Guardini makes it five in Malaysia
Andrea Guardini stormed to his fifth stage victory in the Tour of Langkawi as he clinched the ninth on Saturday.
The Italian of Farnese Vini again had too much for his rivals as he fled from another bunch sprint in a breathless finale.
Guardini took the win in a time of 3:27.06 with his compatriot Matteo Pelucchi of Team Europcar in second.
Dutchman Raymond Kreder of Garmin Barracuda finished in third place behind Pelucchi, but it was Guardini who again shone.
Last year, Guardini took five victories, but he will now have the chance to improve on that tally on Sunday.
The 10th stage is a flat ride of 116.9km as general classification leader Jose Serpa defends his jersey.
Stage nine results
1 Guardini,Andrea (ITA) - 3:27.06
2 Pelucchi,Matteo (ITA) - 3:27.06
3 Kreder,Raymond (NED) - 3:27.06
4 Keough,Jacobe (USA) - 3:27.06
5 Colbrelli,Sonny (ITA) - 3:27.06
6 Iglinskiy,Valentin (KAZ) - 3:27.06
7 Tewelde,Jani (ERI) - 3:27.06
8 Mohd Zamri,Salleh (MAS) - 3:27.06
9 Bertolini,Thomas (ITA) - 3:27.06
10 Harrif,Salleh (MAS) - 3:27.06