KUALA TERENGGANU – Young rider, Adam de Vos finally ended a 14-year drought for Canada to score the podium victory in the Le Tour de Langkawi (LTdL) cycling race.
The 24-year-old rider from Victoria made a solo sprint to the finishing line, en route to win the third stage of the prestigious Asian cycling race from Kelantan Trade Centre in Kota Bharu to Dataran Shahbandar, here, today.
He clocked 3 hours 58 minutes 18 seconds in the race, involving a distance of 166km with free-climbing zone.
For the record, Eric Wohlberg are the last Canadian rider to secure the podium victory when he won the individual time trial in stage five in the 2004 edition.
Today’s victory saw Adam wrested the Yellow Jersey as overall leader from Italian rider, Riccardo Minali of Astana Pro Team who won the second stage from Gerik to Kota Bharu, yesterday.
Meanwhile national star, Nik Mohd Azwan Zulkiflie of Forca Amskins Racing pulled off a sensational upset by finishing in third place with a time of 3 hours 58 minutes and 31 seconds and wrestled the White Jersey as Best Asian rider from South Korean, Seo Joonyong of KSPO Bianchi Asia Procycling.
Joonyong’s teammate, Kim Daeyeon who came in second place in today’s race, grabbed the Green Jersey as King of Sprint from Minali after the former collected 27 points at three sprint zones in Jelawat, Kuala Besut and Pantai Penarik.
Speaking at a press conference later, Adam was delighted with the victory but reckoned today’s race was quite difficult as few riders attempted to breakaway from the early part of the race.
“I’m very happy to win this race as the challenge to the finishing line is quite tough as most of the riders try to make the final sprint to the finishing line, but I’m delighted to clinch the victory,” said Adam who revealed that the Yellow Jersey would certainly changed hand in the queen stage from Bentong to Cameron Highlands on Thursday.
The fourth stage of the 2018 LTdL tomorrow involves a distance of 177.6km from Dungun to Pekan with three sprint zones in Paka, Chukai and Balok and the only climb zone in Kijal. – BERNAMA