Marco Canola gave the Colnago-CSF Inox team its first victory of the 2012 season at the Tour de Langkawi, winning stage seven to Kuantan with a perfect sprint after being in the breakaway of the day.
Canola is one of several talented first year professionals in the Colnago-CSF Inox but took his victory with confidence. He made sure he was part of the breakaway that formed early in the 205km stage, went with the right attacks in the finale and then had the finishing speed to win, beating Joon Yong Seo of Korea and Serguei Klimov of Russia.
“This victory is for the team and gives me the moral for the future,” Canola said.
“Before the start I was focused on doing something but I honestly didn’t think I’d win. I think I pulled it off because I raced intelligently.”
Team manager Roberto Reverberi was rightly happy that the Colnago-CSF Inox team had secured the first victory of the season, boosting moral in the team as another squad prepares to ride the Strade Bianche race in Tuscany on Saturday and then the WorldTour Tirreno-Adriatico stage race.
“With 15km to go I told Canola to save himself and focus on the sprint. We got the tactics right and Canola didn’t do a thing wrong,” Reverberi explained proudly.
The 10-day Tour de Langkawi ends on Sunday, leaving three more chances of victory for Colnago-CSF Inox.