CROWNED CHAMPION OF JM 2012; BEST TEAM FOR PUTRA PERJUANGAN
13h May 2012
LUMPUR (13 May 2012) 每 The effort was gallant from Terengganu Cycling
team (TSG) but in the end, the five stage wins 每 including today＊s
Stage Six through Shinichi Fukushima 每 failed to prevent Yusup
Abrekov of the Uzbekistan Suren team from grabbing the overall individual
crown in the Jelajah Malaysia 2012.
※I am very
happy,§ said Abrekov. ※I had very good condition in the race against
some good teams. But my team worked very hard throughout and we
had some help of course from some of the other teams.§
At the end of
the sixth and final stage today, all major jerseys remained as they
were with Abrekov also winning the blue jersey for the best-ranked
Asian rider while the red jersey went to Dadi Suryadi of Indonesia＊s
Putra Perjuangan, whose team also took the title for the best team
team＊s Muhammad Adiq Husainie Othman grabbed two jerseys in the
Jelajah Malaysia 2012 - the 100PLUS white jersey for the best Malaysian
rider as well as the green jersey for the best sprinter.
※The plan was
to finish in the top five in the GC but I＊m still happy with the
sixth placing overall (which also saw me confirming my position
as the best ranked Malaysian for the 100PLUS white jersey),§ added
Adiq. ※As I＊ve said earlier, I wanted to use this Jelajah as preparation
for the Tour of Japan, so I＊m really satisfied with what I＊ve
got from the race.§
As it was in
the last few stages, several breakaways were attempted at the start
but the reaction from the peloton which was driven by Uzbekistan
Suren, Genesys Wealth and Malaysia Development team this time round,
was swift as they were all caught before they were able to carve
out much of a lead.
It was only after the 21km marker that seven riders - Dadi, Arin
Iswana (Putra), Agung Riyanto (Polygon), Jai Crawford (RTS), Fito
Bakdo Prilanji (CCN), Shinichi Fukushima (TSG) and Nozomu Kimori
(Aisan) 每 managed to break free as they went on to carve a lead
of more than a minute going into the first sprint.
The sprint at
Tapah was grabbed by Arin Iswana (Putra) to be followed by Crawford
(RTS), Agung (Polygon), and Nozomu Kimori (Aisan).
With no response
from the peloton, the seven riders opened up a lead of close to
three minutes heading into the second sprint at Slim River which
was picked up by Kimori, Crawford and Fito Bakdo in that order.
Dadi then went
on to pick up the full points in the first KOM, a cat. 4 climb at
Kuala Kubu Baru to confirm his win of the red jersey this year.
※We have achieved
our target of winning the red jersey and it was especially nice
to also grab the team title,§ added Dai afterwards.
the third sprint at Serendah, there was finally a sort of response
from the peloton as they brought the time gap to just under two
minutes as Arin took the full sprint points to be followed by Dadi
With the third
and final sprint over, Adiq confirmed his hold of the green jersey
with 89 points, well ahead of second placed Hariff Salleh (TSG)
with 58 points.
Fukushima then went off immediately after the cat. 4 climb in Rawang,
which was taken by Crawford, as the others dropped off to re-join
then drove up to chase the two riders, Crawford and Fukushima going
into the last few kilometres into Dataran Merdeka. But Fukushima
had just the right motivation to cross the line first as team-mates
Hariff Salleh and Mohd Zamri Saleh then moved up to make it one-two-three
for TSG in the final count.
※If we had
kept the yellow, I don＊t think that we could have won so many stages,§
said Shinichi, whose TSG team won five out of six stages this year.
PODIUM RESULTS 每 FINAL
Stage winner 每 Shinichi Fukushima (Terengganu Cycling team)
Yellow Jersey - Yusup Abrekov (Uzbekistan Suren Team)
Green jersey - Muhammad Adiq Husainie Othman (Malaysia Development)
Red jersey 每 Dadi Suryadi (Putra Perjuangan)
White jersey (Best Malaysian) - Muhammad Adiq Husainie Othman (Malaysia
Blue jersey (Best Asian) 每 Yusup Abrekov (Uzbekistan Suren Team)
Best Team: Putra Perjuangan (Indonesia)