Theo Bos Wins First Race Of Season At Tour de Langkawi


Theo Bos won his first race of the season in Malaysia’s Tour de Langkawi stage two today. The Belkin Pro Cycling TEAM led him into Taiping where he crossed the line ahead of helper Graeme Brown. Several riders, including Andrea Guardini (Astana) and Francesco Chicchi (YellowFluo-Neri Sottoli), crashed in the final kilometre.

“I don’t want to celebrate too much given the crash that happened,” Bos explained. The crash took down Belkin’s Dennis van Winden and Steven Kruijswijk. Both rolled in safely, Van Winden suffered the worse, and should start tomorrow. “There were many crashes, one about one kilometre out and one within the final corner.”

Early start
Belkin took the front early due to the numerous corners in the final kilometres. The train travelled on schedule. Rick Flens worked early, and led Jack Bobridge, Dennis van Winden and Graeme Brown. Bos enjoyed success off the team’s sweat, and in today’s case, blood. “Every year I win early and it’s a big relief. It’s always difficult though, so I’m happy,” Bos said. “For my team, it’s also important to build up the victories and learn. I’d rather ride here in Malaysia than in Paris-Nice, which is a very hard race for me. This is a good boost for my training and for the team’s lead-out. We are communicating well.”

OK for tomorrow
Sports Director, Michiel Elijzen said that his riders did not suffer “so badly” in the crash and that they are OK for tomorrow. They face 166.5 kilometres, which are mostly flat, tomorrow from Kampar to the country’s capital Kuala Lumpur. “Today went as plan. Rick led the guys to the final five kilometres. Steven stayed in front and left the final lead-out to Dennis, Jack and Graeme,” Elijzen explained. “After the escape in the first day, teams believe an escape could survive. Today a sprint won. I expect a bunch sprint tomorrow again, also because the GC guys don’t want to lose time in an escape like on day one.”

Results from second stage of Tour de Langkawi

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 28, 2014 (AFP) – Results from the second stage of the
Tour de Langkawi on Friday, a 132.5 kilometre (82.3 miles) route from Sungei
Petani to Taiping in northern Malaysia:

Top three places in Stage 2:
1. Theo Bos (NED/Belkin-Pro Cycling Team) 3hr 11 min 11 sec, 2. Graeme
Brown (AUS/Belkin-Pro Cycling Team) same time, 3. Marco Haller (AUT/Team
Katusha) s.t.

Top three places overall:
1. Duber Quintero (COL/Colombia) 5hr 32 min 32 sec, 2. Jonathan Clarke
(AUS/UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling) at 22 secs, 3. Matt Brammeier (IRL/Synergy
Baku Cycling Project) 24