Pishgaman Giant Team of Iran were unstoppable in the second stage of Jelajah Malaysia from Sungai Siput to Cameron Highlands, the toughest stage of the tour, today.
The Iranian riders, Reza Hosseini and Amir Kolahdouzhagh finished the climbing stage in first, second and third position, a clean sweep of the podium, with the same time of 4:12:6s.
The result sees Arvin overtaking teammate Rahim Emami, who came in sixth in the stage, at the top of the general classification. Amir, Reza and Rahim are now second, third and fourth in the competition for the yellow jersey.
The 26 year old, Arvin said the teamwork showed by all Pishgaman riders allowed them to dominate the second stage which had covered 113.4km.
“We (with Reza and Amir) attacked after 60km and were told that there were riders trying to catch us but we just maintained our tempo,” said Arvin.
“The goal today was for the team to keep the yellow jersey and we managed to do it. It was a very tough stage but luckily the weather was not too hot today.”
“All the riders played their part in achieving this result and we have to maintain our performance if we want to keep it (yellow jersey) for the rest of the tour. Anything can happen with another three stages to go so we have to be careful.”
Terengganu Cycling Team’s (TSG) Nur Amirul Fakhruddin Marzuki and Jesse James Ewart (7Eleven SAVA RB Philippines) remain in charge of the Best Malaysian and Best Young Rider jerseys after finishing 13th and 15th in the stage.
The riders will cover 169.1km in the third stage from Gua Musang to Pasir Puteh tomorrow.
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.