Sapura show they’re ‘in Vogt’ again


JOHOR BARU: It has been an excellent month for Sapura Cycling Team as they bagged a double within two weeks.

Last week, Sapura won the overall title in the Le Tour de Langkawi (LTdL).

And Mario Vogt made it a historic day when he emerged as the overall champion in the inaugural Tour de Iskandar Johor yesterday.

Vogt clocked 8’35:46 in the three-day race to win the blue jersey.

The third and final race from Kluang to Johor Baru (107.7km) was won by Wang Junyong of Hengxiang Cycling team in 2’14:48.

Vogt was delighted with his breakthrough win.

“I have been competing in Asia since 2010 but have only finished in the top five. You can be sure I’ll be back next year to defend my title,” said the German.

Ryan Roth of XSpeed United won the white jersey (sprint) while Mathew Zenovich from St George Cycling bagged the red jersey (hill climb).

Sapura’s Muhammad Shaiful Adlan Mohd Shukri took the black jersey for the best young rider.

Sapura team manager Fairoz Izni Abdul Ghani was elated that the team continued their fine run after winning the LTdL.

“For this Tour, we were also targeting the overall title as we have the services of LTdL winner Benjamin Dyball to strengthen the team,” said Fairoz.

“We plan to compete in more Tours in Asia to collect points and become the best in the region.”Stage 3 Kluang to Johor Baru (107.7km): 1. Wang Junyong (Hengxiang Cycling Team) 2’14:48, 2. Chen Zhiwen (Giant Cycling Team), 3. Andre Looij (Taiyuan Miogee Cycling Team) all same time.

Blue jersey (overall winner): Mario Vogt (Sapura Cycling Team).

White jersey (sprint king): Ryan Roth (XSpeed United)

Red jersey (hill climb)cTypeface:> Mathew Zenovich (St George Cycling Team)

Black jersey (best young rider)cTypeface:> Muhd Shaiful Adlan Mohd Shukri (Sapura Cycling Team).