Mohd Harrif Salleh (second left) of Terengganu Cycling Team, seen here in the 2012 LeTua de Langkawi race, is one of the two sprinters in the team for this year's race starting on Feb 28. The other sprinter is Anuar Manan. - BERNAMA
PETALING JAYA: The Terengganu Cycling team’s national road racing champion Mohd Shahrul Mat Amin is relishing the prospect of seeing his team’s two-pronged sprint attack in action during next month’s Le Tour de Langkawi (LTdL).
Besides the improving Mohd Harrif Salleh, who has been the team’s main sprinter for the past two years, Anuar Manan is back with the team and will most likely combine with the former in the the LTdL from Feb 28 to March 8.
If the management decide to line up the duo for the race, it would bring back memories of 2011 when they raced together in the same team and chalked up five podium finishes.
“Probably for some teams, having two sprinters will cause some problems because each may have their own agenda. But for us, I think we could be more lethal this way,” said Shahrul.
In 2011, Anuar grabbed four podium finishes in the LTdL as the lead sprinter. He finished twice in second place (Stage Three and Six) and twice in third place (Stage Two and 10). Harrif finished third in Stage One that year.
The following year saw Anuar moved up to the pro continental ranks with team Champion System leaving Harrif as the lead sprinter for Terengganu.
Without Anuar, Harrif managed to finish twice on the podium (third in Stage Four and second in Stage Eight).
“It is only logical that in a big race such as the LTdL, both sprinters would be picked to ride. An understanding between the two must be achieved to ensure the success of our team,” said Shahrul.