Source: Jelajah Malaysia

Karak: Rider of continental team, LeTua Anuar Manan today recorded a hattrick as the first local rider who had three wins in Jelajah Malaysia (JM) 2008 which was flagged off last Monday.

The rider from Kuala Ibai, Terengganu had achieved to rival the record of Indonesian rider, Samai Amari form Team Wismilak who had won three stages during JM 2003 which was then a 2.6 category race.

Anuar, 22, ended the 133.7km race from Gemas to Karak in 3 hours and 54 seconds had also breaks his won personal record of winning two stages in the previous JM.

“I’m really happy as I managed to break my record of winning two stages in last year’s JM. My sincere thanks to my team which has help me a lot to gain more points as early as the first sprint zone”.

“Today’s winding road didn’t stop me to be in the front group more over it was an advantage for me to win today’s race,” quoted Anuar who is still the Blue Jersey winner (sprint King) for the fifth consecutive time.

In the race today, Anuar managed to add another 10 points at the sprint zone in Pasir Besar and Bahau to an accumulative 29 points. Anuar puts Suhardi Hassan in the second place with only 15 points,

All jerseys in competition have not changed hands as Red Jersey (Overall Best Rider) still with Tonton Susanto from Team LeTua, RTM Jersey (Best Local Rider) don by Suhardi Hassan (Kuala Lumpur) while Polka Dot Jersey (King of Mountain) still the property of Hossein Askari (Tabriz Petrochemical).

Tonton who holds the Red Jersey for the second time around said that in the first km towards the finishing line, the group of riders in front of had involved in a collision but luckily he managed to swerve away from the incident.

Hossein who didn’t managed to get any points in the climb zone at Mancis today said tomorrow’s race will be the most important stage to him and his team.

“Tomorrow will be our turn to be on the podium. We are looking forward to win the sixth stage tomorrow and if possible we get to hold on to the Polka Dot Jersey. Hopefully in tomorrow’s stage will be a good one for Team Tabriz,” he said.

JM 2008 which will be concluded this Sunday covers a race route of 1,003.8km and offers an overall prize of RM245,000 to all 21 teams up for grabs.

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