Cycling: Le Tua looking for improved outing
MALAYSIA’S first UCI Continental team Le Tua will be making their second appearance in Le Tour de Langkawi (LTdL) with an eye on making a bigger impact than they did a year ago.
Starting Asia’s biggest cycling event on Feb 9-17 will be a team that come fresh from a successful campaign in the Jelajah Malaysia, which saw their veteran Indonesian climber Tonton Susanto win the overall individual title, while sprinter Anuar Manan took the points classification.
The 35-year old Tonton, who hails from Jakarta, claimed his first ever overall victory in the Jelajah Malaysia thanks to a disciplined overall performance by his Malaysian team.
“With time running out for me, that victory was a sweet one because after so many years of trying, I finally have an overall victory to savour,” said Tonton, who two weeks prior to Jelajah Malaysia had finished second overall in the Tour of Thailand behind Iran’s Ahad Kazemi Sarai.
Tonton will be Le Tua’s best bet for a shot at the Asian riders’ jersey in LTdL, being among the top Asian climbers in the field this time around.
LE TUA (PROVISIONAL LINE-UP): Tonton Susanto (Indon), Anuar Manan (Mas), Ahmad Haidar Anuawar (Mas), Sayuti Zahit (Mas), Rian Ariehaan (Indon), Nor Rizuan Zainal (Mas); Reserves: Amin Saryana (Indon), Azrul Hafidz Awang (Mas); Team manager: Shukor Yassin;
Coach: Johari Nayan.