NSC-Mycron are on a roll and scored their first ever stage victory in a UCI sanctioned tour through Muhammad Zawawi Azman at Jelajah Malaysia today.
Zawawi broke away early in the fourth stage of the race from Machang to Gong Badak (125.2km) alongside 7Eleven SAVA RBP’s Mark John Lexer Galedo and Malaysian national rider Nik Mohd Azwan Zulkiflie.
Zawawi held steady to the end, outsprinting Mark to victory in a time of 2:38:27s while Nik Mohd Azwan (+7s) was third. The 22 year old said he cherishes the win and is hoping to help teammate Irwandi Lakasek, who delivered NSC’s first ever podium finish in stage 3, repeat his feat.
“I did not expect to finish on the podium today but I tried a few attacks early in the race and succeded after the first intermediate sprint,” said Zawawi.
Harrif Saleh of Terengganu Cycling Team (TSG), who won the third stage, finished fourth as his team struggled to catch the trio. Nik Mohd Azwan is now the leader in the best Malaysian rider competition, displacing TSG’s Nur Amirul Fakhruddin Marzuki at the top of the standings.
“My goal was to catch Amirul as the gap between us was only a few seconds. I never expected to be on the podium today, it was all about getting the red jersey and I am pleased I did it. But I cant celebrate just yet as we still have another stage to go. I will do my best to defend it tomorrow,” said Nik Mohd Azwan.
Pishgaman Giant Team’s domination of the general classification, in which their riders fill the top four in the standings, continues with Arvin Moazami Godarzi’s advantage remaining untouchable. He will look to seal the overall win in tomorrows fifth and final stage from Kemaman to Kuala Terengganu (140.7km).
Organised by the Malaysian National Cycling Federation (MNCF), with endorsement of the Youth and Sports Ministry and the National Sports Council (NSC), this edition of the Jelajah Malaysia is again managed by Peloton Resources with Gerakan Belia Gagasan 1Malaysia (GBG1M) as event partner.