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South African based MTN-Qhubeka cycling outfit maintained their third spot in the Tour of Lankgawi in Malaysia on Friday.

Eritrean rider Jani Tewelde also earned the Johannesburg side another top top 10 finish on the 100.8 kilometre eighth stage between Pekan and Chukai. The tour wraps up on Sunday.
Friday’s efforts meant that it was Tewelde’s fourth top 10 finish in the Tour already.

Climbing specialist Dennis van Niekerk was also in the top 20, ending 18th. Both had the same time as stage winner Andrea Guardini of the Farnese Vini-Selle Italia team (2hr 13min 27sec). It was Guardini’s fourth stage win this tour.

Team manager Kevin Campbell, said that the relatively short eighth stage (100.8km) had only a single Category 4 climb just before the halfway mark, but this had no effect on the outcome of the stage. ÔÇ£Six riders managed to escape the peloton after 15km, but their efforts proved in vain as they were reeled in with 10km remaining.ÔÇØ

ÔÇ£A sudden torrential downpour almost spoiled the sprinter’s party, however, as this made an already tricky right turn 500m before the line a potentially lethal corner. Fortunately these skilful riders all went around the bend without incident.ÔÇØ

The General Classification remained unchanged and MTN-Qhubeka are still holding third place in the team classification.

Saturday’s fourth stage of the tour is a 169.4km ride from Kemasik to Kuala Terengganu.


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