TSG on the right track

New Straits Times - - Sport -

CUR­RENTLY ranked in the top 10 in Asia af­ter ac­cu­mu­lat­ing over 500 points in the In­ter­na­tional Cy­cling Union (UCI) rank­ings, Tereng­ganu Cy­cling Team (TSG) are well on their way to achiev­ing their 2017 tar­get.

“Our tar­get is to get top five over­all and be in the top three in terms of Asian teams by the end of the sea­son,” said team man­ager Danny Feng.

The team are cur­rently prep­ping for the Tour de Tochigi on Mar 31-Apr 2.

Pre­lim­i­nary se­lec­tion for Ja­pan in­cludes Malaysians Muham­mad Adiq Hu­sainie Oth­man, Mohd Shahrul Mat Amin, Amirul Fakhrud­din Marzuki, Mohd Zamri Salleh, Mon­go­lian Maral-Er­dene Bat­munkh, In­done­sian Dadi Suryadi, Sin­ga­porean Goh Choon Huat and Bri­ton Daniel White­house, who fin­ished fourth over­all in 2016.

“We’re send­ing White­house, who did ex­tremely well in the Philip­pines. We also in­cluded strong rid­ers like Bat­munkh, Shahrul and Chooh Huat be­cause the course should suit them well so we are tar­get­ing for stage and over­all podium fin­ishes.

“How­ever, the weather dur­ing the end of March in Ja­pan can still be pretty cold and it may cre­ate an is­sue for our rid­ers since we can’t sim­u­late the weather con­di­tions here.”

Be­sides UCI races, TSG are also pre­par­ing rid­ers for the Sea Games in Au­gust.

“Sev­eral TSG rid­ers are likely to be se­lected for the Malaysian Sea Games team.”

“Har­rif (Salleh) is the de­fend­ing cham­pion for the road and cri­terium events, so we will have to pre­pare rac­ing and train­ing pro­grammes so they can per­form well.”

TSG will again be coached by Jeremy Hunt af­ter he pro­duced pos­i­tive re­sults with the team af­ter only three months — which in­cluded a stage vic­tory and sec­ond over­all in the Tour de Filip­inas as well a King of Moun­tain jersey at the open­ing stage of Le Tour de Langkawi (LTdL). Farah Azharie

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