Press Release – Platt turns the table on Stander but Schneitter Remains Dominant
LANGKAWI, Oct 19, 2011 – Amidst the tropical splendour and the traditional haven of Kampung Tok Senik Resort nestled in the heart of Kuah, near here, Germany’s Karl Platt turned the tables on South Africa’s Burry Stander with an emphatic Stage 2 win on Day 2 of the Langkawi International Mountainbike Challenge 2011.
Platt’s bullish effort in the men’s elite category cross country Olympic discipline today allowed him to finish the race two minutes ahead of Stage 1 winner Stander of South Africa.
“I recovered well from yesterday’s race and adopted a cautious approach, but having tested the course earlier, I knew what to expect. I knew it was going to be tough. I practically sat on the bike for the first few laps before upping the tempo in the second round.
“I must congratulate the organisers, the Langkawi guys, for putting up a very good course today, a lot of tight single tracks switchbacks that required good technique,” said 33-year old Platt, a three-time Cape Epic champion and world No 7 in elite marathon. The Team Bulls rider clocked 1:30.26.562, followed by South African champion Stander (1:32.24.68) and Johnny Cattaneo (Italy – Full-Dynamix) (1:32.57.874). The win for Platt came with USD450 cash prize.
Stage 3, a cross country lap race at Telaga Harbour in Pantai Kok shall bear witness to another thrilling race.
In the women’s elite category, Swiss rider Nathalie Schneitter grabbed her second consecutive stage win as she blew her opponents away on the same course, reaching the finish line with a six-minute advantage.
The 25-year old, a member of the Swiss team that bagged the silver medal in the MTB cross country World Championship last month, covered the six-lap race of 4.7km per lap in 1 hour, 53 minutes 03.599 seconds. Second was Jodie Willet from Australia and third Schneitter’s team mate, Vivienne Meyer.
“I’m pleased to earn precious 30 points in my bid to qualify for the Olympic Games. The course was interesting and I rode much to my strength.
“Having had a good rest after the Stage 1 win yesterday, I entered the race today with the right frame of mind. What I will do next is to take a break and go to the beach before thinking of Stage 3,” said the Colnago Fabre Sudtirol cyclist who has taken home USD 960 for her two successive wins so far. From the 27 riders at flag-off today, only eight were classified as official finishers.
Earlier the race was flagged off by General Manager of TM Kedah/Perlis, Pauziah Taib, representative of gold sponsors Telekom Malaysia, at the Kampung Tok Senik resort.
LIMBC 2011 features five stages that began with Stage 1 around the Kuah town, followed by yesterday’s Stage 2. Stage 3 will be a special cross country marathon at Telaga Harbour Park, Pantai Kok, followed by the nerve-shredding King of the Mountain and cross country race which will end at the Gunung Raya Hill as Stage 4, before the event culminates with Stage 5, a cross country short circuit race.
The race, organised by Human Voyage Sdn Bhd, is sponsored by Telekom Malaysia Berhad and Yayasan Al-Bukhary as the race’s gold sponsors, with Sapura Group, Genting Malaysia Berhad, Perdana University, Berjaya Corporation, AmBank Group, Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) and ALM Group Sdn Bhd as silver sponsors. AmBank Group is also the Official Bank.
Nathalie Schneitter (second from right), winner of women’s elite Stage 2 alongside runner-up Jodie Willet (second from left) and Vivienne Meyer (extreme left) pose with General Manager of TM Kedah/Perlis, Pauziah Taib.
The event is supported by KTM Berhad and the Malaysian Conventions and Exhibitions Bureau (MyCEB), with Hotel Bayview Langkawi as the official hotel. Mutiara Smart Computing Sdn Bhd is the official ICT support partner.
Daily highlights of the event is shown on RTM’s TV1 at 12.00 midnight.
Men’s Elite (7 laps):
1. Karl Platt (Germany – Team Bulls) 1:30.26.562 ;
2. Burry Stander (South Africa – team Specialized) 1:32.24.68;
3. Johnny Cattaneo (Italy – Full-Dynamix) 1:32.57.874;
4. Lachlan Norris (Australia – Giant Global Factory Off-Road Team) 1:34.09.314;
5. Thomas Dietsch (France – Team Bulls) 1:35.13.557;
6. Szilard Buruczki (Hungary) 1:35.26.002;
7. Bartosz Banach (Poland – Mroz-Activejet) 1:35.50.209;
8. Ben Henderson (Australia – Anytime Fitness MTB) 1:36.23.650;
9. Thomas Turner (USA – Team Jamis) 1:36.36.509,
10. Jason Sager (USA – Team Jamis) 1:36.55.684.
Women’s Elite (6 laps):
1. Nathalie Schneitter (Switzerland – Colnago Farbe Sudtirol) 1:53.03.599;
2. Jodie Willet (Australia) 1:59.31.179;
3. Vivienne Meyer (Switzerland – Colnago Farbe Sudtirol) ;
4. Katherine O’Shea (Australia) 2:05.15.723;
5. Michela Benzoni (Italy – Lissone) 2:05.15.723;
6. Ikumi Tajika (Japan) 2:08.12.329;
7. Yolande Speedy (South Africa – MTN Qhubeka) 2:09.05.829;
8. Erin Greene (New Zealand – R and R Sport) 2:11.49.829.
Master (5 laps):
1. Marzio Deho (Italy – Team Olympia) 1:23.29.402;
2. Simon Knowles (Australia ) 1:30.41.627;
3. Anthony White (United Kingdom – Canondale Mountzoom Racing) 1:31.59.039;
4. Prasert Chimart (Thailand – Phuket Beach Boy) 1:37.23.340;
5. Alvin Lim (Singapore – Entro MTB team) 1:39.22.891;
6. Malcolm McLeod (New Zealand – R and R Sport) 1:40.26.938;
7. Pierre Arnaud Le Magnain (France) 1:43.09.827;
8. Azizan Manaf (Malaysia – Giant) 1:54.59.450;
9. Gregory John Dick (New Zealand – Marlborough MTB) 2:01.13.205 ;
10. Zamani Supartin (Malaysia) 2:04.11.726
Senior (4 laps):
1. Craig Peacock (Australia – MTBA) 1:14.52.671;
2. John Henderson (Australia – Anytime Fitness MTB team) 1:17.28.487;
3. John Edwin Ellison (Australia – Adelaide MTB) 1:18.40.612;
4. John Funk (Canada – Dead Goat) 1:32.01.582;
5. Lieb Loots (South Africa – Squirt) 1:32.32.431;