Jelajah Stage 4 – BREAKAWAY

A moment of indecision by the main players in the Jelajah Malaysia Tour succumbed yesterday including Tralee’s Paul Griffin all misjudged the strength and depth of a break who formed early on in the fourth  stage from Batu Pahat/Muar, 178.8 Km.

The Kerryman not alone was the big loser, but race favourite Li Fuyu of Trek-Marco Polo was a disconsolate man at the finish.

All the good work performed over the opening three days literally went up in smoke as early as the 20kms marker of the 178.8kms of racing.

Victory on the stage went to the Swede Fredrik Johansson (Team Differdange-Apiflo Vacances) and the overall tunic of race leader is now with Tonton Susanto (LeTua) from Indonesia.

The irony of it all is that Susanto represented Marco Polo for many years, but yesterday his Malaysian team LeTua were in celebratory form.

Paul and David McCann along with the main group trailed the leaders by six minutes plus.

To put the cat amongst the pigeons, Griffin should have marked his former team mate Ghader Mizbani Iranagh who has now been installed as race favourite courtesy of the advantage gained yesterday.


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