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The organization of Milan-Sanremo announced yesterday that the Pompeiana, the new hill that would be part of the course this year, has been cancelled. Because of the bad weather conditions of the past weeks the road-surface of the descent was too much damaged and it's too dangerous to send the peloton over it. The Pompeiana was an extra hill between Cipressa and Poggio, at 21 kilometers from the finish. Also Le Manie isn't on the route this year. This means it's an edition the sprinters will like.

 

André Greipel: "Now the Pompeiana is no longer part of Milan-Sanremo I have decided to participate. It's unfortunate that the decision has been made so late, when the teams have already made up their programmes. Because not only the Pompeiana is left out of the course, but also Le Manie doesn't have to be climbed, the sprinters have more chance. But at Lotto Belisol also Tony Gallopin and Jürgen Roelandts can win."

The 166 kilometer long third stage of Tour de Langkawi from Kampar to Kuala Lumpur became an exciting chase between the bunch and the five escapees including Matt Brammeier (Synergy Baku Cycling Project) who was second overall before the start of the stage.

No other team wanted to participate in the chase so the Columbia squad was left alone in the front of the pack trying to secure Duber Quintero’s overall lead while Brammeier continuously swept up bonus seconds in the intermediate sprints in front of the field. Not until entering the very final kilometer of the stage, the quintet was reeled back in and another bunch sprint decided a stage in Malaysia.

Andrea Guardini (Astana) took the top honors by sprinting to victory ahead of yesterday’s stage winner, Theo Bos (Belkin). Tinkoff-Saxo’s Michael Kolar finished 12th.

DS, Tristan Hoffman says:

The boys supported Michael (Kolar) and tried to put him in a good position for the sprint but he was too far back in the bunch in order to succeed. Tomorrow’s stage over 110 kilometers is the only stage in the race with a mountain top finish leaving the climbers with an all-or-nothing chance to succeed in Langkawi. We take on 20 kilometers of climbing and we’ll support Pawel (Poljanski) and Jesper (Hansen) as this is their territory and their big opportunity.

Duber Quintero (Columbia) leads overall.

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