Malaysia seems to be in a great place in the Tour of Thailand 2013. All thanks to Sea Kong and Saiful Aziz. Yesterday was truly an exciting day for the Malay cycling enthusiasts as Keong emerged victorious in the 2nd stage of the 2013 Tour of Thailand and Saiful Aziz from Terengganu Cycling team took up the green & yellow jerseys. The Tour of Thailand this year started from April 1 and would continue till April 6, 2013.
Sea, 26, launched his solo attack yesterday in the last 2 kms of 112 km stage of the high profile cycling tour starting from the Hua Hin region to the Prachap Khiri area to achieve the 2nd stage victory of his cycling career. The win came 5 years after Keong’s first stage win that was also in the renowned Thailand cycling tour in the year 2008.
“In the last 2 kilometers, I planned to ride on my pace & I simply went for that”, stated Sea who has moved to 8th position in general classification. “It feels great to win a stage once again after such a long span. My present focus would be to enhance my standings in general classification”.
Saiful Aziz, who came 3rd in the opening stage on Monday, moved to overall lead yesterday with an advantage of 2-second over Choi Ho from Hong Kong and 4-seconds from William Walker (City of Perth), the erstwhile coach on national road-cycling.
Sebastien Duclos, the team coach from Terengganu Cycling group remarked that the team’s mission is to defend the lead achieved by Saiful yet admitted that it’s a huge task for the team. In his own words-“Yes it would be tough as Hong Kong is backed by a mighty team & tomorrow (today) would be a lengthy 190 km stage. However, we would try our best to hold the jersey”.