Anuar fights off strong rivals to grab second stage win
PETALING JAYA: Le Tua’s Anuar Manan gave local supporters much to cheer when he won the second stage of the Tour of Malaysia from Seremban to Malacca, a total distance of 139.5km yesterday.
Not only that, he also successfully defended his blue jersey (sprint jersey).
Anuar clocked 3’07:55 in the stage and had to muster all his strength to fight off Sergey Kudentsov (Marco Polo) and Kohei Uchima from Japan in the last 30 metres of the sprint challenge.
“In last 20km, the main group started to slow down and my teammates began their attack to catch the leader Iijima Makato from Japan, who managed to make an early breakaway. This helped me to move in front and sprint off to the finish line,” a jubilant Anuar told reporters after the race.
He is also in the overall lead in the sprint category after collecting a total of 14 points. Teammate Mohd Sayuti Zahit is in second place while another Malaysian Mohd Fauzan Ahmad Lutfi (Team Malaysia) is third.
The RTM jersey, which carries the title of best local rider, remained with MCF Continental Team rider Amir Mustafa Rusli, who missed out the opportunity to be on the podium due to a technical error.
“I didn’t know that I was the RTM jersey winner yesterday. But it’s okay. I managed to don the best local rider jersey today. I hope that I get to be in the leading group as tomorrow’s race is expected to finish in a peloton as well,” said Amir.
The Red Jersey (overall winner) is still with Chinese cyclist Li Fu Yu of Trek Marco Polo. Fu Yu was the winner of the first stage – a 179.7 race from Putrajaya-Port Dickson on Monday.