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Lanfranchi wraps up Langkawi

The 2001 Tour de Langkawi has ended. After 12 stages and 1836 kilometers, Paolo Lanfranchi has led Mapei-Quick Step to a clean sweep of the overall awards. The final stage was anti-climactic, as expected, with the 7.6-kilometer circuit in downtown Kuala Lumpur, which the riders covered 12 times, not having any effect on the overall standings. Federico Colonna of Cantina Tollo took the field sprint to win the final stage.

By Rob Jones, VeloNews correspondent

Lanfranchi's yellow jersey was only one of many Mapei prizes.

Lanfranchi’s yellow jersey was only one of many Mapei prizes.

Photo: Casey B. Gibson

The 2001 Tour de Langkawi has ended. After 12 stages and 1836 kilometers, Paolo Lanfranchi has led Mapei-Quick Step to a clean sweep of the overall awards. The final stage was anti-climactic, as expected, with the 7.6-kilometer circuit in downtown Kuala Lumpur, which the riders covered 12 times, not having any effect on the overall standings. Federico Colonna of Cantina Tollo took the field sprint to win the final stage.

Mapei won the yellow, green (points) and climber’s jerseys, plus the best overall team award. The only things they didn’t win were the awards for best Asian rider, which went to Wong Kam-Po, and best Asian Team – Kam-Po’s Telekom Malaysia squad.

Following the race, Lanfranchi was full of praise for Langkawi. “This is a very well organized race, as good as any in Europe. The win is very important to me, since it is the first of the season and will help boost my morale for later.”

Mercury Viatel’s Chris Wherry also finished safely in the field to take third place overall after extremely strong rides in the mountains and the time trial. “I came into this race very relaxed, without tons of preparation. The early stages helped me get fit for the climbs, and I was psyched to be at the front.”

Results

Stage 12 Kuala Lumpur – Criterium

1. Colonna, Federico (I) Cantina Tollo 75.30 km in 1:39:21
2. Nauduzs, Andris (Lat) Selle Italia-Pacific
3. Miller, Graeme (NZ) Telekom Malaysia
4. Aggiano, Elio (I) Mapei – Quick Step
5. Hinault, Sebastien (F) Credit Agricole
6. Mori, Massimiliano (I) Saeco Macchine Caffe
7. Serina, Corrado (I) Alexia Alluminio
8. Petersen, Soren (Dk) Saturn
9. De Meester, Hans (B) Collstrop-Palmans
10. Wrolich, Peter (A) Team Gerolsteiner
11. Usov, Alexandre (Brs) Phonak
12. Murn, Uros (Slo) Mobilvetta Trentini
13. Lochowski, Roberto (G) Team Fakta
14. Lanfranchi, Paolo (I) Mapei – Quick Step
15. Nieto Fernandez, German (Sp) Colchon Relax
16. Kadlec, Milan (Cz) Mobilvetta Trentini
17. Bettini, Paolo (I) Mapei – Quick Step
18. Loubser, Jacobus (SA) South Africa
19. Klasna, Trent (USA) Saturn
20. Burgos Rojo, Nacor (Sp) Colchon Relax, all s.t.

OTHERS:
21. Horner, Chris (USA) Mercury Viatel
27. Walters, Mark (Can) Canada
30. Barry, Michael (Can) Saturn
34. Decanio, Matthew (USA) Saturn
35. Wherry, Chris (USA) Mercury Viatel

42. Axelsson, Niklas (S) Mercury Viatel
51. Erker, Jacob (Can) Canada
78. Van Velzen, Min (Can) Canada
79. Moninger, Scott (USA) Mercury Viatel
83. Seiniewicz, Greg (Can) Canada all s.t.
95. Tuft, Svein (Can) Canada 1:01

Final overall:

1. Lanfranchi, Paolo (I) Mapei – Quick Step 42:59:23
2. Bettini, Paolo (I) Mapei – Quick Step 0:44
3. Wherry, Chris (USA) Mercury Viatel 1:57
4. Bertoglio, Paolo (I) Ceramiche Panaria 2:43
5. Jenner, Christopher (F) Credit Agricole 3:59
6. Herve, Pascal (F) Alexia Alluminio 4:21
7. Ludewig, Jorg (G) Saeco Macchine Caffe 4:29
8. Axelsson, Niklas (S) Mercury Viatel 4:32
9. Tonetti, Gianluca (I) Selle Italia-Pacific 4:58
10. Joergensen, Renf (Dk) CSC World Online 5:05
11. Stadelmann, Rene (SUI) Phonak 5:27
12. Flecha Giannoni, Juan (Sp) Colchon Relax 6:15
13. Murn, Uros (Slo) Mobilvetta Trentini 6:28
14. Nocentini, Rinaldo (I) Mapei – Quick Step 7:05
15. Decanio, Matthew (USA) Saturn 7:17
16. Loubser, Jacobus (RSA) South Africa 7:28
17. Sauerborn, Andreas (G) Team Gerolsteiner 8:08
18. Pospyeyev, Kyrylo (UKR) Cantina Tollo s.t.
19. Straumann, Uwe (SUI) Phonak 8:20
20. Scarselli, Leonardo (I) Selle Italia-Pacific 10:52

Others:
31. Barry, Michael (Can) Saturn 17:07
35. Erker, Jacob (Can) Canada 19:06

38. Petersen, Soren (Dk) Saturn 20:51
51. Moninger, Scott (USA) Mercury Viatel 27:42
52. Horner, Chris (USA) Mercury Viatel 27:46
65. Van Velzen, Min (Can) Canada 33:53
67. Klasna, Trent (USA) Saturn 34:42
73. Seiniewicz, Greg (Can) Canada 37:03
75. Walters, Mark (Can) Canada 38:19
79. Tuft, Svein (Can) Canada 39:55

Final Team GC
1. Mapei – Quick Step 129:05:05
2. Phonak 16:01
3. Mercury Viatel 16:35
4. Selle Italia-Pacific 19:44
5. CSC World Online 24:19
8. Saturn 35:07
21. Canada 1:14:55