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14th Le Tour de Langkawi - 2.HC, Malaysia, February 9-15, 2009

Stage 1 - February 9: Putrajaya - Senawang, 133.8 km

Juan Jose Cobo (Fuji-Servetto) relaxes before the start to stage one
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Cameron Meyer (Garmin-Slipstream) from Australia
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Guo Hui (China National Team) signs on for stage one
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Federico Canuti (CSF-Group Navigare) signs on for the 133.8 kilometre stage one
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Colourful and happy faces await to entertain the crowd
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Hosein Askari (Iran National Team) focuses on the ride ahead
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Langkawi debutant, Cameron Wurf (Australian National Team), is a long way from
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Giovanni Bernaudeau (BBO Bouygues Telecom) from France signs on
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All the colour and culture of the pre-stage entertainment
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The peloton leave Putrajaya bound for Senawang
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Riders pass under a bridge not long after the start
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Tour snappers await the race on a bridge
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The shot is taken and now it's back on the moto
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The peloton on a small climb
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A field of 119 riders left the startline in Putrajaya
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Dmitriy Gruzdev (Kazakhstan National Team), Jaco Venter (South African National Team),
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Giovanni Bernaudeau (BBO Bouygues Telecom) stretches the back after a collision
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The peloton passes through a village
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Riders in the peloton corner
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Aw, what's up doc? The tour speeds by a rabbit farm.
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Everyone was trying to get a peek at the Tour de Langakwi!
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The peloton string out with around fifty kilometres to go
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The peloton was closing in on the leaders approaching the Genting King of the Mountains
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Pelumba pelumba means peloton or more than one rider in Malay.
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Deliveries must wait as the Tour de Langkawi goes by.
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Gruzdev, Venter and Amrun make their way up the Genting King of the Mountains
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The weather was hot and muggy so we stopped for some coconut milk
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Mattia Gavazzi (right) of the Diquigiovanni-Androni team edges out Chris Sutton (Garmin-Slipstream)
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Gavazzi from Italy celebrates after crossing the line
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Thumbs-up from commissaires after the first stage completed
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South African Jaco Venter has his Genting King of the Mountains jersey zipped up
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Mattia Gavazzi (Diquigiovanni-Androni) does his own zipping after claiming the Milo Sprint Points
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Stage winner Mattia Gavazzi (Diquigiovanni-Androni) is the tour leader in yellow
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The podium after stage one of the tour
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The start area
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Diquigiovanni kept things in check
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The bunch rides through the Malaysian towns.
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Mattia Gavazzi (Diquigiovanni) and Chris Sutton (Garmin)
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Gavazzi took another opening stage
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Gavazzi took over the lead
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Welcome to Malaysia.
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Dmitriy Gruzdev (Kazakhstan National Team)
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Mattia Gavazzi (Diquigiovanni) wins the first stage.
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The jersey holders after stage 1
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