,Cory (Can) Canada all s.t.
75 Petersen,Soren (Dk) Saturn 0:48
100 Randell,Andrew (Can) Canada
107 Tuft,Svein (Can) Canada
117 Seiniewicz,Greg (Can) Canada
122 McCormack,Frank (USA) Saturn
123 Barry,Michael (Can) Saturn all s.t.
137 Van Velzen,Min (Can) Canada 2:12
153 Fisher,Christopher (USA) Saturn 6:07