Langkawi International Mountain Bike Challenge 2013
view thumbnail galleryKohei Yamamoto (Specialized Racing) made history on Thursday by becoming the first Asian man to win a stage in the Langkawi International Mountain Bike Challenge (LIMBC adidas zx flux ). He also became the first Asian rider to wear the yellow leader’s jersey at LIMBC.
“My main target before coming to Langkawi was to win one of the stages here, and I am happy to accomplish the feat. There is no such thing as an easy race in the LIMBC, and I had to work hard for this win,” said Yamamoto.
“I was feeling confident at the start line because I had a good feeling about my bike set up during the warm up. The good condition of my bike today was the main reason for my victory.”
During the stage 3 marathon, dubbed the toughest among the five stages in this year’s race, Yamamoto was in the leading group of adidas zx flux five riders at the end of the first 27km loop.
He managed to break adidas zx flux away with Team Goldwurst power/Stockli rider Nicola Rohrbach during the second loop before taking sole leadership in the final third of the race.
Rohrbach settled for second position after clocking in at 3:31:25, with StephaneTempier (BH SR Suntour KMC) finishing third on 3:33:06.
Yamamoto took over the leader’s yellow jersey from stage 1 winner Emil Lindgren (Giant Pro XC Team).
Datuk Malik Mydin, CEO of Human Voyage SdnBhd, the organisers of LIMBC, described Yamamoto’s feat as historic. “Yamamoto is the first Asian rider to have won a stage since the LIMBC started in 2010.
The American rider won stage 3 in 2:37:59, leaving Eva Lechner (Colnago Sudtirol) at 2:42:10 and Maja Wloszczowska (Giant Pro XC Team) at 2:45:08 to settle for second and third positions respectively.
Thursday’s victory allowed the pink leader’s jersey holder Davison to stretch her lead at the top of the overall standings.
The two riders have been swapping stage wins since stage 1 on Tuesday, with Italian Deho holding on to the overall adidas zx flux leader’s jersey.
In the men’s senior masters, Derek David Milne (Nelson MTB Club) won stage 3 and replaced Mads Bodker (Team Davinci Specialized) as the overall leader.