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The Italian champions are still rejoicing in this exceptional start of the season thanks to Kevin Rivera, who won in the queen stage of the Tour de Langkawi. The Costa Rican climber has taken over the arrival of Genting Highlands, the climb symbol of the Malaysian race.

Third seasonal success (ninth in his career) for him, after the two at Tachira, and seventh, precisely, for the Androni Giocattoli Sidermec which has scored in all three races in which it has participated so far in this 2020. In the fourth district of Langkawi (156 kilometers with the start from Putrajaya) Rivera, alone at the finish, launched the decisive attack in the last two kilometers when he first closed on the Russian Ovechkin (then third at 43 “) and then also Celano (at the end second at 10 ”and new leader in general), the only one who had initially managed to keep the rhythm of the 21 year old runner in the fourth season at Androni Giocattoli Sidermec.

In the first long escape of the day for the Italian champions, who since yesterday have to do without Luca Chirico stopped by the fever, the good Nicola Venchiarutti. Rivera’s success in Genting revives a tradition made of successes on the Malaysian mountain for Gianni Savio’s teams, who scored six times in the past with three Colombians and one Venezuelan. Now it’s up to a Costa Rican to conquer the climb symbol of Langkawi. And only the physical problems and the fever of the first day prevent Rivera, second in the ranking of the mountain grand prix, from being in the upper parts of the general classification.