Bukit Jugra – Marcus Culey extended his dominance on the Tour de Selangor 2019 with another emphatic solo victory in Stage 3 from Cyberjaya to Bukit Jugra.
The 26-year-old Australia of Team Sapura Cycling launched another late attack, this time in the final kilometre to the hilltop finish after 90.1km of racing, to cross the finish line 10 seconds ahead of Robin Jurado of the Terengganu Inc TSG Cycling Team, as defending champion Muhammad Zawawi Azman returned to the podium after being edged to second by the Panamanian.
The stage, run under pleasant weather conditions with slight gusts of wind blowing under moderate sunshine, saw a three-man breakaway comprising PDRM’s Nik Mohd Azwan Zulkiflie, Selangor’s Zulhelmi Zainal and Amskins Racing Club’s Hafidz Hamid heading off on their own after just 10km.
The trio shared the spoils from first categorised climb, (Cat 4) at Salak Tinggi and two intermediate sprints at Dengkil and Banting, between them, before Hafidz and Zulhelmi dropped back inside the final 15km as Nik Mohd Azwan pushed on with the peloton led by Team Sapura hardly threatened as they never allowed a gap to build beyond 1 minute and 30 seconds.
Nik Mohd Azwan held on until the steep climbing section to the finish in the final kilometre when the peloton caught up and a free-for-all uphill sprint to the finish saw Culey launch himself to a comfortable lead and cross the finish line with Jurado scrambling vain to match him.
Culey further extended his lead in the general classification to 7 minutes and 7 seconds over Frenchman Loic Desriac of Vietnam’s Bikelife Dong Nai, with Aisan Racing Team’s Shotaro Watanabe a further minute and 49 seconds adrift, as the race for the overall victory seems all but settled, barring the unexpected.
Culey also extended his lead in the mountains classification with 27 points, 15 ahead of Indonesia’s Ahmad Yoga Ilham Firdaus of PGN Road Cycling Team, while his lead in the points classification was also unaffected with Culey now on 31 points, 13 points ahead of PGN’s Rachmad Noka Wibisono and looking primed for a clean sweep of the three main jerseys on offer.
Culey’s teammate Mohd Nur Aiman Zarrif finished ninth on the day to retain his lead in the young riders classification with a four minutes and 19 second lead over Australian Bentley Niquet-Olden of the Carnegie Caulfield Cycling Club.