Filepic shows Mohd Harrif Salleh receiving treatment after a crash in Stage Two of the LTdL in Taiping. He narrowly avoided another crash in Stage Nine which left him too far from the leaders heading to the finish line. - BERNAMA
KUALA TERENGGANU: Lady luck is still not on Terengganu Cycling’s side despite racing on home ground.
A crash in the final two kilometres to the finish distanced Mohd Harrif Salleh from contesting the sprint.
Harrif narrowly escaped from a second crash after a UnitedHealthcare rider tumbled right in front of him on Friday. Harrif lost some skin when he was involved in the crash close to the finish of Stage Two in Taiping.
As Belkin put the hammer down to put Theo Bos in a good position for the sprint, the crash meant Harrif, together with Anuar Manan, could not catch up with the front group.
“I was with Anuar before the crash and after it happened, the front group had already strung out because of the fast pace. It was impossible for us to chase them,” said Harrif, who finished in 34th spot on Saturday.
Harrif said he tried to get behind Bos’ wheel but it was very difficult because of the protection from Bos’ team-mates.
“His wheel was the best wheel to follow in the sprint. But the thing is, everybody else wanted to be on his wheel as well. I tried to force my way behind him but they just shoved me away,” said Harrif.
Saturday will be the last day for Harrif and co. to try for a podium finish as the peloton tackle a short 103.1km race from Tasik Kenyir to Kuala Terengganu.
“Tomorrow, we expect another bunch finish. We have to think of a way to get in front for a good finish,” said the 25-year-old.