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Leezer attacked in the rain with 7km to go, and held it all the way to the finish. Cor Vos photo.

Leezer Solos to Langkawi Stage Win!

February 26, 2013

Dutchman Tom Leezer won the longest stage of the Tour de Langkawi Tuesday, giving Blanco its third win of the 10-day stage race in Malaysia.

On a stormy day that saw racers face torrential rains, Leezer rode aggressively on his TCR Advanced SL. He joined a break that formed with 50km to go in the 213km stage from Mentakab to Kuantan, and then launched his winning solo attack with 7km to go.

Blanco’s double-stage winner Theo Bos was forced to withdraw before the start of Tuesday’s Stage 6. The sprinter had been struggling with illness and fever the past few days and was unable to continue. Leezer stepped up for the team, scoring his first-ever professional victory.

“The team started with a new plan,” said Blanco sports director Jeroen Blijlevens. “We would go for the breakaways. In all the breaks we had one or two guys represented. Tom jumped to the right one and finished it off with a nice solo [win].”

Leezer was thrilled to get his first pro win. “It’s my first victory as a professional, I’ve waited five years and it’s finally happened,” he told Cyclingnews.com.

The Tour de Langkawi continues through Sunday.