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Burry, Yolande in top 10
- Updated: October 20, 2011
Our Burry Stander and Yolande Speedy placed sixth and 10th respectively in the third stage of the annual Langkawi International Mountainbike Challenge (LIMBC) in Malaysia on Thursday.
Defending men’s elite champion Lachlan Norris of Giant Australia claimed the Stage Three cross-country Olympic format, winning by 40sec margin over Johnny Cattaneo of Full Dynamix. Norris clocked 1hr 20min 52.931sec followed by Caettaneo and second stage winner Karl Platt of Team Bulls in 1:21:28.451.
Stander, riding for Team Specialized, clocked 1:23:16.224 for his sixth spot.
In the women’s elite, there was no stopping Swiss rider Nathalie Schneitter as she cruised to her third successive stage win, covering the six-lap race in 1:13.45.442, followed by her Colnago Farbe Sudtirol team mate, Vivienne Meyer and Jodie Willet. ÔÇ£From the start, both Vivienne and I wanted to remain in front because otherwise it would have been congested, having been flagged off together with the master and senior categories.┬á I really enjoyed the course today, because it had some interesting climbs and downhill trail.
ÔÇ£But I’m a little bit wary of tomorrow’s race because climbing is not my forte. Our task is to remain in the fray before the steep ascent. Vivienne is a stronger climber, so our focus is to keep the overall lead,ÔÇØ said the Colnago Fabre Sudtirol cyclist.
MTN-Qhubeka’s Speedy’s 10th spot came in 1:22.58.724. She now lies sixth in the General Classification.
LIMBC 2011 resumes on Friday with the nerve-shredding King of the Mountain and cross country race which will end at the Gunung Raya Hill as Stage 4. The distance is 27.8km with the first half of the race mostly flat terrains before a steep climb to the finish line.