Adiq Husainie Othman in a file photo. His main priority is putting a rider on the podium in the flat stages of Le Tour de Langkawi.
PETALING JAYA: The team comes first for cyclist Adiq Husainie Othman as he makes his debut for Terengganu Cycling in the Le Tour de Langkawi (LTdL) from Thursday.
The 22-year-old, who returned home after his Hong Kong-based team Champion System folded last year, said that putting a rider on the podium in the flat stages would be his main priority in the team.
“There will be a lot of opportunities for our sprinters – Mohd Harrif (Salleh) and Anuar (Manan) – to fight for the podium spots. We have to work as a unit in this race because we will be up against top-class riders,” said Adiq of the LTdL, which will run until March 8.
Besides Adiq, Harrif and Anuar, the others in the team are Mohd Zamri Salleh, Mohd Saufi Mat Senan and Mohd Saiful Anuar Aziz.
Adiq, who is capable of finishing on the podium judging by how he missed out on third place by just inches in Stage Five in 2012, is ready to put aside personal ambitions for team glory.
“We have worked hard perfecting our sprint train and to have either Harrif or Anuar on the podium in the stages would be the perfect result for us.
“As for me, maybe I’ll have my chance in the slightly hillier stages – like Stage Five or Stage Six – this year, where the winner could be decided in a breakaway,” he said.
Adiq is hoping to start a new chapter in his career after spending four seasons with foreign teams since 2010. He started as a rookie with Australia-based Drapac Porsche, where he spent two years before moving to Champion System.
“The time spent with those teams was beneficial to me because of the different approach to training they had. I’ll try to take all the positive aspects from my years there and apply it to my training here,” said Adiq.
“We have the potential to be a great team in Asia and I hope that the arrival of Julian (Winn) as one of our coaches will see us getting better results this year.”
Winn, the former British national road champion in 2002, is employed by Terengganu as a replacement for Frenchman Sebastien Duclos, who left at the end of last year.
Winn will start his role with the team at the LTdL.
“The team had Duclos before and they did well in 2012 when they were the best-ranked team in Asia. I hope to help the team be the best in Asia again this year,” said Adiq.