OCBC Singapore Pro Cycling Team survives crash at Tour of Thailand
1 April 2013 – THE OCBC Singapore Pro Cycling Team survived a major crash during Stage 1 of The Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn’s Cup Tour of Thailand on Monday, a 121.6-kilometre stage in Suphanburi.
OCBC riders Ahmad Haidar bin Anuawar and Ryan Chan got tangled in the crash and suffered nasty spills. Both cyclists were unable to finish the stage and are no longer eligible to continue racing in the Tour. Anuawar was taken to a local hospital for precautionary reasons.
Goh Choon Huat led the team with a 52nd-place finish, while Loh Sea Keong, who joined the breakaway early in the stage, crossed the line in 72nd place. Both were credited with a time of 2:47:01. Rico Rogers of the Synergy Baku Cycling Project won the stage in a time of 2:45:57.
The team will look to rebound with a strong showing in Tuesday’s Stage 2, a 112km stage that takes the riders from Hua Hin to Prachuap Khiri Khan.
About OCBC Singapore Pro Cycling Team
The OCBC Singapore Pro Cycling Team was first founded in 2009 as an amateur club team with the mission to develop and promote Singapore cycling. The team has today turned into a full-fledged professional cycling team and established itself as the premier road developmental team for cycling talent in Singapore. Being the first and only professional cycling outfit out of Singapore, the team has been licensed by the Union Cycliste Internationale (“UCI”) as a UCI Continental Cycling Team since 2012. Riders from the team have been crowned champions or stage winners in races such as the Tour of California KOM, Tour of Siam, Tour de Kumamo, Tour of Filipinas and Tour of Thailand.
Report of Stage 1 from Thai Cycling Association press release
Rico took the first stage – Rico Rogers , the Australian rider of Sinergy Baku Cycling Project from Azerbaijan grabbed the first stage of the international race “Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn’s Cup Tour of Thailand 2013 Monday at Suphan Buri Circuit, Suphan Buri province.
Rico finish at 2.45.57 hours with the distance of 119.2 kilometers. He will lead both General classification by time and by point and wear both Yellow Jersey and Green Jersey. The best place of Thai rider is Setthawut Yordsuwan in 4th position, the same time with the winner.
As the best ASEAN rider award belongs to Aziz Mohd Saiful Anuar of Terengganu Cycling Team from Malaysia. He will wear the Blue Jersey to start the second stage.
The Second Stage from Hua Hin To Prachuap Kirikhan province with the distance of 112 kilometers will start at 09.00 am. in front of Klai Kangwon Palace, Hua Hin.