TSG make positive start in Tour of Thailand as Irwandie bags second spot

KUALA LUMPUR: Terengganu Cycling Team (TSG) started the Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn’s Cup men’s Tour of Thailand on a positive note, with Irwandie Lakasek bagging second place.

The 26-year-old Terengganu-born rider finished the 145km opening stage from Hat Yai Park to Phatthalung behind German Lucas Carstensen of Bike Aid team in a bunch finish, clocking three hours, four minutes and eight seconds.

Host rider Thanawut Sanik-wathi of Thailand Continental Cycling finished third, while another Malaysian rider from TSG, Wan Abdul Rahman Hamdan took fourth place after racing in heavy rain.

TSG also topped the team general classification and best Asian team standings with 9:12:24s.

“Syukur Alhamdulillah I came out second today, thanks to the team and teammates. Disappointed that I could not get the first place, as it was the target, besides the stage is not so long.

“There was heavy rain, we had to survive on our own at the front with other teams but managed to reach the finishing line safely,” Irwandie said, in a video shared by TSG.

The 2017 SEA Games men’s scratch race and team pursuit gold medalist said TSG would flex their muscles to put up another splendid show in the 215.2km long stage starting and ending in Phatthalung, featuring three sprints, next.

The other two Malaysian teams in the fray, Team Sapura Cycling (TSC) and Sweet Nice Continental (SNC), which have yet to show their pedal fire, hope to show their prowess too. — Bernama

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