KUALA TERENGGANU: The Le Tour de Langkawi (LTdL) is done and dusted. Now, Terengganu Cycling’s Mohd Harrif Salleh is looking forward to the Glasgow Commonwealth Games in July.
Harrif did not have the best of times at the LTdL.
First, a serious crash in Stage Two, from Sungai Petani to Taiping, left him with gashes on the left arm and leg. Then, he was caught behind two other crashes which saw him miss the chance to compete for the sprint finish in Stages Eight and Nine.
In Saturday’s final stage, Terengganu Cycling were clearly outnumbered as teams Belkin and Astana put in a blistering pace for the finish with their precision riding. Harrif ended up in 25th spot in the final stage, which was won by Andrea Guardini of Astana.
“It was a case of bad luck for me this year ... I’m really not happy with the outcome. We’ve had to deal with crashes and it caused a big problem for us to make our sprint,” said Harrif.
“But it’s over ... I’ll focus on the Commonwealth Games. We will have a training camp in Chiangmai (Thailand) on the 13th (Thursday),” said Harrif, who will be part of the track endurance squad to the Games in July.
The others slated to join the training camp are Adiq Husainie Othman and Amir Mustafa Rusli.
Harrif is expected to compete in the scratch race in Glasgow.
“I will miss quite a number of races with Terengganu Cycling to prepare for the Games, but it is okay. I like representing the country because there is a sense of nationalistic pride in doing so,” said the 25-year-old.