Jelajah – Stage 6 – Kuala Kubu Bharu – Genting Highlands

Source: Jelajah Malaysia

GOHTONG JAYA: Experienced rider from Indonesia, Tonton Susanto is another step closer to be the overall winner of Jelajah Malaysia (JM) 2008 as the stage 6 from Kuala Kubu Bharu to Genting Highlands concluded early in the evening today.

Tonton, 35, who represents Team LeTua managed to be in the third position in the race today with a time difference of only 12 seconds from stage 6’s winner, Hossein Askari who ended the race in 3 hours 10 minutes and 11 seconds.

The rider from Bandung, Indonesia will not have a problem to hold on to the Red Jersey as the final stage of JM, the criterium race is predicted to in a big group. To date, overall second place is in the hands of Ghader Mizbani (Tabriz Petrochemical) with a time difference of 11 seconds from Tonton.

“JM 2008 is really special to me as it will be my first win of the Red Jersey and I’m really grateful to Team LeTua for their cooperation and superb effort.

“This win I dedicate to my wife and especially to my daughter, Nayyara Raisa Putri who will celebrate her 2nd birthday next month,” he said and added that he has high hope to race even though he is getting older.

He said that today’s race was extremely difficult and exhausting but he stick to his strategy to follow Ghader closely to the finish.

Polka Dot jersey winner (King of Mountain) Hossein Askari had the opportunity to show his prowess and dominance at the climb sector as he won stage 6 of 122.2km today.

“I managed to hold on to the Polka Dot jersey and won the race today but failed to get the Red Jersey as Tonton is really strong and the time difference at the finish line a bit too close,” he added.

As for Anuar Manan, his position (LeTua) as the Sprint King is a bit shaky as the rider of Tabriz Petrochemical, Hossein Jahabanian swept clean 15 points in all three sprint zones to an accumulated 21 points. Anuar who dons the Blue Jersey leads the pack with 29 points.

“I will make sure that no riders get to overtake me in terms of point tomorrow as I only have to win another sprint zone to ensure the Blue Jersey stays with me,” he added.

RTM Jersey is still with the rider from Kuala Lumpur, Suhardi Hassan recording a time of 21 hours and 39 minutes.

JM 2008 which will be concluded tomorrow covers a race of 1,003.8 km offering an overall prize money of RM245,000 up for grabs.

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