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Lange leads home SA 1-2

Team Medscheme of South Africa notched another victory in the Tour of Malaysia when Olympian Malcolm Lange won the 126.1km third stage from Taiping to Juru in a sprint finish. The previous day, team-mate Johann Rabie won the second stage from Lumut to Taiping.

It was double joy for Medscheme as Arran Brown came in second ahead of Malaysia’s Mohd Zamri Salleh of the Armed Forces. All three riders finished in the same time of 2hr 59min 02sec.

David McCann of Giant Asia Racing retained the yellow jersey (general classification leader) by finishing in the peloton credited with the same time.

ÔÇ£We have just finished the Tour of Thailand (in early April). We are in good form for the race here and we did it again today,ÔÇØ said Lange. ÔÇ£But because we have won two stages in two days and finished 1-2 today, doesn’t mean it is easy!

ÔÇ£After yesterday, we knew it was going to be hard to win the yellow jersey, so we will just be looking to take stage wins.ÔÇØ

Lange also picked up the green jersey for overall individual points classification. He is level on 32 points with Zamri and Malaysia’s national team rider Amir Mustafa Rusli.

In the general classification, McCann still holds a 20-second lead in 12:’08:41 ahead of Takumi Beppu and Amir Mustafa is third overall in 12:09:42.

The race continues Friday with the fourth stage from Juru to Sungai Petani over 93.1km.


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