GENTING HIGHLANDS, Australian rider, Benjamin Dyball of Team Sapura Cycling (TSC) wrested the 2019 Le Tour de Langkawi (LTdL) yellow jersey (overall leader) from Travis McCabe of Floyd’s Pro Cycling Team after winning the Queen’s Stage from Shah Alam to Genting Highlands, today.
The 29-year-old, who was among three attackers in the Hors Class climb to Genting Highlands, finished the 114.2km Stage Four in 3 hours 22 minutes and 2 seconds, ahead of Colombian Hernan Ricardo Aguirre Caipa of Interpro Cycling Academy (3:22.25s) and American Keegan Swirbul of Floyd’s Pro Cycling Team (3:22:46s).
The Oceania champion has a good chance of defending the yellow jersey until the final stage on Saturday with a 27-second lead over Hernan Ricardo Aguirre (17:26:09s), if he continues to perform the same way.
We had two attackers trying to go, I tried to follow them They looked strong, I was not 100 percent confident I could drop them, but they started to slow a bit. So I just rode on my own tempo towards the finishing line.
The last 3km was very difficult, so I just tried to basically get out of the climb, it was very hard. For the next stages, we have a good team, we should control the race and shouldn’t have problems (to retain the yellow jersey), he told reporters after winning the Genting climb which has 1,645 metres of ascent
However, Dyball failed to wrest the red jersey (King of Mountain) from his compatriot, Angus Lyons of Oliver’s Real Good Racing.
Lyons (47 points) leads with a 22-point advantage over Dyball (25 points).
Meanwhile, McCabe still holds the green jersey (King of Sprint), 43 points ahead of fellow countryman Michael Freiberg of Pro Cycling Sunshine Coast Cycling and Italian Andrea Guardini of Bardiani CSF, as both sprinters accumulated 28 points.
Kazakhstan’s Vadim Pronskiy of Vino-Astana Motors finished fourth (3:23:01s) to wrest the white jersey as Best Asian Rider from Malaysian National Team rider Sofian Nabil Omar Mohd Bakri.
Dyball’s teammate, Muhammad Zawawi Azman emerged as the best Malaysian rider, in 26th place out of 120 riders with a time of 3:27:15s, to lead the overall Malaysian riders chart with 17:31:19s, followed by Nik Mohd Azwan Zulkifle (17:33:38s) of the Malaysian National Team and teammate Muhamad Nur Aiman Mohd Zariff (17:35:55s).
As TSC’s other two foreign riders, Cristian Raileanu (3:25:37s) of Moldova and Australian Jesse Ewart (3:25:51s) finished 15th and 17th respectively, the Malaysian team captured back second position in the Overall Team Classification with 52:24:55s, 1:08s behind Floyd’s Pro Cycling (52:23:47s) from Canada. Actually we succeeded in achieving what we planned for Congratulations to all the riders for working hard to get this result. This is our third year, so we are better prepared in terms of the team, riders and the supporting team, we will continue to do our best till the end, said TSC team manager Mohd Sayuti Zahit.
Source: BERNAMA (News Agency)