Cycling: Anuar achieves a Malaysian best

NST Online>30/1/2008

ANUAR Manan has moved up to 10th in the latest UCI Asia Tour rankings, the highest by a Malaysian since the new global cycling reform was introduced in 2005.

The 22-year old Le Tua rider, who is recovering from injuries after a heavy crash during training on Jan 21, is also the second in the under-23 riders ranking behind Russian Denis Galimzyanov.

Anuar’s teammate Tonton Susanto, who won the overall title in Jelajah Malaysia earlier this month, has moved up to third from eighth in the elite rankings.

Ng Yong Li’s Japanese team Meitan-Hompo GDR leads the team rankings ahead of Galimzyanov’s Russian outfit Katyusha and Le Tua is in third, also the highest ever ranking reached by a Malaysian team in the series.

Heading into Le Tour de Langkawi (LTdL) on Feb 9-17, Malaysia’s top sprinter Anuar will be eyeing the first ever stage win by a Malaysian in the history of the race.

Anuar has thus far scored 45 points, thanks mainly to his record-equalling three stage wins and the points classification sweep in Jelajah Malaysia.

“It is the most points I’ve scored thus far and this gives me the confidence heading into LTdL. I’m still feeling good even after the crash,” said Anuar, who lost several teeth after crashing into a car two weeks ago.

“I have to get the teeth fixed quickly because although in training I’m doing alright, when we put some pressure, the open veins start to hurt a lot. Once I have that fixed, I’ll be okay for LTdL.”

~ by missjewelz on February 3, 2008.

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