- It was very and very hot day. The team was fantastic and has done a really great job for me. At the last 700 meters to go my legs didn't responded at all and I was able to finish only at the 5th place, - explained Riccardo Minali after the finish.
For the young sprinter of Astana Pro Team it is a debut race in exotic and sultry Malaysia.
- It is a little bit hard for me now after a long flight, such a big difference in time and whether conditions. But I hope, that day-by-day I can do better and better. Tomorrow is another day, with the climb at the beginning of the stage, let's see how me legs will answer and I will retry to do the sprint, - Minali added.
Astana Pro Team riders spent the day by working to catch the breakaway of 3 riders and helping Riccardo Minali at the finish.
The stage ended with a massive sprint, won by Italian rider Andrea Guardini.