FIRST DOUBLE FOR SERRAMENTI PVC – THE KINGS OF LTDL 2008

KUALA LUMPUR (17 Feb, 2008) – Serramenti PVC proved they were the Kings of the Le Tour de Langkawi 2008 when they convincingly secured the individual and team titles in Asia’s biggest road race here this afternoon.

LTdL 2008 Stage 9

The nine-day tour came to a sensational end today at Dataran Merdeka when Mauro Abel Richeze of the CSF Group-Navigare team won the 73km long Stage 9, also known as the KL Criterium.

Serramenti PVC, led by the effervescent Gianni Savio, have been consistent performers in the Le Tour de Langkawi and after disappointments in the last two years, charged back this year in a big way when Ruslan Ivanov wrested the yellow jersey and the team cemented the overall title after yesterday’s climb up Fraser’s Hill.

Serramenti had never won the double before although they bagged the individual crown in 2002 off Hernan Dario Munoz and in 2004 from Freddie Gonzalez when the team was known as Selle Italia.

“It has been a fantastic team effort and in the eight years that we have been here, we have won 15 stages thus far. But his victory is certainly the best so far,” added Savio.

A thrilled Ivanov said: “I am here because Savio and Marco Bellini (the Sportif Director) gave me a chance after I did not have a contract for almost two years. It is impossible to describe what I feel at the moment although the important thing is to look ahead and repay the team for their faith in me.”

Richeze’s victory in the final stage has ensured the 13td edition of the Le Tour de Langkawi remains unique in that the winners throughout all nine stages have been by different riders.

Richeze, who was largely blamed for the crash into Kuantan which saw him being penalized, said that he deserved the win today after the hardwork of his CSF team over the last few days.

“I did not intend to cause the crash but I think that I deserve the win today because my team has been working very hard,” explained Richeze.

Added Filippo Savini (CSF Navigare), the winner of the red jersey for king of the mountain: “As far as what races I will be taking part in will depend largely on the Directeur Sportif.”

Aurelien Clerc (Bouygues Telecom), who was confirmed as the winner of the sprinter.

STAGE NINE RESULTS

1. Richeze, Mauro Abel (CSF Group-Navigare) 1h31’22”
2. Hunt, Jeremy (Credit Agricole) 1h31’22”
3. Rossi, Enrico (NGC Medical � OTC) 1h31’22”
4. Park, Seon Ho (Seoul Cycling) 1h31’22”
5. Usov, Alexandre (AG2R La Mondiale) 1h31’22”
6. Hoffman, Nolan (South African) 1h31’22”
7. Clerc, Aurelien (Bouygues Telecom) 1h31’22”
8. Trusov, Nikolay (Tinkoff Credit Systems) 1h31’22”
9. Hondo, Danilo (Serramenti PVC) 1h31’22”
10. Chapman, Joseph (New Zealand) 1h31’22”

FINAL GENERAL CLASSIFICATION

1. Ivanov, Ruslan (Serramenti PVC) 31h20’28”
2. Sprick, Matthieu (Bouygues Telecom) 31h20’57”
3. Cesar, Gustavo (Karpin Galicia) 31h21’00”
4. Yates, Jeremy (New Zealand) 31h21’04”
5. Sobal, Yauhen (Tinkoff Credit Systems) 31h21’16”
6. Docker, Mitchell (Drapac Porsche) 31h21’24”
7. Rodriguez, Jackson (Serramenti PVC) 31h21’31”
8. Marino, Jean-Marc (Credit Agricole) 31h21’37”
9. McCleod, Ian (South African) 31h22’12”
10. Wilson, Matt (Team Type 1) 31h22’16”

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