Kajang – Marcus Culey overwhelmed the pack with yet another strong solo attach to bag his second straight win in the Tour de Selangor 2019 in the 159.4km Stage 2 from Sungai Buloh to Kajang today.
The 26-year-old Australian of Team Sapura Cycling, waited until a breakaway group of five riders who had led the pack 10km into the stage began to diminish after the second categorised climb in Bukit Ampang and launched his attach as sole leader at that point Ahmad Yoga Ilham Firdaus of Indonesia’s PGN Cycling Team struggled to the summit.
Culey passed Ahmad, took the summit and powered on a 25km solo run to the finish virtually unscathed as the bunch was scattered with multiple attacks with Japan’s Shotaro Watanabe of the Aisan Racing Team arriving in second spot, three minutes behind Culey, while Terengganu Inc TSG’s Maral-Erdene Batmunkh of Mongolia took third spot a further minute behind.
Culey, who won Stage 1 from Pulau Indah to Batang Kali yesterday in similar fashion, extended his lead in the general classification to six minutes and 13 seconds over second placed Loic Desriac of Vietnam’s Bikelife Dong Nai Team, while Watanabe’s strong finish moved him up to third ahead of Terengganu Inc TSG’s Afiq Huznie Othman with an 8 minutes and 13 second deficit to the leader.
Sapura also retained all four leaders jerseys. Culey extended his mountains classification lead with 21 points, 9 more than second placed Ahmad of PGN, while his victory also saw pull ahead with 31 points in the points classification, 13 ahead of Rachmad Noka Wibisono of PGN.
Mohd Nur Aiman Zariff retained the young riders’ classification lead with a 4 minutes and 5 seconds lead over Australia’s Bentley Niquet-Olden of the Carnegie Caulfield Cycling Club, while Aisan Racing Team’s Kakeru Omae moved into third in that classification with a 5 minutes and 18 seconds deficit on the leader.
The Tour de Selangor 2019 continues with Stage 3 tomorrow, covering 90.1km from Cyberjaya to Bukit Jugra and featuring the only hilltop finish of the race. Stage 3 will feature two categorised climbs.
The first one, a category 4 summit at Salak Tinggi at 27.3km and the category 3 summit at the finish in Bukit Jugra. In between those climbs, intermediate sprints are on offer at 54.7km in Dengkil and 76.7km in Banting.