TSC defends red jersey, refuses to be complacent

Last update: 13/02/2020

GEORGETOWN, Feb 12 -- The Malaysian continental team, Team Sapura Cycling (TSC) refuses to be complacent although national young racer Muhamad Nur Aiman ??Mohd Zariff is still defending the red jersey as King of the Mountain at the end of the sixth stage of the 2020 Le Tour de Langkawi (LTdL) race.

TSC manager Ahmad Sayuti Mohd Zahit said that, although the 22-year-old was still dominating the red jersey position with 29 points, the chances of riders from the other team to snatch the jersey were still open with the remaining two races.

"For the red jersey, we can say it is safe as in the seventh stage of the race, tomorrow, there is no hilly route, so we have to be ready for the eighth stage in Langkawi which involves two climbing zones.

"We do not want to be too confident (in defending the red jersey) because in cycling, anything can happen in the remaining two stages of the race, but we will work hard to defend the red and yellow jersey (as the overall leader) this time around," he said when met by reporters after the end of the sixth 2020 LTdL here, today.

French rider Quentin Pacher of the B&B Hotels-Vitals Concept and Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec rider Kevin Rivera Serrano occupied second and third spots for the red jersey with 20 points and 15 points after six stages of the race.

Japanese rider Hideto Nakane of the Nippo Delko Provence team won the sixth stage of the race, a distance of 150.9 km from Dataran Warisan, Taiping to Padang Kota Lama, here.

Nakane and Kazakhstan's rider, Gleb Brussenskiy of the Vino-Astana Motors team crossed the finish line at the same time, but the Japanese rider was declared the winner via photo recording.

The chief jury ruled that Nakane and Brussenskiy recorded the same time of 3 hours 29 minutes and 15 seconds. Italian rider Samuele Battistella from the NTT Pro Cycling Team took third spot, with a 0.04 second difference behind them.

Meanwhile, Ahmad Sayuti explained that the opportunity still remained for other riders to wrest the yellow jersey as the overall leader from TSC's Danilo Celano of Italy.

The 30-year-old who won the yellow jersey after emerging champion at the fourth stage in Genting two days ago, still topped the overall best riders’ position (general classification) with an overall recording after six stages of 21 hours 17 minutes and 33 seconds.

Young Kazakhstan's rider Yevgeniy Fedorov of Vino-Astana Motors took second place with a 26 seconds difference while Terengganu Inc. TSG Cycling Team racer, Artem Ovechkin came in third after falling 35 seconds behind Celano.

The seventh stage of 2020 LTdL tomorrow will cover 130.4 km from Bagan to Alor Setar with three sprint zones in Sungai Petani, Gurun and Pendang.