Tuesday, March 04, 2014

White Shines In Stage Five Win

REMBAU, March 3 (Bernama) -- The persistence and expertise of American sprinter Bradley White of team UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling paid off handsomely when he staged a breakaway to win Stage five of the 2014 Le Tour de Langkawi (LTdL) Monday.

The 32-year-old clocked three hours, three minutes and 28 seconds in achieving the first victory for the team, this year.

"Today was my third day in a breakaway and had the opportunity to win. I am very happy, I always race in criterium but I had an opportunity to come here and to a beautiful race win," he said at a press conference here.

Holland's Thomas Rabou of OCBC Singapore took second spot with 3'03:28s while South Africa's Louis Meintjes of MTN Qhubeka was third, four seconds behind Meintjes.

After Stage five today, Iran's Mirsamad Pourseyedigolakhour of Tabriz Petrochemical Team retained his yellow jersey as the leader in the general classification, accumulating 15'14:04s, eight seconds ahead of Eritrean's Merhawi Kudus of MTN Qhubeka.

He also retained the white jersey as the best Asian rider while his team topped the leader board in the Asian team overall classification after accumulating 45'46:37s.

In the Sprints competition, Rabou and Ireland's Matt Brammeier of Synergy Baku Cycling Project collected 40 points respectively, but Rabou managed to secure the blue jersey when he claimed second place in the race today while Brammeier finished in 82nd spot.

MTN Qhubeka team lead the team general classification after accumulating 45'44:59s over the five stages.

Meanwhile, Mohd Fauzan Ahmad Lutfi from team Malaysia was the best Malaysian rider in the field after finishing in 24th spot.

Tomorrow, Stage six of the LTdL will continue from Melaka to Pontian, a distance of 199.1km with three sprint zones at Rengit, Yong Peng and Muar.

From Zuriati Zulmi -- BERNAMA

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