TORCKLER CAUTIOUS; TSG PREPARE FOR THE EARLY ATTACKS
7 May 2012
LUMPUR (7 May 2012) ¨C Michael Torckler of the Pure Black racing
team is cautious of his chances for the Jelajah Malaysia 2012 when
it begins tomorrow where he said that there are several teams able
to hinder his dream of back to back wins.
New Zealander had just captured the overall crown in the inaugural
Tour de Borneo last week and where he will be making his maiden
appearance in Malaysia¡¯s oldest cycling races series on 8-13 May
will not be easy for sure as the other teams will be wary of us
and with several credible teams like Aisan (racing team) and also
RTS (Racing team) here, they will make things hard,¡± said the 25-year-old.
route suits us being mostly flat and with a handful of sprinters
in the team, we are prepared for any eventualities.¡±
Jejalah Malaysia this year begins with the team presentation this
afternoon which was witnessed by Datuk Azizan Nordin, the deputy
director general of the Ministry of Tourism, Maniam Manikkan, the
chairman of the Jelajah Malaysia 2012 as well as Datuk Naim Mohamad,
the chief organising committee of the Jelajah Malaysia 2012.
Torckler plays it cautious, local hope Terengganu Cycling Team (TSG)
is preparing for the early attacks. Mohd Hariff Salleh said that
considering the flat terrain this year, all the teams will be out
to stamp their presence by going for the early attacks.
have to be prepared for the early attacks. I believe that will be
the plan for most of the teams here,¡± added Hariff.
have several domestique who will work for the team and we are well
prepared for the sprint at the end.¡±
One of the Jelajah Malaysia 2012 will begin tomorrow from the Merdeka
Stadium to Bandar Baru Kampar in Perak. The longest stage of the
tour this year will take place in Stage Two from Kampar to Kulim
in Kedah for a total distance of 201.8km. It is significantly shorter
than last year¡¯s longest stage at 222.5km.
Three will see the peloton heading close to the Malaysia-Thailand
border in Chuping in Perlis before Stage Four, a short 98.5km ride
from Kangar to Sungai Petani in Kedah. From here, the race will
head south to Ipoh in Perak for Stage Five just before the final
race to the finish.
Six will see a frantic finish in the second longest stage ¨C a 199km
ride from Ipoh to Dataran Merdeka.