Celano claims Langkawi Tour victory

Afif Abd Halim

DANILO Celano bagged the biggest victory of his career as Team Sapura Cycling took its second straight overall individual and team classification win, with a bonus mountains classification prize for young Nur Aiman Zariff, as the Petronas Le Tour de Langkawi (LTdL) 2020 drew to a close with a bunch sprint in its birthplace of Langkawi today.

The 25th edition of the LTdL ended with several history-making notes, in particular for Malaysian cycling, with Terengganu Inc-TSG’s Harrif Saleh registering two stage wins and finishing third in the points classification. He is the only Asian to have three LTdL stage wins on his palmares.

Celano’s overall victory, apart from achieving a personal milestone for himself, also meant Team Sapura Cycling became the first Malaysian team to have registered two GC and team classification wins.

“It was hard to climb for the victory. But I thank the tour for this. It is a very important race for my team, so we prepared very hard for this and the plan went well. I was a bit sick this morning. I thought I would not be able to finish at the start, but I thank the whole team for pushing me, including the staff. They believed more in my overall victory than me myself,” said Celano.

The end of LTdL 2020 doesn’t mean the end of the racing on the island this season, with a post-race event – the Langkawi Classic Race of Champions – set to bring the curtains fully down tomorrow. – February 14, 2020.

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