Harrif Salleh gave local fans much to cheer for after winning the third stage of Jelajah Malaysia from Gua Musang, Kelantan to Pasir Puteh, Terengganu in style today.
Much was expected from Harrif, who rides for Terengganu Cycling Team (TSG), as the tour enters the East Coast of the country and he did not disappoint. The 28 year old outfoxed Korean Park Sung Baek of KSPO to the win, celebrating with a small wheelie on
the finish line. NSC-Mycron rider Irwandie Lakasek came in third to make it a 1-3 finish for Malaysia. The three riders finished the stage (169.1km) in 4:00:49s.
Harrif said it was an important win for him and the team.
“The whole team worked hard for me and managed keep me in a good position to win it today. It was quite a struggle for me as there were quite a few climbs in the stage but I managed to do it,” said Harrif.
“I want to keep up my performance in the last two stages which will be held in Terengganu. I will give it everything I have as it will be in my own kampung. It means a lot to me.”
Harrif’s win sees him leading the blue jersey competition while teammate Nur Amirul Fakhruddin Marzuki remains in the lead in best Malaysian rider category.
As expected Iran’s Arvin Moazami Godarzi’s (Pishgaman Giant Team) lead in the general classification (yellow jersey) remains untouched as he was only a second behind the winning group today.
The fourth stage of Jelajah Malaysia from Machang to Gong Badak in Terengganu will see riders cycling 125.20km today.
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.