Cycling: TSG heat up chilly Sharjah with strong showing in season-openerARNAZ M. KHAIRUL
01 Feb 2023 02:22pm
Terengganu-Polygon Cycling Team's Aiman Chahyadi won the overall mountains classification at the Tour of Sharjah in the United Arab EMirates which ended yesterday.
After taking the mountains clasification lead after the first stage, which saw Eritrean Metkel Eyob step onto the podium after a third place finish last Friday, the TSG squad battled to keep Indonesian signing Aiman Chahyadi in the red jersey, particularly n the critical Stage Four which saw a steep six kilometre climb up the Al Shuhub Mountain.
Ending the final stage with another podium through Kuala Terengganu-born Irwandie Lakasek yesterday, while Eyob completed the show ranked sixth in the final general classification, team manager Wan Mohd Nazri Wan Ahmad said it was a positive start to their defence of the UCI Asia Tour overall title.
"We did not know what to expect in the chilly weather and with new riders in the squad, but the team gelled well from the start and I can say it was a positive showing for the first race of the year," said Wan Mohd Nazri, when contacted in Istanbul, where the team landed today to begin preparations for the UCI 2.1 status Tour of Antalya on Feb 9-12.
It was also the first race of the year for Ukraine's Anatoliy Budyak, who moves with Eyob, Irwandie, Aiman, Wan Abdul Rahman Hamdan and veteran Shahrul Mat Amin, to Turkiye, where vital points are on offer in their quest to meet their target of finishing the year as the top-ranked UCI Continental team in the world.
Despite his differences with the BAM leadership, Lee Zii Jia has been the country's top men's singles player, which the national squad relied on in the Badminton Asia Mxed Team Championships. It now remains to be seen if Zii Jia is again counted on in the Sudirman Cup.