February 25, 2012

Dave Zabriskie obliterated the competition in the opening time trial of the Tour de Langkawi, besting the rest by a whole minute to take the first lead. He and the team then defended the yellow jersey on the second stage. Director of Competition Allan Peiper sent this report.

Coming from Australia I love the heat but here in Langkawi its ridiculous! Dave Z’s says its hot down here, “’cause we brought the heat!”

He turned up the heat yesterday in the TT taking a minute on the rest and at just under 50km average a good ride on a normal race bike with clip-on aero bars. Tom Danielson executed well for forth place and has the form for the big climb to Gentling on stage 6. Nathan Haas also rode well for a top-ten.

Stage 2 just finished; Dave is full of banter talking about his in line skates and he has everyone in fits of laughter! I am waiting to take him to the hotel and since podium and press conference he has been for a coffee and entertaining the fans while waiting. Talk about killing time…

Today we had the plan to control the bunch until we got a small group away no bigger than five riders as we are only six riders here so better to keep it under control.

Two riders got away after 20km and Tom Peterson and Alex Howes did 80km on the front holding the break at four minutes.

We got some help from a couple of other teams at 50km to go and the two were caught in the last 10km. A hectic final 5kms with Astana heading the bunch towards the line.

Nathan Haas put Raymond Kreder just behind the Astana train but a crash and some rodeo riding by some riders and it was full on battle stations into the last kilometre.

Raymond was fifth behind Guardini after an erratic sprint and Nathan said if they get it right Raymond will get a stage win!

Tomorrow should be another sprint and another big day for us to control. Yesterday afternoon there was a storm like none I ever saw or heard, the thunder was incredible. Its an adventure down here that’s for sure!

See DZ’s Garmin Edge data on Garmin Connect.

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