KUALA LUMPUR, March 08, 2014 (AFP) – Iranian cyclist Mirsamad
Pourseyedigolakhour won the Tour de Langkawi, which concluded in Kuala
Terengganu on Malaysia’s east coast on Saturday.
The little-known Tabriz Petrochemical Team rider triumphed with a time of
35 hours 7 minutes and 16 seconds.
Just eight seconds behind him in the overall standings was Eritrea’s
Merhawi Kudus of MTN – Qhubeka followed by Colombia’s Isaac Bolivar of
UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling.
Pourseyedigolakhour secured victory by winning the grueling Genting
Highlands stage — known as the tour’s queen stage — upstaging more
experienced competitors last Sunday.
“No Asian rider has ever won this stage before, so this makes me very
proud,” Pourseyedigolakhour said after winning the stage, according to a press
release from the organiser.
“In my country we have a lot of mountains, which are ideal for us to train
and improve our climbing.”
Belkin Pro Cycling’s Theo Bos from Netherlands won four of the 10 stages
but fell behind to 58th place in the overall classification with a time of 35
hours 28 minutes and 4 seconds, more than 20 minutes behind the race winner.
The tour took riders across 1,495.9 kilometres in 10 days, starting from
northern Langkawi island, in mostly scorching heat as usually rain-soaked
tropical Malaysia is experiencing a drought.
Results from the tenth and final stage
of the Tour de Langkawi on Saturday, a 103.1 kilometre (64.1 miles) route from
Kenyir Lake to Kuala Terengganu in eastern Malaysia:
Top three places in Stage 10:
1. Andrea Guardini (ITA/Astana Pro Team) 2hr 15 min 55 sec, 2. Aidis
Kruopis (LTU/Orica Greenedge) same time 3. Francesco Chicchi (ITA/Yellow Fluo)
Top three places overall:
1. Mirsamad Pourseyedigolakhour (IRI/Tabriz Petrochemical Team) 53hr 07 min
16 sec, 2. Merhawi Kudus (ERI/MTN – Qhubeka) at 8 secs, 3. Isaac Bolivar
(COL/UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling) at 11 secs