TSG fail to shine
IT was a sad end for Terengganu Cycling Team (TSG) after failing to get the desired podium finish at the eighth and final stage of Le Tour de Langkawi (LTdL) from Setiawangsa to Putrajaya yesterday.
The best finisher was sprinter Mohd Shahrul Mat Amin in fifth spot, just behind yellow and teal jersey winner Ryan Gibbons in fourth.
Shahrul was named as the best overall Malaysian rider in the 22nd edition.
However, TSG captain Mohd Zamri Saleh described the team’s performance as above par.
“Although we didn’t win any stages, to me our performance was great,” said Zamri.
TSG appeared on stage twice throughout the Feb 22-March 1 race, the first through Nur Amirull Fakhruddin Mazuki who won the white jersey (Asian Rider Overall) in the first stage from Kuala Berang to Kuala Terengganu (124.8km) and the second when Zamri finished third at stage three from Serdang to Pantai Remis (118km).
“If Harrif (Saleh) was able to continue the race and not suffer any injuries, the results might have been different.
“I’m pretty sure the sprint to the finishing line would have been interesting because Harrif and I have very different strengths.”
Harrif was out of luck as he was involved in a 20-men crash in the first stage and then suffered another blow at the flag-off of stage two to ultimately pull out halfway through the Jerteh-Gerik (208.1km) route.
Zamri said luck wasn’t on their side from as early as the first stage following the crash.
“We prepped well for the event with a training camp in Melbourne and we weren’t too far behind the rest of the pack despite the race having a lot of uphill cycles.”
TSG missed the chance to defend the white jersey won by Muhamad Adiq Husainie Othman last year as the 25-year-old pulled out of the race due to an injury he sustained just before it kicked off on Feb 22.