Genting Highlands—Costa Rican Kevin Rivera ruled the steep queen stage of Genting Highlands, earlier.
Androni Giocattoli Sidermec’s young rider clocked in an impressive 4:18:55 for the top position of the foggy fourth leg of the 25th Petronas Le Tour de Langkawi.
Rivera found another gear in the last kilometer to zoom past the finish line and beat Team Sapura’s Danilo Celano (+0:10 behind).
TSG cycling team standout Artem Ovechkin (+0:43) finished in third.
Great support from the local fans was shown during the race as the Malaysian audience “pushed” the riders up in the high altitude hills of Genting.
Rivera is the third 19-year-old to win a stage in the LTdL, joining race one winner Yevgeniy Fedorov and leg two victor Taj Jones.
In the general classification leaderboard, Kazakhstan’s Fedorov slipped to the second spot to give way to new yellow jersey holder in Italy’s Celano with a total time of 14 hours, eight minutes and 28 seconds.
The team classification also has a new leader with Team Sapura’s 42:28:19 overtaking three-day leader Vino-Astana Motors.
Joining Team Sapura in the lead are its fellow Malaysian TSG Pro Cycling team and Thailand Continental Cycling Team.
Fedorov, though, remained the best asian rider and retained the white jersey.
Max Walscheid of NTT Pro Cycling team kept the green jersey for the best sprinter title, while Nur Aiman Zariff remained the Resorts World Genting red jersey bearer.
The competition returns for the fifth stage tomorrow in the 166-kilometer Kuala Kubu Bharu to Ipoh route.
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