KUALA LUMPUR: While Italian Andrea Guardini from team Astana managed to shrug off his injuries to win Stage Three of Le Tour de Langkawi (LTdL) from Kampar to Kuala Lumpur, the same could not be said of Mohd Harrif Salleh of Terengganu Cycling.
With bruises all over his body from the same crash that took Guardini out of contention for the finish on Friday, Harrif could only sprint for 13th place at Dataran Merdeka on Saturday.
“I found it hard to sleep well last night because of the injury and I felt a bit weak today at the start of the stage,” said Harrif.
“It was a combination of several factors today. I couldn’t grip my handlebar properly because it still hurt and then Anuar (Manan) who was supposed to position me for the sprint finish had a mechanical problem. It was down to just my brother (Mohd Zamri) but that was not enough.”
Despite firing blanks in the first three stages of the race, Harrif is still confident of bouncing back before the race reaches Kuala Terengganu, the hometown of Terengganu Cycling.
“There are a lot of stages yet to come. In the first stage, I wasn’t interested to sprint for minor placings after the breakaway succeeded in winning, and on Friday, I was involved in a crash.
“But, we will not back down from trying until we reach Terengganu,” said a determined Harrif.