TSG stay on right track with another win

Double cheer: Carlos Quintero (right) and Metkel Eyob came in first and third respectively.

PETALING JAYA: Terengganu cycling team (TSG) continued to reap dividends in their maiden European campaign with Carlos Quintero clinching their second win in a row at the Velo Alanya Grand Prix in Turkey.

The Colombian all-rounder put on an attacking display in the closing stages of the one-day race to win the 103.5km event in 2’40:33.

American Alex Hoehn of Wildlife Generation Pro Cycling came in second while Eritrea’s Metkel Eyob earned double cheers for TSG by completing the podium.

It was certainly a fruitful week for the Kuala Terengganu-based team as top Malaysian sprinter Harrif Saleh had delivered their first win in the Grand Prix Velo Manavgat on Saturday.

Harrif was not fielded because the hilly terrain is more suited for climbers.

TSG’s Artem Ovechkin (Russia) was 12th while Youcef Reguigui of Algeria, Nur Aiman Zariff and Goh Choon Huat of Singapore finished out of the top 40.

Quintero was delighted as he had been eyeing a first win in TSG colours since he joined them in 2019.

“This is an unbelievable feeling, it’s hard to explain it with words, ” said the 34-year-old who has competed in the Giro d’Italia and the Vuelta a Espana with Colombia.

“It’s amazing. It is my first win with TSG. I have to thank the team for their support. Huge congratulations to everyone, ” he said.

TSG have already completed four of six UCI 1.2. races so far in Turkey.

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