TSG aim­ing for glory in Ja­pan

New Straits Times - - Sport -

TERENG­GANU Cy­cling Team (TSG) have cho­sen Mohd Zamri Saleh, Muhamad Adiq Hu­sainie Oth­man, Goh Choon Huat, Daniel White­house, Maral-Er­dene Bat­munkh and Mohd Shahrul Mat Amin to com­pete in the Tour de Togichi which starts on Fri­day.

Team man­ager Danny Feng said the course pro­file will suit the likes of White­house, Choon Huat and Sharul very well but the weather fac­tor is some­thing Danny is con­cerned about.

“It will be 10-15 de­grees (Cel­sius) in Ja­pan, so it may be bet­ter for Bat­munkh, who grew up in Mon­go­lia, where 15 de­grees is con­sid­ered warm,” he said.

Danny said the team should be wary of com­pe­ti­tion from Team Ukyo and Ki­nan Cy­cling Team as both Ja­panese sides have strong and ex­pe­ri­enced rid­ers who will ex­cel on home soil.

“Ukyo is ranked third in UCI’s (In­ter­na­tional Cy­cling Union) Asia team rank­ing, just ahead of TSG. Ki­nan are just three points be­hind us, so we need to achieve good re­sults to catch up with Ukyo and stay ahead of Ki­nan.”

Last week, TSG com­peted in the Ju­nior Cy­cling Malaysia (JCM) event in Ni­lai to pre­pare for Ja­pan but the out­come was bet­ter than an­tic­i­pated, es­pe­cially when it came to their young rid­ers, Che Ku Mohd Nazmie, Che Ku Mohd Syamil and Muhd Zul­hilmie Afif.

“Zamri fin­ished sec­ond in JCM Ni­lai. It was also a good ex­pe­ri­ence for our younger rid­ers be­cause they don’t have too many op­por­tu­ni­ties to go to UCI races with the team just yet but it is very im­por­tant for them to race with other mem­bers of TSG to learn team­work and gain ex­pe­ri­ence.” FARAH AZHARIE

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