TANAH MERAH: Lampre’s Mendonca Pagliarini sprinted to a hattrick of wins when he won the fourth stage of the Tour of Langkawi here yesterday.
The Brazilian rider, who had won the second and third stage, ended the 172.9km race in 4'14:13 to cling on to the green jersey.
Yesterday's stage started from Grik in Perak at noon.
The win once again proved that Pagliarini’s previous wins was no fluke, as had been suggested when he won the race in Butterworth two days ago.
“It's a great achievement ... I made it three-in-a-row and I am really proud to be the first Brazilian to achieve the feat in the Tour,” said the rider.
Pagliarini said the race yesterday was truly challenging with all the riders appearing exhausted.
The route passed through Lenggong and Jeli, which proved to be tough for the competitors as there were many hilly stretches to contend with.
Nonetheless, the riders put up a stiff challenge to ensure that they were not separated from the leading pack.
With the win yesterday, Pagliarini strengthened his lead in the sprint category, collecting a total of 45 points.
Saturn’s Nathan O'Neill retained the yellow jersey despite failing to end the race among the top 10.
O'Neill still heads the individual standings clocking a total time of 11'52:56. Trailing behind by 20 seconds was Roland Green who put up a splendid performance to hang on to his second spot.
Green, representing Canada and a former world champion in the mountain bike race, took over the polka dot jersey from Furtunato Baliani when he won the mountain climbing event yesterday.
He collected 30 points to beat Baliani who garnered 16 points.
In the Asian category, Hossain Askari still heads the pack clocking 11'54:03s, while Telekom Malaysia's Tonton Susanto trailed the Iranian by a second.
Saturn are still the outfit to beat in the team category with a time of 35'39:40, while Iran are the leaders in the Asian category with 35'42:49s.
Today's 179.1km fifth stage will start from Kota Baru and ends in Kuala Terengganu. – Bernama
Fourth stage (172.90km): 1. Mendonca Pagliarini (Lampre) 4'14:13, 2. Greame Brown (Panaria) same time, 3. Stuart O'Grady (Credit Agricole) s.t., 4. Andrus Aug (De Nardi) s.t., 5. Miguel Perdiguero (Domina) s.t.,
6. Thomas Evans (Telekom M'sia) s.t., 7. Hassan Maleki Mizan (Irn) s.t., 8. Gordon Fraser (Can) s.t., 9. Mikhaylo Khalilov (Selle Italia) s.t., 10. Lars Ytting Bak Fakta s.t.
Leading overall standings: 1. Nathan O'Neill (Saturn) 11'52:56, 2. Roland Green (Can) 20s, 3. Tom Danielson (Saturn) 24, 4. Eric Wohlberg (Saturn) 27, 5. Sergiy Matveyev (Panaria) 31,
6. Hernan Dario Munoz Selle (Italia) 38, 7. Freddy Gonzalez Selle (Italia) 39, 8. Gordon Fraser (Can) 44, 9. Seamus McGrath (Can) 45, 10. Lars Ytting (Bak Fakta) 45.
Leading overall Asian standings: 1. Hossain Askari (Irn) 11'54:03, 2. Tonton Susanto (Telekom Malaysia) 01s, 3. Alireza Haghi (Irn) 03, 4. Ghader Mizbani (Telekom Malaysia) 21, 5. Kazuka Okazaki (Jpn) 22,
6. Tomoya Kano (Jpn) 25, 7. Satoshi Hirose (Jpn) 29, 8. Hidanori Nodera (Jpn) 30, 9. Ahad Kazemi Sarai (Irn) 31, 10. Tsen Seong Hoong (Telekom Malaysia) 54. – Bernama