Sport

Published: Tuesday March 4, 2014 MYT 5:12:00 PM
Updated: Tuesday March 4, 2014 MYT 5:13:35 PM

Johor to register professional cycling team

Ng Yong Li is one of the local riders with Johor Avanti Pro Cycling.

Ng Yong Li is one of the local riders with Johor Avanti Pro Cycling.

PONTIAN: Malaysia will have another professional cycling team when Johor Avanti Pro Cycling register with the International Cycling Union (UCI) in September.

Following in the footsteps of Terengganu Cycling, who were registered as a continental team in 2010, Johor Avanti look to feature in the Asia Tour calendar next year, with Le Tour de Langkawi (LTdL) as the main highlight.

Team director Datuk Mohd Al Khafiz Zainal said that besides having Johor riders, they will also employ foreign riders to strengthen the team next year.

“We have this vision to give Johor riders a platform to ride at a higher level. We have seen in certain races that they could beat national trainees but their pathway to a higher level looks uncertain.

“Through the team, we could have our own riders going for the bigger stage,” said Khafiz.

The team were launched on Tuesday on the sidelines of the LTdL Stage Six finish in Pontian.

“We have attracted cyclists from Australia like Paul Van der Ploeg and Chris Jory, and Sergey Kuzmin from Kazakhstan to ride with us next year. We also have local riders like Ng Yong Li and Fakaruddin Daud,” said Khafiz.

The team plan to have training bases in Ghent, Belgium and Bandung.  

Tags / Keywords: cycling, LTdL, Le Tour de Langkawi, Johor Avanti Pro Cycling, Mohd Al Khafiz Zainal

advertisement

  1. Rhythmic gymnasts dazzle to a team bronze in Glasgow
  2. Pisol lifts Malaysia onto medal tally at CWG
  3. Malaysia pays tribute at Commonwealth Games
  4. Velappan: Malaysia can reach World Cup 2026
  5. And so the Games begin in Glasgow
  6. Shooter Ayuni gets to compete after jacket arrives
  7. Norfolk shuttlers just happy to be in Glasgow
  8. Big John is more than a coach to his cyclists
  9. Amy: Team spirit will carry us through
  10. Malaysia beat Indonesia, make it to Thomas Cup final

advertisement

advertisement