Friday, March 05, 2010

Malaysian Anuar Manan creates history in Le Tour de Langkawi

PORT DICKSON: Local cycling ace Anuar Manan continued his sensational form to create history by becoming the first Malaysian to win a Le Tour de Langkawi (LTdL) stage.

Anuar, 24, representing Geumsan Ginseng Asia, won stage five on Friday from Muar, Johor to Port Dickson, Negri Sembilan, a distance of 111.5km, en route to sweeping aside a strong challenge from world class pro tour and continental riders.

In doing so, the Terengganu-born rider clocked 2 hours 23 minutes 11 seconds, and joined an illustrious list of seven riders from Asia who have achieved such a feat and only the second Asean rider to do so since 1996.

The other Asean rider who managed such a feat was Indonesian rider Samai Amari from Le Tua, last year.

Apart from the stage win, Anuar also wrested the green jersey from overnight leader Michael Matthews (Jayco-Skins) from Australia after winning one sprint zone Friday at Umbai, Malacca.

"I am absolutely delighted with the stage win as I have achieved the target and the win was made possible because of the tremendous support from the local fans. I must thank the fans for helping me to win," he told reporters after the race here.

With the win today, Anuar who also retained the blue jersey as the Best Asian rider paid tribute to his teammates, Malaysian National Team and riders from the Marco Polo Cycling Team who helped him to overtake Matthews.
Tahniah diucapkan kepada Anuar dan pasukan atas kejayaan memenangi peringkat perlumbaan dari Muar ke Port Dickson. Semoga dengan kejayaan anda memberi lebih inspirasi dan dorongan kepada ahli sukan yang lain dalam memartabatkan sukan tanahair ke peringkat yang lebih tinggi.
Syabas dan tahniah

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