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Iranian cyclists stand top at Langkawi Tour second stage

Kuala Lumpur, Jan 30, IRNA -- Hassan Maleki and Mehdi Sohrabi from Iran stood first and second at the second stage of international cycling tournament, Langkawi Tour, in Malaysia Saturday.

Ali Zangiabadi, who is heading the Iranian team, told IRNA that the country won the second stage in both Asian individual and team competitions.

He added Maleki and Sohrabi pedaled 171.6 km in 4:08.02 hours, ranking first and second respectively.

According to Zangiabadi, Ali Lotfi from Malaysia's Proton team finished third.

Iran had also won the first stage in individual and team categories.

The 10-stage Langkawi Tour started on Jan 28 and will run through Feb 6.

According to Iranian Cycling Federation, the cyclists pedal 1,282.6 km in the Malaysian event.

Iran comprises Qader Mizbani, Ahad Kazemi, Hossein Asgari, Alireza Haqi, Mehdi Sohrabi, Hassan Maleki, and Seyed Mo'ezzeddin Seyed Rezaei.

German manager Wolfram Linder, coach Majid Nasseri, head of the team, Ali Zangiabadi, mechanic Esmaeil Zeyn'ali are accompanying the cyclists.

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