Tour de Langkawi: Bevilacqua wins stage 7

12 April 2019 01:15
Simone Bevilacqua (Neri Sottoli–Selle Italia–KTM) upset the script on stage 7 of the Tour de Langkawi with the Italian winning his first professional race. A dog on the road inside the final 500 metres providing inspiration for Bevilacqua to launch a long sprint in a brief moment of chaos. The 22-year-old first to react, taking advantage of a gap in the peloton to steal a jump on the pure sprinters. In the final 100 metres, Bevilacqua held off the fast finishing Charalampos Kastrantas (Brunei) and Craig Wiggins (St George). The trio upstaging their bigger name rivals to complete the podium on the penultimate stage of the race. Yellow jersey wearer Ben Dyball (Sapura) finished safety in the bunch but there was a change to the podium with Hernán Aguirre (Interpro) dropping from second to fourth. Aguirre and teammates Charles-Étienne Chrétien and Maris Bogdanovics all penalised 40 seconds for drafting during the stage. Keegan Swirbul (Floyd’s) now sits second at 50 seconds to Dyball with Vadim Pronskiy (Vino-Astana Motors) moving into third overall.ADVERTISEMENT "Four, five hundred metres to go I saw a dog in the middle of the road and the peloton opened a little," Bevilacqua said of the secret to his first professional win. "I can’t win a bunch sprint because I am not fast enough so this was the only way to win." After the stress of stage 6, the penultimate stage was a far more relaxed affair for Dyball. The Australian confident of holding onto yellow and securing the biggest win of his career to date tomorrow afternoon. "Today was a lot easier," Dyball told Cyclingnews. "We are already happy with the two stage wins and I will be happy to keep the overall lead." How it unfolded You can read more at Cyclingnews.com . read full article

Source: Cycling News