Sungai Besar – If anyone thought Marcus Culey would ease his foot off the pedal after taking three straight wins through solo breakaways in the first three stages of the Tour de Selangor 2019, they were so very mistaken, as the Australia again rode to a monumental fourth straight win in Stage 4 from Selayang to Sungai Besar.
Team Sapura Cycling’s Culey, 26, sprung into action early in the stage as multiple attacks went away at the front of the peloton right from the start, most significantly a solo attack from Team Embrace The World’s Benedikt Helbig, who took the first categorised climb after 14.8km in Rawang, with Culey chasing in a group of four riders.
It soon expanded into a leading group of 16 riders which contained the main protagonists including Culey, TSG’s Robin Christoffer Jurado and Aisan’s Shotaro Watanabe.
From the breakaway, Culey took the second categorised climb of the day at KM51.1 in Kerling to confirm his victory in the mountains classification with an unassailable 32 points lead over second placed Ahmad Yoga Ilman Firdaus of the PGN Road Cycling Team, with just one Category 4 climb remaining in the final stage.
Culey went on, sweeping the two intermediate sprints and as the breakaway group began dwindling with riders dropping out along the way, from a group of 5 with 20 kilometres to go, he launched a surprise solo attack which was never caught.
Almost nonchalantly waving to crowds as he strode to the finish line with the chased out of sight, Culey crossed the finish line twenty one seconds ahead of second placed Jurado, while Watanabe outsprinted France’s Loic Desriac of the Bikelife Dong Nai team and Sofian Nabil Omar Bakri of the Amskins Racing Club to third spot.
Culey retained the yellow, green jersey for the points classification and confirmed the mountains classification win, while teammate Mohd Our Aiman Zariff retained the white jersey as the leader in the young riders classification, looking good for a clean sweep of all leaders jerseys even if Culey doesn’t maintain his appetite to take yet another stage win in the final stage on Sunday.