Anuar Manan in a file photo. He was Terengganu Cycling's best-placed rider after he sprinted to finish second in the second group for sixth place.
LANGKAWI: Terengganu Cycling will not lose sleep over the failure to end the opening stage of Le Tour de Langkawi (LTdL) with a bunch sprint.
Anuar Manan was the best-placed rider from the team, after he sprinted to finish second in the second group for sixth place behind Andrea Guardini (Astana). Duber Quitero (Colombia) won the stage from a breakaway group of four.
“It was a weird stage. At first the peloton looked to be comfortable with the breakaway group but as we tried to reel them in, it just didn’t happen.
“The wind was very strong today. The World Tour teams with strong sprinters (Belkin, Astana, Orica GreenEdge) worked very hard to pull ahead but it was unsuccsesful,” said Anuar.
Anuar said the team will try again on every flat stage to get a stage win, as they are determined to finish the LTdL this year on a high note.
Last year, Terengganu Cycling failed to even step on the podium in the presence of strong sprinters like Theo Bos (Belkin) and Guardini (Astana).
“In that situation, there’s not much we can do for a small team unlike them (World Tour teams). But we will look ahead to the next stage and see our chances there.
“Team spirit is very high right now for us and we will lay this down and fight another day,” said Anuar.