Archive for February 15th, 2008

Pictures by John Pierce, Photosport International.

Alberto Loddo (born January 5, 1979 in Cagliari) is an Italian professional road bicycle racer who rides for UCI Professional Continental team Tinkoff Credit Systems. Loddo had won 5 stages in Le Tour de Langkawi 2007, Stage 1,4,5,6,10. Loddo had also won Le Tour de Langkawi 2008 stage 5 at Bandar Penawar, Johor. He involved in a crash in Le Tour de Langkawi 2008 Stage 7 at Kuantan which was caused by the mistake of Mauro Abel Richeze from CSF Group- Navigare.

Le Tour de Langkawi 2007 Alberto Loddo Stage 1
Alberto Loddo LTdL 2007 Stage 1 – Langkawi

Le Tour de Langkawi 2007 Alberto Loddo Stage 4
Alberto Loddo LTdL 2007 Stage 4 – Kota Bahru

Le Tour de Langkawi 2007 Alberto Loddo Stage 5
Alberto Loddo LTdL 2007 Stage 5 – Kuala Terrenganu

Le Tour de Langkawi 2007 Alberto Loddo Stage 6
Alberto Loddo LTdL 2007 Stage 6 – Cukai

Le Tour de Langkawi 2007 Alberto Loddo Stage 10
Alberto Loddo LTdL 2007 Stage 10 – Kuala Lumpur

Alberto Loddo LtdL 2008 Stage 5
Alberto Loddo LTdL 2008 Stage 5 – Bandar Penawar
(Picture by Tan Jie)

Alberto Loddo 2008 crash
Alberto Loddo LTdL 2008 Stage 7 – Kuantan after crash
(picture by LTdL official event photographer)

KUANTAN (15 Feb, 2008) – A bad crash involving sprinters Danilo Hondo and Alberto Loddo just 25metres to the finish line gifted Alexandre Usov of AG2R La Mondiale Stage Seven of the Le Tour de Langkawi 2008 from Kuala Rompin to Kuantan this morning.

Le Tour de Langkawi 2008 - Stage 7

The surprise win for the Belarus-born Usov was the result of a frantic sprint to the end in which Mauro Abel Richeze (CSF Group- Navigare) was penalized for causing the crash. Richeze received a CHF 60 fine, a 30-second time addition, a deduction of 30 points and was relegated to last spot on the stage. Continue Reading »

The race was exciting towards the end, especially the aftermath of the crash involving Alberto Loddo and Danilo Hondo, both were stage winners of 4 and 5.

Le Tour de Langkawi 2008 Stage 7 crash

This is the first time I witness a cycling crash that close, it was just less than 50 meters from me. Everything happened so fast, I wasn’t sure what was going on except that everyone was stunt and panic. Right after the crash, everyone ran towards the riders that were lying on the ground.

LTdL 2008 Danilo Hondo injured

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Today’s race started off early at 8:55am and ends early before 12pm to accommodate our muslim friends, they have friday prayer in the afternoon.

At about 1pm, after the race, me, Marcus, Sharon and TJ went for some Japanese food nearby. We had some really nice Salmon belly. Check it out…

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Massive action in Stage 7 Kuala Rompin – Kuantan, just less than 100 meters away from the finishing line there was a crash involving Danilo Hondo and Alberto Loddo. Alexandre Usov says that he deserve the victory because he was in the right position.  Aurelien Clerc was questioned about his team mate, Mathieu Sprick for losing his yellow jersey. New yellow jersey holder Mitchell Docker said that it was not easy to snatch the yellow jersey from Sprick even though it was just 1 second.