TAMPIN: Terengganu Cycling ace Anuar Manan has vowed to launch a “kamikaze-style” assault in Stage 8 of the Tour of Langkawi from Kuala Pilah to Jasin today.
The 24-year-old is bent on a better finish today after being forced to hand over the blue jersey (points classification) back to Andrea Guardini of Fernese Vini-Neri Sottoli after Stage 7 from Banting to Tampin yesterday.
Anuar finished in the main bunch in 24th spot – thus failing to grab any points. Guardini, who won Stage 7, grabbed 15 points to lead on 80 points in the standings, leaving Anuar 10 points behind.
Anuar failed to grab any points in the three intermediate sprint zones after several breakaway groups swept all the points.
“It was a tiring ride today. The pace was very fast and going over undulating terrain at such a pace was very hard, especially when trying to play catch-up with the breakaway groups,” said Anuar.
“I’m frustrated because I couldn’t grab any points today but there is still tomorrow.”
He said he would go all out today and that he would bank on his team-mates to help him collect points and wrest the blue jersey from Guardini.
“We have to be careful with team Fernese’s tactics tomorrow because it will be a long stage for us,” said Anuar.
Today’s stage is the longest on the Tour – 156.5km.