KUALA LUMPUR – Venezuela’s Jonathan Monsalve scooped the overall line honours in the 16th Tour de Langkawi which concluded in the Malaysian capital on Tuesday.
“I’m very happy to win my first stage race as a professional,” he said after receiving the yellow jersey.
“This is the right way to begin a career. It’s very good to do it being young and neo-professional.”
“This is also the victory for the team,” said Monsalve, representing Androni Giocattoli.
Andrea Guardini claimed the honours in the tenth and final stage which began on Kuala Lumpur’s western outskirts, for his fifth stage win of the event.
The Italian rider made an impressive finish, with enough time to ease up, look back at his rivals, and then throw his arms in the air as he rolled across the line.
Second place in the overall general classification was taken by Libardo Nino Corredor, the oldest rider in the 1,315.4 kilometre race which begins on the northern resort island of Langkawi.
“I have a lot of respect for Libardo because he has raced a lot in the past until reaching 42 years old,” said Monsalve.
“I’m very happy to have beaten him. I really wanted to win because I prepared for this race since December.
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