Jelajah 2008 Stage 6 runner-up: David McCann

At the mid way point they they had extended the lead to over thee minutes, but the main protagonists had a double bonus with overall leader Tonton Susanto’s team Le Tua doing the marshalling which left those with asprations biding their time. Fully versed that they could when the necessity arose seize the iniative and gain not nly seconds but minutes!

The benefactor in the lead group was Jahabanian who succeeded in collecting the points in the intermediary sprints.

But now! The clock was ticking down and the first King of the Hills category of the day, the gap was significantly reduced to just over a minute. The steeper the incline got the less active the leaders were and eventually Hossein Askari put them out of their misery when he nullified the lead. His main aim was the polka dot jersey as the KOM leader, but also that of his team leader Ghader Mizibani to outfox Susanto and take the overall lead.

Invariably a cyclist who wears the lead tunic digs into the hidden reserves. Thus Susanto did exactly that! Marking Mizibani out of the equatation and forcing Hossein to plough on regardless for the stage.

Down the slopes, David McCann was coming into his own and was picking off cyclists at a rate of knots and steadily getting himelf into contention for a stage win.

Unfortunately for David the finishing line arrived all too soon for the Belfast man who certainly has arrived back on the Asian scene in a big way after his sojourn in the United States.

The bonus for finishing third was sufficient for the Indonesian to remain as the race leader and more or less confined Mizbani to finishing second overall.

But the final stage around Medaka square in the heart of Kuala Lumpur on SDunday will decide the final otcome a very closely contest race. Both Paul and David have performed out of their skins and who knows maybe a stage win in KL will put the icing on the cake for either of them.

6/ Kuala Kubu Bahru – Genting, 122.2 Km

1 Hossein Askari ( Tabriz Petrochemical Team), 3.10.11;
2 David McCann (Ireland), Giant Asia, @10secs;
3 Tonton Susanto (Indonesia), @12;
8 Paul Giffin (Ireland), Giant Asia, 1.46.

General classification after stage 6

1 Tonton Susanto (Indonesia) Le Tua Cycling Team, 21.32.38;
2 Ghader Mizbani Iranagh (Iran) Tabriz Petrochemical Team,@11secs;
3 Fredrik Johansson (Sweden) Team Differdange-Apiflo Vacances, @4.16;
7 Paul Griffin (Ireland) Giant Asia Racing Team, @7.08;
10 David Mc Cann (Ireland) Giant Asia Racing Team, @8.42.

Mountains classification 1 Hossein Askari (Iran) Tabriz Petrochemical Team 16 pts 2 Tonton Susanto (Indonesia) Le Tua Cycling Team 8; 3 David Mc Cann (Irl) Giant Asia Racing Team 6 4 Paul Griffin (Irl) Giant Asia Racing Team 5.

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