Posts Tagged ‘Suhardi Hassan’

Source: TDL Website

“Getting the right combination will be important where I think that we need to speed up just before the climb. There will be a good mix of teams in the front although I believe that (Nicolas) Roche will be up there to challenge for Fraser.”
Simon Gerrans, Credit Agricole
“It is mostly flat this year and I expect either Loddo or Hondo to dominate although I believe that Ruben Bongiorno can also make a difference in the final count. But I think that whoever has the consistent ability in the bunch sprints can win the overall race.” – Gianni Savio, team manager Serramenti PVC
“I am getting married next month and this I an added incentive for me to go all out to improve on my previous best when I finished fifth in a stage and 32nd overall in 2006. This is my sixth Tour and I have set myself a personal target to finish in the top 20 overall and hopefully get a podium finish at Asian level in the sprint.”Malaysian national team rider Suhardi Hassan, 26
“After my recent success in the Tour of Malaysia where I registered three stage wins and take the blue jersey for the overall sprint title, I am all set to take off in the Tour Langkawi. I also believe that my chance of winning Stage Seven is as good as anyone. The short distance and flat terrain suits me fine. I have faith in my team and this gives me confidence. If we employ the right tactics we should be able to pull off a win.”Anuar Manan, 22, who will race in LeTua Cycling Team colours

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.

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.

Source: Jelajah Malaysia

Stage 4 of Jelajah Malaysia (JM) 2008 race today that fell on Maal Hijrah Celebration (First Day of New Year in the Muslim Calendar) showcased the rise of last year’s JM Best Rider, Suhardi Hassan.

Today’s race that started in Batu Pahat and ended in Muar covered a route of 178.8km, Suhardi from Team Kuala Lumpur claimed his victory as he managed to win over the RTM Jersey from Amir Mustafa Rusli (MCF Continental) with a time difference of 4 minutes 33 seconds.

“Earlt today I called up my mother, Halijah Man back home in Perlis. My mother asked me why I’m not on the podium yet. Therefore I told her that I’m going to win it for her in the race today,” he quoted.

Suhardi, 26, said that in the previous three stages he was observing the situation and gave the opportunity to the sprinter to do their job.

Today’s win was a good start in conjunction with 1429 Hijrah, that marks the new year in the Muslim calendar and it has raised his spirit to win more races in the upcoming stages.

Today Suhardi was excellent as he won all 3 sprint zones; Yong Peng, Labis and Gerisek to be in the second position in the fight for the Blue Jersey (Sprint King) with 15 points in hand.

As for the holder of the Blue Jersey (Sprint King), Anuar Manan from Team LeTua hopes that the dawn of Maal Hijrah will bring him more victories this year.

“My main target is to win at least one stage in the upcoming Le Tour de Langkawi (LTdL),” he quoted.

Source: The Star Malaysia

MUAR: Indonesian veteran Tonton Susanto, riding for Malaysian outfit LeTua, surprisingly snatched the red jersey from previous overall leader Lu Fu Yu of Trek Marco Polo even though he finished third in Stage Four of the Tour of Malaysia yesterday.

Frederick Johansson of DifferdangeApiflo won the stage from Batu Pahat to Muar, clocking 4’04:31 in the 178.8km race. Japan’s Kohei Uchima was credited with the same time for second place and Tonton was in the next pack of finishers with a time of 4’04:34.

Fu Yu, who has worn the red jersey since winning Stage One, failed to keep up with the leading peloton and was placed 12th with a time of 4’11:08.

“In today’s race, I kept a watch from the early stages on the cyclists in the leading pack and followed them closely,” said Tonton.

He added that he would be out to consolidate his position as leader in three more stages and would have to ride with caution in the mountain stage today from Gemas to Karak, covering 133.7km.

The fifth stage also has three sprint zones.

Tonton’s team-mate Anuar Manan kept the blue jersey even though he failed to pick up a point from the three sprint zones yesterday.

“I intend to continue wearing the blue jersey in the remaining three stages and tomorrow, I will be back getting points to strengthen my position as the sprint leader,” said Anuar, who won the second and third stage of the Tour.

Kuala Lumpur’s Suhardi Hassan continued to be the leading Malaysian rider in the Tour with a fifth-place finish yesterday.

He has now stretched his lead to more than four minutes over the MCF’s Amir Rusli Mustafa.

Stage 4 results
(Batu Pahat-Muar, 178.8km)

Top 10 finishers: 1. Frederick Johansson (Differdange-Apiflo) 4’04:31, 2. Kohei Uchima (Jpn), 3. Tonton Susanto (LeTua) 4’04’34, 4. Lam Kai Tsun (Hkg), 5. Suhardi Hasaan (Kul) 6. Saeditanha Abbas (Islamic Azad University), 7. Ghader Mizbani (Tabriz Petrochemical), 8. Kaushige Kuboki (Jpn), 9. Tomoya Kano (Skil Shimano), 10. Masakazu Ito (Jpn).

Leading standings

Individual (red jersey): 1. Tonton Susanto 15’21:26, 2. Ghader Mizbani 15’21:30, 3. Frederick Johansson 15’23:26, 4. Suhardi Hassan 15’23:31, 5. Saeditanha Abbas 15’23:35, 6. Masakazu Ito 15’23:40, 7. Kohei Uchima 15’26:16, 8. Li Fu Yu (Trek Marco Polo) 15’26:47, 9. Kazushige Kuboki 15’26:48, 10. Marcel Strauss (Stegcomputer-CKT) 15’26:51.

Team: 1. Japan 46’08:59, 2. Tabriz Petrochemical (Iri) 46’18:41, 3. LeTua (Mas) 46’19:48.