UCI TCL: 'The Pocket Rocketman' ends season in eighth place

04 Dec 2022 01:41pm
Azizulhasni Awang - Photo: FB Azizulhasni Awang
Azizulhasni Awang - Photo: FB Azizulhasni Awang
KUALA LUMPUR - National track cycling ace, Datuk Mohd Azizulhasni Awang concluded his campaign in the new UCI Track Champions League (TCL) in the eighth place on the overall in men’s sprint category.

According to the competition official website, ucitrackchampionsleague.com, ‘The Pocket Rocketman’ garnered 60 points after five rounds while Australian rider, Matthew Richardson was crowned as the champion with 183 points.

Richardson outpaced his arch rival Harrie Lavreysen with a two-point winning margin after the Dutchman collected 181 points while Stefan Botticher of Germany took the third spot with 136 points.

In the final round held before a sell-out crowd of over 5,500 fans inside the iconic 2012 Olympic Games venue, Lee Valley VeloPark in London, Azizulhasni fell short in his quest to at least taste a podium finish after he finished fifth in his pet event, the men’s keirin, yesterday.

Richardson came out tops in the final followed by Lavreysen and Botticher, who had to settle for a third place.

Meanwhile, the Dungun-born rider missed out the chance to feature in at least the semi-final of the men’s sprint event after he ended the first round of heat five race in second place behind the Colombian rider, Santiago Ramirez Morales.

Only the top rider from six different heats progresses to the semi-final.

The inaugural season which kicked off in Mallorca, Spain, last month, saw riders score points across five rounds in either the sprint or endurance category.

Each category has two different types of races in which competitors can accumulate points which saw sprinters race in both sprint and keirin while endurance riders took part in both elimination and scratch. - BERNAMA
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