Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Mohd Hariff Eyes Podium In Fourth Stage Of LTdL 2015

TANAH MERAH, March 10 (Bernama) -- Terengganu Cycling Team (TSG) rider Mohd Hariff Salleh is confident he can bounce back to produce a power performance in the fourth stage of Le Tour de Langkawi (LTdL) 2015 from Kota Bharu to Kuala Berang tomorrow (165.4km).

He ranked 68th out of 126 riders after the tournament's third stage from Gerik to Tanah Merah (170km) today.

"In the fourth stage tomorrow there are some slopes and God willing, I will try to get on the podium," he told reporters after the race.

Commenting on today's race, the Kuala Terengganu native admitted that hilly routes in Titiwangsa which were more than 1,006 metres above sea level caused his team to falter.

"We know it is not easy to compete with professional riders, so my teammates and me were just aiming to finish the race," he said.

"We have practised a lot on hilly slopes before but I have to admit the strength of professional riders, especially on hilly routes like Titiwangsa was too hard to be challenged," said Mohd Hariff.

National senior rider Loh Sea Keong also concurred, describing the third stage as the most challenging stretch of the race.

He, however, assured that the country's racers mainly from team TSG can deliver positive results in the upcoming fourth stage.

A total of 131 riders will compete in the fourth stage tomorrow involving three sprint zones in Pasir Puteh, Jertih and Permaisuri and a climbing zone at Sungai Tong, Terengganu

-- BERNAMA

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