Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Wrong Strategy Dashes Anuar's Hopes Of Finishing Among Stage 6 Winners

PONTIAN, March 4 (Bernama) -- Terengganu Cycling Team (TSG) rider Anuar Manan missed out on a chance to finish on the podium after finishing in 10th spot when Stage 6 of the Le Tour de Langkawi (LTdL) ended here Tuesday.

The 27-year-old rider however, can take consolation of being the best Malaysian rider in the field.

Anuar said he was focusing on prominent sprinters Theo Bos (Belkin-Pro Cycling Team) and Andrea Guardini (Astana Pro Team) and did not notice an Androni Giocatolli-Venezuela rider breaking away to win the stage.

Kenny Van Hummel from Holland won the stage in a 'bunch sprint', edging Orica Greendedge rider Aidis Kruopis from Lithuania and American Ken Hanson from UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling.

However, all three riders were credited with the same times.

"Since I expected Guardini or Theo Bos to win the stage, I was behind Guardini and expecting him to make his move but he was slow to do so.

"I was in the group with Guardini and Theo Bos. So if Guardini or Theo Bos had moved early, I would have been among the top," he told reporters here.

Meanwhile, after Stage 6 which started in Melaka and ended in Pontian today, TSG are in fifth spot behind the Malaysian national team in the Best Asian Team category with a total time of 59'59:11s and placed 18 overall in the general classification.

National team rider Mohd Fauzan Ahmad Lutfi made a solo breakaway with about 20km remaining but was caught up by the others at the final 10km mark due to strong head winds.

The race continues tomorrow with Stage 7, the longest distance in the 2014 LTdL, from Kota Tinggi in Johor to Pekan in Pahang, a distance of 230.1km.

Stage 7 will comprise one climb zone at Mawai and three sprint zones in Mersing, Endau and Rompin.

From Zuriati Zulmi -- BERNAMA

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