Theo Bos, hugging his Belkin team-mate, won Stage Nine of the LTdL on Saturday between Bandar Permaisuri and Kuala Terengganu to secure his fourth stage win of the Tour. - BERNAMA
KUALA TERENGGANU: Iran rider Mirsamad Pourseyedigolakhour is on the verge of winning Le Tour de Langkawi (LTdL) as Dutch rider Theo Bos took out the stage victory in Stage Nine from Bandar Permaisuri to Kuala Terengganu in a bunch sprint.
Barring any disaster in the final stage on Saturday, Mirsamad of Tabriz Petrochemical, with an eight second lead over Eritrean rider Merhawi Kudus of MTN Qhubeka, will be the overall winner.
Bos of Belkin, meanwhile, took his fourth stage win of the race on Friday after out-sprinting Italian Andrea Guardini of Astana and Lithuanian Aidis Kruopis (Orica GreenEdge) to the line at the beach of Batu Burok. All three finished in the same time of 2’32:21.
Belkin once again showed their strength to put Bos in a perfect position for the sprint, escaping a crash that happened just two kilometres from the finish.
“We knew there were several bends before the finish line and we wanted to be the first into the corner. I saw Aidis coming fast into the corner but luckily it was just a short sprint after it and I managed to hold speed,” said Bos.
It was the first time Bos made it to Kuala Terengganu despite racing in the LTdL last year, as he pulled out of the race with two stage wins after stomach problems.
“It is good to finally come here after falling ill last year. We have a nice hotel by the beach and after the race we have massages, and good food with a view of the ocean ... which is nice,” said Bos.
Meanwhile, Mirsamad is looking very happy as he looks to stay out of danger to win the race on Saturday. If Mirsamad wins, he will be the first Asian to do so.
“I hope I can go to races in Europe after this but as always, we would have visa problems when going to Europe,” said Mirsamad.