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Source: The Star

PETALING JAYA: Anuar Manan is Malaysia’s best bet to spring surprises for the “green jersey” (sprint category) in the 13th edition of the Tour of Langkawi (LTdL) cycling championships from Feb 9-17.

The LTdL chief operating officer, Datuk Naim Mohamed, said that Anuar, who rides for Le Tua, was on form and he had the ability to win a stage as well.

“There is a possibility that local riders could steal the show this time … or win at least the Asian category,” said Naim after receiving the Milo-sponsored “green jersey” for the sprint champion of the LTdL from Nestle Products sports marketing manager Ng Ping Loong at a press conference yesterday. Continue Reading »

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.

Cat and mouse tactics on the face of it look to be on the menu as the standings after day three of the Jelajah Malaysia Tour remain static as far as the leaders in the overall classifications are concerned! And, this suits Paul Griffin the Kerryman who spends 90% of his time racing on the Asian Continent.

Paul retains his fourth placing on general classification eight seconds adrift of race leader Li Fuyu the 30-year-old Chinese who is growing in confidence that he’ll come up trumps on Sunday in Kuala Lumpur.
‘Tactically, it looks as though the big hitters are keeping their powder dry for Saturdays’ stage up to Genting Highlands, 6000 above sea level. I have ridden up the steep gradient on a number of occasions and as far as I am concerned, I’ll give it wellie,’ said Paul.

Whilst Li Fuyu may getting all the plaudits as race leader, Anuar Manan is certainly the locals a lot to shout about. He is revelling in the conditions and the fact that he has repeated last year’s feat of two wins in the corresponding event is blstering his future aspirations as a participant in the 13th edition of Le Tour de Langkawi which starts next month.

Seemingly, the race leader is bolstering Manan confidence with gloing within and outside the peloton. He speaks particularly well of his team Le Tua who can’t be left out of the equation whe it comes to doing all the necessities of a team leader when in Manan’s case that of sprinting.

Evidently, Manan’s first aim in the first sprint of the day is to get his name on the bulletin and through the efforts of his team this is competed in a fashionable way. Naturally afte the sprint the peloton settles down to a routine, providing the leading contenders don’t rock the boat by galloping up the highway, thus leaving the peloton grovelling for shelter and splintering the stage passage.

Thankfully yesterday when the necessities of points in the bag, a fairly sizeable break seized the initiative to plough ahead. All told there was 16 riders ahead according to race radio: Thys Poelstra and René Ahrenkiel (Farso), Shahrul Mat Ami and Rauf Nor Misbah (Malaysia National Team), Hayoto Yoshida and Kohei Uchima (Japan National Team), Edi Purnomo (Indonesia Customs) and Suhardi Hassan (Kuala Lumpur), Tomoya Kano and Yoshinori Iino (Skil-Shimano), Herwin Jaya (Polygon Sweet Nice), Naoki Mukaigawa and Masaki Wakumoto (Matrix-Powertag), Hossein Askari and Hossein Nateghi (Tabriz), Akmal Amrun (Malaysia Continental Team).

Unfortunately for the lead group, Askari scuppered their aspirations as he was deemed to be a threat to the bone and withing kilometers their fate was sealed when they were tracked down.

Hardly had the dust settled with the peloton intact again! With seven originally making a forward move which included; Doi (Skil-Shimano), Takamitsu Tsuji and Mitsushiro Matsumura (Matrix-Powertag), Hossein Jahabanian (Tabriz), Faris Abd Razak (Malaysia national team), Maloto Iijima (Japan National Team) and Maruli Fajar Mulia (Indonesia Customs).
A brave effort by Salehian Farshad (Azad) and Patria Rastra (Benteng Muda Selangor) proved worthwhile when they tagged on to the leaders who now had built a commanding lead of three minutes plus after 124kms of racing.

But, it was noticeable that Trek Marco-Polo the race leaders outfit plus the Le Tua team on behalf of their sprinter ignited the pace, ending the charge of all and sundry before the finish in Batu Pahat.

As on Tuesday the points jersey of Manan burst through to take the win, preserving his lead in the points competition and the bonus for Fuyu was he still is on the throne as the event rolls on.

Stage 3/ Bandar Hilir – Batu Pahat, 163.8 Km

1 Anuar Manam (Malaysia) Le Tua Cycling Team,3hrs.55mins.35secs;
2 Hossein Nateghi (Iran) Tabriz Petrochemical Team, same time;
3 Sergey Kudentsov (Russia) Trek Marco Polo Team, st;
15 Fuyu Li (China) Trek Marco Polo Team, st;
35 David Mc Cann (Irl) Giant Asia Racing Team, st;
48 Paul Griffin (Irl) Giant Asia Racing Team, st.

General classification after stage 3

1 Fuyu Li (China) Trek Marco Polo Team,11.15.39;
2 Marcel Strauss (Switzerland) Team Stegcomputer – CKT – Cogeas, @4secs;
3 Jacob Nielsen (Denmark) Team Farso, @6;
4 Griffin, @8
26 McCann,@3.26.

Points classification

10 Griffin.

Mountains classification

1 Hossein Askari (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Team, 8 pts;
2 Paul Griffin (Irl) Giant Asia Racing Team,5;
3 Tonton Susanto (Ina) Le Tua Cycling Team,3.