From Zuriati Zulmi
PEKAN, March 5 (Bernama) -- Terengganu Cycling Team (TSG) rider Mohd Hariff Salleh's 'soft approach' cost him a podium finish in Stage 7, the longest stage of the Le Tour de Langkawi (LTdL), here Wednesday.
Mohd Harrif claimed that his rhythm was offset by a rider from Team MTN Qhubeka while trailing Dutch rider Theo Bos from Belkin-Pro Cycling Team, the eventual winner of Stage 7, at the closing stages of the race.
"I was behind Theo Bos but a rider from MTN Qhubeka cut across and blocked my path, thus denying me space to accelerate. Since I was tucked behind him and in a bunch, I could not mount a serious challenge towards the finishing line," said Hariff who finished in 12th spot with a time of 5 hours 33 minutes and 12 seconds.
Stage 7, the longest stage in the 2014 LTdL with a distance of 230.1km from Kota Tinggi to Pekan, was won by Theo Bos with a time of 5 hours 33 minutes 12 seconds, despite clocking the same time as Hariff.
"I am very disappointed because I was right behind Theo Bos at the final stage but because another rider blocked my path, I could not sprint to the finish.....