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Source: The Star

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian team Le Tua were the biggest winner in the Tour of Malaysia after the seventh and final stage here yesterday.

Le Tua emerged as the best local team, finishing third overall with a time of 65’04:23 while their Indonesian rider Tonton Susanto sealed the individual title (red jersey) with a total time of 21’32:38.

Iran’s Tabriz Petrochemical won the team title with their time of 64’54:33, about 10 minutes ahead of Japan.

Tonton was also placed second in the King of Mountain category behind winner Hossein Askari of Tabriz Petrochemical.

“This is the first time I have won the best overall rider title in my career and I’m grateful to my team for their support and teamwork.

“I will stick with Le Tua and strive to better their position in the Tour of Langkawi next month,” said the 35-year old Tonton, who hails from Bandung.

Another Le Tua rider, Anuar Manan, 22, retained the sprint crown (blue jersey) with 29 points.

Yesterday’s final stage, a criterium race over 60km finishing at Dataran Merdeka, was won by Yusuke Hatanaka from team Skil Shimano in 1’07:57.

No point was awarded for the sprints due to the rain which made the route slippery and dangerous.

Final results & standings

Final stage (Kuala Lumpur criterium 60km)

Top 10 finishers: 1. Yusuke Hatanaka (Skil-Shimano) 1’07:57, 2. Hossein Nateghi (Tabriz Pertrochemical), 3. Hari Fitriyanto (Polygon Sweet Nice) , 4. Mohd Rauf Nor Misbah (Malaysia), 5. Stefan Loffler (Giant Asia Racing) 1’08:14, 6. Ahmad Haidar Anuawar (Le Tua) 7. Cyrille Heymans (Differdange-Apiflo), 8. Masahiko Mifune (Trek Marco Polo), 9. Mohd Hariff Salleh (MCF), 10. Mehdi Sohrabi (Islamic Azad University).

Individual classification (red jersey): 1. Tonton Susanto (Le Tua) 21’32:38, 2. Ghader Mizbani (Tabriz Petrochemical) 21’32:49, 3. Frederick Johansson (Differdange-Apiflo) 21’36:54, 4. Hossein Askari (Tabriz Petrochemical) 21’37:49, 5. Suhardi Hassan (Kul) 21’39:00, 6. Dimitri Jiriakov (Stegcomputer-CKT) 21’39:39, 7. Paul Griffin (Giant Asia Racing) 21’39:46, 8. Hari Fitriyanto (Polygon Sweet Nice) 21’40:52, 9. Mohd Fauzan Ahmad Lutfi (Malaysia) 21’40:53, 10. David McCann (Giant Asian Racing) 21’41:20.

Teams overall: 1. Tabriz Petrochemical (Iri) 64’54:33, 2. Japan 65’04:08, 3. Le Tua (Mas) 65’04:23.

Sprint (blue jersey): 1. Anuar Manan (Le Tua) 29 pts, 2. Hossein Jahabanian(Tabriz Petrochemical) 21, 3. Suhardi Hassan (Kul) 15.

King of Mountain (polka dot jersey): 1. Hossein Askari (Tabriz Petrochemical) 16 pts, 2. Tonton Susanto (Le Tua) 8, 3. David McCann (Giant Asian Racing) 6.

Top local riders (white jersey): 1. Suhardi Hassan (Kul) 21’39:00, 2. Mohd Fauzan Ahmad Lutfi (Mas) 21’40:53, 3. Loh Sea Keong (Trek Marco Polo) 21’46:15. – Bernama

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.

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.

Source: Jelajah Malaysia

Karak: Rider of continental team, LeTua Anuar Manan today recorded a hattrick as the first local rider who had three wins in Jelajah Malaysia (JM) 2008 which was flagged off last Monday.

The rider from Kuala Ibai, Terengganu had achieved to rival the record of Indonesian rider, Samai Amari form Team Wismilak who had won three stages during JM 2003 which was then a 2.6 category race.

Anuar, 22, ended the 133.7km race from Gemas to Karak in 3 hours and 54 seconds had also breaks his won personal record of winning two stages in the previous JM.

“I’m really happy as I managed to break my record of winning two stages in last year’s JM. My sincere thanks to my team which has help me a lot to gain more points as early as the first sprint zone”.

“Today’s winding road didn’t stop me to be in the front group more over it was an advantage for me to win today’s race,” quoted Anuar who is still the Blue Jersey winner (sprint King) for the fifth consecutive time.

In the race today, Anuar managed to add another 10 points at the sprint zone in Pasir Besar and Bahau to an accumulative 29 points. Anuar puts Suhardi Hassan in the second place with only 15 points,

All jerseys in competition have not changed hands as Red Jersey (Overall Best Rider) still with Tonton Susanto from Team LeTua, RTM Jersey (Best Local Rider) don by Suhardi Hassan (Kuala Lumpur) while Polka Dot Jersey (King of Mountain) still the property of Hossein Askari (Tabriz Petrochemical).

Tonton who holds the Red Jersey for the second time around said that in the first km towards the finishing line, the group of riders in front of had involved in a collision but luckily he managed to swerve away from the incident.

Hossein who didn’t managed to get any points in the climb zone at Mancis today said tomorrow’s race will be the most important stage to him and his team.

“Tomorrow will be our turn to be on the podium. We are looking forward to win the sixth stage tomorrow and if possible we get to hold on to the Polka Dot Jersey. Hopefully in tomorrow’s stage will be a good one for Team Tabriz,” he said.

JM 2008 which will be concluded this Sunday covers a race route of 1,003.8km and offers an overall prize of RM245,000 to all 21 teams up for grabs.