Simon Carr wins the Tour de Langkawi GC
Squad wins the best team competition
After eight stages of unassailable teamwork, Simon Carr stood on the top step of the general classification podium at the Tour de Langkawi today, taking the overall win of a stage race for the first time in his career.
With teammate Alexander Cepeda finishing in second place overall, just 49 seconds behind Simon, the squad also celebrated winning the best team competition.
Our six riders – Simon Carr, Alexander Cepeda, Odd Eiking, Tom Scully, Michael Valgren, and stagiere Jardi van der Lee – raced as one since the beginning of the race. They knew it was a case of keeping one another safe through the first four sprint stages before going on the offensive on stage five when the race would include its only summit finish. That day, the team carried out the plan brilliantly, with Simon and Alexander taking the one-two finish. Once Simon had the race leader’s green jersey, the squad fully committed to defending it through the final stage.
"This was a really big team effort and a really big team victory," Simon says. "The early break that went today was quite strong with 14 or 15 riders and one rider that was only a couple of minutes down on GC so it took the whole team riding really hard on the front to eventually bring them back, which meant we were able to keep first and second on GC. The whole week has been really great work from everyone. Everyone has been really invested in the same goal of going for the GC. I’m just really happy that it all paid off."
"For me it’s really nice to win the GC having only won stages or one day races before," he says. "I think it’s a good milestone for me in my career. I’m just really happy and a bit relieved to finish it off today."
Congratulations to the entire team for eight days of superb racing!