TSG fail to shine

New Straits Times - - Sport -

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.

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