2013 Jelajah Malaysia | Stage 3: Batu Pahat Pontian |

Terengganu Cycling Team again demonstrated why they are consistently amongst the favourites in a bunch sprint, with Mohd Harrif Salleh re-discovering his sprint legs to take today s third Jelajah Malaysia stage in Pontian.

IMAGES: Mokhriz Aziz (UCI AsiaTour photographer)
WORDS: Shamshul Fitri (Journalist, The Star)

The Terengganu sprinter had not tasted victory since 2012, following his two stage wins in the ADC Tour of Vietnam in December. With the win, Harrif also catipulted himself up the points classification, meaning the green jersey will be on his shoulders tomorrow.

Ahmad Fallanie Ali of Terengganu state team pulled a solo breakaway at 41km and was soon joined by Filipinos Joshua Carino (LBC-MVPSF Cycling Pilipinas) and John Mark Camingao (Team 7-Eleven pb Roadbike Philippines). Terengganu Cycling Team, together with OCBC Singapore Pro Cycling and a little help from Polygon Sweet Nice, who had Sergey Kuzmin just 14 seconds off Sea Keong managed to reel in the trio close to 5km to the finish.

Harrif benefited from the perfect leadout from his brother, Mohd Zamri, who finished third behind Aussie rider Paul Van Der Ploeg of Team Corbusier. I m very delighted with the boys today as they have done a brilliant job controlling the break and setting up the tempo for the sprint, said Harrif.

Loh Sea Keong of OCBC Singapore finished safely in the bunch to keep the yellow jersey for another day. Strategically, a sustained co-operation with Terengganu Cycling is already on Loh s radar in order to keep his yellow jersey until the race s conclusion in Putrajaya on Sunday. We cannot allow any break to go too far from us if we want to keep the jersey. We have to work hard and maybe form an alliance with other teams like Terengganu Cycling if we want to keep it, mused Loh.

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Saturday s fourth stage will be the longest in the tour with 206.3km on the menu.

POST-STAGE QUOTES

Jason Christie (OCBC Singapore Pro Cycling Team) | 35th in stage 3, 10th on GC at 1 42?
Today s stage was surprisingly calm. It started out with several attacks but we kept Loh safe by riding a good tempo on the front and keeping anyone from breaking away. Also, having sprint points up for grabs and the chance to have a mass bunch sprint for the stage win played in OCBC s favour today. After the first sprint prime one guy went off solo; 5km later another two guys jumped off the front. It was a perfect scenario as they were no threat to the GC or even the stage win as their lead only went to a maximum of 1 30 . With about 20km to go a couple of other teams decided to swap off at the front with two of our OCBC boys to bring the break back and end the stage with a bunch sprint. The sprint was a little chaotic with a crash chucked in there but all the boys from the team stayed upright; Loh and I maintained our GC placings and two (Ahmad Haidar bin Anuawar and Low Ji Wen) placed top 10 on the stage.

LEADERBOARD
Individual General Classification (Yellow jersey): Loh Sea Keong (OCBC Singapore Pro Cycling Team) Points Classification (Green jersey): Mohd Harrif Salleh (Terengganu Cycling Team) Best Asian Rider Classification (Blue jersey): Loh Sea Keong (OCBC Singapore Pro Cycling Team) Best Malaysian Rider Classification (White jersey): Loh Sea Keong (OCBC Singapore Pro Cycling Team) King of the Mountains Classification (Red jersey): Rustom Lim (LBC-MVPSF Cycling Pilipinas)

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Teams General Classification: OCBC Singapore Pro Cycling Team

FULL RESULTS SHEET (PDF) HERE

STAGE 3 RESULTS

GENERAL CLASSIFICATION AFTER STAGE THREE

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