Tour de Langkawi Stage 3

Guardini Grabs First Season Victory for Astana Pro Team

March 1, Stage 3: Kampar - Kuala Lumpur 166.5km

Astana Pro Team's Andrea Guardini won Stage 3 at the Tour de Langkawi working with his team which included Ruslan Tleubayev. Despite an injured foot, the Italian sprinter launched his attack early and was able to hold his lead for Astana's first stage win in the 2014 season.

Guardini currently holds the record for most stage wins at the Tour de Langkawi with over twelve stage victories. He races at 1.70m with approximately 67kg on the SRM Specialized PowerMeter.

Andrea Guardini (Astana)

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Andrea averaged 162 watts over the 166.5km stage with an 82rpm cadence average on a difficult day with temperatures exceeding 42C (107F). His average speed over the race was 44kph (27mph) and his heart rate average was 140bpm.

Final 30km

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In the last 30km Andrea averaged over 200 watts holding an average speed of 46kph (29mph) with a 163bpm heart rate average.

"I thought that I could sprint with 20km to go," said Guardini. "After the climb I had good legs. I wanted this win, because Kuala Lumpur is special for me. I won here over the last three years and today it is special.”

1km Sprint Finish

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In the final 1km sprint Andrea pushed 577 average watts with a maximum power output over 1,300 watts. At his max effort his cadence was 116rpm at a speed over 70kph (43mph).

“I don’t need a lead out train," remarked Guardini. "All I need is one guy to pick me up and drop me off in a good position, and Ruslan did a perfect job.”

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