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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.

As anticipated, the fireworks did not materialise after Thursdays bloodletting when the leaderboard changed dramatically with Tonton Susanto assuming the race lead of the Jelajah Malaysia Tour. Yesterday it was a bunch sprint into Karak with Paul Griffin and David McCann showing no fatigue after the 133.7 of racing.

The big story here is the emergence of Malaysian Anuar Manan who has succeeded for the third occasion getting his wheel over the line first.

Today, the climb up Genting Highlands will certainly soften the cough of many who have aspirations of doing well. The climb will ultimately decide the outcome of the 7-day race and it is expected that Paul Griffin can at least move up the general classification listing. board.

Jelajah Malaysia Tour
Gemas – Karak, 133.7 Km
1 Anuar Manam (Malaysia) Le Tua Cycling Team,3hrs.0mins.54secs;
2 Hossein Nateghi (Iran) Tabriz Petrochemical Team, same time;
3 Cyrille Heymanns (Luxembourg) Team Differdange-Apiflo Vacances, st;
41 Paul Griffin (Ireland) Giant Asia Racing Team, st;
72 David Mc Cann (Ireland) Giant Asia Racing Team, st.

General classification after stage 5

1 Tonton Susanto (Ina) Le Tua Cycling Team,18.22.20;
2 Ghader Mizbani Iranagh (Iran) Tabriz Petrochemical Team, @4
3 Fredrik Johansson (Swe) Team Differdange-Apiflo Vacances, @2mins;
12 Griffin, @5.27
31 McCann, @8.47

Mountains classification

1 Hossein Askari (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Team, 8 pts;
2 Griffin,5;
3 Susanto, 8.

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.

Positions on the leaderboardafter day two of the Jelajah Malaysia Tour are delicately poised with seconds only, separating the top six on general Classification of the seven day tour which is due to finish up in Kuala Lumpur on Sunday.

In the mix is none other than Kerryman man Paul Griffin eight seconds adrift of the race leader of Li Fuyu from China and representing the Marco Polo outfit. Li gained a lot of experience last season when as a member of the all conquering Discovery Channel Team. It, looks as though after two days of competition in this event that he is showing the qualities of sound leadership as was clearly in evidence yesterday on the stage from Seremban to Malacca.

Not to be outdone, Paul is also drawing on his vast experience of racing on the Asian Continent with the Giant Asia Team. Also he has a bonus with David McCann rejoining the team after a stint in the USA.

As is the custom and practice in most ‘Tours’ it was a fast start yesterday and just just played into the hands of the leaders who were able to summon members of their respective teams to keep the pace up which negated any breakaway attempts in the early stage of the 137kms of action to Malacca.

Eventually the elastic snapped when a five competitors opened up a significant gap on the main bunch. In the quintet was, Ken Onodera (Trek-Marco Polo), Mehdi Sohrabi (Azad), Makoto Iijima (Japan National Team). As the race pace heated up, Maruli Fajar Mulia (Indonesia Customs) and Taufik Mohamad (Benteng Muda Selangor) made the junction to the lead group. Not to be left in limbo after a long and hectic chase, Budi Santoso and Herwin Jaya (Polygon Sweet Nice), Hannes Blank (Differdange-Apiflo), Rauf Nor Misbah (Malaysia National Team) and Putro Bayu Sartrios (Benteng Muda Selangor) made contact, swelling the break to 13. It was a repeat of the the opening stage of the event when similiarly 13 were ahead, but unfortunately they would have no rich pickings from the top table in relation to the overall standings.

Trek-Marco Polo the team of the overall leader Li, felt obligated to claw back the leaders as within the 13 were two who were only one minute seventeen seconds off the lead. Their chase paid off as Iijima survived until the last 3kms before he was reeled back in to the main pack.

With all the counter attacks which kept the speed very much to the fore it came to a sprint finish in the sea port of Malacca with a stiff breeze coming in off the China sea. The rising star from Malaysia Anuar Manam led the way with Sergy Kudenmtsov of Russia and Kochei Uchima the Japanese who is very popular with the Malays second and third respectively.
‘It was a cat and mouse effort all day. Along with my team including David McCann it was a watching brief that the principals were in the pack,’ said Paul as he headed for his base at the Equatorial Hotel.

Stage Two/Seremban – Melaka, 136.2 Kms.
1 Anuar Manam (Malaysia) Le Tua Cycling Team, 3hrs.07mins.55secs;
2 Sergey Kudentsov (Russia) Trek Marco Polo Team, same time;
3 Kohei Uchima (Japan) Japan National Team, st;
56 Paul Griffin (Ireland) Giant Asia Racing Team, st;
85 David McCann (Ireland) Giant Asia Team, st.

General classification after stage 2

1 Fuyu Li (China) Trek Marco Polo Team,7.20.04
2 Marcel Strauss (Switzerland) Team Stegcomputer – CKT – Cogeas, @4secs;
3 Jacob Nielsen (Denmark) Team Farso,@6;
4 Griffin, @8;
23 McCann, @3.26.

Points classification

8 Griffin.

Mountains classification

1 Hossein Askari (Iran) Tabriz Petrochemical Team,8 pts;
2 Paul Griffin, 5;
3 Tonton Susanto (Hong Kong) Le Tua Cycling Team, 3.

Ras Mumhan which takes place in Killorglin over the Easter weekend looks to be the most potent of the three stage events that are down for decision.

Whereas the Bertoni Gorey Three Day and the P&O Ferries four day in Belfast have been oversubscribed.

According to Tadhg Moriarty, entries will be accepted on the line in Killorglin, Co. Kerry for the first stage which takes place on Friday evening.

Maybe the opposition has been scared off because of the presence of the Sean Kelly/Murphy & Gunn outfit from Belgium, but this has not detracted the team from taking on the professionals. To date the MyHome lads have won seven races and that in a nutshell puts the rest in the shade.

An interesting competitor in Gorey is Philip Cassidy who is competing in the event for the first time. Anthony Mitchell who heads up the Northern race has told me that David McCann who now races in America would be facilitated with an entry. David is a class act and would bring panache to the event.