On Sunday, October 27, the 159km L’Etape Thailand started from exotic emerald-green Phang Nga Bay with its sheer vertical limestone karsts made famous by James Bond in The Man With The Golden Gun movie.

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GRAND TOUR STYLE START ©L’ETAPE THAILAND

With 2011 Tour de France winner and World Champion Cadel Evans leading the charge, 1000 riders took off on a point-to-point route featuring two challenging KOM sections, Khao-Nang-Hong and Tha-Dai-Hill.

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L’ETAPE THAILAND PELOTON ©L’ETAPE THAILAND

On a L’Etape podium filled with young riders, Valentin Midey rose to the top, finishing in 4:01:18, followed by 浩 胡 at 4:04:10 and 梵心 朱 4:04:17.  Only 3 minutes back, 42-year old Cadel Evans showed a bit of his former Tour de France form to finish 5th.  Ex-pro Christian Vande Velde finished 10th, while his former-US Postal teammate George Hincapie was a DNF.  Olympic medalist Bobby Julich rolled in at 27th.

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PRO RIDERS HINCAPIE, EVANS AND VANDE VELDE ©HINCAPIE

Chairin Kulacha won the women’s category, crossing the finish line in 13th position overall at 4:04:28. 敏仪 谢 was second and Pechapierin Lopez de Leon third.

2019 L’Etape Thailand Results here.

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