TSG’s Nur Amirull Fakhruddin Mazuki lost the yellow to stage winner Marcos Garcia but is still hoping to keep his blue jersey (sprint competition) in the last day of the tour.
“The GC will be tough now but I hope to keep the blue jersey. It is tough as I am on the same points as the second placed rider (Rohan Du Plooy) and anything can happen today,” said Amirull.
Amirull and Du Plooy are both on 44 points but the former has the jersey thanks to his higher finish positions in the tour so far.
Kinan Cycling Team’s Marcos Garcia made it count when it matters most as he stormed to victory in the Queen stage of the inaugural Tour of Peninsular (ToP).
At 89.5km the fourth stage, which flagged off from Sungai Koyan and ended in Tanah Rata, is the shortest in the tour this year but featured a lung bursting hors categorie climb up to Cameron Highlands.
Fellow teammate Thomas Lebas, proved they were the best on the day with a 1-2 finish for the Japanese team, while Indonesia’s Odie Purnomo Setiawan (PGN Road Cycling Team) completed the podium.
Crossing the finish line in 2:21:12, Garcia took charge of the yellow jersey with a comfortable 3:02s advantage over his closest rival in the general classification.
TSG’s Harrif Saleh, however, will not be competing in the fifth stage tomorrow. The sprinter was forced to drop out of the fourth stage today due to diarrhoea.
The fifth and final stage will start in Kuala Lipis today and end at Wangsa Walk in Setiawangsa in Kuala Lumpur covering a total distance of 151.4km.
Stage 4 Results
- Marcos Garcia (Kinan Cycling Team) – 2:21:12
- Thomas Lebas (Kinan Cycling Team) – 2:22:02
- Odie Purnomo Setiawan (PGN Road Cycling Team) – 2:22:53
- General Classification’s Yellow Jersey – Marcos Garcia (Kinan Cycling Team)
- Best Sprinter’s Blue Jersey – Nur Amirull Fakhruddin (Terengganu Inc. TSG Cycling Team)
- King of Mountain’s Red Jersey – Marcos Garcia (Kinan Cycling Team)
- Best Asian Rider’s White Jersey – Igor Chzan (Vino-Astana Motors)
- Best Team – Kinan Cycling Team