Source: Jelajah Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR: The continental team from Malaysia, LeTua dominates the Jelajah Malaysia (JM) 2008 after the 7-stage race ended today.

LeTua was nominated as the Best Local Team recording a time of 65 hours 4 minutes and 23 seconds. The team managed to be in the third placing behind Tabriz Petrochemical and Team Japan each in first and second position in Best Overall Team category.

As predicted, Tonton Susanto from Team LeTua firms his grip to the Red Jersey, which is the jersey desired by all riders to be nominated as Best Overall Rider.

The rider who hails from Bandung, Indonesia recorded 21 hours 32 minutes and 38 seconds leading all competing riders and also in the second place in the King of Mountain category.

“This is the first time in my career to win the best overall rider and I’m grateful to my team as their cooperation, support and teamwork ensure my win in JM.

“I will stick with Team LeTua and will strive to better LeTua’s position in the upcoming Le Tour de Langkawi (LTdL) next month,” quoted the 35-year old rider

Another rider from LeTua, Anuar Manan, 22, graced the podium as he maintains his hold to the Blue Jersey (Sprint King) with 29 points.

The Sprint King title won by the rider who hails from Kuala Ibai, Terengganu was the very title he had won for the second time consecutively as he won it in the previous JM.

As for the Best Local Rider Suhardi Hassan, 26, RTM Jersey was his for the second time as he had won it in the previous year.

“In JM this year I represents Team Kuala Lumpur and will be back with the National Team Malaysia for the preparation to compete in Le Tour de Langkawi (LTdL). The race today also witnessed my best achievement in a cycling tour,” said the rider who will be getting married this March.

The rider who was born in Perlis is also in the fifth overall position behind Tonton, Ghader Mizbani (Tabriz Petrochemical), Frederick Johansson (Differdang-Apiflo Vacances and Hossein Askari (Tabriz Petrochemical).

Polka Dot Jersey also remains with 33-year old Hossein, as JM 2008’s King of Mountain.

In the final stage today, Yusuke Hatanaka from team Skil Shimano won the criterium round in Dataran Merdeka in 1 hour 7 minutes and 57 seconds.

President Commisaire, Zhao Jinshan made the decision that there will be no points in the sprint zone due to the rain, as the route is slippery and poses a danger to all riders.

JM 2008 which started on 7 Jan and concluded today covers a route of 1,003.8km offering an overall prize money RM245,000 up for grabs.

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