Mohd Harrif Salleh in a file photo. He crashed inside the final kilometre in Stage Two of Le Tour de Langkawi.
TAIPING: It was a bad day for Terengganu Cycling as their sprinter Mohd Harrif Salleh was wiped out of contention for the final sprint as he crashed inside the final kilometre in Stage Two of Le Tour de Langkawi (LtdL).
Harrif was in position for the sprint but as the high speed peloton navigated the tricky run-in to the finish on Friday, he was wiped out together with several other sprinters like Andrea Guardini (Astana) and Francesco Chicchi (Yello Fluo).
As a result, Anuar Manan was the best finisher in 12th spot, in the same time as winner Theo Bos (Belkin) with 3’11:11.
“We wanted to put Harrif for the sprint but after he crashed, we had to change the plan for me to go for the sprint.
“But it was difficult, because I was strung out from the front a bit after the crash and had to do some chasing. A mechanical in the last 200 metres also didn’t help at all,” said Anuar.
The team had Harrif protected behind Anuar and Mohd Zamri for the final run in of the finish but Zamri ended up pulling Anuar for the sprint.
“It was a sharp turn to the left and somehow Harrif was caught in a crash behind me. We didn’t have much time to do anything except to just keep riding and hope Anuar could do something,” said Zamri.
Harrif managed to finish the race and was given medical attention at the finish line.
“It was a tough day for us and it was good Anuar managed to finish in the front group but most importantly is the condition of Harrif. It is normal in racing to have crashes in the early days,” said Terengganu sporting director Julian Winn.