PUTRAJAYA – After failing to taste stage victory for a few years, Malaysia’s sprint ace Anuar Manan today powered himself to clinch the third stage of the 2015 Jelajah Malaysia (JM2015) today.
The 29-year-old who rides for Terengganu Cycling Team (TSG), drew every ounce of energy he had left to pull away from a bunched group at the finish line.
He completed the third stage race from Bandar Baru Bangi to Putrajaya, a distance of 103.3km, in a time of two hours, 14 minutes and 58 seconds.
South Korea’s Park Sung Baek of KSPO team and Anuar’s team mate, Mohd Harrif Saleh, finished second and third respectively, in the same time.
“The team strategy goes well today. Our team expect to win a stage today and I’m happy that I can win a stage after so many years as I am recovering from injury,” said Anuar.
It was Anuar’s tenth Jelajah Malaysia stage Malaysia and the last time he won was at stage four in 2011.
Meanwhile Skydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team rider, Francisco Mancebo retained the yellow and blue jersey for three successive time, as the current overall and sprint competition leader.
Mancebo led the general classification with an accumulated time of 6’06:24s.
“It is no turning back and my team will help me to retain the yellow jersey. I don’t mind losing the blue jersey. Tomorrow will be another tough stage. I have to be careful of the other riders,” said the 39-year-old Spaniard.
The red and white jersey also did not change hand and Nur Amirul Marzuki of TSG, continues to don the red jersey while South Korea’s Kim Okcheol of Korea national team in the white jersey.
“Even though I did not collect any point from the climb zone (at Salak Tinggi), my team mates manage to help me to retain the red jersey.
“For tomorrow’s stage, I will try to add points at the climb zone. My target is to win the first climb zone,” said Nur Amirul.
The stage four of JM2015 with a distance of 115.3 km from Berjaya Times Square to Putrajaya offers two sprint zones at Ampang and Semenyih and three climb zones at Ampang Look Out Point, Singai Tekali and Bangi.- BERNAMA