John Murphy takes the victory on stage 3 of the Tour de Langkawi

John Murphy (UnitedHealthcare) took his second win of the season in the third stage of Tour de Langkawi 2016, after beating on the final sprint Francesco Chicchi and Jakub Mareczko.

A few weeks ago, the American became the rider to break Caleb Ewan’s sprint dominance in Australia when he beat the youngster in the bunch sprint on the third stage of the Herald Sun Tour and today his Blue Train again did a great job to set him up for another big win on stage 3 of the Tour de Langkawi.

However, it looked like the sprinters were never going to get their chance on the short, flat stage which had bunch sprint written all over it. James Oram (ONE), Gaspar Perira (Funvic) and Donaben Goh (Terengganu) had formed an early breakaway and as Astana didn’t get any help in their chase efforts, the gap was still 2.35 with 37km to go and the escapees clearly started to believe in their chances.

Tinkoff now decided to lend Astana a hand and Pereira won the second intermediate sprint ahead of Oram and Goh at the 72km mark, Erik Baska (Tinkoff) led the peloton across the line 2.30 behind the escapees. That started the real chase and when Oram beat Pereira and Goh in the final sprint with 26km to go, Michael Gogl (Tinkoff) led the peloton just 1.38 later. Unfortunately, yesterday’s winner Andrea Palini (Skydive) suffered a very untimely puncture and it took him almost 10km to rejoin the fast-moving peloton.

Pereira was unable to keep up with his companions but Oram and Goh did a great job to maintain an advantage of 1.05 as they entered the final 15km. However, Goh was now just following Oram’s wheel and was unable to contribute to the work.

Oram and Goh still had 50 seconds with 12km to go after Oram had led his companion to the top of the day’s second climb and did an incredible job to keep the hard-chasing peloton at bay. However, with just 2km to go, it was over for the two attackers and the scene was set for another bunch sprint.

In the huge fight between the lead-out trains, Unitedhealthcare did things perfectly and they managed to deliver Murphy in a great position. The American held off Francsco Chicchi and Jakub Mareczko with a relatively big margin to claim his second win of the year.

Tour de Langkawi 2016 – stage 3 results (Kulim – Kuala Sangsar):

1 John Murphy (UnitedHealthcare)

2:30:31

2 Francesco Chicchi (Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec)

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3 Jakub Mareczko (Southeast – Venezuela)

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4 Michael Kolár (Tinkoff)

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5 Andrea Guardini (Astana)

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6 Shiki Kuroeda (Asian Racing Team)

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7 Shimpei Fukuda (Asian Racing Team)

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8 Brenton Jones (Drapac)

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9 Paolo Simion (Bardiani CSF)

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10 Andrea Palini (Skydive Dubai)  ,,

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