American Bradley White crossed the finish line first in Stage Five of the LTdL from Karak to Rembau on Monday. - BERNAMA
REMBAU: American Bradley White finally clinched his first career win, breaking free in the last 500m to win Stage Five of the Le Tour de Langkawi (LTdL).
The UnitedHealthcare rider completed Monday’s 139.3km stage in 3’03:28. Dutchman Thomas Rabou of OCBC Singapore clocked the same time to finish second while South African champion Loius Meintjes of MTN Qhubeka was placed third, four seconds behind.
“I’m used to working for my team sprinters, so I don’t get much opportunity to win a race ... but it feels great to win no matter how big or small the race is,” said White, a Michigan native.
“I tried to win here before in Stages One and Three but I was reeled in in the final kilometres. Looks like the third time’s the charm,” added White.
Iranian Mirsamad Poursayedigolakhour of Tabriz Petrochemical finished in the main bunch to stay as overall leader. Mirsamad is eight seconds ahead of Eritrean Merhawi Kudus of MTN Qhubeka. Colombian Isaac Bolivar of UnitedHealthcare is 11 seconds adrift in third.
Mirsamad, who won the 110.9km Stage Four from Subang to Genting Highlands on Sunday, was pleased to wear the yellow jersey for another day.
“I’m happy to keep the yellow jersey but I’m expecting to be under constant attack in the remaining stages,” said Mirsamad.
Today’s 199.1km Stage Six is from Malacca to Pontian.