Friday March 1, 2013
Arredondo’s looking for an easy ride in remaining stages
TANAH MERAH: Julian Arredondo, owner of the coveted yellow jersey for leading the overall standings, is looking forward to some easy racing in the remaining two stages.
The Team Nippo rider said that it would be much easier to control the penultimate stage today and the finale tomorrow due to the shorter distances.
The penultimate stage will take the riders on a 123.6km trip from Pasir Puteh in Kelantan to Kuala Berang in Terengganu while the shorter fnial stage sees them covering 114.8km from Tasik Kenyir to Kuala Terengganu.
“I don’t feel nervous now as we have two easy stages left ... I believe we can control the race better after this,” said the 23-year-old.
Arredondo wrested the leader’s yellow jersey from Wang Meiyin of Hengxiang Cycling after his solo effort to the top of Genting Highland in Stage Five.
He holds a 1:15 lead over Dutchman Pieter Weening of Orica GreenEdge in the overall classification.
Since taking over the yellow jersey, Team Nippo have been working hard at the front of the peloton to chase down breakaways and set up a good tempo to prevent attacks.
“I would like to thank my team-mates for all their hard work,” said Arredondo.
As the norm in LTdL, the leader of the Genting stage will wear the yellow jersey until the end, and Arredondo is expected to fly home a winner tomorrow.
“I expected a difficult stage today (yesterday) but it all went well. So now our team will have to control it and leave it to the sprinters to fight it out,” he said.