Friday, March 07, 2014

Bos Claims Fifth LTdL Victory After Stage Eight Win

MARANG, March 6 (Bernama) -- Holland's Theo Bos underlined his dominance by chalking up his third stage win and fifth Le Tour de Langkawi (LTdL) victory after claiming Stage Eight Thursday.

Bos of Belkin-Pro Cycling Team won another crash marred sprint ahead of Italian Andrea Guardini (Astana Pro Team) and Kenny van Hummel (Androni Giocattoli-Venuzuela).

His teammates once again ensured his charge to victory by ensuring he remained in a perfect position to mount his sprint to the finish line of the 202.2km race from Kuantan to Marang with a time of 5 hours, 01 minutes and 58 seconds.

"At about 2km to go, there was a big crash. I was on the outside, I saw it happening and moved a little bit to the right. I nearly went down but I was so lucky not to.

"Graeme Brown saw it and waited and I came back. It was a bit of a hard effort and later I waited for a while and then we went," he said.

Iranian Mirsamad Pourseyedigolakhour of Tabriz Petrochemical Team retained the Yellow jersey as the leader in the general classification despite being involved in the crash at the last kilometre.

"I am lucky to retain the Yellow jersey and clocked the same time of the bunch group after being involved in the crash," he said.

Pourseyedigolakhour also remained the best Asian rider (White jersey) after accumulating 30'19:00s while his team topped the Asian team general classification with a time of 91'01:25s.

Lithuanian Aidis Kruopis of Orica Greenedge retained the Blue jersey in the Sprints competition after collecting 71 points while Ireland's Matt Brammeier held on to the red jersey in the Mountains competition with 34 points.

Meanwhile, Terengganu Cycling Team (TSG) rider Mohd Harrif Salleh was the best Malaysian rider at the finishing line after coming through in 11th spot.

Tomorrow, the penultimate stage would raise the hopes of the Terengganu people to see riders from TSG to be up on the podium since the route is familiar to them from Bandar Permaisuri to Kuala Terengganu, a distance of 111.1km.

-- BERNAMA

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